SMWSBlind at Whisky Live London

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyIt's Whisky Live London time again and the group of noisy bloggers and tweeters and whisky drinkers that get together every year, along with some newbies, got together once again.

Having already planned to hit up the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London on the Thursday evening we were invited along to a tasting organised by Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and hosted by John McCheyne (@SMWSAmbassador). Before the tasting we'd been informed that the tasting would be blind which always makes for some fun.

Of the six drams had, i'd previously had two which were dram three (26.93 Cottage Garden Beside a Church) which i'd only had last week and got spectacularly wrong and 121.50 (Xmas cake and Afghan Coats) which holds a lot of history for me as it was the dram that persuaded me to join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and after a full bottle of this i should really have remembered it, but didn't.



So in this group of vagabonds above are - Jon Webb (@dvdbloke), Kirsty Chant (@KirstyChant), Helen Stewart (@SMWSHelen), Dave Worthington (@whiskydiscovery), Kat Presley (@whiskydiscovkat), Steve Prentice (@steveprentice), Joe McGirr (@smwslondon), Adrian Barnett (@mynameisgone), myself, Billy Abbot (@cowfish), Matt Veira (@mattveira), Dave Alcock (@whiskyrepublic), Andrew Purslow (@ardbaggie), John Mcheyne (@SMWSAmbassador), ben Cops (@ben_cops) and Greg Dillon (@greatdrams) and Matt Chambers (@whisky4everyone) who had slipped out which this was taken

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and John McCheyne (@SMWSAmbassador) and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for their kind hospitality and for some truely wonderful whiskies.


SMWS 129.1 A Smoky, Peachy, Yoghurt of Loveliness

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe sixth dram of the night on the #SMWSblind at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London organised by Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and hosted by John McCheyne (@SMWSAmbassador) was this 129.1 A Smoky, Peachy, Yoghurt of Loveliness.

To get to try any of the .1 bottles is always a pleasure and when it's as lovely and surprising as this one it's even better, we all agreed it was of an older age and from other distilleries, a real pleaser this one.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and John (@SMWSAmbassador) and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for their kind hospitality and for some truely wonderful whiskies.

 

Starts off with an initial note of smoke, some earthy smoke and bbq smoke mixed then some engine oil comes in along with sweetness from a grassy outdoor field, it's a little mossy there also

lovely and sweet with lots of grass and moss and a hint of smoke

mossy, very mossy with sweetness

Bottle Name: SMWS 129.1 A Smoky, Peachy, Yoghurt of Loveliness
Age: 5
ABV: 60.20
Distiller: Kilchoman
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


SMWS 21.28 Relaxing in a Tropical Garden

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyFirst up on the #SMWSblind at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London organised by Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and hosted by John McCheyne (@SMWSAmbassador) was this 21.28 Relaxing in a Tropical Garden.

I don't think anyone didn't like this one, and we were all tasting blind, the guesses were all fun but none of us thought it would as old as this dram was, it's a beautiful dram that really comes together nicely and was a fantastic start to a tasting.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and John (@SMWSAmbassador) and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for their kind hospitality and for some truely wonderful whiskies.

 

The first thing that hits your nostrils is fruit and lots of it followed by a woody note of gentle oak then demerera sugar, marzipan and lyons midget gems with hints of acrylic glue in here also

Demerera sugar and fruit cake spices mix with oilyness, woodiness and a hint of mint

hints of spices and brown sugar

Bottle Name: SMWS 21.28 Relaxing in a Tropical Garden
Age: 37
ABV: 48.10
Distiller: Glenglassaugh
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 46.22 An Italian Kitchen

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe Second dram of the night on the #SMWSblind at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London organised by Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and hosted by John McCheyne (@SMWSAmbassador) was this 46.22 An Italian Kitchen.

So different to the first dram but so interesting to try, the nose and palate don't seem to match but thats not a bad thing as this dram just becomes more intriguing becase of that.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and John (@SMWSAmbassador) and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for their kind hospitality and for some truely wonderful whiskies.

 

Initially i'm hit with some acetone, notes of dulux emulsion paint and poster paints before some sour like fruits like starfruit and pineapple begin to come through but not in a bad way

The palate is way different to the nose, it's grassy and sort and sweet with a gentle creamyness and is very fruity

Creamy, grassy and very fresh

Bottle Name: SMWS 46.22 An Italian Kitchen
Age: 20
ABV: 50.60
Distiller: Glenlossie
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


SMWS R2.3 Visiting A Gothic Art Gallery

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe fifth dram of the night on the #SMWSblind at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London organised by Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and hosted by John McCheyne (@SMWSAmbassador) was this R2.3 Visting A Gothic Art Gallery.

Now John had said to us "all the whisky you're having tonight is from Scotland" so we all got pulled in by that one as this was really Rum like, and actally turned out to be rum ... nice play on words John.

Many thanks to Joe McGirr (@smwslondon) and John (@SMWSAmbassador) and to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for their kind hospitality and for some truely wonderful whiskies.

 

Ripe bananas and acrilic glue with demerera sugar and molasses eucalyptus and menthol with hints of rum like notes

rubber bands with sweet demerera sugar and treacle scones with root beer

treacle and sugar with aniseed

Bottle Name: SMWS R2.3 Visiting A Gothic Art Gallery
Age: 21
ABV: 69.50
Distiller: Port Murant
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Rum
From: Guyana, Please Select


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