Twenty years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, followed by a first-fill Pedro Ximenez cask resulted in a nose of heather moor-burn and burnt sticks, with toffee, caramel and meringue sweetness, dulce sherry and toasted macaroons. The palate is a classic combination of subtle smoke and burnt leaves with rich honey, dark chocolate, sweet sherryand muscovado; dry oaky tannins and spices tingle the mouth. The reduced nose has spun sugar, vanilla and prunes, bonfire embers and enough warehouse aromas to delight a host of angels. The palate now has chocolate raisins and syrup sponge, with a blanket-stitch of smoke all around the tongue.
Drinking tip: Essential part of the course for trainee distillery angels
Colour: Rich gold Cask: First-fill Spanish oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 20 years Date distilled: November 1995 Alcohol: 52.1% USA allocation: 96 bottles