SMWS 1.97 - Orange Syllabub
I've been a drinker of Scotch, especially Malt Whisky for almost 20 years now and in that time i've had some drams that are a bit crap and some that are a bit special, this The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 1.97 bottling falls into the latter and it really is something a bit special.
I was lucky enough to receive a healthy sample of this whisky from John McCheyne (@SMWSambassador) and to him i am truely thankful for this dram.
The story behind it is quite something, this cask was discovered in the The Scotch Malt Whisky Society warehouse after being forgot about for years. A fruity little temptress, they re-bottled it straight away - making a delightful Christmas bottling.
Initially distilled in 1971 this whisky sat in bottles from 2001 to 2012 before being rebottled and released and SMWS 1.97 Orange Syllabub really is a cracker of a dram and yet another reason why single cask whiskys from the The Scotch Malt Whisky Society really are at the very top of the range in terms of quality and flavour.
The first whiff and i was writing notes about Orange pith and peel, second and third and it becomes Seville Oranges, quite pithy, and a touch bitter, maybe a touch of terry chocolate orange a gentle spoonful of golden syrup in there too
Oranges and lots of it, marmalade and lots of juicy seville oranges, touches of pith like bitterness also
bitter orange and a touch of cloves.