The nose held our attention with attractive, wood-derived notes of dunnage, vanilla and tobacco leaf; but also sweet, perfumed aromas of jam donuts, brandy snaps, Dolly Mixtures, banana and tulips. The palate balanced sweetness with acidity – unripe nectarine, pomegranate, black cherries and lime; Haribo Astro Belts, hyacinths and subtle wine hints. The reduced nose had fresh-sawn oak, chamois leather, coconut and laurel leaf counterpointing fudge, marshmallow and Turkish Delight. On the palate, we found Amarena cherries and limoncello – still tangy and lip-smacking but much sweeter. After 16 years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this into a first-fill red wine hogshead.
Cask: First-fill charred red wine barrique Age: 16 years Date distilled: October 2000 Alcohol: 55.9% USA allocation: 54 bottles