Water of Life Society Tasting 14/5
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
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!
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.
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!
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.
Also from the Spicy and Sweet category, this one was a bit more up my street with a light sherry influence
Lightly Peated – this was my 2nd favourite of the evening, surprisingly drinkable at 56.5% ABV
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 would like to thank the SMWS and their host Ryan McCafferty for a great evenings entertainment and some fantastic whiskies.