13 years old, distilled 8th October 2004, 57.3% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 194 bottles, dram price D
Water brings out thick, rapidly expanding whorling that dissipates quickly without mottling. The nose gains gooseberry, and a little exotic wood. The body gains fresh oak, sandalwood and gooseberry, and a little more vanilla. The finish gains vanilla and gooseberry.
A solid dram which balances its wood notes with light fruit.
One for spring afternoons.
Technical score: 3.5/5
Personal preference: I'd have another dram.
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!