SMWS 123.19 Jack-in-the-box

Posted 30 November 2017 / In Glengoyne
The Dramble's tasting notes for SMWS 123.19 Jack-in-the-box

Bottle Name: 123.19 Jack-in-the-box

ABV: 61.8%
Cask Type: 1st fill ex-Bourbon
Distillery: Glengoyne
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Highlands

A 9 year old Glengoyne that was distilled on 29th August 2008 and matured in a 1st fill ex-Bourbon barrel. One of 217 bottles from the Young & Spritely flavour profile.

Nose: Freshly baked treats. Starting with aromas of cakes, croissants and apple and blackcurrant tarts, this gradually develops a slight oily pungency which is supported by coconut shavings, orange peels and a background dustiness. Water brings out some earthy spices, in particular cardamom.

Taste: Rich, oily, fruity and woody. A mouth-coating arrival which is surprisingly quaffable at 61.8% and delivers blackcurrants, apples and sharp citrus alongside icing sugar, pepper, backing spice and a real nuttiness (peanuts). Wood is quite discernible – freshly cut wood planks – a little bit sappy. The addition of water reduces the prominence of some of the fruits and spice, but makes for a much more syrupy-like consistency.

Finish: Medium in length, woody and nutty and with a really pleasing astringency.

Glengoyne is normally known for its sherried expressions, but it can work just as well in pure ex-Bourbon and this is a good example of just that. Defined fruits, just the right amount of wood influence and a good weight counterbalance the zingy and youthful character. A very solid early-evening refresher whisky.

Score: 85/100


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