We found the nose fruity (apple orchard at pressing time, pineapple, lemon, cherry, marmalade) and woody – (cigar boxes, cricket bats in a church) – yet attractive, clean and elegant. The palate had lovely Jaffa cake, marshmallow and tea-cake sweetness, plus lots of spice – coconut curry, Peshwari naan, Liquorice Allsorts, nutmeg and clove. The reduced nose was a sneaky peek into a speakeasy – lacquered wood, floral perfume, cigar smoke and booze. The palate now slipped over like coffee and walnut ice-cream or hot chocolate – we also found Russian caramels and jammy dodgers and a sweet anise and liquorice finish. Intensely interesting.
Drinking tip: While watching American gangster movies.
Colour: Bronzed gold Cask: Virgin oak barrel, heavy char Age: 5 years Date distilled: October 2011 Alcohol: 57.0% USA allocation: 108 bottles