Colour: Happy yellow gold
The nose opened bashfully, with barley sugar and honey-nut cereal. That led to toasted almonds, caramel and crème brule; and finally fruit - cherries, pear, baked apple, raspberries, wine gums. The unreduced palate had treacle and sweet wood - “like chewing a toffee apple stick”; with a tingly mouth effect. The reduced nose drew comments about custard apples and “honey poured over wood shavings”, then vanilla appeared (custard, vanilla ice-cream - “with monkey’s blood!” announced the Livet-lass). The palate now became beautifully integrated; sweetness, spice and the sharp fruitiness of Moffat toffee or Haribo sours. This Tain distillery has recently added four stills.