10 years old, distilled 14th February 2008, 61.9% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 218 bottles, dram price A
Water brings out thin, compact whorling that lingers for a while as mottling. The nose gains gooseberry and caramel, and loses the pine. The body gains caramel, more pear and some cinnamon. The finish gains cinnamon.
A clean, well balanced and pleasant dram. The cinnamon in the watered finish wasn’t too warm, and I suspect I could drink a lot of this on a warm afternoon...
One for summer afternoons and hipflasks on holiday hikes...
Technical score: 4/5
Personal preference: I’d have another dram.
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.