The nose gave us dried flowers in wicker baskets, russet apples, apricot Danish and barley sugars; bandy-soaked Christmas cake, orange muscat and sweet ginger. The palate was ‘toothsome’ and ‘very enjoyable’ – but with spicy warmth and woody weight behind it – honeyed figs, crystallised ginger and suggestions of Chartreuse and Glühwein. The reduced nose was aromatic and evocative – straw around strawberries, cinder toffee, fig rolls, treacle tart, delicatessens and old libraries. The palate developed plump sultanas, marzipan, brandy snaps and rum-soaked raisins; walnut shells and liquorice on the finish. After 9 years in refill bourbon we transferred this into fine grain French oak.
Cask: Second-fill fine grain French oak hogshead Age: 10 years Date distilled: August 2007 Alcohol: 59.2% USA allocation: 60 bottles