The nose neat had plenty of chocolate; chocolate quince cake, dark cherry liqueur chocolates, chocolate dipped strawberries and Jaffa cakes. An adventure in flavour and heat on the palate neat, Mexican chipotle chilli, Tahitian vanilla and bourbon whisky made into a delicious deep syrup served over pancakes and blackberry fruit ice cream. When we added water, and it can take quite a bit, aromas of sappy pine needles, cinnamon and nutmeg appeared before the scent of a delicious prune and armagnac tart took centre stage. To taste now dark juice fruit gums, a mug of winter spice hot Ribena and dark chocolate key lime truffles.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 14 years Date distilled: September 2006 Alcohol: 58.7% USA allocation: 90 bottles