The nose is satisfyingly soft and unfolds like a tempting sweetie in a wrapper. Lots of warm, generously buttered corn bread. Eucalyptus chewing gum, precious hardwood resins, furniture oils, liquorice and antique oak dressers. Goes towards menthol aspects with mint tea and very light, sweet medical touches. Water brings fresh rye bread, orange oils and menthol toothpaste. To taste it is much spicier than the nose suggested. Lots of burning balsa wood, tarry embrocations, hot fennel seeds, grilled artichoke, hot smoked paprika, lemon oils and camphor. Fresh varnish and wood glue as well. After dilution there’s fruit jams, lemon curd, dried thyme, sweet BBQ sauce and key lime pie. Still plenty of nibbling spice sloshing about in the depths.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 4 years Date distilled: September 2014 Alcohol: 59.1% USA allocation: 42 bottles