The panel initially noted a boisterous mix of key lime pie, aged riesling, walnut oil, coconut milk, vanilla cream and wax. Then some banoffee pie, earth and milk chocolate with a wee slice of lemon cheesecake. Wonderfully textured and layered complexity we thought. With water there was marzipan, mineral oil, pencil shavings, botrytis and a musky hessian note. The arrival in the mouth was wax in texture with orange marmalade, brown sugar, ripe pineapple, exotic hardwoods, vase water and paprika. A little water added grapefruit skins, aged rum and dry flowers. Transferred at 14 years of age into a first fill charred red wine barrique from a refill bourbon hogshead.
Cask: First-fill charred red wine barrique Age: 14 years Date distilled: June 2003 Alcohol: 59.7% USA allocation: 78 bottles