SMWS G1.16 Chardonnay flavoured white wine gums

Posted 08 November 2018 / In North British
The Dramble reviews SMWS G1.16 Chardonnay flavoured white wine gums

Bottle Name: G1.16 Chardonnay flavoured white wine gums

ABV: 61.9%
Distillery: North British
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Lowlands

Middle-aged grain from North British, but with a bit of a twist – 25 years in an ex-oloroso butt followed by a finishing period in a 2nd fill butt with a heavy toast and medium char. A pretty high ABV on this one considering the age. Sweet & spicy profile.

Nose: Sparingly devoid of the typical acetone/glue aromas that pervade most grain whiskies, this delivers linseed and sesame oils, golden syrup and peanut brittle. There’s some sherry influence at play with coffee grounds and marzipan. Woodiness is still perceptible, but older and more relaxed – almost resinous. Water brings out wine gums (yes, the white ones) and juicy sugariness.

Taste: More mainstream grain flavours now – popcorn, buttered toast, glue stick, shoe polish and 2x4 planking. There’s an intriguing savouriness in the mid-palate that delivers carrots and vegetable stock alongside tonka bean and split vanilla pods. When reduced, oatmeal and breakfast cereals are introduced.

Finish: Medium with vanilla, and cask char.

A solid North British that really comes to life when reduced – at that point, the combination of oaty cereals and wine-like sweetness marry together nicely.

Score: 84/100


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