52.22 - Dusky and deep

11 years old, distilled 21st march 2007, 57.7% abv, First Fill Ex-Oloroso Hogshead, 230 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 52.22 - Dusky and deepThe nose has thick-cut marmalade, toffee, treacle and a hint of ginger. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has ginger, cloves, black bun and oranges. The finish has ginger and oranges.

Water brings out thin, compact whorling that settles briefly before mottling. The nose gains sultanas and loses the treacle. The body gains sultanas, and a lot more ginger. The finish gains more ginger and some sultanas.

Almost overpowering with the ginger, yet still holds it together very nicely - and the nose after water is superb!

One for winter 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!