SMWS 54.36 Pocket rocket

SMWS 54.36 Pocket rocket

Whisky Review

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Aberlour Distillery
  • Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask No 54.36
  • ABV: 59.7%
  • Cost: £46.40
  • Score: 81/100


What they say:

54.36 Pocket rocket

Cask No. 54.36

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect ‘Sex on the Beach’ … cocktail? You have most ingredients for it on the nose neat; peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry, orange and pineapple juice, finally place a maraschino cherry on the rim of the glass and enjoy. It was sweet, hot and spicy with a truly remarkable chewy mouthfeel like a hot Thai green coconut curry. With water, less intense but a more intriguing sweetness; fresh pineapple cubes, caramelised sugar, gooseberry fool and blueberry muffins and the taste, a luscious Indian dessert made of rose syrup, kulfi, basil seeds and vermicelli called Falooda.

Drinking tip: A good pick-me-up

Date Distilled: 20 October 2005 Colour: Silver duckling Age: 9 years Flavour : Young & spritely Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon barrel Whisky Region: Speyside Spey Outturn: 246 bottles

SMWS 54.36 pocket rocket

What I say:

Sampled at the SMWS Big November Outturn preview tasting on 10th November 2015


Silvery gold (2/20)


Fruity, orchard fruits, peach, apricot, apple, pear, cherry lips sweeties some honey sweetness


Fruity palate with pineapple, apple pear and ginger spice, quite hot and spicy neat with some alcohol burn, with water this tamed a little giving pineapple cube sweeties, black liquorice and some herbal notes


Medium, fruity and sour/bitter in places


A little underwhelming, I found this quite one-dimensional ‘fruity’ and was a little disappointed – though that may have been partly due to my expectation of Aberlour to be much more entertaining than this. I guess despite the quality of the spirit a young refill barrel hasn’t completely tamed this one for me and adding water makes it more interesting but not necessarily more enjoyable? Sadly my least favourite of the tasting.

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