Highlands Region Independent Bottlers Loch Lomond Distillery Scotch Malt Whisky Society Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

SMWS Tarry Tarry Night

Review of a peated single cask for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 62.1%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon barrel 2nd fill
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: www.smws.com
Vote: 68/100

I return to the bottlings released last summer by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, with another cask strength single cask from a distillery already seen on these pages (and easily guessed), bottle code 122.31 (here, as always, is the handy guide to the acronyms used by the Society).

Distillate from 22/04/2014, bottled five years later in 2020, a peated whisky from the Highlands distillery named Croftengea on the label.

Tasting Notes

Light gold in the glass.
Once the first blow has passed as soon as it is poured, the whisky softens its still important peat contribution to the nose, toasted and mineral, on a soft and delicate profile of banana, apple, peach, pineapple, elderberry, vanilla and a dash of lemon. Malt warmth in the background. Herbaceous tones emerge on the length, helping to lighten the aromas. Unusually gentle.
If on the nose it was practically absent, on the palate the alcohol content has to be handled with great care, a spicy fire (pepper, cinnamon) that really risks burning the mouth, from which the peat comes out almost annihilated, taking a back seat as a puff of smoke over the fruity and sweet flavours of the whisky, expressing itself more in the aftertaste. I abandon my intransigence and add a drop of water, which frees the peat from its constriction, making it a vegetable queen again, perhaps too much so, overturning the balance with the other aromas that end up pressed to the bottom, with the accentuation of spices and malt.
The finish is quite long and ashy, dry, of malt, spices and dried fruit.

Between exceptional alcohol content, youthfulness and peatiness, the whisky doesn’t seem to find peace, lurching from one element to another without ever finding a meeting point between its various souls, which fight to emerge. Acerbic and insecure.

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Reviews of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky in the blog:
SMWS A shape-shifting chimera
SMWS: April 2021 Outturn
SMWS In a Sunny Lemon Grove
SMWS Magical Fairy Dust
SMWS Nectar In a Hip Flask
SMWS Pomegranate Gremolata
SMWS The Peat Faerie 7yo Batch 04
SMWS Uncle Monty Goes Burgling

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