This one noses beyond its years with an initial wealth of figs, shoe polish, old school cream sherry, new leather shoes, plum wine, five spice, wine cellar must, cognac spilled on old furniture and coconut cream. Water brings out more tertiary complexities such as strawberry wine, paper ash, dry earth, sawdust, old toolbox, metal polish, blueberry cheesecake, black forest gateaux and a creamy pint of stout. The mouth opens on bourbon biscuits, grape must, liquorice, milk chocolate, black tea, wasabi dusted biltong, pencil shavings in apple juice and blood orange. With water there’s pineapple upsidedown cake, caramelised demerara sugar, poached peaches, apricots and hints if fruity red chilli and hot paprika.
Cask: Re-charred hogshead Age: 8 years Date distilled: June 2010 Alcohol: 58.1% USA allocation: 84 bottles