A big funky dram, full of barnyard, gingerbread, horse sweat, stables, old leather, sweet paprika, mud, clay, lemon thyme, softmints, golden syrup, orange oil, stone fruits, juniper, prune juice, buttery brown toast and jasmine tea. With water there's a primrose accented floral aspect along with soft earth, petrichor, lichen, mirabelle eau de vie, wood embers, savlon cream, tarragon, deep heat and old calvados. The mouth is sharp to begin, lots of hot pencil shavings, mineral oil, graphite, soot, baked pears, redcurrant jam, orange and lime marmalade, baked peaches, caramelised strawberries, spiced mead and bakewell tarts. Water brings out cider apples and aged perry, then sheep wool, madeira cake, coconut, flaked almonds, pear tart tatin, black tea, dark chocolate orange and mushroom powder. Matured for 11 years in a bourbon hogshead before re-rack into a 1st fill STR (Shave, Toast, Re-char) barrique.
Cask: First-fill barrique, shaved/toasted/re-charred Age: 11 years Date distilled: August 2007 Alcohol: 56.1% USA allocation: 72 bottles