SMWS North British G1.13

SMWS North British G1.13

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Mashtun notes:

We do like a 100% grain whisky from time to time, and were really looking forward to this North British offering from the SMWS. It turns out we were not to be disappointed! The nose has that ‘classic grain’ feel and we got vanilla, bourbon, red cola, sweetie bananas, cloves and spices too. The grain notes carry through into the palate where we also got corn mash, rich fruits, spices, bourbon infused oak, white chocolate, and more vanilla. These flavours tailed off into a medium length dry finish that was sweet, smooth, and full of chocolate desert and Turkish Delight. It had a beautiful reddish gold colour, and a smooth, sticky, creamy texture. A little air lightens and sweetens the nose, while adding a little water brought out floral notes on the nose, reduced the alcohol feel, and pulled the Turkish Delight finish back into the palate.

All in all, this is a classic North British grain offering from the SMWS. It may need some air and a drop of water to open up, but its well worth the wait. If you like your 100% grains, and enjoy a cask strength whisky now and then, this is certainly the one for you.

SMWS North British G1.13

Summer Fate and Flower Shows - Memories of summer fetes flooded back with heady aromas of peach jam, freshly baked toffee cookies, banana bread and ripe golden plums. A hint of airfix paint from the handicrafts, and crisp florals from the flower arranging table. The taste was as sweet and short as a Scottish summer with pings of flavour bursting on the tongue. Afternoon tea delivered pink wafers, warm scones, homemade chocolate truffles and caramel coffee cake. Cut flowers, and the dry earth of the greenhouse mingled with the warm wood of an old deck chair. A slice of gingerbread with a sip of mead completed the picture.

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 Notes: 56.2% ABV – Ex Bourbon cask, 188 bottles, and distilled in August 1978.  100% Grain Whisky and £120 per bottle at time of tasting.

SMWS North British G1.13

Nose:

Classic grain, vanilla, spices, cloves, and sweetie bananas

Palate:

Grain, grain, and grain! Sweet bourbon, white chocolate, spices, and vanilla

Finish:

Medium, smooth, and sweet

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Smooth and creamy

Air:

Lightens and sweetens the nose

Water:

Brings out floral notes on the nose and lightens the bourbon notes. It also brings out Turkish Delight on the palate

Overall comments:

A classic cask strength grain from North British. Bourbon / Grain, vanilla, punchy, and sweet.

SMWS North British G1.13

Nose:

Lots of bourbon, banana, sherbet dip, almonds, nutmeg

Palate:

Rich, fruity and spicy, corn mash, vanilla, oatcakes, deep ester notes

Finish:

Medium-long dry afterataste, holds on to chocolate dessert flavours, Turkish delight

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Creamy and dense

Air:

Didn’t evolve much

Water:

Added water to reduce the burn, softened it nicely

Overall comments:

This is not for the faint-hearted, packs a punch, dark fruit and chocolate flavours balanced with peppery spices. Lovely.

SMWS North British G1.13

Nose:

Grain, red cola, pepper, and pencil sharpening’s

Palate:

A nice blend of grain and cask (bourbon) infusion

Finish:

Sweetens at the finish

Colour:

Light rusty water

Texture:

Sweet and sticky

Air:

Takes a little of the nose burn off and adds vanilla

Water:

Needs water but brings the bourbon out

Overall comments:

I do like a grain and this didn’t disappoint. A very nice blend of bourbon, wood, and grain whisky.

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