16 years old, distilled 16th April 2002, 61.1% abv, Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 154 bottles, dram price E
The nose is subdued - lemon, pineapple and apple sauce. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, tinned pineapple rings, sponge cake, apple sauce and fresh oak. The finish has fresh oak, tinned pineapple rings and lots of lemon. The alcohol burn definitely kicks in as it dries.
Water brings out tight, thin whorling that expands rapidly before dissipating quickly. The nose gains more lemon - sherbet! - and loses the apple sauce. The body gains more lemon and pineapple, and loses the sponge cake. The fresh oak remains. The finish gains more lemon and fresh oak.
A lemon-fest that handles itself very well, this is a joyful summer experience.
One for summer evenings.
Technical score: 4.5/5
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.