The nose represented a sweet medley bound in a sticky goo of toffee and fudge. Dried dates and fresh orange combined in a spicy marmalade with layers of ginger and citrus pith whilst butter and coconut oil provided a delightful texture. Juicy fruit continued onto the palate with a tingly and lively vibrancy bursting with crystalised ginger and dried apricots. Apples and soft plums intermingled seamlessly with nutmeg and cloves as richer notes suggested coffee dregs and dark chocolate. Creamy vanilla framed the finish perfectly as it gently meandered into a horizon of well-integrated oak. After spending 13 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a pedro ximinez hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 15 years Date distilled: October 2002 Alcohol: 55.9% USA allocation: 72 bottles