The nose gave peat smoke, tarry ropes and mezcal, Bakewell tart, plum liqueur, prunes and Armagnac. The lively, ‘jazzy’ palate had citric flavours, tarte tatin and blackcurrant throat sweets – we also found maple syrup on pancakes, treacle toffee, malt loaf, roasted chestnuts and carbolic. The reduced nose suggested peat smoke drifting over beaches – plus cough syrup and ash, raisins, pineapple and foamy bananas. The palate represented a joust between herbal, floral smoke and Dutch caramel waffle biscuits and dark brown sugar, with flinty dryness on the finish. After 20 years in ex-bourbon oak we transferred this to a first-fill PX hogshead.
Drinking tip: A dram to help you 'screw your courage to the sticking place'.
Colour: Brass door knob Cask: First-fill American oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 21 years Date distilled: April 1995 Alcohol: 51.6% USA allocation: 54 bottles