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The official Dram Association review of

Glendronach - SMWS 96.16 The Merchant Of Alsace

"Edmund Pevensie's Downfall"

The official Dram Association review of

Glendronach - SMWS 96.16 The Merchant Of Alsace

"Edmund Pevensie's Downfall"

Dram Code: E51
Producer: Glendronach
Bottler: SMWS
Region: The Highlands

Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon
Age: 11
ABV: 55.2%

Release: Single Cask - 1 of 251
Price: $158.17 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E51
Producer: Glendronach
Bottler: SMWS
Region: The Highlands
Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon
Age: 11
ABV: 55.2%
Release: Single Cask - 1 of 251
Price: $158.17 (at time of review)

88.93/100

Flavour Profile:
Fruity & Spicy

Visual: 4.00 /5
Aroma: 22.07 /25

Taste: 36.64 /40
Finish: 27.23 /30

88.93/100

Flavour Profile: Fruity & Spicy

Visual: 4.00 /5 Aroma: 22.07 /25
Taste: 36.64 /40 Finish: 27.23 /30

About This Dram

This month, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) in Canada has launched a brand new option for becoming a member. Incredibly, if you have never been a member before, you can now buy any bottle over $180 and your first year of membership will be included in the price. That’s a saving of $125! This includes a quarterly magazine subscription and exclusive access to new bottlings at our Outturn tastings. Bargain of the century. You can learn more about the SMWS here.

We’re taking this month then to showcase two SMWS whiskies over $180 in the Dram Association. If you like your sample, then we invite you to buy a bottle and join the society! We offer discounts on SMWS incredibly rarely – so instead of a discount this month, members will get a free Strath Glencairn Glass.

 

SMWS Panel Notes

This distillery is more commonly known for sherry maturation these days so the panel was both eager and curious to try this example from refill bourbon maturation. We found a vibrant nose full of mille-feuille, vanilla foam, sliced pineapple, black cherries in brandy, fresh pastries and an eventual slide towards mineralic, gravelly qualities.

Water brought notes of rosehips, Turkish delight, marjoram, lime curd and pink lemonade. The palate revealed notes like crushed Ivy, jelly beans, lavender icing, lychee, young Gewurztraminer and turmeric. Water softens everything and opens up herbal ice cream, tamarind, green oak, toasted mustard seeds and ripe apricot.

by | May 5, 2019

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members -

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the "agreeable group" statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don't like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg - blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg - peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg - breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg - raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg - wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

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