100.17 - Fresh as a glacial facial

12 years old, distilled 23rd February 2005, 57.8% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 157 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 100.17 - Fresh as a glacial facialThe nose has pine wood and lemon, with a hint of ginger. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, cherry, and then a big hit of crystallised ginger. The finish is short - gingerbread and lemon.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles quickly into brief mottling. The nose gains hints of Cedar wood and cinnamon, and loses the pine wood. The body gains cinnamon and menthol notes, and the ginger is more present. The finish gains more spice.

This treads the line on my spice tolerance - the sweetness balances out the spice heat nicely. It's a post-dinner dram, to have with ice-cream.