71.63 - Caviar canapés

9 years old, distilled 10th November 2009, 56.4% abv, First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 205 bottles, dram price A

SMWS 71.63 - Caviar canapésThe nose has old polished oak, dried flowers and hints of oranges. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has coconut, cinnamon, honey, cinnamon and then more cinnamon. Quite warm. The finish is cinnamon and oranges.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that quickly settles into lingering mottling. The nose gains sherry and some white pepper, along with some saltiness. The body gains white pepper and sherry, and the cinnamon is somewhat reduced. The finish gains white pepper.

This was never going to be my favourite whisky, but the water tamed it a little. Still too spicy for my tastes though.

One for spring evenings.

Technical score: 3.5/5

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.