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CASK NO. 149.5

Fire festival

  • ABV 61.7%
  • Age 7 years
  • DISTILLED DATE 14/9/2015
  • CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-oloroso butt
  • REGION Highland
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Tasting Notes

The nose had smoke from burning hay, waxed jackets, linseed oil and a trip to the seaside, with smoked mackerel and prawns on a beach barbecue. The palate had sweet, nutty smoke, toasted chestnuts, sugared almonds and bonfire embers – again, that maritime note gave salt spray, kippers and freshly ground black pepper on pulpo gallego. The reduced nose evoked blackhouse peat smoke drifting through a heather thatch, smoked mussels and a medicinal note of pink ointment and bandages. The palate’s sweetness (treacle, spun sugar, lemon meringue pie) struggled to match the smoked fish, burnt rosemary, liquorice, carbolic and Up Helly Aa vibes.

Find out more about our 40th Anniversary here.

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NEW WAVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOTTLINGS

In March, the SMWS is celebrating new distillers with illustrations by our old master, Bob Dewar. We are releasing a series of 10 bottles for markets around the world, selected from three of the UK’s newest distilleries and all illustrated by the Society’s original illustrator, Bob Dewar – the artist who was instrumental in defining our look when we started out 40 years ago, and whose artwork still adorns the ceiling of our spiritual home at The Vaults.

The ‘New Wave’ celebrates new distilleries and hidden gems – it’s a symbol of everything that the SMWS is all about.

Our original spirit dating back to 1983 was to celebrate access to new experiences – and to help out, we brought back the original house illustrator to marry up that original spirit with a new wave of bottles.

Euan Campbell, SMWS Head of Whisky Creation, said: “The distilling scene is vibrant and it's a pleasure to work with distilleries old and new. All of these releases are from our new make fillings programme, so we've seen them develop from day one and are delighted to see these releases with the artwork of a key figure in the Society’s history.

“Trying new whiskies has always been part of the endless discovery journey for Society members, and that’s as true today as it has ever been. Our ‘New Wave’ is a look forward, with an interpretation of flavour by our old master, Bob Dewar, on each bottle label.”

A NEW WAVE, AN OLD MASTER

40TH ANNIVERSARY BOTTLINGS

Our bespoke New Wave artwork was created by Bob Dewar. These unique bottlings are part of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

 

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