SMWS A Japanese Duo + One

I've had this long term belief, which comes from family, that whisky is not something to be hoarded and kept to ones self but is something that is best enjoyed when opened, drunk and shared with friends and family. Before the age of the internet this was always in a bar or in someones house or at a gathering, but now with the age of the internet and global friendships why should that not still be the same?

Thus when the opportunity arose for a group of us to share a £300 Japanese Pair from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society there was no question at all that it was going to be the start of something big. Since then we've went from strength to strength and picked up more interesting drams but this first pair will always be the beginning.

You should also check out the following who are likely to blog about this pair, if they haven't already, also - Steve (@steveprentice) from Somerset Whisky Blog, Yoav (@yoavgel) from Whisky Gospel, Adrian (@mynameisgone) from the Whisky Chronicle, Jon (@dvdbloke) from Scotch and Sci-fi and Ben (@ben_cops) from Bens Whisky Blog.

Keep an eye out also for a lot more Scotch Malt Whisky Society and other bottlers, shares coming in the coming weeks and months, and please please please if you like whisky go join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

We have had these from early December and have kept them until now to arrange a Tweet Tasting with the 6 of us.

Scotch Malt WHisky SocietySMWS 132.2 Stunning Panoramio of Exotic Fruits

This SMWS 132.2 Stunning Panoramio of Exotic Fruits is exactly the right use of the word Stunning.

This is genuinely the best nose i've had on a whisky in a long time, i couldn't stop sniffing it, it's also worth every single penny.

Bottle Name SMWS 132.2 Stunning Panoramio of Exotic Fruits
Bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Distiller Karuizawa
Age* 22
ABV 62.4%
Nose Oh my goodness this is lovely, there's definitely fruity sherry notes in here along with crushed brasil nuts and pledge furniture polish, there's some lovely chewy beef jerky in here and some lavender oil and fresh violets also and a hint of honey.
Taste Gentle oaky woodyness with beeswax furniture polish and hints of orange citrus peel, followed by a heat and gentle oriental spicyness.
Finish long, very very long and so so deliciously orangey and oaky


Scotch Malt WHisky SocietySMWS 131.2 Magic Carpet in a Sweetie Shop

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society got this SMWS 131.2 Magic Carpet in a Sweetie Shop very much bang on.

I really enjoyed the palate more than the nose on this one, the sweetness was very much right up my street .

Bottle Name SMWS 131.2 Magic Carpet in a Sweetie Shop
Bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Distiller Hanyu
Age* 13
ABV 55.10%
Nose

First it's got that foosty dunnage note, almust dusty, then there's dark fruit skins, plum skin, and dark grape skin, then comes the christmas cake with more dark dried fruits of sultanas and raisins with mixed spice and dried citrus fruit peels all drizzled in dark sticky treacle

Taste oh sweet and sultry, there's candied orange and mouthwatering chocolate limes with hints of floral gums creeping in with a touch of juicy pear
Finish sweet and chocolatey with a slight hint of spice


Scotch Malt WHisky Society SMWS 132.3 Dark, Mysterious and Seductive

This is not part of the Japanese Duo but this SMWS 132.3 Dark, Mysterious and Seductive was sent as a wee sample to me by Joe (@smwslondon) from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society London venue..

I really did prefer the 132.2 to this one but this is still a very top quality dram that you would easily enjoy on many a special occasion. .

I can't say it enough, if you're not a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society then why not? you really should just go join now.

Bottle Name SMWS 132.3 Dark, Mysterious and Seductive
Bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Distiller Karuizawa
Age* 20
ABV 61.1%
Nose First through the nostrils is a slight hint of dusty floorboards before a whack of molasses and galia melon combine with rum and raisin vanilla ice cream, then there's some furniture polish and waxy oilyness too, before a hint of lavender oil rounds it all off.
Taste quite a large spike of alcohol at first with a very malty, dusty note coming through before some fruit joins in
Finish long spicy and dusty.