44.94 - Kissing among the gorse

11 years old, distilled 21st February 2007, 60.7% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 204 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 44.94 - Kissing among the gorseThe nose has gorse, fresh cut grass, pineapple, papaya, and hints of exotic wood. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has pineapple, grapefruit, and barley water. The finish is short, with barley water and grapefruit.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains lemon and kiwi fruit, and loses the grass and gorse. The body gains leather, lemon and more barley water, and loses the grapefruit. The finish gains a little leather.

An interesting dram that plays with its flavours well, despite an unexpected change with water.

One for spring afternoons.

Technical score: 4/5

Personal preference: I'd have another dram.