SMWS 123.27 Banana milkshake in an alpine meadow

Posted 06 September 2018 / In Glengoyne
The Dramble reviews SMWS 123.27 Banana milkshake in an alpine meadow

Bottle Name: 123.27 Banana milkshake in an alpine meadow

ABV: 61.6%
Distillery: Glengoyne
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Highlands

Glengoyne’s OBs are famous for their sherry-led flavours, but this 2008 9 year old SMWS bottling comes from a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel. Juicy, Oak & Vanilla profile.

Nose: Garden-fresh with clean cotton sheets, honeycomb and creamy coconut. Aromas of beehives mix with green herbalness – heather and cut stems. These sit alongside creamy vanilla fudge and a gentle touch of orange peel. The addition of water brings out underlying maltiness – oats, cereals and biscuits.

Taste: A viscous arrival packed full of sweetness, but still with quite a lot of alcoholic bite. Honey drenched digestive biscuits, cream buns and vanilla pods are joined by interesting herbs (nettles and tea), ginger spicing and a scattering of jelly babies. Reduction, brought a softer arrival with plenty of tinned orchard fruits, fizzing sherbet sweets and a touch of pepperiness.

Finish: Medium, with tart citrus and further pepperiness.

There’s plenty of crisp and clean flavour in this characterful 9 year old Glengoyne, but without dilution, it’s coming at you rather hot and prickly. Once reduced, the emphasis can shift onto the well-judged sweet fruitiness and perky spicing. A good starter to an autumnal evening.

Score: 84/100


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