Dram Review: SMWS 27.109 Springbank “Guns on the Grouse Moor”

[58.3%・Distilled in 1998・Bottled in 2015・16 Years Old・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release of 738 Bottles]

Nose:

Perhaps not a surprise for a Springbank matured in a Gorda cask, the nose is driven by meat broth and salted meat, with a tinge of gun powder sulphur in the mix, thick confectionary layer giving an oily sweetness, rounded with more and more minerals in time.

Palate & Finish:

Brightly cask influenced with citrus and honey, a dirty juicy burst with the spirit imparting wee peaty and grassy notes. Notes of cardamom, minerals and candied orange cake as chilli and pepper spices cut through.

A laid back sweetness in the finish seasoned with minerals, the malt proves to be satisfying in time.

Thoughts:

Well, this is sulphured, but in all honestly not too adversely so, one could argue the dram benefitted from it as it gives a fairly weighted mouthfeel..

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]

-Nicholas