The nose arrived with a woody abundance that mixed furniture polish with fresh cut timber and varnish on teak. Brown sugar and burnt caramel then moved though orange skin and onto earthier realms that wrapped us in beetroot and rhubarb. Waves of spice dominated the initial palate but quickly softened to cola, black cherries and dark chocolate covered ginger biscuits. A dash of water brought coconut yoghurt and candied orange segments with key lime pie and fermenting apples and pears. Then deeper notes of cedar wood and linseed oil moved us towards old tea chests, sandalwood and a return of beetroot.
Cask: Second-fill Madeira hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: May 2007 Alcohol: 57.6% USA allocation: 120 bottles