SMWS 112.43 Starfruit the next distillation

Posted 03 October 2019 by Matt / In Loch Lomond
The Dramble reviews SMWS 112.43 Starfruit: the next distillation

Bottle Name: 112.43 Starfruit the next distillation

ABV: 53.4%
Distillery: Loch Lomond
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Region: Highlands

Phasers on full for this 15 year old Inchmurrin that’s been slumbering in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon hogshead since September 2003.

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Nose: Opening with Hubba Bubba, fresh laundry, drying grass and fudge – a weird and wonderful combination. Then – lemon Turkish delight (well dusted with powdered sugar), lime margaritas and a glug sunflower oil. The addition of water instantly adds discernible pineapple – freshly chopped, alongside lemon curd and angelica.

Taste: Juicy tropical candy and chews is the order of the day – wine gums, fruit pastilles and Jolly Ranchers – blended together to create an alluring combination of guava, lychee, peach and lime. The mid-palate expresses earthiness – warm, dried and cracking clay alongside limestone minerality. Then we’re back to fruit for more juicy pineapple, served alongside effervescent lemon. Reduction adds white fruits – melon and gooseberry – and further notes of tropical with mango and papaya.

Finish: Medium, earthy with dry soil and clay and fruity with lemon and lime.

A crackerjack Inchmurrin that’s packed full of vibrant well-defined fruitiness and entirely sympathetic earthiness. Simply a joy to drink - beam me right up. Unsurprisingly, given my effusion - joint pick of the month.

Score: 88/100


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