A tad metallic to begin. Like the handle of a shovel. Gets slowly more biscuity with notes of rusk, dried heather, fir tree resin and eucalyptus. Then green tea, chamomile, yellow flowers and mint julep. With water it all shifts towards cinnamon, apple turnover, almond milk, damson jam, nettle cordial and booze-soaked raisins. Neat the palate is very sweet and full of honeyed porridge, clover, green pepper, lanolin, crushed oatcakes, cardamom and allspice. Reduction brings out rhubarb sweets, sherbet flying saucers, toasted trail mix, white chocolate mice, caraway and a big flush of spearmint and toasted pine nuts in the finish.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 8 years Date distilled: March 2011 Alcohol: 62.0% USA allocation: 72 bottles