Posts Tagged “Scotch Malt Whisky Society”

An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

Today’s offering is a 29 year old Clynelish that was distilled in the year following Brora’s closing, and shares many of the Brora characteristics. Being a SMWS single cask, don’t get your hopes up for this to be a regularity, but this cask is very special in that way. It’s a refill ex sherry butt,…

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A Sister to Yestrday’s Stunner – SMWS 39.92 Linkwood

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A Sister to Yestrday’s Stunner – SMWS 39.92 Linkwood

Going through my tasting notes I just realized that yesterday’s 39.99 and the 39.92 are both ex bourbon hogsheads distilled in 1990. The 39.99 was distilled in April 1990 and the 39.92 was distilled in October 1990 and was exclusive to the Canadian market. Linkwood is a distillery that plays a part in many of Diageo’s…

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A Visit to the SMWS London – Five Drams, a Steak and a Review of a Divine Linkwood

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A Visit to the SMWS London – Five Drams, a Steak and a Review of a Divine Linkwood

My friend Richard Barr (@BarrRichard) is a miracle worker. The Society in London has a monthly event in which you get a steak dinner and five drams out of the new outturn, and like all society events, this one sells out quickly. I get to London only once a year or so, but Richard – a…

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Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Masterclass at The Whisky Show

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Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Masterclass at The Whisky Show

Gordon & MacPhail’s just saw the transfer of management from the third to the fourth generation and the completion of this move, with the retirement of Michael Urquhart. To celebrate that, the four Urquhart third generationals each chose a cask together with their children continuing in the business, which were the basis for the new Private…

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Aultmore is Heading to a Whisky Store Near You – I Taste a 24 Year Old to Celebrate

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Aultmore is Heading to a Whisky Store Near You – I Taste a 24 Year Old to Celebrate

I previously wrote that the Bacardi’s Dewar’s corporation seemed to have little interest in the single malt market, thus leaving all of the group’s single malt distilleries (Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff, Aberfeldy and Royal Brackla) with no regularly sold core expressions except for Aberfeldy. While Aultmore was still owned by Guiness (before the formation of Diageo, which…

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A Vibrant and Tongue Dancing Glenlivet: The SMWS 2.85 Whisky Tasting Notes

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A Vibrant and Tongue Dancing Glenlivet: The SMWS 2.85 Whisky Tasting Notes

The Glenlivet is a distillery that needs no introduction. This particular expression is interesting because it’s just past half the Nadurra’s maturity, and thus can give us a nice comparison point of reference. I want to thank Yoav of the Whisky Gospel blog for sharing this dram with me. With no further ado, my tasting…

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A Single Cask Tasting of Glen Moray 29 – SMWS 35.103

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A Single Cask Tasting of Glen Moray 29 – SMWS 35.103

Glen Moray isn’t a mainstay in most maltheads whisky cabinets, for the simple reason that most of its considerable annual production of 3.3 million liters goes into the Label 5 and the Sir Edwards blends as well as the Glen Turner malt blend (vatted malt), owned by La Martiniquaise, and the brand itself – once…

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park 22 Years Old Single Barrel SMWS 4.190

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park 22 Years Old Single Barrel SMWS 4.190

This Highland Park spent 22 years in an ex-bourbon cask, and came out a real beauty. It was part of the June 2014 outrun and was one of 246 bottles dubbed by the society tasters as “big boys smoking in the sauna”.  The beauty of the SMWS, and all single cask independent bottlers, is that…

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Two Quick Drams: Double the Trouble With a duo of Taliskers

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Two Quick Drams: Double the Trouble With a duo of Taliskers

I clearly remember my first brush with the Talisker 10. It was brought out in a Johnny Walker Gold, Green and Blue labels tasting I attended, where some of the single malts at the core of the blends were shared too. It was love at first sight with two of those whiskys: Clynelish 14 and…

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One Quick Dram: SMWS 1.156 Glenfarclas 11 Years Old Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: SMWS 1.156 Glenfarclas 11 Years Old Whisky Tasting Notes

Wanna have some fun? Give a blind dram of this whisky to a whisky aficionado and ask him or her to identify it. It will be a barrel of laughs. They’d get to Speyside, but that’s as far as it will go.  I wonder if anybody who’s last name isn’t Grant would identify it on…

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