SMWS Incense In An Orchard 53.5% ABV


This whisky was sent to me by @whiskytip over on Twitter. A 19-year-old Glentauchers matured in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel, it’s one of only 140 bottles produced by Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Appearance: Light sandy gold. A pleasing thick swirl mark, if not slightly erratic. Plenty of teardrops, and medium/thick legs create a corrugated thick film around the glass.

Nose: The ABV is very light, I’d never guess at 50%+! Lovely and sweet with confectionery sugar, foam sweets and lemon pepper.
There’s an oaky, freshly drilled wood (stop it) element too, faint, but there.
Bananas feature strongly on the nose. Whenever the aromas stay away for any amount of time, they’re pulled back to those little yellow foam sweets!

Palate: Semi-viscous mouthfeel. Custard and creamery flavours. There’s a lemon sherbet note running through the palate, a bit like a lemon syllabub.
Fairy liquid soap shows up after the second sip, not the nicest flavour to come across. There’s also a build-up of black pepper those sugar elements from the nose.

Finish: Short to medium in length. The sweetness, along with the pepper, lingers longest. Thankfully the soapy note dissipates quickly.

Overall: Not my cup of tea. The nose was promising, but the palate let the side down. I enjoyed everything, even though there were some odd flavours, but that washing liquid note was quite unpleasant.

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