There is an intense unusualness in the aroma on this one. Fresh and bursting with ripe green apples, kiwi, jasmine, strawberry liqueur, lime cordial and marzipan. Not to mention fresh, zingingly tropical hops. With water it continued its plunge into fascination with icing sugar, lemon sherbet, orange oil, meringue and white marshmallow. The palate displayed dark chocolate to begin, followed by After Eight mints, lemongrass, more hoppy IPA and verbena. Reduction brought hot crossed bun spices, wild flowers and a final hoppy twist. Unsurprisingly this whisky spent 15 years in a bourbon barrel before being transferred to a first-fill IPA barrel.
Cask: First-fill IPA barrel Age: 16 years Date distilled: June 2002 Alcohol: 50.3% USA allocation: 60 bottles