SMWS 59.55 Highland riesling

Posted 29 November 2018 / In Teaninich
The Dramble reviews SMWS 59.55 Highland riesling

Bottle Name: 59.55 Highland riesling

ABV: 56.1%
Distillery: Teaninich
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Highlands

The often robust Teaninich gets a run out at young age. 9 years in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead. Light & Delicate profile.

Nose: Crisp and fresh with cotton sheets, gooseberries, greengade and cut garden herbs (reeds, flax and grass). There’s a chiselled precision here – indeed rather like a young fruity Riesling (sans the petrol). Reduction adds in stone fruit elements (apricot and peach), as well as whipped cream and underipe grapes.

Taste: Juicy fruits, but still with impeccable fresh precision – grapefruit, lemon peels, and fruit tea infusions are greeted by sherbet sugars, gingercake and a touch of spearmint. Water brings out the cask qualities – vanilla and sappy oak being added to the mix.

Finish: Medium with zingy citrus, wet limestone and fine-grade ceramics.

This Teaninich is precise, sharp and entirely on-point. It’s wonderfully refined at a mere nine years of age – entirely happy with its rock-hewn icy exactness. Recommended.

Score: 87/100


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