San Francisco World Spirits Competition DOUBLE GOLD 2018
The nose, mild-mannered and beautifully balanced, displayed a full spectrum of sweetness, from ripened barley to sticky toffee pudding and a box of chocolate pralines; also hints of new leather and lino cuts. The palate was deep, full of interest and attention-grabbing – intensely sweet (iced caramels, rum and raisin ice-cream) with a kaleidoscope of orange (orange blossom, orange peel, blood orange), tropical fruits and perfumed leather. The reduced nose found sherry-soaked fruits, sherbet and tobacco, while the palate was now silky, sexy and indulgent, pulsing in the mouth with chocolate and fruit – ‘What more could you ask?’ was one panellist’s opinion.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 25 years Date distilled: May 1992 Alcohol: 54.3% USA allocation: 60 bottles