We can’t say any more about where this is from, which in turn might help you guess which family-owned producer it is who has asked that we don’t tell anyone its provenance. This one came from a sherry butt, the type this distiller is well-known for, is bottled at 57.6% ABV and priced at £135.
Nose: A balance of raisin fruitiness and savoury leafy bracken notes. Fruity cherries, and buttery an almondy Cherry Bakewells build. Green and leafy notes hide beneath, joined by runny caramel, stewed apple and white-wine-poached pears.
Palate: Buttered sponge cake, candied orange, butter cream and baking spice. Rich and creamy notes build, followed by sweet apple and pear jam, a touch of blackcurrant and some barrel char. Buttered malt loaf, mincemeat and more spice bring up the rear.
Finish: Blackcurrant on spiced fruit loaf. Damp oak and lingering leafiness.