Balmenach 15yr SMWS 48.110 “Sooooternes” Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Balmenach 15yr SMWS 48.110
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Balmenach 15yr SMWS 48.110 “Sooooternes”

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  • Distiller:

    Balmenach

  • Bottler:

    SMWS

  • ABV:

    56.6%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Intro:

    This is an independent bottling by SMWS of spirit distilled at Balmenach. Aged for 15 years in a first fill Sauternes Barrique, this release was bottled at cask strength without any coloring or filtering. Let's get to it.

  • Nose:

    Sweet and buttery, loaded with lime, honey, slivered almond and wine sweetness. Fresh baked cake, some vanilla bean, white wine. Leaning towards dessert and wine forward, though not in a pungent sherry way. Nice balance with lots of enticing flavor.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel and excellent control of the ethanol. Sweet cream, lemon, buttered bread, pepper and some wine sweetness. Not as bready as something like a Ben Nevis but its there, along with some lovely cracked pepper. Light caramel, a hint of Sauv Blanc grape sweetness with acidity. Really unique, quite enjoyable.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium finish, but its earthy, loaded once more with fresh bread, peppery and steadfast. The flavors hang as long as they are able, before wisping away cleanly with a hint of pepper and smoke. Waxy fruits - primarily apple and pear linger with the pepper.

  • Overall:

    This is really something, and its quite unique. It reminded me of a blend, if you told me you had taken some Ben Nevis, some Springbank, some Teaninich and Clynelish and blended it. Very good release, and a nice uptick in quality from SMWS while my doubts were starting to get the best of me.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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