The 90’s heralded some serious study of cask types for maturation. As a result more sherry casks were put to the spirit of this distillery than had been the case before. What came from these casks at 11 or 12 years was loved in France and Germany (where spirits were largely consumed without the addition of water) but not quite so popular in established markets of Japan or the US. We realised that not only did this distillery take longer to mature spirit but that the Spanish Oak sherry cask tannins would dominate and American Oak casks- particularly refills- were those which combined sympathetically with the spirit. Now 15 years this refill bourbon cask is at its best and receives full marks in my notebook as an outstanding example of its era.
Appearance: Mid golden
Bouquet: Give it time for the fruity and floral notes to fill the glass; then find their combination and harmony with wheat biscuits and prune skins. A truly enticing combination.
Palate: Soft and silky and absolutely typical of the fruity/ spicy combination of this distillery. Fulfilling but not robust; elegantly spicy but never losing the delightful character of the spirit.
Finish: Long and fruity this fades gently to the side of spice and this in turn encourages the next sip.