Sipping rum from a coconut as whirls of cinnamon, nutmeg and custard washed over us, we relaxed like dark chocolate melting in the Caribbean sun. Divine dried fruits of figs, sultanas and raisins joined dark toffee and molasses with tangy marmalade on brown toast. A larger-than-life mouthfeel brought bundles of crystallised ginger and chewy toffee alongside spiced rum, honeycomb and chocolate brownies. Water caressed us with Chinese five spice on layers of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries as nutmeg dominated the character of an old spice cupboard. A rounded palate coupled dried orange skin, fresh figs and dates with more spice from cardamom and cinnamon just before an extensive finish ventured further into blackcurrant jam and plum pie with a burnt crust.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: June 2008 Alcohol: 57.2% USA allocation: 60 bottles