SMWS 9.165 Mulled wine and gentian root liqueur

Posted 01 August 2019 by Matt / In Glen Grant
The Dramble reviews SMWS 9.165 Mulled wine and gentian root liqueur

Bottle Name: 9.165 Mulled wine and gentian root liqueur

ABV: 58.5%
Distillery: Glen Grant
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Region: Speyside

13 year old Glen Grant matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel.

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Nose: Delicate, but entirely pleasant. All on bakery with yeasty bread, oven-backed biscuits and buttery flan bases. Malt loaf and cocoa nibs sit with water crackers, whilst waxed jackets and olive oil provide a hint of come textural elements. The addition of water expresses fresh cotton laundry, cinnamon spicing and a punnet of red berries.

Taste: A spicy arrival – cinnamon, pepper and chilli – potent, but tempered by natural sweetness from shortbread and chocolate. The mid-palate reveals malty bread, toast and bun, before the back-palate delivers further sweetness with berries (raspberry, cranberry) and spiced plums alongside a handful of mint leaves. The addition of water adds soft cookie dough as well as further spicing from cinnamon and anise.

Finish: Medium, with a fading doughiness, and steeped tea-like wood tannins.

A potently spiced, and generally commendable Glen Grant. A bit overly wooded in the finish, but the rest of the experience is well-balanced, nuanced and altogether rather tasty. Spicy & Sweet – does what it says on the tin.

Score: 84/100


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