35.217 - Sunshine glow of tropical fruits

18 years old, distilled 29th October 1999, 53.5% abv, First-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 204 bottles, dram price C

SMWS 35.217 - Sunshine glow of tropical fruitsThe nose has honey, pineapple, elderflower, jasmine and hints of pine furniture. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has pineapple, honey, banana, monstera and then moves towards oak and with a hint of pepper. The finish has honey, monstera, oak and pepper.

Water brings out tight, compact whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains more pine furniture and pineapple, and loses the jasmine and elderflower. The body gains more pineapple and some coconut, and a lot more oak. The finish gains more oak.

A fruity monster with a hint of spice, which I don't think needed much water.

One for summer afternoons.

Technical score: 3/5

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!