A fascinating nose neat; minty clotted cream fudge, sticky date pudding with burnt caramel sauce, ginger essential oil and last but not least Teriyaki beef jerky. And to taste; sticky bacon wrapped in honey Dijon glazed parsnips seasoned with sweet Spanish smoked paprika and caramelised duck with fig chilli chutney. Water released a whiff of smoke, either from braised red cabbage with raisins or flambéed bananas whilst on the palate, Alsatian tarte flambée with smoky crisped bacon lardon and caramelised onions. Eleven years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, finished in a virgin oak hogshead with a heavy toast and a medium char.
Drinking tip: Sitting with friends around a table for banter.
Colour: Louis Armstrong's trumpet Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/ medium char Age: 12 years Date distilled: August 2004 Alcohol: 57.6% USA allocation: 90 bottles