The nose is deep, dark and mysterious – shaved creosoted wood, burnt fruit cake, wood-fired pizza, Turkish coffee and char-grilled lobster. The palate has controlled smoke drifting over equally heavy flavours of liquorice, Fernet Branca, black bun, molasses cake, blackcurrant jam, treacle toffee and Szechuan peppercorns – it’s an intense tongue experience. The reduced nose finds slate and pencil leads, fruity shisha pipes, burned lavender sprigs and cordite. The palate moves on to Black Jack chews, tarry driftwood, rye bread, cracked pepper crisps and Lapsang Souchong with heather honey. After 19 years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this into a second-fill port barrique.
Cask: Second-fill Port barrique Age: 21 years Date distilled: May 1998 Alcohol: 55.5% USA allocation: 36 bottles