SMWS 13.61 Gardener takes a break

Posted 08 November 2018 / In Dalmore
The Dramble reviews SMWS 13.61 Gardener takes a break

Bottle Name: 13.61 Gardener takes a break

ABV: 60%
Distillery: Dalmore
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Highlands

No Paterson influence here – straight up refill ex-bourbon (that personally I’d love to see the distillery put out themselves once in a while). Spicy & dry profile.

Nose: Immediately sweet and sugary. Banana bread, golden syrup, candy floss and sponge cake. Behind this, lime zest and fine ground white pepper. Reduction introduces orchard fruits (apples and pears) and well as greener elements – chilli peppers and nettles.

Taste: The arrival starts with vanilla custard and chocolate ganache, but then starts to roil into a particularly spicy little number – stem ginger and particularly white pepper becoming amplified. The mid-palate introduces lemon sherbet and coconut, as well as vanilla ice cream. Reduction takes the edge off of the heady spicing, introducing a softer, more malt driven profile with just a touch of salinity.

Finish: Medium with lemon balm, peppermint, coconut and plenty of pepperiness.

In no surprise, this Dalmore is a world away from the distillery OBs with its outlook. Powerful and impactful and with heaps of spicing – some might find that dilution is necessary to take the edge of here. Super spicy.

Score: 82/100


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