SMWS 113.33 Tropical popping candy

Posted 06 August 2020 by Matt / In Braeval
The Dramble reviews SMWS 113.33 Tropical popping candy

Bottle Name: 113.33 Tropical popping candy

ABV: 60.2%
Distillery: Braeval
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Region: Speyside Age: 7

Braeval time with a 7 year old drawn from a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel.

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Nose: Fruity and floral. Clean cotton sheets and freshly pressed laundry sit with a mango Solera ice lolly, whilst grape juice and desiccated coconut are joined by Greek yoghurt and a strange addition of baby powder. Water results in everything becoming a bit vague – far from unpleasant, but just an ambiguous combination of all-purpose white and yellow fruits.

Taste: Much bolder on the palate with tart apples and grapefruit slices leading into a building pepperiness. Burnt toffee and perceptible cask char are joined by an aromatic cardamom-spiced pear together with white bread and a pang of citric acid. Reduction works similarly to the nose – in that it doesn’t. Pineapple sweetness with banana peels, but a general sense of feeling a little washed out, despite the high ABV.

Finish: Short to medium with burnt toffee and drying oakiness.

A rather hydrophobic Braeval that offers more focus in its original state than when it is reduced. ‘As-is’ there’s a likeable fruity quality from the distillate that is welcomingly juicy – but diluted you just get the impression that this could have done with a few more years in the cask.

Score: 80/100


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