Nose: Soft and creamy with peach and apricot yoghurt served with a cup of milk Lady Grey tea on the side. Orange marmalade is spread onto bread whilst clean cotton sheets are livened by lemon sherbet tang. Reduction follows through on the promise of afternoon tea with toasted bread, oven-baked buns and choux pastry.
Taste: The arrival (a touch hot) delivers both fruits and spices – strawberry boot laces, pear and orange juice with a kick of red chilli heat. Cherry Bakewell tarts are joined by sponge fingers and raspberry and rosewater cake. Water unleashes the cask – dry, dusty oak flooring with an interesting green pepper vegetalness.
Finish: Medium, combining pear slices, chocolate cake and cask char.
A straight-forward, undemanding Glendullan which offers a very pleasant nose and a slightly less successful palate. That’s not to say it’s bad all – merely delivered with a bit too much alcoholic prickle for my tastes.
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