35.245 - A conversation piece

16 years old, distilled 25th April 2003, 54.9% abv, Second Fill Toasted Hogshead, 250 bottles, dram price D

SMWS 35.245 - A conversation pieceThe nose has oranges, cherry cola, pomegranate and hints of red apple. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has more fruit - orange marmalade, pomegranate, red apple, pear, damson and then hints of Turkish Delight. The finish has orange marmalade and red apple with a little cinnamon.

Water brings out thin, compact whorling that settles very quickly into brief mottling. The nose gains Turkish Delight and more cherry cola. The body gains more red apple and Turkish Delight, and a little cinnamon. The finish gains more cinnamon, which builds rapidly as it dries.

A nice light dram that has a little spice after water. Not hot, but not my style.

One for spring evenings.

Technical score: 4/5

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.