55.47 - Barrique fantastique

16 years old, distilled 26th September 2000, 57.3% abv, Red Wine Barrique, 245 bottles, dram price C

SMWS 55.47 - Barrique fantastiqueThe nose has toffee, honey and fudge. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has drying wood notes - singed wood shavings, nutmeg, black pepper. The finish has black pepper and honey.

Water brings out thick whorling that rapidly expands before settling quickly into brief mottling. The nose gains dried fruits (sultanas, raisins) and loses the toffee. The body loses the wood shavings, and gains apple and hints of tobacco. The finish is unchanged.

A dram that balances spice with wood and fruit well - perhaps with ice-cream?