The first comments nosing neat were ‘complex’ and ‘balanced’. Aromas of sweet wine, sweet tobacco, oranges, Turkish delight and the dream of every whisky lover came to mind – walking down the aisle of a dunnage warehouse removing the bung and hessian sack of a cask and smelling inside. We did not stop there and took the valinch and tried a sample –sheer luxury! Words don’t do it justice; creamy chocolatey fruits of the forest fudge, hot buttered crumpets and add to that a little of the cask char – heaven! We added a teardrop of water and balsamic strawberries next to a little sweet spice appeared and to taste, sarsaparilla tiramisu with caramel sauce.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 21 years Date distilled: August 1997 Alcohol: 59.5% USA allocation: 90 bottles