A Feast Fit for a Clan Chief

SMWS Clans and Drams At the beginning of the month I went along to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's clans and drams opening feast at the vaults in Edinburgh with my good friend Niall (@niallbenzie).

With John McCheyne (@smwsambassador) acting as host and leading the tasting there was a fantastic selection of whiskies from the latest outturn and some brilliant food also.

Set out like the feasts in a castle and with with platters of food the evening was always going to be great, having a sword fight, a demonstration of butchery from the Buffalo Farm and then lovely buffalo steaks helped also.

The clans Feast

The whiskies were brilliant as always (see below for my thoughts) and the company and entertainment fantastic, once again a great night and a great reason to be a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

remember you can find out your clan and declare your #clansanddrams allegiance by taking the survey on the SMWS Clans and Drams website or if you know you're clan you can get a bottle recommendation by spinning the flavour wheel.


SMWS 36.74 - Whiter than White

SMWS Clans and Drams This 36.74 - Whiter than White was tasted at the beginning of the month when I went along to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's clans and drams opening feast at the vaults in Edinburgh with my good friend Niall (@niallbenzie).

I really want to still be in the Young and Spritely clan like this dram but i'm getting much older, but that doesnt mean i cant appreciate just how lovely these drams are with sweet vanilla and pine, yum.

Remember you can find out your clan and declare your #clansanddrams allegiance by taking the survey on the SMWS Clans and Drams website or if you know you're clan you can get a bottle recommendation by spinning the flavour wheel.

 

Vanilla candles and freshly pulled pine needles, pine insence and hints of oilyness make up the rest of the nose

sweet maple syrupwith pine tree sap and pine needles

sweetness and sticky sappyness

Bottle Name: SMWS 36.74 - Whiter than White
Age: 9
ABV: 59.90
Distiller: Benrinnes
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 4.191 - A Romp in the Heather

SMWS Clans and Drams This 4.191 - A Romp in the Heather was tasted at the beginning of the month when I went along to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's clans and drams opening feast at the vaults in Edinburgh with my good friend Niall (@niallbenzie).

This is totally my type of dram, and i reckon my clan too, this is from the Lightly Peated clan and works well with seafood as the lightly peated notes come through with lots of sweetness and brininess, .

Remember you can find out your clan and declare your #clansanddrams allegiance by taking the survey on the SMWS Clans and Drams website or if you know you're clan you can get a bottle recommendation by spinning the flavour wheel.

 

coastal and salty with initially some seaside notes before it goes to underlying heathery sweetness and touches of seafood

theres a sweet vanilla note before a salty seaside and lemony citrus comes through

salty and coastal

Bottle Name: SMWS 4.191 - A Romp in the Heather
Age: 22
ABV: 54.20
Distiller: Highland Park
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands


SMWS 44.61 - Flower bouquet with a love note

SMWS Clans and Drams This 44.61 - Flower bouquet with a love note was tasted at the beginning of the month when I went along to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's clans and drams opening feast at the vaults in Edinburgh with my good friend Niall (@niallbenzie).

A fantastic opening dram to the evening and i would highly recommend this dram, from the Sweet Fruity and Mellow clan to anyone looking for a lovely opening dram for a tasting.

Remember you can find out your clan and declare your #clansanddrams allegiance by taking the survey on the SMWS Clans and Drams website or if you know you're clan you can get a bottle recommendation by spinning the flavour wheel.

 

iniitally there's a touch of sweet and salty, with sweet toffee and caramel and a salty (rock salt) edge very much like salted chocolates which i love, then chocolate covered poppets, a lovely start to any tasting

Toffee and salted chocolates with a real seaside saltiness, very easy to get used to

long salty tangy with a touch of toffee

Bottle Name: SMWS 44.61 - Flower bouquet with a love note
Age: 14
ABV: 57.10
Distiller: Craigellachie
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 59.48 - A sensory journey

SMWS Clans and Drams This 59.48 - A sensory journey was tasted at the beginning of the month when I went along to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's clans and drams opening feast at the vaults in Edinburgh with my good friend Niall (@niallbenzie).

I'm certainly in the Old and Dignified clan like this dram especially as i'm almost 10 years older than it, but this really does need that extra time, the hints of mint when water added shows clearly how lovely and old this is.

Remember you can find out your clan and declare your #clansanddrams allegiance by taking the survey on the SMWS Clans and Drams website or if you know you're clan you can get a bottle recommendation by spinning the flavour wheel.

 

Initially quite dusty and woody before some underlying fruits begin to appear. for me it's like porridge with banana and honey and with a touch of water a sprig of mint appears too

quite meaty and woody, with oak rubbed ham and roast beef with a hint of mint sauce

Spicy on the finish, grated ginger and cinnamon

Bottle Name: SMWS 59.48 - A sensory journey
Age: 30
ABV: 51.20
Distiller: Teaninich
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


SMWS 93.58 - A manly adventure

SMWS Clans and Drams This 93.58 - A manly adventure was tasted at the beginning of the month when I went along to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's clans and drams opening feast at the vaults in Edinburgh with my good friend Niall (@niallbenzie).

I know Neil would love this dram as it's from his favourite area (Campbelltown) and this Oily and Coastal clan dram has all the engine oil and coastal sweetness that you would expect..

Remember you can find out your clan and declare your #clansanddrams allegiance by taking the survey on the SMWS Clans and Drams website or if you know you're clan you can get a bottle recommendation by spinning the flavour wheel.

 

Engine Oil comes through first with coastal sweetness coming next, lots of maltiness and hints of flora too

Dark bitter chocolate like 85% cocoa and lots of malt with lashings of engine oil

sweet chocolate and oil

Bottle Name: SMWS 93.58 - A manly adventure
Age: 14
ABV: 60.40
Distiller: Glen Scotia
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown


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