Sunday, 16 November 2014

SMWS 121.74 Arran, A box of Chocs

Another little addition to the big November outturn.  I thought I had the SMWS bottle name capitalisation strategy understood until this one!

It’s been a while since the last SMWS Arran, a run I was buying most of but did skip a few, and it’s been a few months since the last one.  This one was anticipated to be popular and had a 9am Friday posted release time (with most of the others available at some random point on Thursday afternoon).  It’s sold out, come back in stock and sold out again since.  When are we going to start seeing the 17 and 18 year old SMWS Arrans?  Hopefully they’re being held back for the first 25 year old SMWS Arrans or something.

SMWS 121.74, Arran, A box of Chocs, 14 years old, 55.7% A

2 December 1999, refill bourbon hogshead, 315 bottles.

IMG_1332Nose – Sweetly perfumed, like a candle shop – very department store.  Plus some kind of tropical custard tart – pineapple and pastry.  Delicious and typically malty.  With water, the perfume dominates, and the spirit seems younger.

Body – Sweet but intensely wooded, fizzingly so and not so well integrated.  Very malted, chocolatey, and a light touch of sulphur.  With water, more refreshers but a little bit richer with well rounded cask influence.  With quite a lot of water, the sweetness starts to reassert and the whole thing comes together better.

Finish – Medium, lots of wood and malt.  Bitter wood dominates.  Water brings out tropical fruit and icing sugar sweetness. 

What’s not good about it – a little young and raw.  Neat, the experience is verging on the unpleasant in the delivery.  Quite a lot of water is required to show what this whisky is all about.

What’s good about it – quite robust for a young(er) Arran and love the tropical pineapple tones throughout. 

Thanks Stu for the share on this one!

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