A deep, rosy colour is suitably followed by aromas of rosewater, strawberry jam, Turkish delight, retsina pine wine, molten bubblegum, chocolate orange, spiced fig jam, prune eau de vie and a big note of blood orange. With a splash of water there’s hessian, milk chocolate, old wine cellars, boal madeira, vanilla sponge, coconut creme brulee, creme caramel, buttermints, pear liqueur and praline. The palate opens on cough medicine, raspberry liqueur, gin and tonic sorbet, pecan pie, tutti frutti, herbal ointments, pastis, liquorice, key lime pie and posh custard. With reduction there’s dark fruit-studded muesli, toffee sauce, apple turnover, motor oil, old cracked leather, polished wood, mineral oil and marzipan. Matured for 12 years in bourbon hogshead before transfer to a medium charred, fine grained 2nd fill French oak barrique.
Cask: Second-fill French oak barrique Age: 14 years Date distilled: August 2004 Alcohol: 58.9% USA allocation: 90 bottles