Bold and woody aromas of old dunnage warehouses and linseed oil mingled with fruit-filled orchards and tropical notes of mango, guava and banana. A strong sense of dessert wine and calvados then introduced fragrant tones whilst cinnamon and nutmeg complemented raisins. The palate was dry and nutty with a tingle from wasabi and an honest complexity that meandered through prunes, dates, chocolate and maple syrup. Water brought out a freshness as honeycomb, coconut and lime juice joined tea tree oil and eucalyptus amongst a plethora of candied fruits and herbs. Hints of butterscotch and soft pear emerged as we approached a finish that returned to aged wine and wood alongside malted barley and violets. After spending 22 years in an ex-bourbon barrel this was transferred to a first-fill ex-Sauternes barrique for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: First-fill Sauternes barrique Age: 23 years Date distilled: October 1995 Alcohol: 55.0% USA allocation: 72 bottles