From the get-go it was an easy affair as the ripe fruits of pineapple, pear and guava coupled with toasted almonds, Brazil nuts and creamy caramel. Leather books and strong oak suggested a stroll up the aisle between dusty church pews, however a mouth-coating spiciness emerged on the palate bound by an abundance of treacle, blueberry muffins and cherry bakewells. Water unveiled delicious hot cross buns with melted butter alongside banana skins, coconut husk and hot chocolate. Flavours of salted caramel, honey and banana cake shone through and were joined by coffee and wood on the finish. After spending nine years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a heavily charred new oak hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: New oak hogshead, heavy char #4+ Age: 11 years Date distilled: November 2008 Alcohol: 55.6% USA allocation: 72 bottles