The nose opened slowly to juicy fruits (raspberry, peach, nectarine, lemon puffs), cola cubes, vanilla and blanched almonds, with teasing hints of toasted oak and mustard powder. The satisfyingly complex palate combined vibrant cherry and raspberry with vanilla custard slice; holding it in the mouth brought out tobacco, chewed pencil ends and Big Red chewing gum. The reduced nose developed apricot yoghurt and dried banana flakes, buttery cinnamon toast, shaved wood, basketry and fag packets. On the palate, the cherry, raspberry and lemon tartness was balanced nicely by honey, Blancmange and golden meringue sweetness; hot cross bun spices warmed the finish.
1st fill barrel, Ex-Bourbon