These two beauties. The German (I think) cask was on at the whisky show last year next to a 22 year old, and it stole the show for me. No mean feat against a whole show’s worth of amazing stuff. The UK cask is very much in the same vein. SMOS have some amazing bottlings.
Now, I apologise profusely for taking so long to get these out. This was stymied by Google trashing blogger integration with Open Live Writer, which I’ve now given up on them ever fixing.
Imperial 21, UK bottle, cask 2472, 50.5% A⊕+
Body - Cigarette papers and dried rolling tobacco, fresh cut oak and blood orange segments.
Finish - Orange juice takes over in the finish, but the rolling, structural woods keep it propped up and bring you back for more. Citrus in Xmas pudding batter at the end.
This is pure Speyside, bourbon cask perfection. This is the kind of bottle I really covet; the old bourbon Glenrothes, the really remarkable Hazelburn, restrained but utterly compelling.
Imperial 21, German bottle?, cask 2473, 50.6% A⊕+
Body - Restrained sugars, peppery tobacco and lemon sorbet, custard filled pastries, lolly sticks. A dry, tannic, but decadently rich bourbon cask, but with that really old school leathery, tropical feel.
Finish - Very long, with rich fruit toffee, stewed plums/tea and a little Pritt stick.
Another superb cask, which obviously stood out enough against significant competition (the rest of the SMOS stand for a start) at the Whisky Show last year for me to march over to the shop and buy it.
These are both superb - the UK bottle has a more expressive, varnished nose, but the German bottle is riper and just a touch more luxurious in the delivery.