Lots of fine sweetness on the nose – we found caramel wafers, toffee, nougat and dulce de leche, but sweet tobacco, marmalade and sugary espresso dregs gave depth to that sweetness; we also got hints of pepper, Airfix glue, wicker and wax. That spicy, ‘adult’ sweetness characterised the palate too – Crunchie bars, honeycomb, pain au chocolat, coffee fondant and crystallised ginger, with one or two earthier notes (pepper, wood, tequila). The reduced nose evoked cinnamon-dusted rice pudding and satay sauce, while the palate’s yummy chocolate gingers and Tia Maria got the thumbs up all round. This famous Rothes distillery dates from 1840.
Drinking tip: With coffee and cake would be ideal
Colour: Sunlight through net curtains Cask: Refill butt Age: 26 years Date distilled: April 1988 Alcohol: 55.1% USA allocation: 114 bottles