After 23 years in ex-bourbon wood we introduced this to a first-fill sauternes barrique – the result is a completely unique, one-off, delicious dram. The nose hardly resembles whisky at all – rum baba, pineapple, kumquats, dried apricots, glue, gloss paint and herbal hints. The syrupy sweet, smooth palate is an apricot dessert washed down with Monbazillac wine, orange muscat and cream sherry. The reduced nose contributes toasted oak, honeyed peach, dried papaya, Jaffa cakes, sultanas and Marsala wine. The palate is fruity as hell and jubilantly juicy, with additional Demerara, caramel and white chocolate – it’s dynamic dynamite – but its age presents itself with urbane confidence.
Cask: First-fill Sauternes barrique Age: 25 years Date distilled: January 1995 Alcohol: 52.6% USA allocation: 98 bottles