“Best Independent Merchant Single Malt Scotch” DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNER - 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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A wonderful aroma of freshly squeezed waxy oranges, warm gingerbread, grape noble rot and fruitcake laden with booze-soaked sultanas greeted us. Inviting, heady, complex and oozing lusciousness. Dark toffee, black bun, cassis and cinnamon swirls topped with stewed fruits. Water brought a creamy fatness to proceedings. Dark chocolate, pears poached in Calvados, treacle scones and plum duff with a splash of brandy. The palate initially revealed an unctuous sweetness. A whole mouthful of gooey dark fruits, flapjack, parkin, chantilly cream with citrus zest and then caramelising brown sugar with Chinese five spice. Water brought more brandy richness, spun sugar, aged muscat, apple turnovers and wild strawberries. Matured for 11 years in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a first fill sauternes barrique.
Cask: First-fill Sauternes barrique Age: 13 years Date distilled: March 2007 Alcohol: 57.2% USA allocation: 120 bottles