9 years old, distilled 27th August 2008, 55.4% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 285 bottles, dram price B
The nose has mango, caramel and a hint of chilli peppers. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has menthol, toffee, chilli peppers and ginger, but is quite quiet and soft. The finish has toffee and ginger.
Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains hints of lemon and "meadow fresh" fabric softener, and loses the chilli peppers. The body gains more menthol and loses the ginger. The finish gains menthol.
To quote Oscar Wilde: "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." This is the safest idea on the list by a long margin.
Technical score: 2/5
Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.