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SMWS 93.38 - Stirs the atavistic soul

Pull up to the bumper baby!

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@PierreReview by @Pierre

4th Jul 2010

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Pull up to the bumper baby!

Nose: An awful lot going on here - this is not the most accessible bouquet I've come across but that's not to say I don't relish a challenge! There's an underlying sweetness with some burnt rubber. I have no idea where this whisky is from. Spice, sweetness, something medicinal but not an Islay medicine, more cough lozenge. The nose gives me few clues what to expect on the palate. Believe it or not I am enjoying this!

Palate: More focussed than the nose - I'm starting to understand some of what I've been smelling. Menthol or aniseed with some charcoal smoke wafting around, a little curry spice and pepper wrapped up in a candy coating. Nice. I think. Actually yes - very nice.

Finish: Long- very long. Aniseed then some dark ale or stout followed by curried cough sweets and at last a wisp of smoke.

Balance: I'm not sure what needs to be balanced with what, this isn't that sort of whisky. This is a rollercoaster of smells and flavours, wait a minute... not a rollercoaster its like the dodgems!

Bumpy, exhilerating, fun, confusing - BUMP - what just happened? Who hit me?

I recently took my four year old son on the dodgems for the first time, he loved it, he was scared and excited at the same time. When we finished he wanted to have another go straight away. I know how he feels.

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9 comments

@dbk
dbk commented

Nice review @Piero. You're not the first to find the Glen Scotia expressions strange... See the review of the 14 year-old 1991 here, for instance: www.maltmadness.com/whisky/glen-scotia.html

I'm curious, though: as a Québec resident, how did you get to sample an SMWS bottling? I live in Ontario and would sure love to join the SMWS, but it doesn't seem to be possible. Am I missing something?

8 years ago 0

@SMWS
SMWS commented

@dbk Hello there, do you know that we have a SMWS branch in America? For more information have a look here

www.smwsa.com

8 years ago 0

@scribe
scribe commented

Thanks for the review, @Piero, really good to see what someone else thinks of such an interesting bottle. Definitely a strange mix, this one :)

8 years ago 0

@SMWS
SMWS commented

@Piero

Thanks for a great review. Similar findings to our own Tasting Panel....

93.38 Stirs the atavistic soul Something on the nose stirred our atavistic souls, such a fascinating combination of challenging aromas; charcoal, nectarines, wool, leather, lawnmowers and Victory V’s. The unreduced palate was even more challenging; salty, treacly, charred chicken, burnt twigs, dry smoke, dark chocolate, liquorice, caramel – “like being hit in the face with a basketball” someone said. The reduced nose had the smoke, salt and char of a beach barbeque, with cinder toffee for afters. Even watered down, the palate was powerful, dry and smoky; inspiring comments like “dragon breath” and “like trying to smoke a rolled up newspaper”. The distillery name contains Scotland

8 years ago 0

@Pierre
Pierre commented

@SMWS - nice to know I wasn't too far of the mark ;)

@dbk I'm in England not Quebec so its fairly easy for me to get SMWS bottles. Hope you manage to get your hands on some, they're all pretty special.

8 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Sorry @Piero, I must have gotten you confused with someone else!

@SMWS, I knew about your US chapter, but Ontario is in Canada and, to my knowledge, you're not here yet! Any chance that could change in the foreseeable future?

8 years ago 0

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

@dbk, perhaps SMWSA would be able to ship to Canada?

8 years ago 0

@SMWS
SMWS commented

@dbk

Yes this could change in the future, please keep in touch for updates

8 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

That's wonderful news, @SMWS. I hope that happens, as I'm sure many fellow Canadians do.

8 years ago 0

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