The nose neat was full of goodness as we made cinder toffee and toffee apples as well as gooey chocolate brownies straight out of the oven. On the palate decadent, deep and strong like Black Forest chocolate mousse shots – the kirsch fired in by a blunderbuss gun! With a little water a classic New Orleans Sazerac cocktail appeared – rye whisky, absinthe, bitter and a cube of sugar. The taste, sweet, rich and woody with cloves, anise, candied spices, bitter orange, dark chocolate and black tea as well as a teasing, tingling peppery, slightly citrus liquorice in the finish. After thirteen years in an ex-Bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a 1st fill Limousin oak hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Limousin oak hogshead Age: 15 years Date distilled: October 2004 Alcohol: 56.6% USA allocation: 72 bottles