Plenty of sweet and spicy aromas on the nose neat; nutmeg, clove and cinnamon but at the same time, an earthy almost musty scent of old hardwood, sawdust and fresh soil. The taste made the hair on the back of our necks stand on end, razor-sharp, graphite oil, herbal ointment with a long oak spiced finish. With water, plenty of dark cherry and very ripe strawberry aromas combined with forest floor notes, whilst on the palate, concentrated sweet fruit with subtle savoury oak in the background and smooth tannins. After thirteen years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a 1st fill PX hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: First-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead Age: 15 years Date distilled: November 2002 Alcohol: 58.3% USA allocation: 60 bottles