SMWS Douro Cruise 50% ABV

smws douro cruise

10-year-old Speyside. Released 25th March 2022. Matured in 1st fill ex-port pipes & 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrels. An outrun of 1900 bottles.
N.B. Blind Tasted. At the time of writing these notes, I knew nothing of the whisky, other than the name.

Appearance: Tizer orange. Many many uniform thick legs quickly form. A medium thick tide mark with no beading or teardrops to speak of.

Nose: Nice and jammy sweetness. Lots of red fruits, sugar and cinnamon. There’s a decent ABV level, at the time of writing I don’t know what it is, but I’d guess the lower fifties.
There are some malt and cereal notes which add a mellow creamy balance to the sharper fruity elements.

Palate: A nice semi-oily mouthfeel. A lovely fruit-forward palate on this one. Some vanilla cream and expressed orange.
The second sip onwards presents slightly more spice in the form of a touch of white pepper.
As the whisky matures in the glass, softer custard-like notes appear and balance the dram nicely.
There are also bourbon-like qualities to the whisky: caramel, barrel char and vanilla.

Finish: Medium in length. The bourbon notes linger longest, together with the jam fruit flavours. A slight warmth on the chest too.

Overall: A very pleasant dram, really enjoyed this one. It’s ultra jammy. Good balance and has as lovely fruity flavour profile.

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