Cask No. 46.30

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Juicy, oak & vanilla

Cask No. 46.30  

Flowers and chocolates for Churchill

Speyside, Lossie

The nose beckoned us into a garden centre, with green, leafy, floral and earthy elements, including the shop selling cane furniture and Yankee candles; in time we were transported to Churchill’s cabinet room (leather, wood and cigars). The palate was a bitter-sweet experience – vanilla, chocolate and sugared strawberry sweetness against more bitter aspects of wood, lime, ash and floral perfumes. With water, the nose presented rose and lime chocolate creams in paper cups in a wooden box. The palate turned considerably sweeter – burnt toffee, cookies and ice-cream – still some gooseberry, rhubarb and lime – but now wrapped in tasty, floral sweetness.

Drinking tip: To accompany afternoon tea in a garden

Colour: Chardonnay
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 14 years
Date distilled: September 2000
Alcohol: 58.6%
USA allocation: 138 bottles