SMWS 136.1 Effervescence and enlightenment

Posted 04 October 2018 / In Edenmill
The Dramble reviews SMWS 136.1 Effervescence and enlightenment

Bottle Name:  136.1 Effervescence and enlightenment

ABV: 61.2%
Distillery: Edenmill
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Lowlands

The first of this month’s new distilleries and a look at the St. Andrew’s based Edenmill. Only a 3 year old, but fully matured in 1st fill oloroso. Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits profile.

Nose: A morning in a coffee house – intense chocolate and coffee make for an exceptionally appealing tall glass of mocha. Bovril, toffee sauce, caramel brittle, raisins and sultanas provide additional depths. In the background, a hint of balsamic sharpness and a waft of fallen autumn leaves. The addition of water adds orange marmalade on toast as well as expressing some delicate ginger spicing.

Taste: Sweet and syrupy – packed full of chocolate, coffee grounds, reduced brown sugars and orange peels. The mid palate unleashes some rather drying wood (this has had a very active and rapid maturation) alongside yeasty bread, toast and cinnamon buns. Water somehow manages to make things even sweeter (not sure how that’s possible) – toffee sauce, honeycomb and vanilla essence.

Finish: Medium with a glass of mocha and a cup of fresh coffee beans to clear the nasal passages. Quite woody at this point and extremely drying.

Whilst this might be SMWS’s youngest bottling, blind you’re unlikely to guess so – it’s super tasty, packed full of flavour and without any of the usual giveaway signs of raw under-matured distillate. However – this bottling is almost entirely cask-led – it’s dripping in sweet and deep oloroso, that’s so powerful, even at a pokey 61.2% the spirit seems like its hiding under the stairs. Rather difficult to score so I’m going down the middle with it.

Score: 84/100

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