The nose had us rolling about on the grass (lemon balm and yellow roses not far away) – we also found apple chews, coconut macaroons and marzipan. On the palate we discovered lemon bon-bons, butterscotch, caramel apple granny cake and Raspberry Ruffle bars (dark chocolate, coconut, raspberry). The reduced nose became as easy as a feather bed – toasted almonds, nut brittle, Crunchie bars, honey and rhubarb rock – all in a gentleman’s study (leather-bound books, pencil shavings, tobacco). The beautifully sweet palate had buttery vanilla toffee, iced caramels and chocolate, with a slight tingle of wood, nutmeg and cinnamon toast on the finish.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 10 years Date distilled: April 2009 Alcohol: 59.6% USA allocation: 72 bottles