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Another Round of Whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America

This round of single cask expressions from the SMWSA was very diverse as well as surprising.

2.81 $120
Distilled in April 1998 – 15 y/o
First-fill Sherry butt
59.9% ABV

Color: Medium/dark copper

Nose: Christmas-time spices, a walk through Cost Plus store, what I would imagine candied rhubarb would smell like (Yes – I had an internal WTF? moment myself when this came to mind), herbal tea, figs, dark sugars and a little dusty

Palate: Sweet sherry immediately takes hold, stewed red fruits, definitely needs to be dialed down with some water, dark red (American) cherries – not the ones I see in Asia. I was happy to not sense any sulfur flavors from the Sherry butt

Finish: Medium – Chris


Dark bronze and burnt. The nose consists of sweet leather and peaches. Bread, brown sugar and wine. The liquid is coating and dark with some heat on the center of the tongue.  Taffy and cola and spicy malts show up in short order.  Quite tasty. – Nate

23.72 $90
Distilled in July 2002 – 9 y/o
Refill Sherry butt
66.4% ABV

Color: Dull yellow

Nose: Earthy, dirty, fresh/lively peat, struck matches and burnt tires

Palate: Not as rutty as the nose initially lead on, peat is always present, tires, light saltiness, was expecting something a little fuller based on the nose, with water: brings out more burnt tire and some spices

Finish: Medium – toasted oak and peat hang around – Chris


Bright, straw yellow. Slightly harsh and slightly sweet. A burnt malt and fumes? Touch of coals and earth? Moving on to the body shows more primordial aspects of peat and burned meat.  And A lingering increase in heat.  A bit confusing, but simplified by water. – Nate

125.48 $110
Distilled in November 1998 – 12 y/o
Re-char Hogshead
52.1% ABV

Color:  Medium yellow

Nose:  Lots of light/bright fruits up front, vanilla, bourbon influence

Palate:  some salt, strong malty presence, spicy oak bite, grassy, well balanced

Finish: Short – Chris


Liquid gold. Sweets, tropical fruit, and honey varnish in this nose. The taste is wet and sweet, followed by malts and celery. A light, mellow finish with a slight touch of pepper and light butterscotch. – Nate

G1.8 $145
Distilled in December 1990 – 21 y/o
Refill Hogshead
62.9% ABV

Color:  Light yellow with a hint of orange

Nose:  Sharp – be careful with how close you get when you nose it, grainy sweetness, chai tea, hints of licorice

Palate:  Initial bite up front but then backs off into something mellower than the nose sets you up to believe, sweet, pretty neutral

Finish:  Short with some oak char coming through in the after taste.  – Chris


Light yellow.  Medicine and malts. Heat, lemon, more heat and sugar round out the nose. A hot nose. The body brings on a Bourbon piña colada. Hot and malty.  Cheeks are tingling in short order. Malty malts and something with incipient heat linger. Water brings out distinctive fruit nose I can’t remember the word for.  Sour cherry Belgium. Toasted sugars and, yes, the heat is checked… Some spice in the tail, though. – Nate

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SMWSA Outturn

Another round of single cask expressions from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America that they were kind enough to give us samples of. You can read about the first 4 expressions we reviewed here. This set was exceptionally fun and challenging. Here are Nate’s impressions of this lot.

4.153 $100

Decidedly straw-light yellow. Banana! How do they get so much banana, and not much else aside from a sweet little malt, in that nose? Sticky and coating with sugar. Aaaand sugar. And then, curiously, a touch of green banana… A light but present graininess lingers on with the sweets. A refreshing perspective. With water come more malts, less banana, and more malts.

39.83 $180

Light and pleasing gold. Intense and malty nose with strong wood and pepper and a fresh aspect at odds with its apparent age. Sugar and a bit of heat… hard candy and cake. Quite a nose. In the mouth it has definite complexity, a touch of smoke and sugar… and loads of watermelon all of a sudden. Light but lingering edginess. Sugars retreat from the front of the palate and the flavor resides in the checks and back tongue with a slightly astringent maltyness. Interesting dram with a fun and tricky start if not a slightly odd but enjoyable destination.

53.157 $95

Pale. Really pale. A nose that is Smokey and sweets, grain-laden and good. The taste is peaty in the traditional sense with a nice rise to potent, then respectable malts and caramelized sugars I associate with something older. Lingering heat. Resurgent, actually. And a bit of pleasant dust in those emberred malts.

76.84 $145

Darker gold and lighter amber. A nose of medicine and barley, sweet strawberries and jam. Darker wood notes and warm flavors from whatever else was in that barrel have a strong showing followed by black pepper and maturity. And then a little heat… Good fun to roll around the palate and spice up the tongue. A little toffee with the malts on the back end.

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