Otherworldly aromas of toasted pine nuts, walnut and butterscotch merged with ripe fruits and milk chocolate covered Brazil nuts. Buttery hazelnut croissants then joined linseed oil as we approached a big and mouth-coating palate adorned with dried apricots, thick cut marmalade and peanut butter. Fragrant wood emerged in the form of sandalwood polished with rose scented beeswax while with water appeared the personification of toffee apples, coconut milk and elderflower cordial. Soft and buttery notes incorporated vanilla custard and coated cinnamon and nutmeg as cocoa powder formed a dusting over marzipan and beech sap found orange zest on the finish. After spending 11 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a heavy toast and medium char 2nd fill hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
Cask: Second-fill hogshead, heavy toast/medium char Age: 14 years Date distilled: July 2005 Alcohol: 57.3% USA allocation: 48 bottles