Since becoming a member of the SMWS last May, I have really enjoyed tasting a dram or two at the Queen Street venue. I’ve also purchased a few bottles of my own, and am quickly becoming a big fan of their whisky.
35.198 is from one of my favourite (and local) distilleries, Glen Moray. Having went to school and worked in the local shop with Graham Coull, the current manager, I am probably biased, but I reckon they produce amazing whisky; and I’ve tasted a couple of real stunners from them bottled by the SMWS.
So what about this one, that I treated myself to as a Christmas present?
35.198 is not the most romantic name, but I love the subtitle to the bottle, Racy Perfume Sweet Seduction. At 59.4% it is a strong one, and at 8 years it maybe sounds a touch young.
There was not a huge amount on the nose for me initially, but this was more than made up for by the taste. It was fantastic. Fresh, fruity, very sweet and very smooth (for its age). There was pineapple and another tropical fruit that I just cannot put my finger on. This was a delight, and just the style of whisky that I love; a perfect example of an ex-bourbon barrel whisky.
I didn’t even try it with water; even at 59.4% abv water is just not required, I did not want to risk spoiling (or changing) a drop of this amazing whisky.
After leaving for a wee while (not long though) the nose did improve. More complexity appeared, with pears, apples and vanilla sweetness starting to develop. White chocolate developed on the palate over time as well, really quite pleasant. This is a dram that needs to sit and rest in the glass for a wee while. So if you can please give it time and just wait, and then you will really enjoy it.
I can highly recommend this dram, very enjoyable and very glad that I got a bottle for myself!