Apples, pears and tropical fruits arrived with a textured coating of beeswax and nut oil before cinnamon spice, dried apricots and singed raisins suggested the presence of Barbados rum. In contrast the palate was abundant with herbs, cloves and red liquorice, giving an almost cough syrup stickiness with hints of blackcurrant jelly. A dash of water released plenty of toasted oak, coffee and cocoa with lavender, cumin and frankincense. Tangy fruit returned but now with orange marmalade, gooseberry tart and fresh cranberries. Orange continued onto the palate to be joined by red apples, grapefruit and plenty of herbs. Fennel seeds and star anise combined with bitter chocolate and lasted long into the finish with cask char and soy sauce.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 11 years Date distilled: September 2009 Alcohol: 64.0% USA allocation: 114 bottles