We unanimously agreed it was a glorious nose, overflowing with beeswax, varnish, jasmine tea, hessian, toasted juniper wood, old ink wells, polished leather, cranberry gravy and black liquorice. Sumptuous, old school sherry of the highest calibre. Reduction gave us Black Jack chews, brown sugar, fruit scone mix, maraschino cherry juices and slightly salty bodega funk. The neat palate was fulsome, rich and darkly fruity with rancio, walnut oil, balsamic, quince paste, green walnut liqueur, black forest gateau and hessian. With water, we found salted almonds, bitter chocolate, biscotti, Vin Santo, volcano cake with extra strawberry jam and all manner of exotic hardwoods and toasted spices. The finish was full of soft waxiness, mineral oils, fennel tea and a wee bite of paprika. Sublime! Matured for 25 years in a bourbon hogshead before transferred to a 1st fill Spanish oak PX hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Spanish oak Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 27 years Date distilled: November 1992 Alcohol: 53.2% USA allocation: 90 bottles