We encountered a curious nose – combining straw, basketry and putty with treacle tarts, Old English Spangles and cereal bars (with chocolate, honey, raisins and dates). The palate had orange and lemon jelly slices, pomegranate and blood orange San Pelligrino; then aniseed balls and humbugs to finish. The reduced nose discovered hot cross buns, mulled wine and pomanders and a dry-cleaner’s next to an apothecary’s next to a tobacconist. The palate now had lovely soft, sweet syrupy fruits, dark honey and brown sugar, cherry pie and spotted dick, with a long-lasting finish of Victory V’s, Halls Soothers and stem ginger in syrup.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: August 2006 Alcohol: 59.3% USA allocation: 60 bottles