Whisky Review: SMWS 72.49 Totally Scrummy!

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Miltonduff Distillery

Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society; SMWS Distillery 72

ABV: 60.7%

Cost: £49.60

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What they say:

Cask 72.49

The nose was bittersweet, dark and perfumed – toffee apples, treacle, muscovado, sticky dates and maple syrup; dark chocolate orange and marmalade – hints of ginger, antique wood and PX grapes drying on straw mats in the sun. The palate appealed to us all, but in different ways – dark treacly sweetness – sticky toffee pudding, rum and raisin, cinder toffee and rich chocolate sauce on venison – one panellist imagined a witch’s cauldron in a blackhouse. The reduced nose seemed more savoury – black pudding, smoked ham and barbecued ribs, all served with well-fired morning rolls. The reduced palate – sweet tobacco, dry Amontillado and hazelnuts – totally scrummy!

11 years old, distilled 23 September 2004, 60.7% vol, 264 bottles, 1st fill ex-white wine hogshead.

What I say:

Dram #2 from the 2016 whisky roundtable discussion, as selected by JJ of Whisky Rover, again I guess partially based on Ben’s SMWS outturn review.

Colour:

Dark bronze (11/20), medium fine tears and medium legs

Nose:

Coffee/tea, tannic woody, tobacconist, cigar boxes, creme brulee topping/muscovado sugar, herbal sage and basil

Taste:

Nutty and fruity, peach skin, nectarine flesh, dates, sour and citric with a little grapefruit zest perhaps, woody sugars, tannic, almond, pecan, hazelnut, with water a little tobacco leaf and a much softer delivery

Finish:

Medium, sweet and nutty, a hint of salt perhaps and plenty of toffee and chocolate

Overall:

Very pleasing, I enjoyed this one quite a lot but got none of the spice and tannins that seemed to put Tom off this one, I was tempted to declare this one as my favourite of the three SMWS whiskies we samples but then I got a real zest for the next one…

Score: 84/100

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