SMWS March 2014 Preview Tasting

. It's that time again and so for March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn preview evening i returned to my favourite haunt at Queen St for a 5 dram tasting overseen by SMWS Ambassador Ben (@BenKaylor).

A cracking set of five drams picked by Ben, you can see my notes below, and some great company. My only regret is that the SMWS 30.80 A wicker basket full of dark pleasures (no review i'm afraid but simple quick notes are desicated coconut, vanilla and super smooth sweetness) didn't make it onto the tasting, as i had a wee sip of this dram after in the bar and it blew away all five of the others. Next time go with your gut Ben :)

Once again a great night and one of the best reasons to be a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society as the chat is as much part of it as the whisky.

I can't wait until the next one.

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SMWS 35.108 - A Feast of Flavours

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyFrom March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn this is 35.108 - A Feast of Flavours

This distillery gets a bit of abuse from some but there's no denying they make some damn drinkable whiskies, and this is certainly one of them, figs featured prominintly and it was so lovely and great value for money that i bought a bottle.

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There's a fantastic nose on this dram with american cream soda coming through strongly followed by figs and lots and lots of them, with fresh figs and fig rolls, it's a real fig overload

Sweet fig rolls with a gentle spicy sweetness and edges of undercooked pastry.

lovely fig roll and undercooked pastry

Bottle Name: SMWS 35.108 - A Feast of Flavours
Age: 12
ABV: 60.50
Distiller: Glen Moray
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 39.93 - Pork Chops in Red Wine Sauce

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyFrom March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn this is 39.93 - Pork Chops in Red Wine Sauce

I've tried a few from this distillery in the last few months but this one really just did not agree with me, although it was very drinkable, and very minty, it just didn't have that hook that brought me in and for the age it was more prickly than i would have expected. Still perfectly drinkable but not one i'd go personally out my way to have although there were a few others who loved it..

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wow i was not expecting that, it's minty, and menthol and eucalyptus oil with mint sauce and almost a freshness underneath, really unusual

mint sauce with hint of fruit hiding in the background, some beef jerky grows in the palate after the mint

beef jerky with light mint sauce and ground spices

Bottle Name: SMWS 39.93 - Pork Chops in Red Wine Sauce
Age: 29
ABV: 57.90
Distiller: Linkwood
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 41.58 - Juicy, Juicy, tart and fruity

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyFrom March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn this is 41.58 - Juicy, Juicy, tart and fruity

A great way to start a whisky tasting there was a lot of fruit going on here and lots of discussion round the table. For me the fruity note at the end of the palate was star fruit but many thought it was a cross between strawberry and gooseberry with that sweet and sour mix, whichever it was it was a great easy drinker of a dram.

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the first note in here for me is chocolate limes, then a lemon & lime bitter fruitiness is joined with hints of caramel and demerara sugar then fruits come bouncing in like eating a whole packet of starburst in one go

Fruity and tangy with lots of chocolate lime and touches of star fruit

tangy and with a slight bitter note that goes a touch almondy

Bottle Name: SMWS 41.58 - Juicy, Juicy, tart and fruity
Age: 10
ABV: 61.50
Distiller: Dailuaine
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


SMWS 53.196 Waiting for the Ambulance

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyFrom March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn this is 53.196 Waiting for the Ambulance

Always good to end the normal tasting with an Islay and what and Islay this is, really lemony and smoky with such a lovely easy drinking palate on this, lovely stuff.

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A lemon smoke note comes out strong it's like a good piece of fish smoking over gentle burning lemongrass with a chunk of pork meatiness and hints of dried fruits and vanilla

Super smooth sweetness and fruitiness with lemon strong in here along with antiseptic

It grows and grows to a strong lemon smoke finish

Bottle Name: SMWS 53.196 Waiting for the Ambulance
Age: 22
ABV: 51.20
Distiller: Caol Ila
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


SMWS 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of This

. The Scotch Malt Whisky SocietyFrom March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn this is 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of This

This often forgotten about campbelltown distillery really does seem to be producing the goods again anf this dram had some really lovely flavours in it, probably getting the second spot on tonights tasting from me, i really enjoyed this one.

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Huge sherry influence hits the nose first then a chalky mineralness with a light freshness underneath, then there;s lots of tobacco leaves and the smell of an unlit cigar the raisin fruitiness takes over

tobacco leaves and rich fruitiness combine with a meatyness and chalky mineral with some leather bringing up the backnotes

chalky and fruity, like a meaty chalky edinburgh rock

Bottle Name: SMWS 93.57 Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of This
Age: 21
ABV: 58.30
Distiller: Glen Scotia
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown


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