With a plate of warm Belgian waffles ready to go, we delighted in sprinkling cinnamon and ginger to start with. Then came handfuls of dried banana chips, white grapes and sliced apple topped with soft buttery toffee and runny caramel sauce. With a dash of water we took things to a new level with red apple pie stacked on sponge cake and covered with chocolate shavings and sticky honey. A scattering of dried herbs, fennel and star anise followed along with juniper berries to give an oily texture and a thick wedge of marzipan just for fun. Finally, a few peppermint leaves provided the garnish and a pinch of nutmeg created a waffle like no other while we hugged our favourite hot water bottle.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 14 years Date distilled: January 2006 Alcohol: 53.7% USA allocation: 84 bottles