Sweetly perfumed and gentle, the nose offered yellow fruit pastilles, sugar-glazed yum-yums, honeydew melon, sticky toffee pudding and sugar and cream on cornflakes; maybe hints of polished brass. The palate experienced sweet oak and pine resin, banana toffee, vanilla cream, candy corns, marshmallows and salted caramel – before a Christmas spice mix eventually appeared (like maple syrup infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove). The reduced nose developed sugar cane, meringue, banana split, maple and pecan Danish and hibiscus in syrup – also dried flowers and crumbly mints. The palate now gave us foamy shrimps and bananas, vanilla custard and cream soda – dangerously innocent and sweet.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 30 years Date distilled: June 1990 Alcohol: 58.6% USA allocation: 90 bottles