84.31 - The garden of edam

10 years old, distilled 19th March 2008, 61.5% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 270 bottles, dram price A

SMWS 84.31 - The garden of edamThe nose has lavender, cut grass, lemon, lime, gooseberry, and a hint of old wood. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has cheesy bread rolls, lemon and old oak furniture. The finish has cheesy bread rolls and lemon.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into lingering mottling. The nose gains more cut grass and lemon, and loses the old wood and lavender. The body gains more oak, lemon and some cut grass. The finish gains more lemon.

A curious dram, with that cheesiness being quite odd - but it holds it together quite nicely.

One for summer afternoons.

Technical score: 3.5/5

Personal preference: I’d have another dram.