After 13 years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this into a first-fill PX hogshead. The panel didn’t catch the smoke right away, but it soon become evident – smoked pork, kippers, smouldering peats and beach bonfires. Otherwise, the nose gave us the sweetness of toffee, marzipan, raisins and manuka honey; some nuttiness; dried seaweed and whelk saltiness and just a hint of something industrial, like a mechanic’s oily rags. The palate offered blackcurrant jam, malt extract, black bun, coffee, dark chocolate, fruit leathers and stir fried cavolo nero – altogether a symphony of deeper flavours – if palette, not palate - the colours would be dark.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 15 years Date distilled: January 2005 Alcohol: 56.0% USA allocation: 60 bottles