The nose is deeply compelling and as balanced as a ball on a bicycle – lovely rich fruit cake with marzipan and cherries, and orchard fruits in a polished wooden bowl. The palate has a delightfully thick and creamy body – peanut butter, honey and almond tuiles; pears and pineapple extravagantly bathed in creamy vanilla custard. The reduced nose finds chocolate-covered caramel wafer, bread and butter pudding, cinnamon on pear and clotted cream. The palate combines juicy fruits (lychee, physalis, apple, rhubarb) with maple Danish, milk bottle sweets and vanilla toffee; sweet spice tingles of gingerbread, hot-cross buns and aniseed balls on the finish.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 11 years Date distilled: September 2009 Alcohol: 63.7% USA allocation: 108 bottles