A clean, fresh nose of cereal and wood (tea chests, polished wood, cardboard, straw, weaving looms and ‘my outdoor gear cupboard’) – then sugared almonds, donuts and chocolate raisins to balance. Our palates tingled with ginger snaps, cinnamon stick, leather and nutmeg – plus chocolate toffee éclairs, vanilla and cinnamon swirls. Adding water, our noses found hessian, dried herbs, liquorice root, orange oil and putty, with ice-cream wafers and Tunnock’s snowballs (chocolate, coconut, soft marshmallow). The palate now became sweeter – toffee, walnut whip, spun sugar and apple crumble topping; with wood spices, beeswax, white pepper and lemon cough drops to finish.
Cask: First-fill hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: October 2008 Alcohol: 54.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles