Might as well start 2015 on a high note! This was July’s whisky for a year bottle from SMWS. Thanks to Tom we split a couple of subs to the SMWS Whisky for a Year last year and so I received 10cl of each (one a month). It was very, very good and this was one of the highlights. If you look at the line-up, it’s worth the money and a great set – I reckon the whole lot would have set you back a grand. Here’s what happened in 2014 (thanks Tom), with either my guess at the price or the actual price for the bottle.
January - 9.80 A Rocking Chair Dram
February - 7.83 Fresh, Airy, Sherbety
March - 26.98 Lively as an Electric Acrobat
April - 39.94 An Exotic Privilege
May - 35.112 Perfect Storm of Flavours
June - 76.110 Summer Fruit Salad with Cream
July - 72.36 Holy Moly
August - G1.12 Mouth Puckering Sweetness
September 50.58 A Seesaw of Spring Cleaning and Scones
October - 59.50 Comfortable in the chesterfield
November - 9.82 Breathe in Long
December - 36.81 A Mad Hatters Tea Party
I’m in for 2015. More of these previous ones reviewed in coming months. Cheers!
November 3rd 1981, 51 bottles, refill bourbon hogshead.
Nose – Wears its age as you’d expect; a sweet, ripe, waxy fruit bomb! Candied peel, polystyrene cement, cheap raspberry jam and wood glue. Actually just a hint of superglue? Quite outrageous on the nose. Water (despite the low ABV) increases the intensity - even more waxy fruit and long chain molecules. Joyous.
Body – An old, elegant thing. Ripe, slightly spicy, enormous amounts of wax and wood and tropicality. Apple and a cheese board, blueberries and brie. Water brings the delivery under whisky strength for me, but again the fruit and cheese come through even stronger. I won’t make a habit of diluting this.
Finish – Long (given enough of a sip), oily, almost blue cheesey in the decay, with spicy ammonia and clarty lactic notes right up the nose. Very special – a real rollercoaster but also very old, elegant and rich. Up there with the Tomatin 35 Cadenheads for me.
What’s not good about it – High cost and low outturn (although this is available to buy right now, having only been released as a whisky for a year bottle to 31 punters, and the rest released on my prompting!). Needs proper care and attention to appreciate.
What’s good about it – Massive, sexy and ancient. Juicy, waxy, complex and important. Worth it.