An impressive nose neat - even more so when taking the age into consideration. Complex, sweet and spicy, nutmeg, fruitcake with rum soaked raisins, strawberry jam filled donuts, caramel and a hint of tree bark. Deep, dark and broody on the palate like brown sugar meringues with a hazelnut butterscotch sauce. With a drop of water plenty of charred/burnt oak reminiscent of a Walpurgis Night bonfire and we skipped around the fire and sung: “the queen will never win the game, for Rumpelstiltskin is my name”! After five years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this whisky was transferred into a 2nd fill toasted oak butt.
Cask: Second-fill toasted oak butt Age: 7 years Date distilled: April 2011 Alcohol: 67.0% USA allocation: 90 bottles