Wonderful textures embraced us from the start as beeswax polish and scented candles surrounded soft melons and a poached pear. Rich runny honey and butterscotch then merged with soft leather and toffee apples before more tropical tones appeared. Then lemon sherbet with hints of peppermint washed over fresh oak and caramel wafers before joining mango and glacé cherries. With water came an abundance of apples, pears and guava with citrus oils forming a whirlpool that sucked us down into the dark sweetness of stewed prunes, dates and chocolate éclairs. Oily and mouth-coating textures remained well into the finish where they were joined by maple syrup and mint chocolate. After 27 years in a bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky to a toasted oak cask for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: Second-fill toasted oak hogshead Age: 30 years Date distilled: October 1989 Alcohol: 49.0% USA allocation: 30 bottles