The initial aroma suggested hot cocoa with honey. Then touches of hessian, pears baked in Calvados, caramelising muscovado sugar and hot treacle full of molten marshmallows. Further notes of children's cough medicines, red liquorice and strawberry jam. Water brought a firmer edge that suggested waxed canvass, dried apple rings, candy floss, foam banana sweets, lime cordial, citrus curds and toasted marshmallow. The palate was initially very rum like, lots of rum 'n' raisin ice cream, pickled sultanas, demerara sugar, walnut oil and booze-soaked fruit salad. Reduction brought out Battenberg cake, brake fluid, pistachio nougat and green walnut liqueur. Matured in a bourbon barrel for 11 years before transfer to a 2nd fill heavy toast medium char hogshead.
Cask: Second-fill hogshead, heavy toast/medium char Age: 15 years Date distilled: July 2005 Alcohol: 61.9% USA allocation: 90 bottles