48.98 - Bubble gum church candle

9 years old, distilled 17th April 2008, 57.4% abv, First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 240 bottles, dram price A

SMWS 48.98 - Bubblegum church candleThe nose has bubblegum - the cheap pink bubblegum in packs of collectible cards - red apples, and hints of toffee and cherry. The mouthfeel is thin but very smooth. No cling. The body has more red apple, bubblegum - but no toffee. The cherry comes in towards the finish, which is cherry bubblegum.

Water brings out tight, rapidly spreading whorling that dissipates quickly without mottling. The nose softens and gains hints of pineapple, but is still full of bubblegum. The body gains hints of candlewax and plenty of pineapple. The finish is pineapple, bubblegum and a hint of cherry.

A very fine summer's morning dram - one to welcome a warm day with.