112.84 - Seductive Shapeshifter

13 years old, distilled 8th August 2007, 56.1% abv, Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 268 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 112.84 - Seductive shapeshifterThe nose has toffee and soft caramels, with hints of honeycomb. The body has toffee, pear, apricot and hints of cinnamon. The finish has toffee, apricot and cinnamon with some star anise.

Water brings out thin, compact whorling that settles quickly into very brief mottling. The nose gains vanilla and apricot, and loses the caramels. The body gains vanilla and loses the toffee. The finish gains vanilla and some more wood spices.

A spicy dram balanced with some lovely fruity notes.

One for autumnal mornings.

Technical score: 4/5

Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.

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.