An alluringly deep colour noted the panel on this dram which brims with the meatiness of a caramelised steak. Before notes of burnt toffee, charred wood, hoisin sauce and vanilla essence emerge. A warm crème brulee, fresh pipe tobacco and a rum-heavy mojito all make themselves heard. Water changes it to a rum and bourbon cocktail - a slosh of a fine Manhattan. The mouth is full of red fruits, acrylic paints, caramelised dark fruits, figs, strawberry syrup and burnt apricots. Water again loosens some notes of aged bourbon, plum wine and roasted pineapple. Transferred at 11 years of age to a coarse grained French oak cask.