After ten years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this into a first-fill red wine barrique. The nose had a winey characters – port and Sangria, lots of red fruits (blackberry, Ribena, fruit leathers, spiced plums) and cigar box hints. The palate confirmed this with dessert wine and Lambrusco, Ruffle bars (dark chocolate, raspberry and coconut), red liquorice and stewed fruits with a drying finish of wine-soaked oak, cranberry and cinnamon. The reduced nose discovered sticky dates, sherbet, honey and tobacco leaf. The palate grew juicier with pomegranate, marshmallow teacakes, apricot jam, vanilla, meringues and chilled Sauternes; once more a dry finish like chewing a liquorice root – definitely intriguing.
Cask: First-fill red wine barrique Age: 13 years Date distilled: February 2008 Alcohol: 55.7% USA allocation: 90 bottles