10 years old, distilled 19th December 2007, 59.6% abv, Second Fill Hogshead, 275 bottles, dram price B
The nose has raspberries, melon, red apples, pears and a hint of sugar dusting. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has red apples, pears, rhubarb and shortbread with a hint of cinnamon. The finish has red apples, rhubarb, cinnamon and ginger.
Water brings out thin, rapidly spreading whorling that lingers but never quite mottles. The nose gains vanilla, rhubarb and hints of parma violets. The body gains parma violets but loses nothing. The finish gains parma violets.
A very nice dram, which holds the ginger in check with floral and fruit notes.
One for summer afternoons.
Technical score: 4/5
Personal preference: I’d have another dram.
This whisky was provided by the SMWS in a preview session - thanks to them for that. Full editorial control has been retained in the tasting process.