The smoke of cherry flavoured pipe tobacco was creeping through a web of vanilla, leather and citrus next to a well-oiled engine going full throttle. Big and bold on the palate neat like chewing on charcoal glazed with honey or eating Tuscan drunken chestnuts – roasted and then flambéed with sugar and spiced rum. With the addition of water, we imagined sitting in the cabin of an old fishing boat on a storm-tossed sea, while to taste we were westering home in calm waters with Swedish snus placed in our upper lips. After five years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a second-fill charred red wine barrique.
Cask: Second-fill charred red wine barrique Age: 6 years Date distilled: October 2013 Alcohol: 60.3% USA allocation: 120 bottles