For some, the nose indicated leather books on polished oak tables and, somehow connected with that, tobacco, white pepper and Murray mints; most of us found fresh, fruity sweetness (Bounty Bars, apricot Danish, Twizzle lollies, sherbet). The palate was a beautiful mix of dark chocolate, glacé cherries and dates with tingling lemon and tonic, spicy chilli, leather and wood – intense flavours yet mellow at the same time. Water brought a complete afternoon tea to the nose (marshmallows, fruit scones, clotted cream, Garibaldi’s and Jammy Dodgers). The palate developed lemon French Fancies and flapjacks – frighteningly easy to drink. From Rothes’ first distillery.