The nose neat initially was just like making toffee, melting the sugar and the butter. The aroma was rich, full and fatty; a sticky toffee pudding with blood orange, tangerine and whipped double cream. The taste was that of chewy pumpkin spiced caramel washed down with an Indian spiced Masala chai black tea. With a drop of water we opened a wooden tea chest and had toasted pita bread dipped into a lemon and coriander hummus spiced up with some Jalapeno chilli. After fourteen years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky directly into a 2nd fill Sauternes cask for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: Second-fill Sauternes barrique Age: 17 years Date distilled: January 2000 Alcohol: 53.2% USA allocation: 48 bottles