On the nose, the sweetness of barley sugars and hazelnut chocolate was balanced by gentle smoke and chestnuts roasting on a charcoal brazier. The palate was chewy and substantial – wood-smoke and honey, heather moor-burn, slightly burnt fruit cake and suggestions of a coal-fire hearth. The reduced nose evoked brewers’ chocolate malt, raisins, cinder toffee, bourbon biscuits and coffee kisses. The palate now sweetened up quite a bit – brown sugar, chocolate donuts and over-done brownies in a smoky bothy atmosphere – eminently drinkable, we agreed. After 8 years in a bourbon hogshead this was moved into heavily charred new oak.
Cask: New oak hogshead, heavy char #4 Age: 9 years Date distilled: December 2009 Alcohol: 61.1% USA allocation: 60 bottles