41.77 - Spring in your step

11 years old, distilled 11th May 2004, 59.1% abv, First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 198 bottles

SMWS 41.77 - Spring in your stepThe nose is superb - an initial hit of cardboard that fades quickly, leaving digestive biscuits and lemon-fresh fabric conditioner. The mouthfeel is decent, with a little cling. The body has more of the digestive biscuit and gains hints of hobnobs. There's also some toffee and a little florality - elderflower? The finish is quick but sweet - cardboard and lemon drizzle.

Water brings out tight, compact whorling that lingers for a short while but doesn't mottle. The nose now gains gooseberry, hard pears and a little dusty cardboard. The body is as sweet as before, but has more of the toffee and a hint of lime. The finish also gains a hint of lime.

A superb dram for breakfast, so you're ready to face the day.