Nosing this one we immediately thought of Manhattan Skyscrapers, not the buildings but the cocktail! Whisky, sweet and dry vermouth a dash of old-fashioned bitters and topped up with ginger ale. On the palate a chocolatey, creamy and crunchy treat emerged of chocolate coconut ice cream with Macadamia nuts. After we added water, we got served Teriyaki beef jerky as nibbles accompanying the cocktail while to taste full flavoured, still very powerful but honest and unpretentious peppermint cocoa roasted nuts, dried cranberries and damson ice cream. Following fifteen years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky into a 2nd fill Oloroso hogshead.
Cask: Second-fill Oloroso hogshead Age: 17 years Date distilled: November 2003 Alcohol: 59.8% USA allocation: 108 bottles