12 years old, distilled 4th August 2006, 58.3% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 224 bottles, dram price B
Water brings out thin whorling that rapidly expands and settles into brief mottling. The nose gains menthol and more oats, but loses the marzipan. The body gains more menthol and loses the green apple. The finish gains some cinnamon and star anise, and more menthol.
A curious experience before water, with plenty of malty notes balanced well by pear and apple. After water I found the finish to be too spicey.
One for autumn afternoons.
Technical score: 3/5
Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.
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.