39.163 - Flaming hot bananas

9 years old, distilled 9th October 2008, 56.9% abv, First-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 195 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 39.163 - Flaming hot bananasThe nose has elderflower, lime and a hint of honey. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lemon, banana and a hit of chilli powder. The finish is growing chilli notes, with a little lime and lemon.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding wholring that dissipates quickly without mottling. The nose gains nutty notes - like the remnants of a bowl of mixed nuts. The elderflower is gone. The body gains more chilli, and honey roasted nuts. The finish gains more chilli.

Too much chilli for me, but a delightful young dram for spring mornings.

Technical score: 3/5

Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.