SMWS 16.54 Frightfully good

Posted 01 July 2021 by Matt / In Glenturret
The Dramble reviews SMWS 16.54 Frightfully good

Bottle Name: 16.54 Frightfully good

ABV: 58%
Distillery: Glenturret
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Peated
Region: Highlands Age: 10

My love-in with peated Turret continued throughout lockdown so I’ve high hopes for this 10 year old Society bottling that’s been matured in a re-charred hogshead.

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Nose: Smoked meats and charcuterie boards join BBQ briquettes and freshly laid tarmac, whilst smoked cheese and cold cream sit with chewy nougat, burnt meringue and fire-pit toasted marshmallows. Throughout – wet bonfire smoke – packed full of still moist leaves and waterlogged fallen vegetation. The addition of water presents a filthier outlook – bicycle tyres, wellington boots and the fallout from some kind of industrial disaster zone. This is joined by strong aromas of barn yards and hay lofts – all roofed in thick tar.

Taste: The smoke is immediate and enveloping – log fires, industrial chimneys and road surfacings alongside crisp bacon, balsamic and clove studded ham. Ash pervades the mid-palate with salted toffee and a touch of sweetness from candy canes. Reduction adds caramel and hard candy to the smoke – a sweeter billowing of murky goodness.

Finish: Long with clove cigarettes, balsamic and grimy sweetness.

Yes, yes, this is indeed frightfully good. Dirty and incredibly expressive throughout – combining industry, nature and sugars with aplomb. There’s a precision in amongst the grime when enjoyed neat – but once reduced the training wheels are fully removed and this just screams filth. A very easy pick of the month.

Score: 88/100

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