SMWS 88.21 Cute and delightful

Posted 05 December 2019 by Matt / In Speyburn
The Dramble reviews SMWS 88.21 Cute and delightful

Bottle Name: 88.21 Cute and delightful

ABV: 54.1%
Distillery: Speyburn
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Region: Speyside Age: 9

A straight-forward maturation for this Speyburn – 9 years in a refill ex-bourbon barrel.

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Nose: Aerated lemon cream served with baked Alaska, yoghurt and whipped Chantilly. The backdrop is that of orchard fruits – apples and pears diced into a fruit salad. Alongside, clean cotton sheets and freshly baked bread. Dilution adds a leafy dimension with wet green mosses and cut stems alongside biscuit crumb.

Taste: Bright, crisp and fruit-focussed on arrival – pears – ripe and juicy are joined by creamy toffee yoghurt, crème brule and burnt custard cream. The development heads to the bakery with rolled pastry and tart cases gentle scatted with confectioner’s sugar. Reduction offers a bolder and richer profile – tinned and syrupy fruits alongside golden syrup and charred cask heads.

Finish: Medium with lemon peels and pear juice alongside icing sugar and meringue.

A pleasing fruit-forward Speyburn that offers substantial creaminess on both nose and palate. It’s all rather summery and quite out of season for the wintery month – but nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with looking forward to warmer times. Highly likable.

Score: 85/100


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