16 years old, distilled 12th March 2002, 58.9% abv, First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 227 bottles, dram price G
The nose has peaches, apricots, strawberry bubblegum and hints of mango. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has apricot, papaya, melon and then strawberries and raspberries. The finish has strawberries, apricots and papaya.
Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains mango and melon, and loses the peaches. The body gains mango and loses nothing. The finish gains mango.
A superb dram that’s packed full of fruit yet beautifully balanced.
One for summer evenings.
Technical score: 4.5/5
Personal preference: I’d like a bottle.