9.156 - Brutus magnificus

22 years old, distilled 23rd April 1996, 57.8% abv, First Fill Ex-Pedro Ximenez Hogshead, 207 bottles, dram price F

SMWS 9.156 - Brutus magnificusThe nose has sultanas, raisins, dried plum and hints of oranges and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has sultanas, rum and raisin ice-cream, and hints of cinnamon. The finish has cinnamon, sultanas and rum.

Water brings out thin, compact whorling that dissipates before mottling. The nose gains peaches and hints of grass, and the vanilla is more prominent. Nothing was lost. The body gains peach and a little apricot, and the sultanas are quieter. The finish gains peach and loses most of the cinnamon.

A really nice dram that balances an interesting set of fruits with grace and elegance.

One for summer afternoons.

Technical score: 4.5/5

Personal preference: I'd like a bottle.

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!