SMWS 46.54 Pas De Deux
Posted 09 November 2017 / In Glenlossie
46.54 Pas De Deux
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
A 24 year old Glenlossie filled on 17th November 1992. It was matured for 23 years in an ex-Bourbon barrel and then transferred over to a new oak hogshead for another year of maturation. One of 234 bottles. Sweet, Fruity & Mellow flavour profile.
Nose: Pronounced cask and maturation aromas. Starting with creamy vanilla, fresh berries and a rich banana split dessert, we swiftly move into some aged notes of wood, mustiness and a perceivable note of dunnage warehouses. The wood notes hint at both cinnamon and a touch of chilli pepper. A lovely balance of old and new, which tallies particularly well when one looks at the cask description for this whisky. Adding water diminishes many of the aforementioned aromas, but does bring in some pleasant suggestions of patisserie.
Taste: Stone fruits and wood. Peaches and mangoes are joined by shaved coconut and a subtle, but creamy vanilla. Cask influence is heightened on the palate with some flavours of varnish and sappy wood alongside cinnamon and now nutmeg. Water changes the balance of the whisky and brings out the older wood flavours losing some of the sharpness of the fresher notes.
Finish: Very long and lingering with a nice level of astringency. Pepper, a lick of salt and a sprinkling of chilli all intermix nicely as the dram slowly fades away.
Excellent Glenlossie, but one which I’d recommend au naturale without the addition of water. Quite indulgent and managing to balance the older wood notes with the addition of the newer ones from the re-racking into new oak. A fruity dessert-like dram.
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