The nose reminded us of candy peanuts, flapjacks, French Fancies and caramel Angel Delight, with hints of hessian sacks, straw and Plasticine flowers. The palate had an interesting duality – a sweet side (Parma violets, orange liqueur, dates and fruit cake) and a warm, spicy, playing-on-the-tongue element of sugar-coated fennel seeds and new oak. The reduced nose similarly contrasted Macaroon bars, coconut ice and Magnums with sanded wood and Imperial Leather soap. The palate (better with water) now had sweetie necklaces and milk chews, sweet cereal and fruit and nut chocolate, with a finish of dry oak, sandalwood, aniseed and cinnamon.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 13 years Date distilled: July 2006 Alcohol: 59.8% USA allocation: 72 bottles