30.97 - Dancing on a volcano

9 years old, distilled 6th June 2007, 64.7% abv, First-Fill Sherry Butt Spanish Oak, 627 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 30.97 - Dancing on a volcanoThe nose has rum soaked sultanas, raisins, and hoisin sauce. There's also a hint of old tobacco pouches. The mouthfeel is decent, smooth and some cling. The body has more dried fruits (sultanas and raisins), toffee, and dark chocolate. The finish is plums and rum soaked sultanas.

Water brings out thin, very rapidly expanding whorling that settles quickly into lingering mottling. The nose now gains fudge and more sultana and loses some of the rum. The body gains coffee grounds and more dark chocolate, and hints of old leather and tobacco leaves. The finish gains dark chocolate.

A stunner.