The panel found sublime concentration on the nose. Fresh citrus fruits, orange liqueur and creme de menthe were all packed together with dried herbs, black olive tapenade, umami paste, oyster sauce and various farmyard complexities. Reduction brings earthier and more vegetal notes of roast turnip, rosemary and then menthol, root beer, boiler shed and iodine. We found the palate smouldering with syrupy peat, cough syrup, smoked seaweed, ointment and assorted medical tinctures. Fresh lime juice on smoked mussels and glimmers of tar liqueur. Water gave us burnt porridge, salted hazelnuts, shellfish and lemon balm. A rollercoaster ride!
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 19 years Date distilled: November 1998 Alcohol: 59.4% USA allocation: 72 bottles