Nose: What a nose! It has all the elements of an astounding old sherry-matured Speyside whisky. We get juicy, almost syrupy sherry coming through, with accents of ginger, nutmeg and cloves. There are suggestions of manuka honey, and then it becomes very interesting indeed as herbal notes appear. Pine needles, hints of white truffle and just a smidgen of that real sticky icky (no stress, no seeds, no stems, no sticks).
Palate: Again more of those gorgeous notes of OG kush, alongside more white truffles, sage butter and candy floss. One of the most thick, unctuous drinks we’ve ever tried, with a perfect level of those Wintry nutmeg and ginger spice notes coming through. There is a good, solid core of juicy barley malt, and just a hint of freshly ground black pepper.
Finish: A melange of fruits, perhaps pear baked with ground ginger and allspice, sitting in a pool of golden syrup and poire eau de vie. As the finish develops, the herbal notes build, as do hints of molasses, pepper and even more of that Mexican Special. On the very tail we’re left with pine needles, and very good Demerara rum. The finish on this liqueur is genuinely one of the longest on any drink I’ve ever tried.