14 years old, distilled 5th November 2003, 60.7% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 245 bottles, dram price C
The nose has barley water, red apples, pears and a hint of lemon. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has more of the barley and pears, followed by thyme and cloudy lemonade. The finish is barley and cloudy lemonade. This dram may not be complex, but the balance is perfect.
Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains cloudy lemonade and loses nothing. The body gains a little more pear and lemonade. The finish gains more of the lemonade.
Mixing politics and whisky is a dangerous thing, but I’m confident that this is the best thing to have come from running through a field of wheat in a long time. Drinking this is a meaningful experience. Let me be clear, this shows that whisky means whisky. I’m sure you’ll agree with me. If not on the first time, then on the second. Or third. Or fourth...
One for a summer afternoon. Or, if you want to extend it, possibly an evening. Or early morning...
Technical score: 4.5/5
Personal preference: I’d like a bottle.
This bottle is a venue exclusive to SMWS London venues.