122.24 - Spray-lashed Spinnakers

7 years old, distilled 14th February 2011, 57.5% abv, Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 240 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 122.24 - Spray-lashed spinnakersThe nose has soft smoke, lychee, burnt cardboard and hints of peach. The mouthfeel is decent with no cling. The body has more smoke (burnt cardboard, dry bonfires) and lychee with hints of walnut and then an unexpected note of oysters. The finish has smoke, peaches and oysters.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that dissipates quickly without mottling. The nose gains coal dust, tea chests, and a nice note of brine. The lychee and peach are done. The body gains brine, caramel and tea chests, with the walnut and lychee gone. The finish gains tea chests and caramel, and loses the peaches. It's almost a different whisky after water...

A great example of what this expression of the distillery can do, this is a real treat for the hardcore whisky enthusiasts.

One for summer nights.

Technical score: 4/5

Personal preference: I'd like a bottle.