The nose was complex and abundant with smoked fish on a seafood platter served with marmalade glazed ham and smoky bacon on bed of lavender and red liquorice. The palate blended herbal medicinal notes with treacle and burnt toffee. Smoked salmon with dill arrived with singed orange skins before deeper elements introduced raisins rolled in nutmeg and coal dust. Water brought nutty notes to the fore alongside thick maritime smoke, barnacles on a ship's hull and crab meat served with quince jelly. Tarry ropes followed on the palate with thick ash and soot while smoked prunes and molasses delivered a deep sweetness. After spending 6 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a 2nd fill oloroso hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: Second-fill Oloroso hogshead Age: 9 years Date distilled: March 2012 Alcohol: 56.2% USA allocation: 102 bottles