A lovely initial aroma of bitter chocolate and ripe cherries. Candied ginger, coffee grounds, black grapes, sherry vinegar and dried figs. A leather pouch full of flapjacks and bags of soft earthy and leafy notes with a lick of aged tobacco. Water gives interesting notes of watermelon sweeties, glacier mints, hay, sweetened Earl Grey tea and plums baked in calvados. The palate opens with ginger and bird's eye chilli, cloves, cinnamon, metholic cooling and desiccated coconut. A thick, dense, quivering mass of spices, fruit jellies and damp tobaccos. Earthen floored wine cellar must. With water there's Black Forest gateau, redcurrant jam, toasted hazelnuts, prune eau de vie, sweet pastries and a lick of wasabi heat in the finish.
Cask: Refill Oloroso butt Age: 10 years Date distilled: December 2008 Alcohol: 64.3% USA allocation: 114 bottles