Colour: Polished chestnut
This dram prompted much discussion. The complex nose began with Jamaican rum and dried raisins, cherries and plums; then syrup of figs, liquorice and cake dough, honey and apricots. The neat palate was big and satisfying with plum jam, orange peel, pastry and dark chocolate, followed by a nut feast: roast chestnuts, Brazil and macadamia nuts, dry roasted peanuts, honey nut cornflakes. With water the nose became deeper; fruit cake, leather, chocolate and salted aubergine. The reduced taste was chewy and salty, reminiscent of Amontillado sherry and chocolate coated Brazil nuts. This distillery is near the site of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish stone; the original is on display at the National Museum of Scotland.