17 years old, distilled 25th August 2000, 60.1% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 156 bottles, dram price C
The nose has floral bouquets - soft and elegent, with a hint of candle wax in the background. The mouthfeel is decent, with no cling. The body has soft toffee and fudge, rosewater, floral bouquets, with hints of citrus and candle wax towards the finish. The finish has fudge, floral notes, and a hint of lime.
Water brings out thin, rapidly spreading whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains more floral notes, and hints of lime and some fudge, but loses the candle wax. The body gains gentle lime and more floral notes, and loses the candle wax. The finish gains a bit more lime.
A stunner, which really delivers. One for tastings, to delve deep into and enjoy.
Technical score: 5/5
Personal preference: I'd like more than one bottle.
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!