A bit of a shape-shifter, this – the nose starts with dusty cereal grass and hay – like sticking your head inside a combine harvester (not while operating obviously); then comes caramel, syrup sponge and toffee sauce on banana split – after that it gets slightly more perfumed – raspberry tarts and daffodils. The palate is sweet, succulent and mouth-coating – iced caramels, custard-filled donuts, and dark toffee, with hints of coconut macaroons and Topic bars – light ginger snap spice tingles to finish. It's similar with water but slightly less spirity. After ten years in ex-bourbon wood we transferred this into a heavy-toast/medium-char second-fill hoggie.
Cask: Second-fill hogshead, heavy toast/medium char Age: 11 years Date distilled: October 2006 Alcohol: 63.6% USA allocation: 60 bottles