17 years old, distilled 22nd August 2000, 55.7% abv, First-Fill Ex-Port Barrique, 250 bottles, dram price D
The nose has crusted port, lemon, flying saucers and a little fruits of the forest. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has old leather, fruits of the forest, marmalade and lemon. The finish has marmalade and lemon with a hint of spice.
Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorring that settled briefly into mottling. The nose gains more fruits of the forest and a little tannic note (tea leaves?). The body gains old libraries and loses the old leather. The finish gains tea chests and more spice.
The port finish saved this, and it's a lovely effect - really well integrated with the previous cask.
One for autumnal afternoons.
Technical score: 3.5/5
Personal preference: I'd have another dram.
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!