A cosy blanket of wool wrapped around bitter lemon, black grapes and tangerines as dried chamomile petals mixed with dark chocolate and lots of vanilla. Then on the palette came a burst of orange fruit from funky Amarillo hops that morphed into lime zest while dark chocolate remained with cinnamon, ginger and mace spice. A dash of water heralded an explosion of citrus fruit cascading over lemon drizzle cake in a pine forest. Earthy notes of herb gardens mirrored dried hops with bitter marmalade as the flavours now veered us towards bananas on burnt toast with cinnamon and persistent chocolate. After spending nine years in an ex-bourbon barrel this was transferred to an ex-Tempest Old Fashioned IPA cask for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: Second-fill IPA barrel Age: 10 years Date distilled: March 2010 Alcohol: 60.0% USA allocation: 102 bottles