29.253 - Drifting and dreaming

19 years old, distilled 11th November 1998, 57.1% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 227 bottles, dram price G

SMWS 29.253 - Drifting and dreamingThe nose has light smoke, with hints of lavender. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lime, roast pork, cinnamon, cloves and crisp smoke - and a hint of chilli. The finish is crisp smoke with lime and cinnamon.

Water brings out tight, thin whorling that expands quickly but dissipates without settling. The nose gains lemon, vanilla and apple. The body gains apple and some chilli. The finish gains lemon and chilli.

Not a typical expression of this dram, with plenty of flavours - but will the fans like it?

One for summer shorelines in the evening.

Technical score: 3.5/5

Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.

This whisky was provided by the SMWS in a preview session - thanks to them for that. Full editorial control has been retained in the tasting process!