Aromas of fresh wood with a heavy layer of sweet char bellowed from the glass alongside thick coconut and vanilla to create a made-in-the-USA quality. Familiar notes of banana flambe, caramel and dried cranberries merged with pink peppercorn spice and maple syrup to give the impression of dry rye whiskey over sultanas. Water released milky textures that morphed into cocoa and praline with the oiliness of toasted pine nuts. Heavier flavours presented truffles and burnt toffee served beside warm cognac and gingerbread. More sweetness followed as fudge, chocolate and honey combined with toffee apples and spiced rum whilst mahogany dominated the finish with a thick layer of beeswax polish. After spending 11 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a heavily charred new oak hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: New oak hogshead, heavy char #4+ Age: 11 years Date distilled: July 2007 Alcohol: 58.9% USA allocation: 108 bottles