A full dose of wood delivered aromas that blended buttery notes with charred tannins as fresh grass emerged from the trees. The palate brought a fiery spice that exploded in the mouth before hay and barley bound with leather. With water however, it was coconut and digestive biscuits that dominated alongside the exotic fruits of mango, pineapple and guava. The heat had now sweetened to ginger cake with salted caramel and the soothing spices of nutmeg and cloves. Warm granary bread arrived with melted butter and the soft notes of porridge oats. A mouth-coating sweetness lasted through to the finish where it was joined by fine wood and apple bitters.
Cask: First-fill hogshead Age: 11 years Date distilled: August 2007 Alcohol: 58.6% USA allocation: 60 bottles