Sampling The SMWS December Outturn
– Just In Time For Crimbo!
– Ho! Ho! Ho!
The 6.34 is a Speyside dram with 321 bottles being released – but remember – SMWS bottlings don’t hang around for long!
So, what did I think?
Tasting Notes – SMWS 6.34: “Boundless Intemperance” (58.6%)
A Speyside Dram (Glen Deveron [Macduff] Distillery) 12 years old, distilled on 29th. August 2006. Matured in a Refill ex-bourbon hogshead.
First released: 6th. December 2019.
(78 BOTTLES IN STOCK AT PRESENT!)
Nose: Quite oaty with a vanilla honeyness. A little wood polish and some green apples. There’s also scents of woodland herbs maybe?
Palate: Oily and a rich vanilla syrup plus there’s some banana in there as well.
Finish: Smooth, sweet finish with some tongue zingy spice – quite dry with a grapefruit and tannin finish. It’s pretty short as well. Adding water brings out more grapefruit and lemon and dulls the spice – which is not great really.
Overall: A pleasant dram, jolly enough on a cold Winters night. Adding water doesn’t really give much to the flavour.
|Buy SMWS 6.34: “Boundless Intemperance”
£54.20 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.