The nose is attractive, with deep, dark sweetness – brandy snaps, crème brûlée, tablet, dandelion and burdock and sweet black tea – hints of candied fruits and monstera deliciosa. The palate is wonderfully sweet and toothsome – syrup sponge and Daim bars with teasing polished wood and spice coming after – nutmeg, mace, spiced honey and Big Red gum. The reduced nose finds plum, fruit-cake, sherry, spiced rum, orange sherbet and Caramac. The palate now struts its sweetness and its spice – vanilla pods, brown sugar, chocolate caramels, Oddfellows, orange jelly and honey on charred oak – very rewarding, easy to drink and a beautifully warming after-glow.
Drinking tip: With dessert – or if you don’t like that idea – instead of dessert.
Colour: Amber rust Cask: Refill barrel Age: 6 years Date distilled: November 2010 Alcohol: 57.0% USA allocation: 48 bottles