8 years old, distilled 2nd September 2009, 59.4% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 235 bottles, dram price A
The nose has lemon and vanilla, with hints of shelves full of old books. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has vanilla and dough, with some lemon. There's also a slightly woody note I can't place. The finish has vanilla, lemon and alcohol prickle.
Water brings out thin whorling that expands rapidly and doesn't linger. The nose gains pineapple and loses the old books. The palate gains more alcohol burn, which is most odd - and there's now pineapple and some cinnamon spice. The finish gains pineapple.
A dram for a hipflask on hot summer's days.
Technical score: 2.5/5 (Would have been 3 if not for that prickle)
Personal preference: I'd have another dram.