We found ourselves deep in a lush forest, surrounded by oak and pine trees with a slight maritime twist to the salty breeze. Sweet aromas of berries, marzipan and fudge then merged with creamy buttery notes on brown toast. The palate was an intense punch of tropical juice and chillies that softened to brown sugar, cereals and figs with sticky syrup and red liquorice. With water came a more autumnal feel of dried leaves and clean earth, still with butter and almonds but now also being accompanied by dry spices, brazil nuts and walnuts. A much softer mouthfeel now encouraged banana, guava and vanilla with a drying finish reminiscent of dark chocolate and grape skins.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 11 years Date distilled: October 2009 Alcohol: 59.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles