|Initial: Ex-bourbon hogsheads | Final: 1st-fill ex-bourbon barrel
|11 Years Old
|1 of 254 bottles
We noted an elegant mix of crystallised and smoked lemon peels at first. Then shoe polish, new leather, burning hay bales and puffer smoke drifting over rock pools. Also some dental floss, crab sticks, herbal cough medicines and bandages dipped in seawater. Reduction brought pure brine, fresh sea air, pickled lemons, gauze, chilli-infused salami, capers in brine and burning cow sheds. The palate opened with hot smoked salmon slathered in horseradish, black pepper, pure iodine, camphor and roof pitch. With water we found it becoming highly petrolic, mineral and umami. Anchovies in olive oil, soy sauce and mercurochrome. At eight years of age, we combined selected hogsheads from the same distillery into a variety of different casks. This first fill bourbon barrel is one of those casks.