Rich, complex and delicious: fruity rum-toft, unripe plums and mellow fruits, nuts and chocolate, unlit cigars, hard toffee, shoe polish… developing to waxy cake tin. A big texture at full strength: sweet, waxy and meaty, with surprise chilli chocolate and ‘cherries soaked in sweet vermouth’. With water the waxiness increases; now shredded and glazed roast duck, gingerbread, stewed strawberries, a trace of dusty wood behind, indicating age. Smooth and sweet to taste; slightly waxy with tobacco traces and chocolate-covered biscuits. From Dufftown’s first distillery.