Sulphur can be good, intriguing, as long as it is at one end of the spectrum. A low level can add a topping to the richness of a whisky. This line runs from spend matches to over boiled cabbage and everything from bad eggs, rubber bands and warming tyres; the scent of a spent match being the more generally acceptable end of the category.


Brackish, cabbage water, turnips, stagnant, marsh gas


Carbide, cordite, spent fireworks, spent matches, matchbox


Pencil eraser, new rubber (tyres), bakelite, electric cables, burnt rubber


Fresh laundry, starch, linen, sandy beach, hot sand, elemental sulphur