SMWS 9.162 Nectareous rapture

Posted 28 February 2019 by Matt / In Glen Grant
The Dramble reviews SMWS 9.162 Nectareous rapture

Bottle Name: 9.162 Nectareous rapture

ABV: 56.1%
Distillery: Glen Grant
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry
Region: Speyside

Recent Society Glen Grants have had some age to them, this one has just entered its teens and is drawn from 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel. View on SMWS

Nose: Stone fruits up first – peaches and nectarines – served with a side of cream whilst sitting in a sunkissed field. There’s plenty of vegetation here – hedgerows, reed, flax and grass. Running alongside, Victoria sponge cake, gingerbread men and a scattering of rosehips. Water brings out some moss and bracken alongside vanilla toffee.

Taste: Plenty of patisserie here – cakes, buttery biscuit (base), gingercake slices. The mid-palate becomes more malty with barley, oats and brown bread, before heading back for earthy vanilla and ginger sorbet. Reduction proves beneficial here – softer fruits – even some light tropical coming into play - there’s prominent sugar, but tempered by slight chalky alluvianess.

Finish: Short to medium with oaky oats and drying wood.

This Glen Grant offers a decent combo of fruit, cakeshop and garden vegetation – everything works together nicely, though the finish is too cask influenced for my liking – prominent drying oak. Nevertheless, pretty decent – standards are high this month.

Score: 83/100


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