SMWS 9.114 – Glen Grant 23

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Been a while since I’ve gotten hold of some SMWS bottlings. This one’s name doesn’t really evoke any preconceptions for me, as I don’t really know what the hell a Manzana Verde Daiquiri is, but here’s the little story from them about it (I love these):

Fairly restrained, almost shy aromas were peeking out of the glass but give it time, become acquainted, and you will realise there is a lot to discover. The scent of caramelised oranges and lemons were followed by subtle but nevertheless deep notes of chocolate covered caramel apples and spiced plum crumble with plum brandy custard. The taste neat was a balance of wood spiciness and dryness but at the same time a sweet fruitiness like a pineapple & Marie biscuits dessert. Diluted, plenty of fruit; apples, peaches and mangos, whilst on the palate a well prepared Manzana Verde Daiquiri.

As for Glen Grant, I’m not a huge fan, unlike Jim Murray, and their whisky is far from the best whisky in the world (some of the distillery bottlings are pretty much oven cleaner) but you do now and then come across a really nicely matured, complex one so I’m always willing to try.

Aged 23 years. 50.6% ABV. Matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Bread dough. Baked apples. Light Wood. Dunnage. Honey-nut corn flakes. Condensed milk. Orange cordial. Nutmeg.

Palate: Dry. Light wood. Chocolate milk. Porridge. Apple sauce. Woodspice. Light paprika. Truffles.

Finish: Medium-long. Spicy chocolate. Marzipan. Woodspice. Light wood. Apples.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 2/5

This was a very pleasant sipper, however I found it a little too dry on the palate. That aside it was also a tad boring for me, was expecting something a little more engaging from such a bottling.

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