A big initial bluster of autumn leaves on fire, twiglets dipped in marmite, barley in a feedbag and a pleasingly dirty edge. Some cider vinegar and the sweetness of molasses alongside hay, balsamic vinegar, noble rot grapes and cinnamon balls. Reduction brings out mixed spices, hunting schnapps, green wood, malt loaf, rosewater and hints of silage and tobacco leaf. Some smouldering chimney smoke in the background. The palate is big, sweet and smoky. A deep and unctuous curdle of stem ginger, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and green walnuts. More cinnamon notes, hay bales, lemon pith and a complex sooty aspect. With water there's peanut brittle, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, cherry liqueur and a lingering wisp of oily peat. Matured for five years in an American oak oloroso sherry butt before being transferred to a European oak oloroso sherry butt.
Cask: Second-fill Spanish oak Sherry butt Age: 7 years Date distilled: April 2012 Alcohol: 61.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles