Nose - brandy snaps, cafe noir biscuits, dark toffee, Oddfellow sweets, liquorice, treacle, molasses and crispy mackerel skin grilled over peat. Palate - visceral sweet smoke, burnt twigs, raisins, dark chocolate and Lapsang Souchong - a mouth-filling, lip-smacking, cockle-warming, thigh-slapping dram. The nose turns sweeter with water - maple syrup and brown sugar - but there's a coal-fire in a wood-panelled room or a bucket and spade on the beach by a tarry driftwood bonfire. Now the palate balances maple candies, treacle toffee and sugar-coated fennel seeds with pipe dottles, medicinal notes and tying leather thongs with your teeth - you can provide the back story!
Cask: Second-fill Oloroso butt Age: 12 years Date distilled: May 2007 Alcohol: 60.9% USA allocation: 78 bottles