SMWS 42.38 As pleased as punch

Posted 29 November 2018 / In Tobermory
The Dramble reviews SMWS 42.38 As pleased as punch

Bottle Name: 42.38 As pleased as punch

ABV: 62.2%
Distillery: Tobermory
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Islands

42 covers two distinct styles – this one definetely seems like it’s Tobermory rather than Ledaig (boo!). It’s been matured since 2005 in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel. Oily & Coastal profile.

Nose: Fresh and coastal but somewhat neutral – cracker bread, hay, rainwater and a coastal breeze. Water adds more touch more depth with seafood and a light bisque, but overall this remains rather impersonal.

Taste: Still far too restrained for my liking – apples, with grapefruit and lime peels for a bit of zing. In the background, bread, cask char and a touch of olive brine. Reduction offers improvement with a more oily arrival, meatiness from roast ham and some coal dust minerals.

Finish: Medium, fairly mineral with a slightly salinity.

Taken at its natural 62.2% ABV, there’s little here for me to recommend I’m afraid – both the nose and the palate are so quiet as to be largely mute. Dilution improves things with some meatiness and mineral/coastal intricacies, but there’s still not a wealth of aroma and flavour here. Sadly rather tedious.

Score: 73/100


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