44.92 - 'Pick-me-up'

15 years old, distilled 6th November 2002, 60.2% abv, New Oak Hogshead, 284 bottles, dram price C

SMWS 44.92 - 'Pick-me-up'The nose has toffee, coffee, bananas and a hint of vinegar. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has linseed oil, banana, coffee grounds and a little hint of vanilla and cardamom. The finish is toffee and a hint of banana.

Water brings out thick whorling that rapidly spreads into brief mottling. The nose gains linseed oil and loses the coffee. The body gains nutty notes - hazelnut nougat, roasted chestnuts - and a little more banana. The finish is unchanged.

A decent dram that manages to hold together a lot of wood without it all splintering apart. One to drink with a meal.

Technical score: 3/5

Personal preference: Just the one dram, thanks.