It’s Month 4 of my regular samplings of The Scotch Malt Whisky Societies’ selection of recently released drams.
Bit of a sad one this as the dram in question is now Out Of Stock so this will be more of a retrospective sampling. It just goes to show though how popular their drams are. Best to grab them quick!
October’s dram-a-month, this month, is their SMWS 41.115 “Scottish Lemon Preservation Society”.
The 41.115 is (Oops was!) a Speyside dram and very fine it was – but I’m afraid you’ll have to take my word for that!
So, what did I think?
Tasting Notes – SMWS 41.115 “Scottish Lemon Preservation Society” (62.4%)
A Speyside Dram (Dailuaine Distillery) 10 years old, distilled on 9th. April 2008. Matured in a refill Ex-Bourbon barrel.
211 bottles were released.
Nose: Sweet, fruity, vanilla fudge. There’s a hint of citrus but I mainly get green apples.
Palate: Intensely sweet – almost like sugar cane – which gives way to vanilla and muted apple. Some furniture polish and a little orange come along later.
Finish: A fine peppery spice hits you right between the taste buds but the sweetness battles it out and, to be honest, it finishes as a draw!
Overall: Don’t be too put off about it being over sweet. It IS sweet but the pepper more than balances this dram out and the two together produce a fine flavour!
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.