The nose started with fresh laundry flapping over a chamomile lawn, then banana toffee, butterscotch, Crunchie bars and apricot flan; finally reaching sawdust and polished wood. The palate was as intense as a trumpet blast in a barrel - spiced pumpkin pie, barbecued banana rolled in cinnamon and muscovado, toasted coconut and vanilla; the finish tingled with coffee, rolling tobacco and oak. The reduced nose released more coffee and mocha notes - also fig yoghurt, berry compote, Toffifee and sawmills. The palate continued its tongue-tingling intensity - but the dark brown sugar, toffee, gingerbread and honeyed oak combined to create a beautifully balanced harmony.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 29 years Date distilled: June 1989 Alcohol: 57.5% USA allocation: 60 bottles