Some Crazy Whisky tried at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Ok, well maybe the title was a little exaggerated. Definitely some unusual Whisky tasted during my afternoon at SMWS.

A Lady of the Night
85.22 Ex Sherry Glen Elgin
12 years Old, 60%ABv
592 Bottles

Nose: a little meaty, spicy, Christmas mince pies. Brandy, marsipan and vanilla. Some fruitiness too: green apples and bananas. Yum.

Palate: Oaky and leathery. Hints of plums and raisins. Slight biscuity and malty note.

With Water: Black cherries, kirsch and px sherry

Finish: Slightly honeyed

This dram has alot going on!

Rabbit, Ginger and Treacle Tart
71.34 Ex Refill Sherry Gorda
13 Years Old, 56.8% Abv
830 bottles

Nose: dark caramel, honey, butter, meatiness and sulphur. Olive brine, leather and mushrooms.

Palate: Leathery, honey, spices. Slightly earthy.

I dunno about this one. It’s definitely a love it or hate it whisky. I liked it.

Rhubarb and Custard
123.6 Port Pipe matured Glengoyne
10 Years Old, 59.5% Abv
1 0f 728 bottles

Nose: Raspberries, strawberries, pears and apples.

Palate: Raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb and hints of lemon

Quite nice, but getting a little sweet.

I was impressed by the whiskies on show. They were all quite different, diverse and had strong flavour directions. The worry that has been expressed to me (by several people) regarding the SMWS is that due to the distilleries that they deal with most, and due to having a panel that choose, that the whiskies chosen will be similar every month. The whiskies I tasted go some way to disproving this in my mind. All strong flavours, unusual distilleries and not to everyone’s taste, but definitely to some peoples’ tastes.


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