Home » Archive

Articles in the SMWS Category

Headline, Highland Park, SMWS, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[16 May 2013 | No Comment | 738 views]
SMWS 4.167 Flapjacks & OJ’s cereal [Highland Park]

So how awesome is twitter? It’s pretty awesome, and it’s great for whisky geeks who are able to talk, chat and engage with whisky Pros. That was exactly what I was doing with John mccheyne (A.K.A : @SMWSambassador). John is a great guy, and the Brand ambassador for the ever so lovely SMWS. I’ve met him last year, and been …

Bruichladdich, Cask Strength, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, SMWS, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[2 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,130 views]
Quick Dram: SMWS 23.71 ‘A cheese Baord in surgery’–Bruichladdich

Another one from Sjoerd’s SMWS bottle share, this time a 9 year old Ladie bottled at a whopping 65.9%, not for those who appreciate delicate malts, eh?

SMWS 23.71 ‘A cheese Baord in surgery’–Bruichladdich , 9yo , 65.9%
Nose: Signature Laddie no doubt here. Baby vomit, peat and powerful mix of herbal and fruity notes with medicinal qualities such as ER or …

Auchentoshan, Featured, Headline, Lowlands, SMWS, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[20 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | 998 views]
SMWS 5.29 – ‘Freesias crushed by an escaping car’–Auchentoshan 11 yo

Not all single casks are great, and not all blended mats are mediocre. A saying I just invented, but it’s true. I’ve been tasting quite a few SMWS single casks in recent weeks and this particular one from Auchentoshan is an example that some single casks are not very good sometimes. I am not quite sure why the SMWS picked …

Cask Strength, Headline, SMWS, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, longmorn »

[16 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 783 views]
Tasting SMWS 7.65 ‘A Balm for the Soul’–Longmorn 21 yo

So, A Longmorn with a very enticing name : “A balm for the soul”. here’s to it delivering that promise… 2nd fill Sherry butt, and I am really looking forward to this one, since my experience with Longmorns is not vast to say the least. I need to try more. And here’s this one, and I have very good memories …

Cask Strength, Featured, Glen Moray, Headline, SMWS, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[15 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 1,314 views]
Tasting SMWS 35.51, Glen Moray “Every Flavour Beans”

My Second Glen Moray tasting note on the blog (the first was a Duncan Taylor), and the fourth from the SMWS bottle share series.  distilled in 1976 and aged in an ex-Bourbon first fill cask for 33 years. Not a very common distillery to be bottled, and a good chance to taste something you don’t drink every day.
SMWS 35.51 , …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Laphroaig, SMWS »

[5 Aug 2012 | One Comment | 1,463 views]
Tasting SMWS 29.102 : Laphraoig, Cowboys campfire dram

A few days ago I heard a bad yearning for a sherried peat smoke and ash monster and I immediately thought of this one. I wanted to try this one for some time and due to the heat and summer, my peaty whisky consumption was quite low. Nothing lovelier than a wee dram when A/C is on full throttle and …

Headline, Mortlach, SMWS, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[30 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 1,235 views]
Mortlach SMWS, 76.83 ‘Cocktails after Rugby’ 15 yo vintage 1995

Another one of the SMWS bottle share by the good old Sjoerd from NL. Time to go through that bunch, methinks. And today : A Mortlach! Ah, I do love those meaty Mortlachs, and was hoping this one will be one of them. But, not this time. This was a very different story altogether.
SMWS, 76.83 ‘Cocktails after Rugby’ 15 yo
Nose: …

Campletown, Cask Strength, Featured, Glen Scotia, Headline, SMWS, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[8 Jul 2012 | One Comment | 1,306 views]
SMWS 93.50–Glen Scotia 20yo–“Hot embers at the gate of hell”

Another SMWS bottling this time from the Region of Campbletown which once was one of the biggest whisky regions and is now reduced to only 3 operating distilleries (Springbank, Kilkerran and G.Scotia). I’ve tasted a few GS’s in recent months (Indie bottling by Kintra of NL and another 19 year old I’ve yet to review, and will do soon). I …

Ardbeg, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Islay, SMWS, Sherry, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[3 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 1,601 views]
SMWS 33.109 (Ardbeg 11 yo) – Delightful intensity of sherry and smoke

Well, time to kick start some SMWS bottling tasting notes. All those are part of the SMWS bottle share organized earlier this year by my good whisky friend (and blogger) Sjoerd. It’s really a treat to be able to try some of those SMWS as they do not ship over here, and it’s really hard getting hold of a bottle …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Lowlands, Port Dundas, SMWS, Single Cask, Single Grain, Tasting Notes »

[7 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 1,240 views]
Tasting SMWS G6.1- Port Dundas 28 yo ‘Spicy Cologne’

Port Dundas is not a well known distillery, and lacks prestige as one of diageo’s grain producing distilleries. It’s located not far from Glasgow, and currently was a major contributor to blended scotch under the labels of Haig, JW, and White horse. Currently there are no OB and only independent bottlers are issuing bottling of casks in recent years, those …