Note by Chris Goodrum (Gauntleys):
A very special single cask bottling for the UK market
10 years in Bourbon/ 6 years finishing in Madeira
Dist: June 1997 Btl: Oct 2013
Tasted: Oct 2013
A rich, buscuity, Madeira cake nose with earthy, honey notes. Edgy toffee, baked fruit, salt along with hints of parma violets. With time some grainy spices, menthol and dried fruit emerge.
The palate is soft and honeyed with shortbread biscuits and Madeira cake, dried apricot, raisins, sultanas and earthy coffee/ herbal tannins. Gently peated with a very dry, herbal, honeyed, mocca/ malty middle. A huge mouthful of a malt with a very malty finish, finally moving into light tar and walnut fade.
A drop of water brings out more citrus on the nose with an almost late harvested botrytis sweetness. The Madeira richness has faded a bit and allows the American oak to show with an almost old, dusty Glen Grant like character. It now feels double its age with a dusty violet note prevalent. The palate is exceedingly luscious now with the softly spiced herbal notes noticeable. Still mouth-filling but a little less tannic. Very more-ish!