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@Tom92
Tom92 started a discussion

Do we have many SMWS members out there? Any favourite bottles of late?

about one month ago

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@Tom92
Tom92 replied

Mays festival bottlings are phenomenal! The 29 sherried all the way, so dark it looks like treacle

about one month ago 0

Wierdo replied

I have just joined the SMWS after they dropped their membership fee. Ordered a couple of bottles which I'm currently waiting for to be delivered.

One thing I'm impressed and a little intrigued by is the ABV of their bottlings which is high even for single cask stuff. A lot of their bottles seem to be around the 60% abv. One of the bottles I've ordered is an older whisky at 22 years and it's nearly 61% abv. Seems very high for a whisky at that age. I wonder how they achieve that? Very strict cask management?

The Angel's seem to be taking less of a share from the SMWS's casks!

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@RianC
RianC replied

@Wierdo - Out of interest, where do the SMWS mature their casks? Do they have their own warehouses or do they stay at the distillery, or perhaps a bit of both?

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Wierdo replied

@RianC I have no idea? @Tom92 did you say you work at the SMWS? Can you shed any light?

about one month ago 0

@Tom92
Tom92 replied

@Wierdo @RianC SMWS to my knowledge all is matured at our own warehouse. I think I've had 25+yo grain Whisky sitting above 60%abv. The grains are truely outstanding and at their prices for their age total bargain

about one month ago 0

@Tom92
Tom92 replied

@Wierdo out of curiosity, what bottles have you gone for? Do you regularly drink CS Whisky or just getting into it?

about one month ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

This is almost becoming an advertising thread for the SMWS.

And while in principle I would not support that, I do have a lot of regard for the SMWS's products, but living in Canada where it is hard to get them it just ads to my FOMO...

about one month ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@Wierdo, I would guess a heated warehouse (or storage technique that would align with your hypothesis of higher abv) if the abv is "higher", less humidity and more water leaving the barrels.

about one month ago 0

Wierdo replied

@Tom92 I don't want to reveal the bottles I've gone for as when I get round to opening them I'll send samples to @RianC and I don't want him to have googled them beforehand. I'd rather just send him the samples with the reference number and name then he can have a bit of fun sampling the whisky trying to work out what it is before googling it.

I will say this and it's one of the things that is good about joining the SMWS or shopping at Cadenheads etc I went for 2 bottles from distilleries that have good reputations but their offical bottlings are a bit sub par.

In terms of what I didn't go for but was tempted by there was a Dalmore and a Longmorn that were tempting me (which I guess fall into the above paragraph) and a Balblair. Which doesn't but I really like Balblair so the chance to grab an IB is tempting.

From May's output. I am tempted by a few bottlings. An Aberlour, A Pulteney and another Balblair.

Finally regards cask strength whiskies I have been drinking them off and on since fairly early days in my whisky journey, all official bottlings. But in the last couple of years I have really started to enjoy them and would say hands down my favourite way for a whisky to be presented is cask strength, natural colour, unchillfiltered and no cask shenanigans, no finishing in casks that held M&Ms or whatever, just a good quality refill Bourbon or Sherry cask.

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Wierdo replied

I've opened my first two bottles from the SMWS and have to say I'm disappointed so far. The first bottle (which I have reviewed on this site) was sub par imo.

The second bottle, which I've so far had a couple of drams from, is better. I'd say on a level with something you'd pick up from other Independents like Cadenheads or North Star. Which begs the question why pay an annual membership to buy whiskies as good as you can get elsewhere with no membership fee?

The answer is the membership fee gives you access to the SMWS's bars. But seeing as I don't live in London or Edinburgh the odds of me using these bars is slim.

I've got 10 months of membership left. I'll buy a couple more bottles at least and see how they shape up. I'll go for something familiar and see how they compare? But at this moment in time I doubt I'll be renewing next year.

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