85.39 - Soft fruit nougat

8 years old, distilled 25th October 2007, 61.1% abv, first-fill ex-bourbon barrel, 180 bottles

SMWS 85.39 - Soft fruit nougatThe nose has thyme and lime, which may be an odd combination but at least has the decency to rhyme. The mouthfeel is thin, with little cling. The body has mint, green apples and watercress, but is very quiet. The finish makes church mice sound like they're wearing clogs.

Water brings out tight, rapidly expanding and lingering whorling. The nose now gains cinnamon and cardamom, with a little dustiness. The body has gained a little hint of pineapple, but is otherwise unchanged. The finish hints lime and pineapple.

A very quiet, very pleasant whisky. One for lunchtime on a hot summer's day - preferably on a beach. (A sandy beach. If you drank this on a pebble beach, it'd hurt when you fell over after trying to stand...)