Nose: Black cherries and Muscovado sugar, gentle black treacle and a touch of aniseed. Give it a while and the floral and grassy notes I’d associate with Lowlanders make an appearance. A little more time brings whole peppercorns, molasses and yeast extract. Hate to say it, this is really rather good.
Palate: Oh dear. Grass and cereal but thin and flat. Peppered cardboard and bitter lemon pith. Latterly cherries and assorted vine fruits but that cardboard never really goes away.
Finish: Medium in length and drying. Some floral elements. It’s pleasant enough, but the returning cardboard keeps it from truly impressing.
Thoughts: If the rest of the experience lived up to the nose, I’d be raving about this, even at £95 a bottle. As things stand though, disappointing.