84.29 - Gardens and candy stores

10 years old, distilled 19th March 2008, 57.4% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 258 bottles, dram price A

SMWS 84.29 - Gardens and candy storesThe nose has parma violets, heather, lemon, and balsa wood. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, heather honey, lime cordial, ginger snaps and cinnamon. The finish has lemon, cinnamon, ginger, cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Water brings out tight, thin whorling that mottles for a while. The nose gains brioche, apricot and ginger snaps. The body gains apricot, ginger and a little menthol. The finish gains menthol and retains the cinnamon.

Despite having spicy flavours, this was never too hot.

One for autumnal walks in a hipflask.

Technical score: 3.5/5

Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.