SMWS 82.38 Sugar hit

Posted 05 August 2021 by Matt / In Glencadam
The Dramble reviews SMWS 82.38 Sugar hit

Bottle Name: 82.38 Sugar hit

ABV: 63.4%
Distillery: Glencadam
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Region: Highlands Age: 8

Over to Glencadam for what sounds like a saccharine pick-me-up. Matured in a 1st fill ex-bourbon hogshead for 8 years, but still possessing an eye-opening ABV of 63.4%.

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Nose: Highly citric and sweet. Lemon curd, lemon gel and preserved lemon alongside meringues, well-whipped cream and Bird’s custard. Notes of air-freshener and washing powder take the lemon further by melding it with floral asides – peony and cut grass. Reduction expresses a clean and crisp profile with press sheets, newly-spun cotton alongside bubblegum fruitiness.

Taste: Lemon cordial, lychee and yellow jelly babies provide an enjoyable, if rather sweet opener. Simple syrup, and crème patisserie sit alongside milky cereals, whilst cut stems and grasses add a summery aside. Dilution reveals lemon barley water together with a combination of syrupy green (apple and pear) and white (melon) fruits.

Finish: Medium and still on lemons joined by light cask char and residue pepper.

I preferred this Glencadam with a dash of water – not to reduce its alcoholic bite – but rather to take the edge off of the sweetness levels, which feel a little bit too diabetic straight out of the bottle. Nevertheless, whatever your balancing point, there’s a fresh and crisp whisky here that would prove to be a sound opener to an evening.

Score: 83/100

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