46.34 - "Honey in a sunny garden"

22 years old, distilled 2nd November 1992, 58.9% abv, refill ex-bourbon hogshead, 264 bottles

SMWS 46.34The nose has soft sweet vanilla notes, with hard pears and hints of raspberries. There's also a touch of very soft caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little cling. The body is big - with soft smokey toffee, vanilla, honeyed notes and salted butter. Towards the finish there's a hint of fruits of the forest. The finish has toffee, honey and vanilla.

Water brings out tight, thin whorling that spreads nicely and settles briefly. The nose now has some herbal notes - sage? - and has lost the hint of raspberries. The body has less honey and toffee, a little more salted butter. The finish is unchanged.

A great dram for breakfast.