Posts Tagged “Scotch Malt Whisky Society”

Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

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Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

This is a dram that made me cry. It’s a well known secret that Jura is nowhere near the top of my favorite distillery list. With the exception of the Turas Mara, I don’t like any of the official bottlings, and I always attributed it to the distillery character. Sadly, I can no longer do…

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Mortlach 12 Year Old – G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

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Mortlach 12 Year Old – G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

I’ve come back to revisiting the other old Mortlach expressions we tasted at the Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach tasting at the 2015 Whisky Show in London. I published my full account of the masterclass in my review of the 75 Year Old Mortlach Generations, and recommend you read that account before coming back to this…

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Longmorn 27 Year Old – SMWS 7.86 – A Peculiar Longmorn

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Longmorn 27 Year Old – SMWS 7.86 – A Peculiar Longmorn

Pernod Ricard announced that it would be releasing a new NAS expression from Longmorn called The Distiller’s Choice, presented at 40% ABV and matured in a range of American oak, ex-Oloroso sherry and traditional oak casks (OK, I’ll admit that I have no idea what that means, and if it means that American oak and sherry…

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Mortlach Generations 75 Year Old – The Last Cask From the 1930s!!

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Mortlach Generations 75 Year Old – The Last Cask From the 1930s!!

In November 1939 World War II was only a formality on the British Isles. War was declared in September, but the actual fighting was yet to come. In fact, it was still 10 months away when on November 17th, 1939 a first fill sherry cask was filled with Mortlach new make, under the instructions of…

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When Peat and Sherry Go on Vacation Together

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When Peat and Sherry Go on Vacation Together

When you say single cask, you thing about the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and having recently crossed the 160 Laphroaig cask mark (no, this isn’t the most bottled distillery, that distinction is easily Bowmore’s and Caol Ila, with close to 250 casks each). Laphroaig spirit does very well in sherry casks, as the wonderful PX…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 3 – Springbank’s 1967 Barrel of Fruit

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 3 – Springbank’s 1967 Barrel of Fruit

The third independent bottler to be examined was the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Founded in 1983 by Phillip “Pip” Hills’ group of friends who shared the cost of buying a cask of Glenfarclas (hence its being distillery number 1) in 1978, creating a growing syndicate of people sharing the cost of the casks. By 1983 membership…

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Port Charlotte at 12 – And A Single Cask At That

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Port Charlotte at 12 – And A Single Cask At That

Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte line of heavily peated whiskys is a favorite of peat heads. Keeping with the rather unique emphasis on terroir, the core expressions include the Scottish Barley and the Islay Barley (reviewed here), with the PC series serving an annual release which has migrated into travel retail specials in recent years (currently up…

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Aultmore 25 – Nice Whisky but £300??? Get a Grip, Bacardi!!

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Aultmore 25 – Nice Whisky but £300??? Get a Grip, Bacardi!!

This post completes the current Aultmore trilogy, as the future holds a release of a 30 and a 35 year old expressions. To this point, we have explored the Aultmore 12 (and loved it), and the travel retail exclusive 21 year old (and was less than blown away), which brings us to the 25 year…

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Aultmore 21 – Not as good as the 12 Year Old in a Milestone Post

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Aultmore 21 – Not as good as the 12 Year Old in a Milestone Post

This is a milestone post for Malt and Oak, as today’s post is our 200th. I did a year in numbers post on December 31st, so I’ll spare you the numbers recap, but will take this opportunity to thank you for your readership, feedback and engagement!! On to the whisky now….I’m tasting the new Bacardi…

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Newest Addition to the Entry Level Bunch and a Top Spot Contender – Aultmore 12

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Newest Addition to the Entry Level Bunch and a Top Spot Contender – Aultmore 12

As I mentioned in my reviews of the Craigellachie releases of the “Last Great Malts” series (you can see the reviews of the 13, 17, 19 and 23 here), Bacardi decided to take the Dewar’s malt distilleries to market. Craigellachie was first, with ex bourbon cask releases, and if you’re thinking of the Craigellachie 13…

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