66.118 - A drizzle of syrup on salted ribs

11 years old, distilled 6th March 2006, 59.8% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 304 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 66.118 - A drizzle of syrup on salted ribsThe nose has maple syrup, green apples and hints of mustard. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has mustard seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and hints of children's cherry flavoured cough syrup. The finish is maple syrup with hints of cherries.

Water brings out thick, rapidly expanding whorling that settles quickly without mottling. The nose gains more of the maple syrup and loses some of the mustard seeds. There's also honey glazed ham and a hint of smoke. The cherry is more prominent - cherry flavoured Strepsils? The finish has cherry flavoured cough syrup and cinnamon, with a hint of smoke.

A curious dram - lightly peated did not mean smoky. Full of interesting flavours that complemented each other - one for winter nightcaps, to keep the sniffles away!

Technical score: 4/5

Personal preference: I'd like more than one bottle.