Dram Review: SMWS 85.48 Glen Elgin “Prickly Pear Punch”

[60.8%・9 Years Old・Distilled in 2007・Bottled in 2017・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 238 Bottles]

Nose:

Kinda on the sharp and prickly side, but there’s a fruity edge, overripe pears, violets and a white floral tone somewhat mellowing out the spirit hotness, a blueberry tart note in time alongside aloe vera jelly.

Palate & Finish:

Bursting with bubble gum with some sizzling white pepper, green apples drizzled with light strawberry syrup as spices take over.

Vanilla cream atop blueberries and strawberries in the finish.

Thoughts:

Overall a raw but appealing profile despite being off-balance.

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]

-Nicholas