A smouldering peat fire was first noticeable on the nose neat followed by clean engine oil, flamed orange peel and finishing with a cup of tarry lapsang souchong tea. On the palate neat, deep, dark and strong like Latakia tobacco, initially sun-cured and then further cured over aromatic wood and a fragrant herb fire giving it an intense smoky-peppery taste. Water added, on the nose, Chinese-style five spice pork spareribs and on the palate sweet smoky bacon and roasted treacle toffee bananas. After twelve years in an ex-bourbon barrel, we transferred this whisky directly into a 1st fill Limousin oak barrel for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: First-fill Limousin oak barrel Age: 13 years Date distilled: April 2004 Alcohol: 57.8% USA allocation: 60 bottles