The nose was easy and attractive – lemon bonbons, orange fondant, vanilla custard slice and American Cream Soda ice-cream float, with teasing hints of meadowsweet and sage. The neat palate was lively and mouth-filling but not aggressive – confectionery sweetness (rhubarb rock, cola cubes), some marmalade citrus peel and sweet spice to finish (Big Red, hot cross buns). The reduced nose was sweet and gentle (gummi bears, jelly beans, strawberry laces) with subtle dandelion and gorse flower perfume. The reduced palate had sweet simplicity – tinned pineapple and lychees in syrup, light traces of oak and little flickering tongues of spicy warmth afterwards.
Cask: Refill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: July 2009 Alcohol: 59.1% USA allocation: 60 bottles