Full and warming, the aromas comforted us like a shortcrust pastry shawl and slippers made of spun sugar. Crushed black pepper came and went leaving behind luscious dark chocolate mousse with honeycomb crunch and chocolate sauce drizzled over fresh raspberries. The rich and fruity trend developed as we encountered cherry liqueur, madeira, tangerine segments soaked in Grand Marnier, strawberry schnapps and plums steeped in dark navy rum. Water released a plethora of orange-based delights with chocolate orange, blood orange and dried orange peel whilst complex nuances of celery, melon, eucalyptus, walnut and leather provided the perfect end.
Drinking tip: After a dusty day of Sunday DIY.
Colour: Peach gold Cask: Refill butt Age: 14 years Date distilled: June 2000 Alcohol: 59.8% USA allocation: 90 bottles