Complex and intriguing, the nose combined pink wafers and bourbon biscuits with fresh figs on wooden platters, shredded wheat, leather, tobacco, terracotta, gun cabinets and menthol and eucalyptus sweets. The palate found warm, waxy flavours of dark chocolate, brandy snaps, chocolate-coated foamy bananas, bagels with soft goat’s cheese and apples in a sack; the finish leaning toward gingerbread, cumin and clove-studded orange. The reduced nose picked up Hobnobs and Digestives, shaved almonds on porridge, fudge cheesecake and damson jam. The palate now had various stewed fruits, vanilla, buttery biscuits and lemon; a warm finish of canvas, sweet peanuts and sanded oak.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 9 years Date distilled: January 2012 Alcohol: 57.9% USA allocation: 114 bottles