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Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 2002 SMWS 48.86
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points
- very interesting; in the tasting you could not touch and taste all the notes
do not add water !!!
spicy, pears, fresh, easy lemons
the hammer on the palate
slightly bitter, oak
heavy oak, bitter
- Reminds me of an Irish whisky on first fill bourbon. 87/88.
Vanilla pudding, unripe banana, green apple, honey, lemon and cut flowers (which is not what I regard as floral by the way).
Vanilla pudding, banana candy, caramel and lemon. And again clearly that 'green' side, but that diminishes when adding water. Water also brings out a little whiff of smoke.
Banana candy, vanilla pudding and slightly burnt caramel.
- N: OK, not the usual, straight-ahead, glassy light-fruity [summery] bourbon number from this southern Speyside distillery. This is more on a heavier, waxier, nuttier, distillate-led track with some Inchgower-esque traits in its [light] maltiness and Mortlach-esque traits in its funk, fruity funk. Theres a red peppercorn note, Himalayan pink salt and a passing resemblance to pot still rhum and [Cameronbridge] grain distillate. Floral, meaty notes gather pace after much time of opening.
T: The mouth too receives a heavyish, waxy distillate with a cool yet relaxed, sweetish minty-fresh tail. The middle provides an easy sweetness like sucking on a giant homeopathic pillette with a slight salty, savoury, vegetal-sweet lozenge/pastel. Really enjoying this style today.
F: A shortish finish that remains true to the palate and the distillate, but the cask hasn't been a 'Slave to the rhythm'. Toasted, boozy, biscuit at the death.
C: A sympathetic cask, but by no means a neutral one. i like this a lot although i don't pick up a great deal of flora - though theres quite some information to be gleaned on the nose.
- SMWS tasting notes:
Strolling through the dry and dusty flowerbeds, ice cream cone in hand on a hot summers day, the air was filled with sweet white rose petals, freshly washed linen on the line, elderflower, peach syrup, pot pouri and icing sugar. The day became even hotter as we sipped the dram, still perfumed like Bourbon scented hairspray but now with new American oak, fruity glace cherries and the sweetness of iced gems. Adding water, which we would recommend, released soft and creamy coconut, barley sugars, toffee sweets and a lemon zing with cinnamon balls finishing in a chalky texture.
DRINKING TIP: Take it with you for a dip in the pool on a hot afternoon, it’s not afraid of the water.