Mounth-watering and scrummy.
As mentioned in the previous post about the Dom Whisky in Jastrzebia Gora now is the time for tasting notes of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society 73.35 Mounth-watering and scrummy. But before I move on, here are a few facts about the organization. They can be described as independent bottler’s club. Like most independent bottlers they purchase casks of single malt whisky and then bottle them. It is worth to note the classical presentation of whisky that is always single cask, cask strength, natural color and un-chillfiltered. Proceedings definitely worth the reward. It is also a club, as ready whiskey is distributed only among the members of the SMWS. In Poland, the ordinary membership costs 600 zł for the first year, for example, in the UK it is 122 GBP and in Japan 20000 YEN, so the amounts are similar. The organization was officially established in 1983 in Edinburgh, although its origins date back to the 70s. In 2004 the SMWS was acquired by Glenmorangie Company (I mentioned the relations of the company in the post of Glenmorangie 18 years old). Unlike other companies SMWS does not describe a name of a particular distillery on a bottle, but they use a two-parts number. The first part is a number assigned by the organization to the distillery, and the second is the number of the cask purchased from this particular distillery. For example, today’s whisky No. 73.35, points the 35th cask bought from the distillety No. 73. Additionally, they give individual name to every edition of whisky to characterize it.
SMWS 73.35 is a single cask whisky – ex Bourbon, matured 17 years, bottled cask strength 58.8% ABV, natural color, un-chillfiltered. There was 211 bottles created. This release name is Mounth-watering and scrummy.
N: intense vanilla, freshly cut oak, raisins but not very dry, then fresh and refreshing scent, slightly floral, even sweet, there are also notes of herbs, the addition of water gives more vanilla, there is a rhubarb – the smell is beautiful and unusual;
T: begins calm and gentle, then it gets very sharp turning into bitterness (bitterness is on acceptable level) – an interesting feeling, also a bit heavier tones come out, such as strong Earl Grey, quite meaty and oily, but the spicyness really outshines the other flavors, the water doesn’t change this situation very much, also be carefull not to overdo with water, as you can drown the whisky;
F: long oaky with a hint of bitterness.
Finally, I can disclose the secret, the drink I tasted comes from Aultmore Distillery.