Made only for the US and duty free there were some released in other parts of the world, I've been told only 150 but have no proof of that. Limited to 1000-1200 bottles total worldwide. If that is true I'll consider myself very fortunate to have owned 3 of them.
This was the "Surprise" in the Surprise Pass. I wish it was much bigger so that I could have shared it with more people. As it was, I took the names of everybody I thought would enjoy it and assigned them a number and then put the series in a random number generator to find the 10 who would participate. That was the most fair way to do it I thought. The selection came out pretty well with some noobs and a FOG or two and a bunch in the middle.
This release is a combination of 3 different sherry hogsheads (a hogshead is a barrel that holds just over 75 gallons) this yielded about 750 bottles at cask strength which was then cut to 95.2 proof. From this one can figure out how much was lost in evaporation (Angel's Share) and that works out to just about a third of the original filled barrels
The color is a dark copper, just like an old penny, in the bottle and only slightly lighter in the glass. Nosing brings up apples, sherry and a whiff of smoke. Tasting is at first honeyed vanilla which quickly changes to leather that morphs into something that resembles dried apricots but not that sweet and oak. At 95 proof the alcohol is noticeable but not over powering in the least. The finish is smooth with oak, sherry and leather again showing itself and lasts for a medium length of time.
By far one of, if not the best, most complex, sherried scotch that has ever crossed my lips. The only one I can think of that is close was a 1958 Macallan Anniversary Malt I had the privilege to try and that is even MORE expensive.
Hopefully we'll see some pictures and comments from the others.
Edited by AVB, 04 April 2009 - 08:44 AM.