A huge category with a lot of range; you have to ask are these dried fruits, compote, fresh picked or past their best? It's a easy range of aromas to look for, and relatively universal. A drop of water to the whisky might help some of the more shy, exotic fruits emerge from the glass.


Oranges, tangerine, zest, kiwi, nectarines, love hearts, lemon

Fresh fruit

Apples, pears, pear drops, peaches, apricots, fruit salad, soft fruit

Cooked fruit

Stewed apples, marmalade, jam, barley sugar, candied fruits, rum-toft

Dried fruit

Raisins, figs, apricots, prunes, mixed peel, fruit cake, mince pies


Nail varnish remover, bubble gum, brylcreem, acid drops, turps, paint