We noticed at first the deep orange red colour before we walked through a wine cellar where rows and rows of Madeira wine matured in barrels, an intoxicating scent of earthy, deep floral and woody aromas. Big on the palate neat, fennel seeds coated in bitter chocolate, roasted hazelnuts with thyme before a deep glace cherry sweetness appeared. Water added ginger wine, dark chocolate oranges and dark chocolate covered rose flavoured Turkish delight while to taste blood orange and dark chocolate fondant cakes. After eight years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a 1st fill Oloroso hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Oloroso hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: March 2010 Alcohol: 55.3% USA allocation: 126 bottles