A powerhouse aroma full of beef jerky spiced with black pepper, blood orange squeezed over burnt brisket ends, cranberry reduction, venison salami, herbal cough medicines, natural tar and juniper. With water we found plums baked with green chartreuse, walnuts toasted in oil, caraway, mincemeat, petrichor and dank, leathery dunnage. The palate was full-on and fantastically deep with spiced fig chutney, metal polish, beef stock, smoked dark chocolate, mole sauce, spiced marzipan, walnut oil and cinnamon bark. Reduction brought balsamic reduction drizzled over raspberries, maraschino juices, cured game meats, bitter chocolate and red liquorice. At ten years of age, we combined selected oloroso butts from this distillery into a variety of different casks. This first fill Spanish oloroso hogshead is one of those casks.
Cask: First-fill Spanish oak Oloroso hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: October 2008 Alcohol: 63.4% USA allocation: 120 bottles