The complex nose combined sultanas, ripe figs and marmalade with Demerara, marzipan and rum-flavoured chocolate, polished wood, putty and split logs. The toothsome palate contained chocolate ice-lolly sticks and barley sugars, spiced cherries, aniseed gobstoppers and five spice roast belly pork; coffee bean, cardamom and curry to finish. The reduced nose had ice-cream, maple syrup and waffles in an artist’s studio (or maybe an apothecary’s?) The palate now delivered poached pears with honey and clove, breakfast pancakes with black coffee and cigar box hints; stellar stuff! After nine years in ex-bourbon wood we put this into a heavily charred new oak hogshead.
Cask: New oak hogshead, heavy char #4+ Age: 12 years Date distilled: November 2008 Alcohol: 54.5% USA allocation: 120 bottles