The nose wafted elusive scents of blackcurrant flowers, tinned lychees and cigarette packets – but mainly it offered sultanas, dates and figs, custard tarts, maple syrup and orange boxes. Orange notes dominated the palate – Grand Marnier and clove-studded orange in mulled wine – plus barley sugars and cinnamon balls, with toasted oak, liquorice and tobacco on the finish. On the reduced nose, we got Rum Baba, brown sugar, maple candies, dark chocolate orange and candied angelica. The palate became bitter-sweet with dark chocolate, pecans, plum stones, ginger and root beer. After 10 years in ex-bourbon wood, we moved this into a first-fill PX hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: March 2008 Alcohol: 56.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles