13 years old, distilled 16th February 2004, 57.4% abv, Second-Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 207 bottles, dram price D
The nose has vanilla, pink wafers, party rings and a hint of sea breezes. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has parched earth in a hot summer, then a nice hit of violet and lavender, with the pink wafers returning from the nose. Finally, the earth returns for the finish, which is short and also includes increasing lavender.
Water brings out rapidly expanding wholring that lingers briefly before dissipating. The nose gains lavender and loses the pink wafers and party rings. The body gains more lavender, and hints of brine. The earth is more intense - somehow we have a drought in which the ground cracks yet lavender is blooming! The finish has more lavender, and the earth moves into the background.
This is the kind of dram I adore from this distillery. I don't suppose I can convince you that it's terrible, and you should leave it all for me? No? You're wise to that now, huh? Nuts.
Drink it in the summer, with friends. Preferably friends who hate whisky.
Technical score: 3.5/5
Personal preference: I'd like more than one bottle.