The nose had a fabulous sweet earthiness – brandy snaps, banana loaf made with brown sugar, sugar buns, chocolate raisin Poppets, hay bales and a roast chestnut stand. Rich, fruity and earthy, the palate gave us wonderful and unusual flavours of dark cherries, marrons glacés, chilli-glazed apricots, treacle scones and mochachino. Unexpectedly, it took plenty of water, still flaunting its nose of maple candies, crème brûlée and walnut whips, Oddfellows and bonfire embers. The palate now had mulled wine, cough syrup, ginger snaps and Liquorice Allsorts, with a dry finish of oak, leather, nutmeg, sugary espresso dregs and pakora – amazing stuff.
Cask: Second-fill Spanish oak Oloroso butt Age: 7 years Date distilled: June 2011 Alcohol: 67.5% USA allocation: 90 bottles