SMWS 63.43 Sorrel punch

Posted 30 November 2017 / In Glentauchers
The Dramble's tasting notes for SMWS 63.43 Sorrel punch

Bottle Name: 63.43 Sorrel punch

ABV: 60.7%
Distillery: Glentauchers
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Speyside

Youthful Speyside in the form of a 9 year old Glentauchers that’s been matured in a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. One of 124 bottles. Juicy, Oak & Vanilla profile.

Nose: Fruits, teas and glue. Starting with steeped fruit tea and moving swiftly in to tropical fruits of mango and guava – this unfortunately has a big ethyl acetate aroma (polystyrene cement for those of you who still enjoy you Airflix kits), which is rather pervasive and telling of some obvious youth. Water adds some coconut shavings into the mix and lessens the air of glue – but it’s still there.

Taste: Quite aggressive on the arrival, but super fruity at the same time – mangos, pineapples and coconut wrapped in in blanket of vanilla cream. A little water really improves things here, removing the slightly hostile initial mouth-feel and adding more coconut and peaches to the fruit medley.

Finish: Medium to long, displaying fruity character, and glue.

The fruitiness of this Glentauchers is really lovely, but it’s hard to get away from the very prominent flavour and aroma of solvents. Water certainly helps the palate in that regard, but this type of youthfulness is hard to hide. I suspect this might have been rather decent with a few years more maturation. As it is, it’s just a bit too young and hot to pull it off successfully.

Score: 77/100

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