An SMWS Night With No Scotch

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society A wee invite from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and both Neil (@neilmackinnon1) and I joined a select group for an intimate tasting of some of the Japanese drams from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's December outturn.

Bookended by some Irish Whiskey and with some fabulous food and some interesting Bourbon in the middle there are some outstanding drams on offer for member this month.

The G12.1 and 119.14 (which is released on Monday - keep an eye out for that email folks) were my pick of the bunch and although i didnt get on brilliantly with the B3.1 I will certainly be giving it another attempt in the coming couple of weeks.

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With great company and superb whiskies it's difficult not to love the surroundings of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's Queen Street venue and thefood is just awesome too, if you're in just order a side of chips to see how good the food is. Although i'd always recommend the haggis.

It was really unusual to do a full tasting here without any Scotch Whisky but The Scotch Malt Whisky Society really do show off the best of what is available in the world and these drams are all worthy of a place in your whisky drinking collection.

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The new outturn is officially out today on The Scotch Malt Whisky Society website so pop on over and check out whats available, you wont be disappointed.

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Some fabulous food with sticky terriyaki chicken which was a fabulous choice for a short break in the whisky tasting.

Thanks again to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society for the invite to the tasting, please check out the notes on these whiskies and do some research, if you like your whisky then joining The Scotch Malt Whisky Society really is a no-brainer


SMWS 116.20 Fascinating complexity and finesse

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietySome more Japanese drams with this Scotch Malt Whisky Society 116.20 Fascinating complexity and finesse a fabulous peated Japanese dram.

Peaty and smoky but not the earthiness that you get with a lot of Scotch peated drams, lovely sweetness hiding here too but the real question is how on earth is this 26 years old and still over 61% ABV

If you are a whisky fan you really should consider joining The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

Candied orange peel on a smoking piece of cedarwood before some salty kippers and seasalt covered chip shop chips out of a newspaper and hints of sweet fruits

sweet juicy smoked kippers with fruity chewing gum, and sticky toffee pudding and still some hints of smoking cedarwood

smoky cedarwood and gentle sweet fruits

Bottle Name: SMWS 116.20 Fascinating complexity and finesse
Age: 26
ABV: 61.60
Distiller: Yoichi
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Japan, Please Select


SMWS 117.3 Hubba-bubba, mango and Monstera

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThis is one of those Scotch Malt Whisky Society drams where the name causes all manner of discussion, it's 117.3 Hubba-bubba, mango and Monstera.

Monstera is a fruit salad plant that i'd never heard of before this dram and have no idea where i'd get it. This is one of those interesting drams that has so much going on in the glass, it's complex and yet simple, fruity, yet spicy but very easy to drink, a real eye opener of the quality of Irish drams though.

If you are a whisky fan you really should consider joining The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

initially quite a sweet nose with really freshly snapped ginger then deep red apple skin, blackcurrants and blueberries and cheap supermarket own brand tinned fruit salad, after a while in the glass theres some sour apples

red apple skins with blackcurrants and fresh malty biscuits with a really creamy buttery note

becomes quite soft and pineappley

Bottle Name: SMWS 117.3 Hubba-bubba, mango and Monstera
Age: 25
ABV: 58.50
Distiller: Cooley
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Irish, Please Select


SMWS 118.3 Self-assured, buxom and rewarding

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyAn Irish Dram from Scotch Malt Whisky Society this 118.3 Self-assured, buxom and rewarding is a peaty Irish teaser.

Teasing with smoke and fruit, this is a soft and easy to drink dram that still offers lots of fruit and that warming winter peat, an oddball choice for a winter dram but one i'd happily have.

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Sweet smoke with gentle fruits of melon and watermelon, light fresh citrus fruits and some digestive biscuits

sweet and smoky with lots of gentle smoked fruits, a cedarwood BBQ with tin foil wrapped pears, apples, and bananas

sweet and smoky

Bottle Name: SMWS 118.3 Self-assured, buxom and rewarding
Age: 22
ABV: 57.90
Distiller: Connemara
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Ireland, Please Select


SMWS 119.14 Raspberry Imperial Stout

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietySome more Japanese drams with this Scotch Malt Whisky Society 119.14 Raspberry Imperial Stout which was also matured in a first fill Bota Corta cask.

maybe not "the best whisky in the world" but there's certainly something pretty damn good with this dram, lots of sweetness, chocolate covered figs and soft fruits, fabulous dram and one that gives your palate a real rollercoaster experience

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Fabulous chocolatey fig notes with soft fruits and notes of christmas cake and childrens cough medicine theres a wee blast of juicy fruit chewing gum in there too

sweet then dry then sweet again its a rollercoaster on the palate plum and peachy, dry and then fruity again

sweet fruity plums and peaches

Bottle Name: SMWS 119.14 Raspberry Imperial Stout
Age: 11
ABV: 53.90
Distiller: Yamazaki
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Japan, Please Select


SMWS 120.7 Sweet, fragrant and satisfying

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietySome more Japanese drams with this Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.7 Sweet, fragrant and satisfying which was matured in a first fill Bota Corta cask.

Big sherry hits but theres none of that sulphuryness that comes with some of the sherry cask scotch, big discussion on Bota Corta casks and a lot of agreement that they are likely made from American oak rather than european oak. Interesting, unusual and very big.

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Prunes and sticky toffee pudding with wood spices and lots of nippiness n the nose, hints of chewing tobacco leaves and hints of green wood

prunes again, treacle and freshly cut wet grass green wood and old school sweetshop and acidic sherberty notes

sweet prunes and some sour sweets

Bottle Name: SMWS 120.7 Sweet, fragrant and satisfying
Age: 14
ABV: 55.50
Distiller: Hakushu
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Japan, Please Select


SMWS B3.1 A little box of treasures

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyYet another brand new Scotch Malt Whisky Society distillery number this is B3.1 A little box of treasures which happens to be a Bourbon.

I found this a really difficult dram to get on with, and after a few discussions about the drams which had preceeded it i really do think it was affected negatively by what i had tasted already, I will be going back to try this one as there are some great notes coming out of this one.

If you are a whisky fan you really should consider joining The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

light and foostie, with dusty and sour note like out of date tangtastics, blue cheese without the lactic cheesy notes becomes sweeter and lighter and more floral with crushed lavender

sweeter much lighter than the nose and more for me, parma violets with edges of sugar cane and vanilla

sweet and sugary

Bottle Name: SMWS B3.1 A little box of treasures
Age: 3
ABV: 53.90
Distiller: Rocktown
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Bourbon
From: America, Please Select


SMWS G12.1 Oh so sweet

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyA brand new Scotch Malt Whisky Society distillery number this is G12.1 Oh so sweet from a Japanese distillery.

This was my ultimate dram of the night, there's so much banana in here it's amazing with foam bananas, bannoffee pie and overripe bananas and it's sweet like who needs a dessert sweet, blown away by this dram, one of the best drams i've had anywhere.

If you are a whisky fan you really should consider joining The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

WOW!!!! sweet tinned pears with hints of the sweet aroma of nail polish, then theres hints of oaky wood spice before overripe bananas and foam bananas flood the nose, left in the glass it becomes foam bananas

foam bananas, banoffee pic, hints of creaminess with hints of soggy cornflakes and banana in fresh milk with a sprinkle of nutmeg

banana and nutella crepes

Bottle Name: SMWS G12.1 Oh so sweet
Age: 11
ABV: 58.90
Distiller: Miyagikyo
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Grain
From: Japan, Please Select


SMWS G13.1 A complete revelation

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyAnother brand new Scotch Malt Whisky Society distillery number this is G13.1 A complete revelation from a Japanese distillery.

Not much information anywhere on this distillery and discussions round the table about the mashbill were not fruitful, but for me this has real rye like canadian whisky notes, an interesting one this one, very easy to drink and a definite grower.

If you are a whisky fan you really should consider joining The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

 

buttery and oaky with that doughy brown bread note that i get from Rye, with floral notes and freshly made still warm iced gingerbread

gingerbread, doughy brown bread, crushed flowers, becomes spicier with water, mint matchmakers coming through also

drying and a hint of acetone

Bottle Name: SMWS G13.1 A complete revelation
Age: 4
ABV: 58.30
Distiller: Chita
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Grain
From: Japan, Please Select


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