39.160 - Will brighten your day!

28 years old, distilled 16th October 1989, 48.4% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 239 bottles, dram price G

SMWS 39.160 - Will brighten your day!The nose is delicate - floral notes (an old pot pourri bag?), some lime and a hint of chalk or talcum powder. The mouthfeel is thin, with no cling and a little fizziness which I'd not associate with a whisky of such low strength. The body has a sharp lime note, then lemon, kiwi fruit, lychee, fresh oak and hints of tobacco boxes. Towards the finish the pot-pourri notes from the nose return. The finish is lemon and hints of pot-pourri and oak shavings.

Water brings out thin, compact whorling that spreads quickly and briefly mottles. The nose gains toffee and oak, with the pot-pourri a little more present. The chalk is gone, but the lime has turned to a hint of lemon. The body also gains a little toffee and some more of the kiwi fruit, with oak turning from staves to shavings. The finish gains kiwi fruit.

A dram for spring afternoons and celebrations.

Technical score: 4/5

Personal preference: I'd like a bottle.