A deeply scented and aromatic nose full of exotic hardwood resins and spices. The inside of a freshly made acoustic guitar and then big dollops of mango jam, sandalwood, potpourri and cocktail bitters. Exotic fruit chutneys and a kiss of spicy peat smoke. Reduction brings marzipan, honey roast root vegetables, sweetened black tea and cough mixtures. Subtle notes of wintergreen and dried seaweed. The palate was immediately rich with bonfire embers and wood char. Cured game meats, BBQ smoke, bitter chocolate and black pepper. Water brought tarred ropes and enhanced the oily texture. Notes of hot smoked paprika, fig syrup, heather ales, toasted fennel and black olive tapenade. All washed down with a shot of long aged Absinthe. Previously in bourbon hogshead for 14 years before being transferred to a first fill STR barrique.
Cask: First-fill barrique, shaved/toasted/re-charred Age: 17 years Date distilled: February 2004 Alcohol: 56.0% USA allocation: 120 bottles