The nose was an abundance of sweet apples, blood oranges and sultanas wrapped in buttery pastry before pineapple and mango merged with toasted nuts and hints of cumin and linseed oil. The palate was spicy at first but quickly softened to apple chutney, banana and lychee beside liquorice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Things became very ripe with water as red cherries and guava arrived with thick syrup and custard. Apple crumble, marzipan and dark chocolate then merged with charred oak and hazelnuts on the finish. At 20 years of age, we combined selected casks from the same distillery. We then returned the single malt into a variety of different casks to develop further. This is one of those casks.
Cask: First-fill Oloroso hogshead Age: 24 years Date distilled: April 1996 Alcohol: 55.4% USA allocation: 120 bottles