12.9 - Colourful character

8 years old, distilled 29th September 2009, 61.5% abv, First-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 208 bottles, dram price A

SMWS 12.9 - Colourful characterThe nose has lemon, vanilla, spearmint and a hint of dry twig. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has vanilla, green peppers, lemon and a little cinnamon towards the finish. The finish has cinnamon and lemon.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains toffee, and hints of naan bread. The body gains more lemon and cinnamon, and some hints of rosewater. The finish is unchanged.

This can take a lot of water!

A decent dram with plenty of interesting flavours - one for summer mornings.