The panel found this one initially sweet, medicinal and mentholated. Lots of barley sugars, malt extract, syrupy sweetness, cough medicines, herbal teas and fresh kiln air. Robust, malty and well-sinewed. Water revealed eucalyptus tea, menthol tobacco, varnished hardwoods, pine wood sap and herbal cough medicines. The mouth continued this medicinal theme with delicate notes of tar and embrocations. Bandages, pickled lemons in brine, malt vinegar and wood char. Reduction gave everything a lovely 'olive oil sheen' and brought robust notes of heather ales, aniseed, bouillon and a kiss of herbal smoke. Matured for 13 years in a bourbon hogshead before transfer to a 2nd fill heavily charred hogshead.
Cask: Second fill hogshead, heavy char Age: 15 years Date distilled: April 2006 Alcohol: 59.9% USA allocation: 228 bottles