Review #1398 – GlenDronach 12yr SMWS 96.27 “Furtive Scone Pesterer”

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Glendronach, bottled by SMWS after 12 years of aging in an ex-bourbon barrel. This bottling, “Furtive Scone Pesterer” is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering. Let’s see how it is.

Review #1398 | Scotch Review #484

Distiller: GlenDroanch

Bottler: SMWS

Brand: SMWS

Selection: N/A

ABV: 58.5% ABV

Age: 12 Years


Nose: Honey, candy corn, fresh baked cake, apples and pears. Really sweet, really bread-y which is surprising for GlenDronach. Reminds me a lot of a Nevis. Ethanol is nicely in check.

Taste: Thick, sweet, but a bit hot. Toffee, bread pudding, sweet caramel and some light fruit. Mostly vanilla, some clove, nice bourbon barrel character here. Heat dies down over time which is greatly appreciated.

Finish: Medium to long in duration, heat is more mild than the palate. Big sweet dessert from start to finish – if I had to enunciate what I thought bourbon barrel cake would be like, it would be this.

Overall: This is pretty nice, which sort of surprised me. I thought these stats may be problematic, but I was proven wrong. Nice work, SMWS.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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