Plenty of sweet goodness on the nose neat; vanilla panna cotta with fresh strawberries and a good dash of grappa as well as a sweet, spiced apricot smoothie. On the palate neat an orange and lime crème caramel with that surprise citrus burst and the various spices from the smoothie – cinnamon, ginger and chai seeds. With a little water we had a soft scoop vanilla ice cream and white chocolate-dipped caramel fudge fingers. To taste, pure magic! A smoky tea-infused Manhattan using sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and Lapsang Souchong black tea, garnished with a cocktail cherry and a slice of orange.
Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 16 years Date distilled: September 2003 Alcohol: 53.2% USA allocation: 90 bottles