Overall rating
Single Grain
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
East meets West
Stated Age
28 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 315 16:20 8ML
Added on
09 Jan 2015 8:31 am by cavalier66
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 252,82

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5 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Dumbarton 1986 SMWS G14.1

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.00 points

  1. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A competent grain whisky. Plenty of bitterness on the finish detracts from the overall pleasant experience. 
    • Nose
      Canadian in profile, but richer. Maple, sweet corn, vanilla, something dusty. 
    • Taste
      Maple and spice arrival. Sweetness subsides quickly as spice and a faint maple profile linger along with a woody varnish note. 
    • Finish
      Soft but long finish that fades quickly to mild sweetness and bitterness. 

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Straight away you notice its rich potency with clean, creamy, honeyed, grain malt sweetness commanding pole position, There’s a fine balance between spirit and cask and although its a youthful presentation its not immature. Other details include bubblegum sweetness, young varnish and bitter wood, Simple but excellent with a good bitter<sweet grain sweetness.
    T: Lots of active grain and wood with the use of a vibrant bourbon cask clearly evident. Theres lots of cream vanilla and with water its almost a bourbon, and in particular Buffalo Trace single oak project. Very clean overall with a touch of waxy varnish [Osmo Polyx Oil]. Woody sweetness is the concurrent theme with a soft bitter vein running though it with chocolate and bourbon style fruit sweetness acting as a pivot.
    F: Bitter, wood oils accompany the sweet, creamy, waxy vanilla notes, along with a bourbon fruits reprise. A subtle, sensitive and accommodating dram that allows for all the flavours to show through. Short finish of course but its no issue here.
    C: Another simple grain but perfectly executed.  Delightful nose, solid arrival with a sweet-bitter shift on the finish. Youthful but not immature grain with a true and consistent presentation overall. Didn’t need much water.

    Scores a B

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Polished copper

    Flavour: Spicy & sweet

    Whilst pouring a sample we were all reminded of opening a bag of crispy fried and salted corn kernels, followed by sweet, fruity aromas of foamy bananas, a jar of pear drops, candy sticks but at the same time crispy baked sweet potato fries. The taste neat started of very sweet; caramel glazed doughnuts and chocolate fudge ice cream but well balanced by a variety of Indian and Thai spices. With water it turned into an ‘Afghan Monkey’ (cocktail using Malibu, banana and melon liqueur, Blue Curacao, whipped cream and pineapple juice) and in the finish a dried fruit mix with sweet and spicy chilli flakes.  

    Drinking tip: Beware! – Dangerously moreish!


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