SMWS Glazed with Marmalade 59.7% ABV

This Benrinnes spent an initial 13 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, then a further 3 years in a first fill Spanish oak oloroso hogshead.

“2024 is going to be a year of celebrating The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s approach to sherry-cask maturation. If you’ve been exploring the world of whisky, you’ll be aware that the huge variety of styles, sometimes with completely different characteristics that can make the term ‘whisky’ feel a little inadequate.

Sherry casks are prized for the spicy, nutty and rich dried fruits notes that they can contribute to whisky, as well as a deep mahogany colour. There are notable variations depending on the type of sherry that was previously in the cask, from a dry oloroso to sweet Pedro Ximenez and beyond.”


Appearance: Dark ale. A reassuring thick swirl line and many medium/thick trails quickly form. Lots of teardrops form throughout the remainder of the tide mark.After a short while the results of agitation almost freeze in time and cling to the inside of the glass for ages.

Nose: Big syrup sweet hit of ethanol. Orange drizzled sponge cake, oak, marzipan and sweet pastry hit first. Pancakes with orange juice and sugar, mixed nuts and wood shavings.As the dram matures, a more confectionary sweet notes starts to emerge. Foam shrimps, a little foam banana and Strawberry Frutellas.

Palate: A beautifully oily mouthfeel, like dessert wine. The alcohol is carried really well considering it’s near enough 60%, not intrusive or harsh at all, quite sympathetic in fact. Clove studded orange, gentle baking spices, especially nutmeg and cinnamon. Black pepper dusted strawberries and raspberries, custard, oak and cherry Soothers. A lovely jam sweet element intermingling with a wisp of sweet smoke and dried fruits underpins everything, adding balance and multi levels of flavours to explore. The spice and resulting warmth on the chest grow as the dram is consumed, as too does a gentle spice tingling on the tongue and lips.

Finish: Medium to long. The jam, gentle baking spices and subtle tannins last for a good length of time. That tingling also lasts into the finish before slowly dissipating.

Overall: Benrinnes had been a favourite distillery of mine for some time, I find that, whoever bottles their liquid, it’s consistently great quality, and this bottle is no exception. It’s a great dram. Lovely balance between the jam sweetness and gentle spices. An ever evolving flavour profile with multiple layers to discover. It’s one to sit, savour and share. Lovely.

This whisky was kindly sent to me by SMWS for honest review.

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