SMWS Ultimate 2014 Highlights

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThe last year, 2014, was a great year for me with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society as i reviewed 100 of their drams and got to taste some exceptional whiskies.

2015 has started just as well with them having an Ultimate 2014 Highlights tasting at Queen Street last night. Of the 6 drams we tried I'd have 3 last year (and have included those notes below as well) and 3 that I had not.

The tasting was led by the awesome and charasmatic Ben Kaylor and he had picked some great drams, some discussion with him for next year has mentioned an idea of putting away at least a bottle a month to ensure a wider spread over the year as most of the drams in this tasting were from the last 1/4 of 2014, but thats not an issue with so many fabulous bottlings.

I dragged along 4 guys from work to this and they all throughly enjoyed themselves and loved the selection of whiskies. Even between all of us there was a mix of favourites alhough for me the 26.105 Bumblebees by the Sea was extra special and very much the dram of the evening.

Great food as always accompanied the drams, i was too busy enjoying it to take a picture of it, but here are some of the pics from last night.

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This is 1.183 ... from ex bourbon???

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Alan, Robert, Chris and Lorne enjoying the drams

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Alan and Robert loving life

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Niall too busy thinking should he buy that bottle right now.

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Stuart and David, deep in thought

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SMWS 1.183 A Vibrant Enigma

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyA very special The Scotch Malt Whisky Society dram is 1.183 A Vibrant Enigma as it's the oldest dram ever bottled by them, at an astonishing 48 years old. Tasted at the Ultimate 2014 highlights tasting.

I'm planning again to get to over 100 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society reviews again in 2015 and this is no6 of that.

This is meant to be an ex-bourbon cask but it's got the mahogany colour of ex sherry and a lot of the notes to go with it, but who knows what effect 48 years has had and this was distilled almost 20 years before the The Scotch Malt Whisky Society came into existence and i think we can all be honest and say there#s only so much history anyne can know about these.

Massive fruity notes, furniture polish and lots and lots of cherries in here, it's an astonishing dram, not my favourite of the night but certain one i'm very very happy to have tried.

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A real hint of furniture polish comes first, with mahogany and mr sheen, then fig rolls, prune juice, golden raisins and dates, glace cherries and oak with hints of orange peel oil and menthol

Initially quite mentholly for me, then mint leaves, glace cherries and oak furniture, fig halves, and lots of sweet golden raisins

Menthol and Glace cherries

Bottle Name: SMWS 1.183 A Vibrant Enigma
Age: 48
ABV: 49.80
Distiller: Glenfarclas
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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.

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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 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 26.105 Bumblebees by the Sea

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyThis outstanding The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 26.105 Bumblebees by the Sea I tasted as part of the Ultimate 2014 highlights tasting at Queen Street.

I'm planning again to get to over 100 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society reviews again in 2015 and this is no4 of that.

There's just something completely more-ish about this dram, the beeswax and honey, the fudge and salted caramels are totally up my street, this is one of the best drams i've had from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and for me stole the show at this tasting.

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Massively sweet nose of beeswax and honey straight from the bees, hints of mcvities Gold biscuit bars with that biscuit and white chocolate caramel note with salted caramels and toffee fudge

caramel toffees with a side of sea salt covered chippy chips, some white chocolate and a slight hint of cheese string covered salted popcorn, waxy/oily mouthfeel to boot.

sweet, fudge, caramel, salt

Bottle Name: SMWS 26.105 Bumblebees by the Sea
Age: 29
ABV: 57.60
Distiller: Clynelish
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


SMWS 91.20 The Rumbling Thunder of Contentment

The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyAlways great to taste some old whisky and this The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 91.20 The Rumbling Thunder of Contentment is only a couple of years younger than me. Tasted at the Ultimate 2014 highlights tasting.

I'm planning again to get to over 100 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society reviews again in 2015 and this is no5 of that.

Filled with that light menthol/mint note from older whiskies it comes through strong against the refill ex bourbon cask, theres some fruity, fig like notes that i would have expected more from ex sherry casks but the amount of time this has been in the cask has obviously helped with those notes and reduced much of the fresh vanilla from first fill ex bourbon. A cracking dram and a very popular one at the tasting.

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Citrus peel and freshly squeezed lemon juice with sherbert, brown bread, and oaky wood notes, oranges and clementines with bitter grapefruit and hints of sweet figs, with a touch of menthol

sweet and malty, lots of toffee and hints of treacle scones, nougat, and ice cream wafers with fresh conference pears and sweet fruits

Sherbert, malt loaf and fig rolls

Bottle Name: SMWS 91.20 The Rumbling Thunder of Contentment
Age: 37
ABV: 46.90
Distiller: Dufftown
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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.

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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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