4.244 - Welcoming an old sea dog

13 years old, distilled 17th January 2005, 57.6% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 271 bottles, dram price C

SMWS 4.244 - Welcoming an old sea dogThe nose has raisins, shoreline breezes and a little stewed rhubarb. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has raisins, salted caramel, oysters a little hint of peanut. The finish has sea breezes and salted caramel.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles briefly as mottling. The nose gains caramel and a hint of lemon. The body gains more salted caramel and some lemon. The finish gains lemon.

An autumnal dram for the outdoors. One for a hipflask and a day of exploration!

Technical score: 3/5

Personal preference: I'd have another dram.