The nose had sweet, enticing, bourbon-like aromas – honeycomb crunch, salty-sweet Tiffin with sultanas and raisins, roasted pumpkin, jasmine, sandalwood and men’s hand moisturiser – along with Darjeeling tea leaves, toasted almonds and a leather workshop. The neat taste was immense, intense and mouth-drawing – woody and dry but with the considerable sweetness of toffee apple sticks, churros dipped in chocolate, candy corn, maple syrup pancakes, crystallised oranges and port over ice-cream. In reduction, the nose evoked a sweet factory built with wood, stewed fruits, brown sugar, apples, pears and piña colada. The palate fascinated us with salted fudge, treacle, chocolate gingers and cinnamon buns with raisins.
Cask: First-fill toasted oak hogshead Age: 25 years Date distilled: November 1994 Alcohol: 57.9% USA allocation: 36 bottles