12 years old, distilled 25th May 2005, 60.6% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 198 bottles, dram price C
The nose has quince, gorse, heather and a hint of fennel. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, ginger and more of that fennel and heather from the nose. The finish has heather, lemon, ginger and a hint of white pepper.
Water brings out thin, rapidly spreading whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains more fennel and some juniper, and loses the quince. The body loses the lemon and gains white pepper and new oak furniture. The finish gains more white pepper.
(This isn't too hot in terms of spice, but has a lot of spicy flavours.)
A springtime dram for chasing the showers away.
Technical score: 3/5
Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.