Aromas stepped forth with a confident display of ginger beer, apples and rich oranges, closely followed by herbal notes and hints of red wine. A warm spiciness coated the mouth with menthol as redcurrants and oak supported the wine theme. Water brought us fresh tones of pine forests and juicy fruits with mangos, peaches and lemon icing. Flavours now boldly bind strawberry liquorice and Demerara sugar to coconut and coffee as cranberries and raspberries merged with lemon rind and ground ginger on the finish. After spending 11 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a first fill barrique for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: First-fill barrique, shaved/toasted/re-charred Age: 13 years Date distilled: January 2007 Alcohol: 57.6% USA allocation: 90 bottles