Unexpected softness. All on leather polish, cherry syrup, new shoes, face cream, red fruit sweeties, strawberry jam, clove rock, brylcream, ointments, graphite oil, minerals and mint choc chip ice cream. A splash of water and out comes cream of mushroom soup, vegetable stock, lime leaf, strawberry laces, raspberry jam, warm scones, cookie dough and a big, cream-stuffed chocolate eclair. The mouth is all sweetness and texture with butterscotch, spiced breads, cured meats, honey, menthol mouthwash, wood spices, cinnamon dusted hot cross buns, ink, carbon paper, rancio, a light tarriness and herbal resins. Dilution offers up pine needles, syrupy old ointment, banana liqueur, varnish, extractive wood oils, precious hardwoods, the inside of a newly made guitar, mustard seeds, pot pourri, dried herb mix and old chartreuse. Matured for 10 years in bourbon hogshead before transfer to a heavily charred new oak hogshead.
Cask: New oak hogshead, heavy char #4+ Age: 12 years Date distilled: July 2006 Alcohol: 59.5% USA allocation: 84 bottles