63.39 - Poached pear tart

9 years old, distilled 6th December 2007, 61.1% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 226 bottles, dram price A

SMWS 63.39 - Poached pear tartThe nose has pears, sponge cake, lemon, white grapes, and hints of fern. The mouthfeel is decent but has no cling. The body has pears, vanilla, gentle Chinese spices and a hint of cinnamon. The finish is pears with cinnamon and custard.

Water brings out tight, thin whorling that rapidly expands into brief mottling. The nose gains red apples and a hint of candle wax. The body gains almonds and ginger, and loses the gentleness in its spices. The finish loses the custard note.

A fine dram that I prefer without water - one to have with ice-cream.