We transferred this from an ex-bourbon hogshead to a first-fill American oak PX cask after eighteen years. The nose was clean and bright – pineapple, Starburst, Maoams, chocolate-coated puff candy and Empire biscuits mingled with oiled wood and cigarette packets. The palate had Black Forest gateau and apricot Danish sweetness tempered by playful woody spices – nutmeg, clove, pink peppercorn and chocolate gingers. The reduced nose seemed slightly more delicate – baked apple with lemon juice, prunes and lime flowers. The palate became sweet, tart and mouth-tingling – cherry and custard, fruity perfumes and then fresh wood and subtle spices, somehow evoking an apothecary’s cabinet.
Drinking tip: While pouring over maps and planning journeys.
Colour: Clear shiny gold Cask: First-fill American oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 18 years Date distilled: September 1997 Alcohol: 56.3% USA allocation: 90 bottles