39.176 - Malt o’ the earth

11 years old, distilled 25th July 2007, 58.0% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 312 bottles, dram price B

SMWS 39.176 - Malt o' the earthThe nose has pears, lychee, bananas and a damp cardboard note. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has lychee, banana and then vanilla. The finish has vanilla and banana with a little cinnamon.

Water brings out thin, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains red apples and more lychee. The body gains more apple and vanilla. The finish gains more vanilla and red apple.

Not complex, but decently constructed and quite pleasant.

One for autumn evenings.

Technical score: 3/5

Personal preference: I’d have another dram.

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.