The heat of charred wood rises first from the glass. Followed by BBQ sauce, cherry wine, strawberry laces and pocket-warmed fruit loops. A dense stodge of malt loaf with plum jam, stem ginger, mulling spices and cinnamon spiced damson compote. Dilution moves things towards green fruits, wildflowers, apricot preserve, lime jelly and some aged Rioja. Some dark chocolatey must, boiled sweets, curry leaf and old Sauternes. The mouth is full on with red liquorice, new leather, brandy butter, brown bread, beef jerky, black tea and abundance of spice. Water unearths pencil shavings and erasers. Cooking oils, strawberry wine, cloudy cider, black grapes, softmints, baking soda and earthy turmeric. Matured in a bourbon hogshead for 11 years before transfer to a 1st fill charred red wine barrique.
Cask: First-fill charred red wine barrique Age: 13 years Date distilled: October 2005 Alcohol: 60.0% USA allocation: 60 bottles