Eavesdropping on the panel you would have heard words like ‘fascinating’, ‘amazing’, ‘compelling’, and ‘heavenly’ – enough said? No? OK – on the nose we got vanilla, concentrated coconut, perfumed oak, tropical island cocktails, lemongrass, lavender and mango. The palate discovered grapefruit, passion-fruit, melon and nectarines, Flumps, blue raspberry bonbons, white chocolate gateau and very old bourbon. The reduced nose continued to delight us, with Lilt, blackberries, bubble-gum and bougainvillea. The taste was now an intriguing mix of bananas flambéed with rum, fudge, liquorice, dandelion and burdock and dried papaya. A very unusual but powerfully rewarding dram.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 18 years Date distilled: July 2000 Alcohol: 55.4% USA allocation: 60 bottles