SMWS G10.40 A beguiling syrupy sweet spiced baba

Posted 03 March 2022 by Matt / In Strathclyde
The Dramble reviews SMWS G10.40 A beguiling syrupy sweet spiced baba

Bottle Name: G10.40 A beguiling syrupy sweet spiced baba

ABV: 61.5%
Distillery: Strathclyde
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Region: Lowlands Age: 16

Phil gave me this month’s grain to review – what is the world coming to? Up to Glasgow for a 16 year old Strathclyde that was initially matured for 11 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead before an additional 5 years in a 2nd fill toasted Fresh oak barrique. Colour me intrigued.

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Nose: Caramel and Caramac joins cinnamon spiced apple compote whilst toffee popcorn and lightly lacquered oak sits with chocolate bon bons, hazelnuts and coffee grounds. Reduction reveals heady aromatic woods with cedar and chestnut – alongside broader fruit influence from tangerine peels.

Taste: Chocolate nut clusters and varnished woodwork sits with orange liqueur and burnt brown sugar, whilst golden cereals are served with a cup of warm cappuccino topped with a caramel sauce drizzle. Water adds more oakiness into the equation with wood shavings, nutmeg, pepper and touches of menthol.

Finish: Medium to long with coffee grounds, fading orange essence and shaved oak.

I prefer this Strathclyde at its natural cask strength where it expresses a solid selection of toffee and cream notes throughout. Some will likely want to take this down below 60% ABV for easier drinking – however at that point, it’s a little too cask-driven for my personal tastes. Perhaps you’ll find a better equilibrium than I did?

Score: 83/100


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