13 years old, distilled 15th September 2005, 56.1% abv, Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 152 bottles, dram price C
The nose has midget gems, flower shops, vanilla sponge cake and lemon. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, gingerbread, rye spices (ike rye bourbon) and cinnamon. The finish has rye spices and cinnamon.
Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles quickly into brief mottling. The nose gains gingerbread and loses the flower shops and midget gems. The body gains a buttery note, and more cinnamon and rye spices. The finish gains more rye spices.
Not my style of dram - it almost feels unfair to be scoring it.
One for winter afternoons to warm you up.
Technical score: 4/5
Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.