A Brace of SMWS Japanese Drams

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyA review of two Japanese Scotch Malt Whisky Society drams provided as samples from the very awesome Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's London venue. Both of us shared the two drams and the reviews are of our own favourites of the two, Neil preferred the 124.3 All the Complexities of Summer with myself preferring 116.17 Pin Ball Wizard in Japanese Tea House.

Two absolute stonkers of drams and it's a real honour to have been able to sample them. The notes below are of our favourites with the notes of the 124.3 All the Complexities of Summer by Neil (@neilmackinnon1) and the 116.17 Pin Ball Wizard in Japanese Tea House by me.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) for sending us these fantastic Japanese drams from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.


SMWS 116.17 Pin Ball Wizard in Japanese Tea House

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe second of two Japanese Scotch Malt Whisky Society drams provided as samples from the very awesome Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's London venue. Both of us shared the two drams and the reviews are of our own favourites of the two, with myself preferring 116.17 Pin Ball Wizard in Japanese Tea House.

I loved the orchard fruits in this one along with the dusting of icing sugar and gentle oak, an absolute cracker of a dram.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) for sending us these fantastic Japanese drams from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

A yummy sweet nose, this starts off with a sweet note of orchard fruits (apples and pears) and seville oranges rolled in icing sugar, there's a fresh pine note and gentle oak sap in here, with sweet fruits in here.

very sweet orchard fruits with more icing sugar and pine notes, lots of dried fruits and some gentle oak and wood spice and tannins

very drying lots of tea tannins and sweet fruits

Bottle Name: SMWS 116.17 Pin Ball Wizard in Japanese Tea House
Age: 25
ABV: 59.20
Distiller: Yoichi
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Japan, Please Select


SMWS 124.3 All the Complexities of Summer

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe first of two Japanese Scotch Malt Whisky Society drams provided as samples from the very awesome Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's London venue. Both of us shared the two drams and the reviews are of our own favourites of the two, with Neil preferring 124.3 All the Complexities of Summer.

A cracking dram, and Neil loved the real surprise of sweetness on the palate on this one.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) for sending us these fantastic Japanese drams from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

A very nice intro of light fruit, picking up on peaches and pears, sweetness and freshness of cut grass. There is a definite presence of the sherry cask. A strong but delicate nose for 61.9%.

Wow! Hit with sweetness and thickness, definate milk chocolate, honey and hints of nuts. Similar to toblerone. Silky smooth and again hit with sweetness like condensed milk or ovaltine. A lot of flavours that really make you smile.

A lip smacking long and winding finish with the sherry appearing at the end. Really delightful and certainly backs up the Complexities of Summer.

Bottle Name: SMWS 124.3 All the Complexities of Summer
Age: 13
ABV: 61.90
Distiller: Miyagikyo
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Japan, Please Select


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