A fruity aroma of succulent Conference pears and sweet apple juice greeted the Panel at first before a bowl of tropical trail mix arrived. The mix combined papaya, pineapple, banana chips, raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and cashew nuts. On the taste neat like a Sauternes punch using muddled orange and cherry, Maraschino liqueur, Grand Marnier and Sauternes wine served in a long stemmed Martini glass with a cherry as garnish. With a little water, the scent turned into a more aromatic and slightly perfumed fruity medley of lychee dragon fruit ice cream with a caramel drizzle and on the palate, now a raspberry and nougat semi-freddo with a dash of sweet Caribbean syrup called falernum.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 11 years Date distilled: August 2005 Alcohol: 57.9% USA allocation: 60 bottles