1 of only 268 bottles from cask no. 10450
This has come from, we believe, an American oak sherry hogshead given the range of flavours it displays. It is the colour of Golden Syrup, and the first impression on the nose is ‘ginger cake with Golden Syrup and whipped cream’. The latter grows more vanilla-like (dairy ice-cream), and the nose takes on a dry orange-peel note, with brittle toffee. Tasted straight, we found creamy caramel toffees, then a treacle-toffee bitterness. Water increases the caramel note and introduces a trace of tinned peaches and freshly ironed cotton. The taste now is very sweet, with a soft, rounded texture, bitter chocolate in the finish; somewhat gingery and tannic overall. A longish finish. An interesting example of the make.