The nose invited us to lounge about on a haystack with a root beer ice-cream float which has additional hints of banana toffee, bourbon and vanilla pods. The palate had a similar effect – brown sugar sprinkled on banoffee pie, shimmerings of rum and coconut, and a finish of dusty wood and spiced sweets (ginger, aniseed, clove). The reduced nose transported us to a tropical island – cane sugar, vanilla pods, rum and gardenia blossoms – ‘a sweetly decadent perfume of paradise’. The palate now supplied dark chocolate, caramelised sugar, Madeira molasses cake and intriguing apothecary notes – once again a spicy finish, now nutmeg and wasabi.
Cask: Second-fill barrel Age: 16 years Date distilled: December 2003 Alcohol: 64.3% USA allocation: 90 bottles