The nose had herbal notes (witch hazel, eucalyptus, bog myrtle) intimations of sea cliffs and then walnuts, peppered olive oil, biltong, toffee and ladies’ handbags (leather, nail varnish, parma violets, maybe cigarette packets). The taste was huge – peat smoke, engine oil, smoked ham, dark chocolate, toffee bonbons and somehow both salty and chalky. The reduced nose found syrup, mango skins, tarred ropes and a pine forest by the sea. The reduced palate was still minerally (licking a limestone cave), with star anise, red peppercorns and a campfire among the ferns – very curious indeed! From the biggest distillery on the Rinns.