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]


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.


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]