After eight years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this into a first-fill Oloroso hogshead. The nose combined marzipan and brown sugar with toasted almonds and cashews, tarte tatin and Jaffa cakes. The palate had toffee apples, raisins and marmalade, cinnamon buns and porridge with stewed fruits; a lick of leather, a suspicion of cigar box and a touch of chilli to finish. The reduced nose was like ‘sliding down the polished banister in a country house’; also sticky toffee pudding, figs, sultanas and humbugs. The palate now encompassed prunes in sherry, cinder toffee and crème brûlée, with coffee beans, liquorice and oak in the aftertaste.
Cask: First-fill Oloroso hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: March 2010 Alcohol: 57.2% USA allocation: 114 bottles