A classic, iconic release, launched in 1993. Aged for 12 years in refill American oak casks before finishing in first fill European oak Oloroso sherry butts. A nose of honey, subtle spice & nuttiness. A sweet palate of oaky vanilla, subtle baking spice, nuts & dried fruit.
On the nose it is gristy, supple nuttiness intertwined with spices. Honeyed sultanas and grapes. Hugely inviting. On the palate the whisky is sweet with good body. The bourbon characters develop; gentle spice with a little vanilla, a hint of balancing peat lurking quietly in the substrata. Dried fruit too, combining with nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, back into the bourbon notes - so well integrated. The finish is spicy, slightly drying, still sweet.