Tag Archives: Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Bowmore 16, 1998-2015, ‘Seaside Smoke’, 55.9% – SMWS

The previous review of an SMWS whisky was that weird Glen Moray from a gin cask. I didn’t really care for that one. Let’s try and see if this Bowmore from a regular bourbon cask suits me better. As with … Continue reading

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Glen Moray 13, ‘The Dunnage Bakehouse’, ex-gin cask, 58.3% – SMWS

A while ago, on ‘The Spirits Business’ there was an announcement for a bottling by the SMWS that was drawn from a gin cask. As far as I (and they) know that’s a first, and that peaked my interest. I decided … Continue reading

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Rosebank 1990-2010, 59.3% – SMWS (25.57)

Strangely, there is barely any information on this bottling on the internet. As in, none. I do get some Asian search results, but as you might expect I can’t really work with that. Anyway, we had this sample as the … Continue reading

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Highland Park 1999-2010, 10yo, 59.3% – SMWS (4.141 – Simply Delicious)

Apparently, even the SMWS tasting panel is something lost for words when naming their whiskies. I can imagine after having done about 4000 of them, but ‘Simply Delicious’ doesn’t sound very inspired… Anyway, fresh bourbon barrel and Highland Park is … Continue reading

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Clynelish 1984-2010, 25yo, 57.3% – SMWS (26.71 – The Great Outdoors)

When given half a chance, I try to pick Clynelish and Springbank as whiskies to taste. As in, I generally like most of what comes from these distilleries and find they have a truly unique character. When leafing through the book … Continue reading

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Ardbeg 2003-2011, 7yo, 59.6% – SMWS (33.101 – Fabulous, thigh slapping smoke)

Another one of those funky names from the SMWS, but this one is less ridiculous than some, and actually makes some sense. It’s the other whisky we tried while we were at The Vaults in Leith. It was recommended that … Continue reading

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The Vaults in Leith, the SMWS, booze and dinner

On the last day of our Scotland trip in November, we decided to visit The Vaults in Leith. This is the quintessential SMWS venue, and I have been wanting to visit this ever since my first trip to Edinburgh in … Continue reading

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The annual ‘Islay’ Tasting at De Whiskykoning – part 2

Yesterday I wrote about the first three drams we had at De Whiskykoning in November. Today I write about the rest of the evening. I might have to admit that were a tad rowdy during the tasting and Rob, the … Continue reading

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Blind Tasting Competition Day 10: Glen Moray 20yo, 1994-2015, 56.5% – SMWS (35.134)

Ah, the annual SMWS dram! I think in every year there has been a Blind Tasting Competition, there has been at least one Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky involved in screwing up the rankings. The highlight of this messing up … Continue reading

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A couple of days in the promised land

I just returned from a couple of days in Scotland with some of my best friends. And by ‘just’ I mean that our plane landed not three hours ago. The misses and the kids are still on their way home … Continue reading

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