Water of Life Society

Water of Life Society Tasting 14/5 – Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Water of Life Society Tasting 14/5

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

16/10/2014

Our fifth tasting of the 2014/2015 academic year sees a collaboration between possibly the best two whisky societies in the world! (Well in Edinburgh at least!). It is with a great deal of excitement we greet the return of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (or SMWS) back at the WOLS tasting session for what has become an annual get-together. It was also fitting then that our SMWS host for the evening was Ryan McCafferty, who discovered his love for whisky during his time at university due to joining WOLS!

WOLS 14/5 SMWS

The 5 delectable drams Ryan picked out for us from the SMWS included the following; as examplars of the unique Single Cask Whisky that the SMWS is world-famous for.

1. 59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass ~ 48.5% (SMWS)

59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass

From the Old & Dignified category comes this 29 year old bottled as part of the recent 30th Birthday celebration of the SMWS.

Simply spectacular – let’s start with a bang!

2. 35.116 Menthol cool meets chilli heat ~ 55.7% (SMWS)

35.116 Bottles

From the Spicy and Sweet category, this one wasn’t my cup of tea but plenty of people did enjoy this one – indicative of the unique nature of their whiskies, with such a large selection everyone will find a SMWS whisky they like.

3. 73.66 Toffee and humbugs in a tea chest ~ 57% (SMWS)

73.66 bottles

Also from the Spicy and Sweet category, this one was a bit more up my street with a light sherry influence

4. 66.60 Caribbean wedding on the beach ~ 56.5% (SMWS)

66.60 Bottles

Lightly Peated – this was my 2nd favourite of the evening, surprisingly drinkable at 56.5% ABV

5. 53.178 A pebble beach with iodine ~ 55.8% (SMWS)

53.178 bottles

From the Peated category – the almost ubiquitous SMWS Caol Ila. I guess some distilleries just have the outturn to provide these casks, this one displays a much softer more approachable side of Caol Ila that I haven’t often discovered in their official bottlings – again all the more reason to investigate the SMWS bottlings and cast aside distillery or age-statement led preconceptions.

WOLS 14/5 SMWS Bottles

WOLS would like to thank the SMWS and their host Ryan McCafferty for a great evenings entertainment and some fantastic whiskies.

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