The initial aroma was earthy and herbal with big and generous aromas of Garibaldi biscuits, Christmas puddings aflame, bouquet garni in broth and suggestions of singed orange peel over an Old Fashioned with caramelising brown sugar. Water brought a big hit of balsamic-tinged PX along with fig syrup and chopped dates. When neat the palate was full on with spicy cask char, Crème Brûlée, Nutella and toasted trail mix. A little reduction gave us green pepper, rum 'n' raisin fudge, condensed milk, chocolate stout and pickled walnuts. At 10 years of age, we combined selected casks from the same distillery. We then returned the single malt into a variety of different casks to develop further. This is one of those casks.
Cask: First-fill American oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: October 2008 Alcohol: 63.7% USA allocation: 126 bottles