It started with the lovely scent of newly polished wood – then we were seduced away to a fantasy of being served goodies in Cleopatra’s tent – passion-fruits, pomegranates, medjool dates, Turkish Delight and coconut macaroons. The palate was deep, rich, warming and exotic – orange sherbet, dates and figs, toasted coconut, dried apricots and pineapple – divine tingles of wood and spice later. The reduced nose – Charentais melon, sherbety flying saucers, tarte tatin and tobacco. The palate – apricot jam and spiced marmalade, with dry ginger and liquorice to finish. After 15 years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this to an American oak PX hogshead.
Cask: First-fill American oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 16 years Date distilled: October 2000 Alcohol: 57.7% USA allocation: 42 bottles