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Glen Elgin 12, 1985-1997, 56.4% – SMWS (85.9)

I double checked the label to see whether or not I missed something. There’s no weird nonsensical name on it, which, I thought, was the SMWS’s schtick from the start. Apparently that’s something from later iterations of rebranding. Anyway, a … Continue reading

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Clynelish 18, Refill Bourbon Barrel 26.70, 54.7% – SMWS (Gobstoppers in the Headmaster’s Office)

Yes, one of those names that doesn’t mean anything to me unless I Google it. And even then relevance is highly limited. But in the end, it’s what in the bottle that counts. Interestingly, this whisky is a bottle I … Continue reading

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Dailuaine 14, 2004, 1st Fill Oloroso Hogshead, 57.9% – SMWS (41.124, Weighty but Welcoming)

Yup, another one of those weirdly named SMWS bottlings. I got this one in auction little over a year ago, in the last throes of lockdown after lockdown. Based on the ratings on Whiskybase I think I used this one … Continue reading

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Dailuaine 12, 2007, Bourbon Barrel 41.128, 58.4% – SMWS (Perverse Pineapples)

So, I got a sample of this one based on the positive reviews it was getting on Whiskybase, by some of the people who were offering samples in my wee bottle-share group. Something-something pineapples also helped, since that’s something I … Continue reading

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The best of 2021

Apart from looking back, using hindsight to evaluate what happened on a more generic level, there was of course a lot of booze last year. In The Netherlands bottle-shops are in the same legal category as supermarkets and other foodstuff … Continue reading

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North British 25, 1991, Virgin Heavy Toast Mediam Char Oak Butt, 63.9% – SMWS (G1.15, Could Pacify a Mob)

That’s a new one, as far as cask descriptors go! One of these samples that I found on my sample shelf, and a grain whisky to boot. Apart from ‘SMWS G1.15’ there was nothing on the label, so I had … Continue reading

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Longmorn 17, 2002, Bourbon Cask, 53.9% – SMWS (7.239, Lemon curd bread-and-butter pudding)

Well, at least this time around the name of the whisky has something to do with flavors that make any sense. So I cound that as a win! Other than that we’re talking about a bourbon matured Longmorn here. Of … Continue reading

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Braeval 30, 1989, Bourbon Hogshead, 50.4% – SMWS (113.34, Magically Mediterranean)

It’s been quite a while since an SMWS bottling crossed my path. I’ve not been a member since 2015 and even though they’re marketing nicely and I always get a bit giddy when I see the rather cool bottles, I … Continue reading

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Glenmorangie 15, 2005-2020, 58.1% – SMWS 125.77 (Graceful Elegance)

I’m not entirely sure how gracefully elegant a 58.1% whisky will be, especially not as a first dram, but let’s give it a go. It’s been a while since I had an SMWS bottling, and I didn’t doubt long to … Continue reading

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Laphroaig 20, 1995-2015, 58.4% – SMWS (Essence of Islay)

Yet another completely random sample that I most likely got from a Bottle Share. As you can see by the year of bottling in the title, this has been collecting dust for about four years, with me completely forgetting about … Continue reading

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