The Panel were surprised to discover an unusually rich and robust nose that incorporated beeswax furniture polish, airfix glue, milk chocolate, soot, cinnamon buns, dunnage, wood polish, lemon oil and various herbs. A real sense of good ageing was on display we felt. With water there emerged truffle oil, wild garlic, paraffin wax, spicy Italian sausage, old tool boxes, brake fluid and spiced Marmite. The mouth was faintly smouldering in character with fennel seeds, honeycomb, sack cloth, hessian, liquorice and black jack chews. Reduction brought chamois leather covered with icing sugar, Gewurtztraminer eau de vie, star fruit, citrons, aged cigar boxes and faint whiffs of lapsang souchong.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 37 years Date distilled: December 1980 Alcohol: 46.8% USA allocation: 60 bottles