The nose combines tinned mandarins and rhubarb wine with the sweetness of fudge, golden syrup and assorted chocolates; hints of wood sap and a laurel hedge in flower. The palate has great mouth-coating textures, sweet notes of chocolate-coated hazelnuts and pecan pie – slowly evolving a lingering finish of shaved pine, herbal boiled sweets, chilli and horseradish. The reduced nose goes from Crunchie bars and lingonberry jam to willow catkins and gooseberry bushes, then to cinnamon buns. The palate now seems sweeter – toffee apples, butterscotch, brown sugar and runny honey – finishing with St Germain liqueur, pine wood, ginger, juniper and liquorice root.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: February 2009 Alcohol: 58.3% USA allocation: 120 bottles