11.37 - Cake or death!

12 years old, distilled 2nd February 2006, 58.3% abv, First Fill Charred Red Wine Barrique, 278 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 11.37 - Cake or death!The nose has honey, treacle, calvados and banana. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has honey, calvados, treacle, blood orange and mandarins. The finish has blood orange and treacle.

Water brings out tight, thin and compact whorling that dissipates quickly without mottling. The nose gains butterscotch, orange peel, brown sugar and loses the calvados. The body gains brown sugar, cinnamon, orange peel, cinnamon and ginger and loses the calvados. The finish gains ginger and cinnamon.

A belter of a dram, where the finishing has really worked. Bound to cause conversation.

Technical score: 4.5/5

Personal preference: I'd have another dram.