Our noses were twitched and bewitched – Kir Royale and beeswax candles on an antique writing desk, grape-flavoured sherbet crystals and Demerara-sprinkled rhubarb crumble with custard. The palate was old and delightful, yet firm (like a good Panel chair) – dark chocolate, toffee and date sweetness; sharp fruits (grapefruit, lemon, lime, cherry pie) and pickled ginger, turmeric and cardamom warmth. The reduced nose found waxed fruits, rum and raisin ice-cream, bread and butter pudding and sweet Muscat wine. The reduced palate discovered a pleasantly bitter finish of marmalade, sorrel and quince. After 31 years in bourbon wood, we transferred this into a first-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 32 years Date distilled: April 1985 Alcohol: 49.6% USA allocation: 42 bottles