Robust aromas conjured a sticky blend of tar, molasses and maple syrup that oozed over oxidised fruit and heavy oak like sherry treacle in a solera. Rum-soaked raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg joined with black olives and prunes on a bed of orange, ginger and liquorice root. Water released notes of wine like Tokaji and Armagnac with shredded coconut and fennel seeds. The palate combined hazelnuts and roasted chestnuts with hints of coal scuttle and heavy fruit cake that lasted onto a finish bound by charcoal and strong black tea. At sixteen years of age we combined two second-fill bourbon barrels, originally filled on the same day, into a first-fill PX butt.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez butt Age: 17 years Date distilled: June 2002 Alcohol: 51.1% USA allocation: 120 bottles