7 years old, distilled 25th November 2010, 59.9% abv, Re-charred Hogshead, 235 bottles, dram price A
Water brings out thick whorling that rapidly spreads out into brief mottling. The nose gains smoked toffee, pear, dried pineapple and thyme - and loses the fresh pineapple, lemon and some of the tarmac. The body has the same change at the nose - smokey toffee, pear, dried pineapple, and less of the fresh pineapple and lemon. The finish gains toffee and pineapple, but loses none of the tarmac or lemon.
A spritely, eager to please young peated whisky that has a very interesting change with water.
One for winter afternoons.
Technical score: 4/5
Personal preference: I’d like a bottle.
This whisky was provided by the SMWS in a preview session - thanks to them for that. Full editorial control has been retained in the tasting process.