8 years old, distilled 25th October 2007, 61.8% abv, First-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 210 bottles
Water brings out tight, thin whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose now gains mint leaves, and loses the green apples. The body has gained a chili note, through which some lemon barely shows. I couldn't taste much else, especially after the finish which lashed my palate thoroughly!
A great dram, but a spice chimera with water.
4/5 without water, 0/5 with.