A Quick Dram: Power & Scorched Earth

I tried to open the membership pack carefully and look what happened!

(I tried to open the membership pack carefully and look what happened!)

This sample was one of four I received in my SMWS membership pack. When I opened the box, I had to choose one to taste. I mean, I could have tried all four in one night, but I don’t think that would have been classed as “responsible drinking”. I chose by age (Age matters. Chivas said so) and by name. Power & Scorched Earth! It sounds like someone describing the film Apocalypse Now. Or some sort of secret military mission. Or a new Xbox game. I had to try it.

SMWS 29.99 Power and Scorched Earth

Laphroaig 20yo
59.6% ABV

Nose: Burnt fruit, peaches, fruit ‘n’ nut Dairy Milk. Burnt chocolate. Some creaminess and a slight brackish nature

Palate: Powerful and spiky. Ash, cigaretts and oranges. I really didn’t expect that from the nose. I didn’t detect any real smoke on the nose. Just burnt things, but not the smoke. With water it becomes sweeter on the nose and palate. An improvement. Still too much tobacco for my liking.

Finish: Like puffing my first cigarette. Not sure if I like this little number actually.

Overall: It has the name, and the age, but I wasn’t a big fan. There is fruitiness, but it is overpowered by the tobacco notes. I wouldn’t recommend going for this, unless you are a smoker, in which case; get stuck in!

Now I better get on and try the other samples. After writing this review, I have the urge to either watch Apocalypse Now, go on a secret military mission or buy a new Xbox game. We will see what happens next!

Chris Hoban

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