Distilled December 1980 and bottled December 2020. Aged 40 years in a Sherry Butt. Cask #34. 525 bottles produced. 45.5 ABV
92 Whiskey Advocate - Bales of aged tobacco, damp autumnal leaves, aromatic backyard bonfire smoke, barrel staves soaked in aged sherry, dried fig, prune flesh, milk chocolate, and polished antique wood grab the attention of the olfactory system. Deep wells of concentrated dark fruits give this a studied intensity, with chocolate-hazelnut ganache, date, plum, and a dry finish reminiscent of barrel char and oak tannins. Majestic, one might say.
An Autumn Farmer’s Market with notes of tobacco and mulled wine cooking on an open wood fire. Melted dark chocolate, orange, and toasted cinnamon sticks. Notes of red berry and fruitcake batter. Dense and packed with stewed and dried fruits; dusty chocolate blends with a hint of bonfire smoke, and cherries left to soak in Bourbon.
What you can expect to find: Strawberry, Fruitcake, and Campfire or bonfire
Nose: You are transported to an autumn farmers market with notes of tobacco and mulled wine cooking on an open wood fire. The distinct smell of sultanas being rinsed in whisky with melted dark chocolate orange and toasted cinnamon sticks. With time there is a rather more delicate note akin to a very well-aged Armagnac, bringing together notes of red berry and fruit cake batter.
Palate: It is dense and packed with stewed and dried fruits: plums and prunes, raisins and currants. There is something more lively with time in the glass like mint leaves and sweet tinned peaches. Dusty chocolate blends with a hint of bonfire smoke and cherries left to soak in bourbon. On the second sip there you find walnuts and hazelnuts with a hint of grapefruit and winter spice.
Finish: The spice continues into the finish with cloves and cinnamon balanced by dried mint leaves and thick juicy orange. It lasts forever, leaving you a pleasing dryness and flavors of earl grey tea and blackcurrant jam.