At ten years of age, we combined selected casks from this distillery. We then returned the single malt into a variety of casks to develop further. This is one of those casks. The nose is spectacular – plums, prunes and almonds, Demerara, sherry, oranges, cherry cola and wine-soaked, flamenco-battered floorboards in a Seville bar. The palate unfolds in waves – root beer, vanilla, ripe figs, red apples, leather and medicinal notes. The reduced nose gets Madeira molasses cake in a humidor, treacle tart, damson jam and honeyed waffles. The life-affirming palate finds nougat, maple candies and pressed dried dates; then a clove, mulled wine and pencil chewing finish.
Cask: First-fill Spanish oak Oloroso hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: October 2008 Alcohol: 63.5% USA allocation: 120 bottles