The nose gave us lots of sweet indications (nougat, chocolate fudge, vanilla ice-cream, caramel), plentiful fruit (fruit punch, Starburst), putty, painted wood and laundry. The palate had rather more fruit, but also with big, impressive heat in it – we got lime juice on mango and pineapple sprinkled with salt and chilli; the sweetness came through as Lebkuchen, iced caramels and marrons glacés. The reduced nose seemed even fruitier – apples, piña colada and fruits soaked in Calvados. The reduced palate was juicy and fruity, with mango and passion-fruit, some light wood (sappy twigs) and a salt and ginger kick in the tail.
Drinking tip: Sip this while looking at holiday brochures.
Color: Shiny yellow gold Cask: First-fill barrel Age: 12 years Date distilled: September 2003 Alcohol: 58.1% USA allocation: 72 bottles