SMWS 16.37 Polarising perceptions

Posted 02 May 2019 by Matt / In Glenturret
The Dramble reviews SMWS 16.37 Polarising perceptions

Bottle Name: 16.37 Polarising perceptions

ABV: 56.9%
Distillery: Glenturret
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Peated
Region: Highlands

We’ve seen a little run of weirdly peated Glenturrets the last few months – here’s the latest – a 7 year old matured in a recharred hogshead. View on SMWS

Nose: Meaty stuff – pork sausage meat, burnt ends and ham sandwiches (on white bread) served with sage and onion stuffing. The smoking is quite varied here – coal dust, rubber tyres and molten plastic bags. With water – ashiness, fish tanks and farminess along with pine needles and stagnant pond water.

Taste: The arrival is powerful and packed full of slightly mad bituminous, sooty, ashy peat. Charred and burnt meats – pork, beef and ham are joined by farmyard sties. In the back-palate, grapefruit and citric tartness are accompanied by chilli pepper heat and a sweaty motorway repair crew. Reduction adds olive brine and salinity with axle grease and exhaust fumes.

Finish: Medium in length with tarmac, rubber and plastic bag alongside drying oakiness.

I’m pleased that the Society notes that this is not for everyone – indeed, it’s quite, quite mad. I’m pretty down with these aroma and flavour combinations, but even so, despite everything being powerfully delivered, there’s a tautness and imbalance here which doesn’t quite permit the lunacy to gel into a totally cohesive whole.

Score: 84/100


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