Early nose impressions conveyed fresh hay and canvas (camping scene?) – then spun sugar, syrup, honey-cured smoked ham, peppered steak with Balmoral sauce, sweet cigar smoke, cream crackers soy sauce, and refreshers – quite a feast. However, the reduced nose evoked more wood and earthy notes (ash, dust) sparking speculation about potting sheds and coffins. The palate was hot, fiery, effervescent, robust and earthy – provoking talk about cigars, ginger beer and barbecued meat retrieved from the ashes; someone influenced by horror films described the effect of throwing holy water on a vampire. This ‘love it or hate it’ whisky split the panel.