SMWS 70.29 Monkey blood on ice-cream

Posted 03 January 2019 by Matt / In Balblair
The Dramble reviews SMWS 70.29 Monkey blood on ice-cream

Bottle Name: 70.29 Monkey blood on ice-cream

ABV: 59.8%
Distillery: Balblair
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Region: Highlands

Over to Balblair for an 11 year old drawn from a refill ex-bourbon hogshead. Sweet, Fruity & Mellow profile.

Nose: Particularly floral -  rosewater and potpourri – but also sweet – redcurrants, guava, jelly babies and pear drops.  Straight-forward, but appealing all the same. Reduction moves things towards the earthy side with hay, dried reeds, flax and hessian cloth.

Taste: A spicy arrival of green and chilli pepper alongside poached pears and apple crumble. The mid-palate offers both ginger spicing and a change in texture to a rather chalky, near aspirin like consistency. The addition of water reduces the pep of chilli heat, turning things sweeter with lemon sherbet and prosecco fizz.

Finish: Medium, quite dusty with chalk and with ginger white pepper.

Spice fans will probably enjoy this straight-forward, but prickly Balblair that starts floral, but reveals a devilish underbelly of zingy flavour.  Those adverse to well-spiced whiskies might struggle a bit though.

Score: 83/100


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