A maturation in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, half of which are peated, whilst the other half are unpeated. Bottled up at 58.7% ABV, without any added colour or chill-filtration.
Appearance: Light gold/diluted Apple Juice. A substantial tidemark forms quickly and starts to bead and morph into teardrops. Many medium and thick trails form and seep towards the surface. Pleasing and sticky in appearance around the glass.
Nose: A good amount of alcohol. Quite hoppy and lemony on the first nose. From then on there’s vanilla, pastry, some honey drizzled plum and red apple and stewed strawberries. Rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, a vegetal note that adds some nice balance and warm rubber. A plastacine element grows slightly as three dram matures.
Palate: A lovely lovely mouthfeel, oily and decadent. Some gentle pepper, cinnamon, cherries, strawberries and vanilla. The vegetal note appears on the palate too, albeit subtly. The plastacine element is also consistent with the nose, I like it. This is so oily that you almost start to forget, or at least not worry so much, about the intricacies of the flavours! It’s like pepper-dusted strawberries and cream.
Finish: Medium in length. The pepper, berries and vanilla last for a decent length of time, in a hugely creamy and luxurious way.
Overall: Incredible mouthfeel. The flavours are all well balanced and pleasing and the ABV is perfect. Banger!