A pleasingly medicinal blast of aromas with carbolic soap and iodine develops into black tea, herbs (rosemary) and green tomato. There’s a winey note emerging too. To taste it’s rich, medicinal, sweet and earthy. Sauna wood, leather, sweet strong black tea, dried mixed fruits, salted black liquorice and charred wood. Add water and it becomes more winey, gentler and sweeter. Aromas are balanced with rich honey, liquorice, plums and then leather, charcoal and samphire. Satisfyingly sweet and smoky to taste – hot smoked salmon with herbs, carbolic and ash – and a wonderful lingering finish. It spent 19 years in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead.
Cask: Second-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 21 years Date distilled: November 1996 Alcohol: 48.6% USA allocation: 54 bottles