Better late than never is the motto I have been living by recently, as evidenced by how long it has taken me to get May’s SMWS Outturn blog posts out! Here is part two of the SMWS Canada May 2020 Outturn, which features the final three bottles in the lineup. If you are playing catch-up (like me), you can find my blog post on the first four bottles here. Enough with the preamble lets jump right in!
- 68.29 – This guy is fairly clean on the nose with some vanilla and baked pastries along with floral notes. The palate gives a spicy tingle but is also very juicy and mouthwatering before drying out a touch on the finish. A bit of herbs and saltiness in there accent the juicy notes of pears, plums, and those tapioca balls used in bubble tea. Maybe a touch subtle on the nose at the start, but I really enjoy the taste of this one.
- 13.65 – Lots of wood and tea notes up front for me on this one. I get spearmint, chamomile, granola and elderflower on the nose along with a dash of ripe citrus. There is a bit of musty dunnage and minerality in there too. The palate is juicy and fruity with some spice and then a nuttiness on the finish. Juicy as in Juicy Fruit Gum flavour-wise, along with sweet potato, candied carrots, pomelo and apricots. Adam Bradshaw from the Victoria SMWS shop mentioned that he enjoyed this one, and I can see why. Once again, it is lovely to see a naked Dalmore from the SMWS. The distillery makes good whisky when it isn’t Pattersoned to oblivion!
- 137.2 – Oh boy. I think a lot of people were waiting for this guy. We were lucky enough to see an excellent peated English Whisky Company bottling from Cadenhead recently at KWM. It sold out fairly quickly – I wonder how this guy will compare? The nose is like the ashes left from a doused fire, along with some nicely seasoned wood, menthol, sea kelp and lavender. Like being next to a chain smoker that is wearing a revitalizing face mask. But more attractive. On the palate it is ash and wood, lemon curd, a dash of brine, Fisherman’s Friends, and crispy Pancetta. Tasty stuff.
That is all from me, for now. Read on below for the SMWS tasting notes and pricing.
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68.29 – SCOTTISH TRIFLE WITH ITALIAN LIQUEUR
This 10 year old from the Highlands comes in at 55.7% and was matured in a refill hogshead.
Flavour profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla.
Outturn: 296 bottles.
Panel’s tasting note: “Some of us got on the nose neat vanilla custard, Victoria sponge cake and lilies of the valley whilst others got sauté potatoes with sea salt and rosemary, fresh carrot juice and a Bloody Mary garnished with a celery stalk and lemon wedge. On the taste initially sticky, bittersweet Seville orange marmalade followed by banana ice cream all culminating in a juicy cranachan trifle.
With a drop of water the bananas were now caramelized and on the palate we enjoyed traditional Jewish egg bread called challah with salted butter and Manuka honey as well as a glass of Galliano Italian liqueur.” $135
13.65 – PEPPERY PEARS AND PRALINE
This 13 year old from the Highlands was matured in a 2nd fill barrel and comes in at 58.6%.
Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet.
Outturn: 155 bottles.
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose greeted us with an exuberant display of cut grass, tart plums and lemon drizzle cake. A waft of spice danced between pink peppercorns and sandalwood whilst being wrapped in a delightfully creamy texture that sat somewhere between linseed oil and butter. This progressed towards custard cream biscuits and soft pears with lemon boiled sweets as we approached the peppery palate.
A spicy warmth cooled to mint and menthol on the tongue as wondrous flavours of praline and toasted pine nuts emerged from dry burlap sacks. Soft sponge cake arrived with a topping of dark chocolate and hazelnuts as floral notes merged into putty on a finish of fresh straw and wood.” $164
137.2 – WAR SEAHORSE
The first release from distillery 137 for SMWS Canada.
From England, this 8 year old was matured in a refill barrel and is 62.3%.
Flavour profile: Peated.
Outturn: 240 bottles.
Panel’s tasting note: “This powerhouse of a dram opens with lemons charring on the BBQ. Beyond there is smoked and peppered mackerel and hot smoked salmon. Enough to induce hunger! There’s also a cognitively jarring briny and ozone-rich quality about it. A whole shellfish platter has been placed before you. Notes of chopped dill, polished metal and some exotic fruits hiding underneath.
Water reveals camphor and burlap with notes of chalk and smoked whelks. The palate unfolds with a mighty, crashing wave of peat on a shore of sandalwood, wet rocks, mineral-encrusted creel nets and then hay, smoked earth and silage. With water the farmy aspects are heightened with notes of dried herbs and some smoked butter. Stonking stuff!” $205
All of this information, plus the information on previous releases that are still available can be found on our website here. If any SMWS bottles show as being out of stock on our website please contact us – we might still be able to get more.