4 SMWS whiskies

I recently ordered some samples from the SMWS. They have their own sampling system from which you can order 2cl of almost all bottles they have available. The price is rather high, though, so its still practical to organize Bottle-Shares of their whiskies every now and then. More on that in a later post.

35.48 – Coffee Kisses and Cappuchino, 59.3%, 10yo, first fill barrel (Glen Moray)
A mountain of citrus fruits is what I get at first. Slightly sweet with lots of lemon and lime. Some banana as well, but not much wood. I don’t get the coffee at all. Light peppery on the palate, chili peppers. Its a real fruit bomb, with a hint of singed wood. The finish gives a bit more vanilla with spicy salsa and orange. A rather simple whisky, but the flavours that are there, are tremendous. Loving this!

5 stars

93.42 – Explosion in a honey factory, 59.1%, 11yo, Refill Sherry Butt (Glen Scotia)
A very heavy, nutty scent with soaked old barley. Those plastic crusts around Gouda cheese. The taste is rather sharp, somewhat industrial with ‘sponge’. Its very dry. The finish is long with a hint of peach. It coats your mouth. Not my cup of tea, a bit too heavy on the nuts.

2 stars

41.44 – Wildflowers in the warehouse, 53.8%, 25yo, Refill Hogshead (Dailuaine)
This starts off a bit similar to the Scotia. Quite fierce, with mostly old moldy wood. Also some nuttiness. The taste is dry, and quite strong with chili pepper. A warming finish can’t really save this dram. I expected a lot more from this.

2 stars

31.20 – Cornish pasty and plasterboard, 53.4%, 21yo, Refill Bourbon Hogshead (Isle of Jura)
This starts all very quietly, but you get the feeling there’s something going to happen. A massive bonfire is an afterthought, but the smoke gets there before the heat does. Tea with a hint of lemon. Lapsang Souchong with wet straw. Also some chipboard. The taste is rather peppery and spicy, quite fierce and a little dry. Still lemon on the background. Quite smoky with again the smoked tea. A little bit more vanilla and sweetness than on the nose. The finish has some lemon sweets but those are gone in a second. After that it gets quite heavy. A very nice surprise dram from Jura!

4 stars

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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