We were cooking sherry-braised pork cheeks, from black Iberian pigs known as Cerdo Ibérico, with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Rich, nutty and intense on the palate – like venison steak in a full-bodied red wine and bitter chocolate sauce and for good measure, a few Reese’s Pieces peanut butter candy in a crunchy shell. Water added mince pies and brandy butter served with German bread dumplings and to taste, we enjoyed a glass of chilled Lambrusco Italian wine, jam-packed with dark fruit flavours and pleasing tannins. After 11 years in an ex-oloroso American oak butt, we transferred this whisky into a first fill Spanish oak PX sherry butt.
Cask: First-fill Spanish oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: May 2007 Alcohol: 57.5% USA allocation: 120 bottles