The nose is a balanced marriage between a sweet lady (maple pecan Danish, stroopwafel, caramel wafer) and a well-muscled carpenter (oiled wood, putty, charred staves). The palate perpetuates this pairing – cinder toffee, fruit cake, bourbon biscuits, sweet sherry and chocolate-coated raisins matching nutty, woody spice (ginger, clove, nutmeg). With water, the lady takes the upper hand – so more sweet and less heat; butterscotch and chocolate orange sweetness pleases the tongue, while the gentle spices and black-jacks slyly tease the finish.
Drinking tip: To help soothe the soul after a marital tiff.
Colour: Nice whisky colour Cask: Second-fill Oloroso butt Age: 14 years Date distilled: May 2002 Alcohol: 58.5% USA allocation: 72 bottles