After 11 years in ex-bourbon wood, we re-racked this into a first-fill PX hogshead; resulting in a unique combination of North Sea power and exuberance with sun-kissed Andalusian bodegas. The nose gave us honey, dates, marzipan, fruit cake, glazed donuts and oranges preserved in brandy. We also got deeper notes of tobacco, oak, black tea, putty and laminate flooring. The palate had similar contours – a taste superstructure of honey, barley sugars, and marrons glacés, iced ginger cake, lemon bonbons and sherbet orange sweets – but underneath that could be found a penumbra of polished leather, tobacco, molasses, ship’s timbers, coal-tar and sherry.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: March 2007 Alcohol: 58.9% USA allocation: 48 bottles