With boundless depth and incalculable complexity we were ecstatically greeted by caramelized pineapple, nectarine, dried cranberries, whipped cream with raspberries and peach and vanilla ice cream. A divine nuttiness progressed with toasted almonds and roasted hazelnuts before exploding into crème brulee, apple strudel, pain au chocolat and toasted marshmallows accompanied by a glass of kirsch. “I would refuse to put water in this”, one panelist pronounced as they beamed with multi-sensory gratification. The texture was silky yet viscous and laden with spicy oak, caramel, cocoa nibs, hazelnut chocolate and a light mineralic saltiness on the elegant and dignified finish.
Drinking tip: Most definitely best without water.
Colour: Sunshine on a tiger’s tail Cask: First-fill toasted oak hogshead Age: 21 years Date distilled: November 1994 Alcohol: 56.7% USA allocation: 90 bottles