Aromas you just have to love; oily rags, old polish cloth, cider washed cheese rind and a rusty bike chain or indeed puffing from a pipe filled with heritage tobacco while cutting the grass with a ‘smoking’ vintage lawnmower. On the palate neat like burnt aubergines, heavily charred over a cast-iron griddle, and then pureed with a splash of olive oil and lemon. When we added water, the sweetness and spiciness of a peppercorn sauce emerged at first before a hint of birch tar and clove-spiced dried orange peel took over. To taste very savoury, like a slice of smoked duck pizza with hoisin and scallions.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: March 2012 Alcohol: 60.7% USA allocation: 90 bottles