25 years old, distilled 9th September 1992, 490% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 215 bottles, dram price F
The nose has lemon, pear, almonds, and waxed furniture. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, pear, lime, mango, and caramel, then old mahogany. The finish is lemon and mango with old mahogany.
Water brings out tight, thin whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains caramel and mango, and loses the almonds. The body gains more mango, papaya, butter and honey, and it loses the old mahogany. The finish gains papaya, caramel and a little lime and loses the old mahogany.
This is a superb dram, which really opens up with water. Full of fruit, brilliantly balanced - a joy. It's only flaw is that it takes water to reach its full potential...
One for summer afternoons.
Technical score: 4.5/5
Personal preference: I'd like more than one bottle.