On the nose, initial candy sweetness (including apricot Danish, cherry fudge and bourbon biscuits) gives way to hay, dried flowers and basketry – eventually hints of tobacco. The neat palate has nutty sweetness (Cadbury’s Whole Nut, almond croissant) mouth-filling warmth (iced gingerbread, embers, chilli) and a kind of popping candy fizz at the end. The reduced nose finds Neapolitan ice-cream and Turkish delight, but deepens and develops the tobacco, rye bread and coltsfoot rock. The palate is still sweet and warming – candied ginger, Moffat toffee, liquorice stick and dry leather with that lively finish turning to bitter lemon and classic champagne cocktail.
Cask: Refill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: June 2006 Alcohol: 57.9% USA allocation: 60 bottles