15 years old, distilled 17th January 2005, 56.9% abv, Ex-Bourbon Hogshead and First Fill Re-Charred Barrique, 278 bottles, dram price E
The nose has sea breezes, menthol, distant seafood barbecues and hints of tobacco pouches. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lychee, barbecued fish, diluted lemon juice, hints of burnt bread and sandalwood. The finish has cinnamon, lychee and diluted lemon juice.
Water brings out thick, short lived whorling that mottled briefly before dissipating. The nose gains distant barbeque smoke, hints of orange and some cinnamon. The finish gains a little smoke.
A sweet, oily and pleasant dram that fits into the Oily & Coastal profile well. Fans of this style will not be disappointed.
One for autumn evenings.
Technical score: 4/5
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.