35.224 - Fata Morgana

23 years old, distilled 17th November 1994, 57.1% abv, First Fill Toasted Hogshead, 241 bottles, dram price F

SMWS 35.224 - Fata MorganaThe nose has oranges, red apples, ginger, sultanas and a hint of cardamom. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has oranges, sultanas, ginger, leather, dark coffee notes and then cardamom into the finish. The finish has ginger, sultanas and coffee.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains more orange and cardamom. The body gains more cardamom, but it’s balanced with ginger and oranges. The finish gains a touch of oranges.

A superb dram, which really worked well with the cask. The integration and delivery is flawless. One to treasure with friends.

Technical score: 5/5

Personal preference: I’d like a bottle.