Sweet and malty notes combined freshly milled barley with buttered rye bread and nutty aromas as toffee apples merged with banana skins and marmalade. The palate was vibrantly fruity with a barrage of mango, papaya, guava and pineapple before biscuity notes returned in treacle and maple syrup. With water came elements of soft leather and antique wood covered with beeswax polish and dripping candle wax as fermenting apples joined soft pears. Strawberry jam and plums now emerged on the palate with banoffee pie and fruit scones coated with cinnamon butter. Nut and cereal flavours returned on an endless finish that incorporated mint chocolate with hazelnuts and polished oak. After spending 8 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a heavy toast refill hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: Refill hogshead, heavy toast/medium char Age: 10 years Date distilled: February 2010 Alcohol: 57.8% USA allocation: 66 bottles