The Whisky Club Meet The Whisky Society

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyI'm going to start this post by saying I think it's a very appropriate way to celebrate my 1000th post on the blog, there are now 1000 reviews, articles, news, new release information, events and tours and I'm very proud of that.

Last night the Livingston Whisky Club went out to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Queen Street for a fantastic tasting, hosted by the wonderful Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) and a great night it was.

Before i move on to talking about the whiskies I'd like to point out a few things which someone has mentioned. I am a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the vast majority of the reviews of their products on this site have came about from either bottles i own, bottles i've shared with friends, samples from other whisky blogging friends, whiskies i've tried at events that i've paid for. Very little, in fact only a handful, have been samples from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

I don't get paid by the society, i don't work for them and I don't act as an affiliate to them, I just drink the amber nectar they bottlle and I just think that the whisky they are bottling is above and beyond much of the other whiskies on the market.

Now that's off my chest i had a couple of tonights drams before, the G10.2 and the 93.57, so i'm not going to re-review those (they were the 2nd and 4th drams of tonights tasting) but the other three were all new to me.

Many thanks to Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) for picking some absolutely outstanding whiskies and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for a great tasting.


SMWS 26.93 Cottage Garden Beside a Church

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe third dram from the Livingston Whisky Club tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Queen Streethosted by the wonderful Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) was 26.93 Cottage Garden Beside a Church.

I'm always so so about this distillery, i know others are huge fans of this distillery but sometimes i find it a bit too waxy and meaty, but this example was beautiful.

Many thanks to Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) for picking some absolutely outstanding whiskies and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for a great tasting.

 

The initial note here is elderflower cordial with lashings of parma ham with gentle cooked meat meatiness with a lemongrass and honey sauce

hints of waxiness and sweet manuka honey with lemongrass and heather

waxy, oily, malty

Bottle Name: SMWS 26.93 Cottage Garden Beside a Church
Age: 28
ABV: 56.30
Distiller: Clynelish
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


SMWS 35.60 Dream-catcher dram

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe first dram from the Livingston Whisky Club tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Queen Streethosted by the wonderful Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) was 35.60 Dream-catcher dram.

When the very first dram of a tasting is a 39 year dram it really does increase your expectations and boy this dram is fantastic, it's got everything you want from a good old aged dram, and hasn't got that woodiness that comes with some. if this is the first dram of the evening, we really are being spoiled.

Many thanks to Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) for picking some absolutely outstanding whiskies and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for a great tasting.

 

This dram initially on the nose is very smooth and mellow, with manuka honey and sweet fresh fruits, then it twists to take on spicy characteristics of cinnamon, nutmeg and christmas cake spices, with a drop of water there's a minty edge coming through also.

Sweet apple, cinnamon and winter berry pie with slightly undercooked pastry and a dusting of cinnamon,

A long loving finish that coats every part of you but is a little drying

Bottle Name: SMWS 35.60 Dream-catcher dram
Age: 39
ABV: 42.30
Distiller: Glen Moray
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 53.201 True Love on a Pebble Beach

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe fifth dram from the Livingston Whisky Club tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Queen Streethosted by the wonderful Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) was 53.201 True Love on a Pebble Beach.

This is such a good example of a smoky dram, lots of those smoky bacon roll notes mixed with some wonderful bbq smoked bananas and chocolate.

Many thanks to Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) for picking some absolutely outstanding whiskies and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for a great tasting.

 

Oh yummy this is like a chocolate covered bbq smoked banana with bacon rolls and proper HP brown sauce, you could easily eat this dram

Super sweet on the palate with bananas covered in demerera sugar and light carameled

demerera sugar and banana

Bottle Name: SMWS 53.201 True Love on a Pebble Beach
Age: 18
ABV: 60.00
Distiller: Caol Ila
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


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