I’m now onto Number 3 of The Scotch Malt Whisky Societies’ cracking selection of recently released drams.
I’m trying one each month which is, as some might say, a tough job but someone has got to do it!
Well it’s not at all tough, it’s a dramming pleasure!
September’s dram-a-month, this month, is their members only SMWS 28.42 “Zesty, sherbety, sweet and sour”.
The 28.42 is a Highland dram and with a 60.5% alcohol level it has some punch to it!
So, what did I think?
Tasting Notes – SMWS 28.42 “Zesty, sherbety, sweet and sour” (60.5%)
A Highland Dram (Tullibardine Distillery) 21 years old, distilled on 7th. June 2007. Matured in a 1st. fill Ex-Bourbon barrel.
204 bottles released.
71 Left In Stock – BUT how many tomorrow?
Nose: Crisp, green apples with a sour zest. Fudge and caramel, balanced by hints of lemon peel. After a while there’s stewed fruits with a little wood.
Palate: Oily mouthfeel with syrupy fruits, vanilla, fudge and apples and oranges. “The alcohol is strong in this one!” and you might want to try a few drops of water!
Finish: Dry finish with some peppery spice but the sherbety sweetness is there till the end, together with a little salt. Adding water takes some of the Whoomph! out of it and releases more fruits and to be honest, more pepper so it’s quite a fiery finish at the end!
Overall: It’s a strong dram this one – anaesthetic for the mouth!
|Buy SMWS 28.42 “”Zesty, sherbety, sweet and sour”
£56.00 to Members
About The SMWS
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a club unlike any other.
As well as being a place to connect with other like-minded whisky lovers, they are also internationally renowned for their mission: “to provide our members with an adventurous and fun journey of discovery of the world’s widest collection of single cask whiskies.”
Conceptualised in the late 70’s and established in 1983, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, now 35 years old, has branches and partners bars in 19 countries globally. The Society has a selection of over 500 casks every year, each cask yielding a few hundred or less whisky bottles which are unique to that cask.
Rather than name their Whiskies after the distillery, the Society has a coding system. The Society also creates fantastic tasting notes summaries for their Whiskies and other bottles. The whiskies are straight from the cask single malt, undiluted, without chill-filtration or colouring at cask strength.
More recently the Society has been named Independent Bottler of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s prestigious Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC) competition.