The initial nose neat was like unwrapping cinnamon flavoured chewing gum which was followed by charred coconut flakes, buttered sweet popcorn and orange oil. On the palate a big slice of a sticky ginger cake with cranberry jam and a cup of bold brewed and stewed loose leaf Assam tea. Following dilution aromas of white pepper, caramel and oak spices emerged, while to taste a candied fruit Vollkornbrot (German for ‘whole grain bread’) with toasted nuts, chocolate chunks and, of course, candied fruits – deeply satisfying. Following three years in a charred virgin oak barrel we had to move the whiskey, since the cask was leaking, into yet another virgin oak charred barrel.
Cask: New American oak charred barrel Age: 5 years Date distilled: September 2015 Alcohol: 55.8% USA allocation: 114 bottles