SMWS 48.99 Utterly uplifting

Posted 03 May 2018 / In Balmenach
The Dramble's review of SMWS 48.99 Utterly uplifting

Bottle Name: 48.99 Utterly uplifting

ABV: 58.2%
Distillery: Balmenach
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Speyside

Over to one of the lesser known Inver House distilleries (Pulteney and Balblair receive most of the limelight) for a whisky that’s spent 9 years in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel. Juicy, Oak & Vanilla profile.

Nose: Fresh and crisp and quite grassy with both green leaves and a touch of mint. Stone fruits and pineapple upside down cake are joined by jelly babies and an underlying floralness from lilies. The addition of water increases the herbalness further – some camomile and fruit teas.

Taste: A velvety arrival that delivers a combination of cakey sponge alongside some zingy citrus peels. Baked good are joined by bakery spices – cloves in particular, but also a touch of nutmeg. A few drops of water adds sticky toffee sauce and some tart under-ripe pears.

Finish: Medium in length and mixing toffee apples with lime juice and earthy spices.

A straight-forward garden-fresh Balmenach which is herbal-led, but with enough sweetness to appeal those of a more saccharine persuasion. A perfectly decent opener for a summer evening.

Score: 82/100


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