46.68 - The inner light

25 years old, distilled 16th November 1992, 53.9% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 288 bottles, dram price F

SMWS 46.68 - The inner lightThe nose has red apple, pear, and hints of apricot. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has pear, apricot and barley sugar water. The finish has pear and a hint of new oak furniture.

Water brings out thick, rapidly expanding whorling that settles into brief mottling. The nose gains more pear and some new oak furniture. The body gains new oak furniture and some cinnamon heat. The finish gains cinnamon heat.

It may not have the most flavours, but it's very well constructed, and delivers what it has very well.

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!