13.49 - Apple olive oil cake

9 years old, distilled 29th May 2008, 60.3% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 168 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 13.49 - Apple olive oil cakeThe nose has red apples, dried coconut and a little caramel. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has caramel, brown sugar, red apples, toffee and a little brown sugar - then a hit of cinnamon into the finish, which is long with caramel and cinnamon.

Water brings out thin, rapidly spreading whorling that lingers briefly as mottling. The nose gains honeyed notes, and loses the dried coconut. The body gains the honey and some ginger spices, and the cinnamon is subdued. The finish gains red apples.

A fine dram that needs a little water to tame the cinnamon - one for summer days in the garden.