3.263 - Pretty but gritty

19 years old, distilled 27th March 1996, 55.0% abv, refill ex-bourbon hogshead, 180 bottles

SMWS 3.263 - Pretty but grittyThe nose has lavender, sherbet, coal dust, crisp gentle smoke and a hint of Parma Violet. The mouthfeel is thin, with no cling. The body is quiet - clean and simple, with vanilla and hints of lavender followed by hints of smoke. The finish is light smoke and a hint of lemon sherbet.

Water brings out thick whorling that settles into lasting mottling. The nose now gains lemon, with the sherbet diminished. The body has more lavender, with a little lemon and less of the smoke. The finish is much the same.

A very nice dram for autumn days when summer is a recent memory.