Wednesday, 25 June 2014

SMWS July Outturn Tasting

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting of the July outturn for SMWS last night, with most of the new outturn available and a bunch of either rare, sold out or non-UK bottles also available to taste and for sale.
I often produce these notes for my bottle share friends but at Joe's request I'm putting them on the blog for wider consumption!  They're micro-tasting notes though, just a brief impression, an initial grading and an indication if I think the whisky is a consideration to buy.  Hopefully this will be of use if you want to work out where to focus your attention in July.

Cheers!

July outturn micro tasting notes.


Code
Distillery
Name
Age
Price
N
B
F
Comments
Score
123.8
Glengoyne
In the Spanish mountains

12
50.70
Wax, sour, beautiful, challenging
Fiery, spiced, woody
Long, balanced
Refill ex-port pipe
Quite challenging, bitter wood.  The delivery didn’t live up to the lovely port nose.
A+
2.87
Glenlivet
Satisfying as a butcher’s blade

21
89
Lovely, balanced wood, orange zest
Caramel, chocolate orange, fizzing
Refreshers, balanced, clean/sweet
Fruity, delicious, balanced, lots of structure.
Buy.
A
7.101
Longmorn
Playing with colours
10
48.40
Rich wood, burnt toffee, hint of petrol
Stunning wood and sweet integrn
Medium, balanced, toffee
Robust and intensely sweet, rather good.
Buy.
A
117.3
Cooley
Hubba-bubba, mango and Monstera

25
335
Sexy, ice pops, blue raspberry ice lolly, tropical, mango, creamy fruit
Bubblegum, oak and meat
Long, meaty, musky and hammy
Intense and dirty, spectacular nose.
Good but not £335 good.
A
35.114
Glen Moray
A Southern gentleman

19
65.60
Dark Stagg tones, but a little more restrained.  Very good.
Dark fruit and intense sappy wood
Fabulous, long sap and depth
Toasted oak hogshead
Very smooth and intense, quite exciting but very bourbon like.  Great value for this mini Stagg, with a similar feel but a bit more restrained (and good for it)
A
1.181
Glenfarclas
Vintage car in a rose-garden

11
45
Bright, sappy, cherry sweet tobacco
Spicy wood, very sharp
Intense sweet and bitterness, darkly toffee
Very interesting but quite strange.
Buy
A
39.100
Linkwood
Exotic contradictions

23
87.20
Bright cherry, waxed wood and rosemary.  Perfumed and fried courgettes.
Ripe wood, banana, stewed apples
Long toffee, balanced but intensely sweet
Deep intensity of wood and boiled sugar.
Buy
A
73.60
Aultmore
Tarts in a tea house

24
92.40
Floral, sweet, toast and honey
Lightly peated, clean and balanced.  Good, bright wood.
Medium, astringent, bitterness at end.
Very interesting, loses it in the finish
A+
36.77
Benrinnes
Wee secrets of flavour
17
56.70
Forest fruit and yoghurt, pine needles and cigar tobacco.  Cross channel ferry and crayon.
Rich oak and grapefruit, fizzy.
Quite long, sweet and varnished oak.  Good tropical back notes.
Very interesting but quite challenging with the fizzing fresh wood
Buy
A+
76.116
Mortlach
Tangier market

26
117.70
Ripe red fruit, banana and plum wine
Instant hit of toffee penny.  Great structure, wax and marzipan.
Meaty, rich and numbing.  Waxed.
Interesting, balanced, rich, darkly wooded.  Lovely.
Buy
A+
9.86
Glen Grant
Sangria on the terrace

16
Offers
Elegant rich and ripe plum.  Well balanced wood, furniture polish.
Spicy and licked joss sticks
Long, complex, astringent.
Fabulous wood intensity and well integrated, good candle wax on the nose.
Interesting bitter peat complexity, long wood sour.  Very good.

A+
3.226
Bowmore
Cigar smoke and Newhaven fish boxes

16
59.40
Fresh and rich smoked fish, meaty.
Sweet peat, rich and beautiful, raisins and smoked mackerel
Sharp and astringent, bitterness at the end.
More great peat, sweet richness.  Not as good as 3.221 or 3.219 (recent refill sherry Bowmore hits)
A
53.206
Caol Ila
Ooh Matron!
18
71.70
Austere but mad max.  Masculine.
Perfectly rich, ashen, peat and sweet intensity.
Darkly ashen and ripe.
Hard to fault – some bitterness at the end but otherwise wonderful stuff.
Buy

Old, rare specials
66.47
Ardmore
Campfire character
11
45
Vinegar sour and cigar, charred wood and leather
Herbal, cigars
Toffee

A
21.27
Glenglassaugh
Enticement of sweet oak
39
439
Sweet soft toffee, tobacco and wagon wheels
Long, deep perfection of leather, oak and chocolate caramel
Long tobacco and herbs

A⊕⊕
59.43
Teaninich
Caramel swirl ice cream
29
137.20
Beautiful rich, complex nose.  Bright, herbal, astringent, lightly wooded, toffee
Sweet, structured
Long, beautiful
Buy
A+
72.30
Miltonduff
Fruit, fruit, fruit!
29
117.80
Acrylic paint, citrus fruit, thinners
Sweet and balanced, lightly fruited, great wood balance

Buy
A+
10.76
Bunnahabhain
Duelling banjos dram
8
52.20



Buy
A

34
a little over 100



Buy
A

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