A big well-rounded aroma of caramelised apples, kumquat marmalade with orange, mile-high coconut cream meringue pie combined with a gentle teasing wisp of smoke. Cooling spearmint on the palate neat at first before red berry fruit salad, lychees and cinnamon buns appeared. With a drop of water it turned into a stunning orange jelly with cardamom and mint-infused pineapple, mango and melon whilst on the palate now silky smooth and deliciously chewy nutmeg cookies with chocolate and hazelnuts. After twenty three years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a first-fill charred red wine barrique.
Cask: First-fill charred red wine barrique Age: 25 years Date distilled: May 1993 Alcohol: 51.3% USA allocation: 48 bottles