27 years old, distilled 26th January 1990, 53.7% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 94 bottles, dram price G
The nose has gooey caramel, rhubarb, and a little vanilla (custard?) and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has star anise, cinnamon, old oak furniture - woody and sweet. The finish is vanilla and star anise, with a little hint of ginger.
Water brings out tight, thin whorling that dissipates quickly. The nose gains more rhubarb and some pear, and loses some of the vanilla. Hints of caramel appear in the body, alongside crystallised ginger and more star anise. The finish gains more ginger.
A very nice apertif.