23 December 2015

22/12/2015 More drams at the SMWS

Yes, two nights in a row. This time, I am meeting with OB and we are joined by JS. Short notes again.

35.140 20yo d.1994 Cornucopia of incredible creativity (55.5%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 1st Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead, 241b): because what the hell! Still great, though less ridiculously so than yesterday. The nose is more closed, almost metallic.

OB has 44.69, which I do not try.

53.232 15yo 2000/2015 The perfect ending to a perfect day (62.7%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 2nd Fill ex-Sherry Butt, 276b): I ask the staff for something fruity, whether peaty or not. SMcD recommends this. Nose: bacon and warm earth, roasted ham (JS), gammon. This ain't fruity! Mouth: mellow, with an earthy side to it. Smoked ham. The peat smoke is certainly discreet. Blackcurrant end up emerging, as well as elderberry. Finish: long and warming, with honey-roast ham. I like this. 7/10

46.35 17yo 1998/2015 Confident understated cask (54.6%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 251b): nose: perfume, a bouquet of flowers, then hints of fruit. OB finds shandy in it -- he has probably had too much to drink already. Mouth: milky, with the slight bitterness of almond. Finish: fruity and velvety, now. 8/10

OB has 80.7. I do not try it, today.

28.28 10yo 2005/2015 Lay your head on my pillow (60%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 223b): I want the other two to try this. Nose: alcohol, milk chocolate and herbs. I take no notes for the mouth. Finish: strangely, I get a note of leather or shoe polish, today. I reckon the sequence does not do it justice. 7/10

128.5 9yo 2006/2015 As purple as Prince! (60.2%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 1st Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 213b): JS wants this. SMcD says it is not there, yet badabing, his colleague finds a bottle; ha! Nose: tropical fruit aplenty, with some brioche. Water makes it even more fragrant. Wunderbar! Mouth: mellow fruit flesh and silky brioche again. Finish: a bit of clogged-sink action here, meaning overripe fruit galore. 9/10

117.3 25yo d.1988 Hubba-bubba, mango and monstera (58.5%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 2nd Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 199b): not pushing or anything, yet OB has not tried this yet. He agrees it needs righting. Nose: overripe tropical fruit with a lot more depth than 128.5. Incomparable. Mouth: mellow, full of mango flesh -- or is it papaya? Jack fruit? Finish: a catatonic discharge of ripe tropical fruit. This is superlative and a proper gigglefest, akin to that caused by TWE's Lochside 46yo. 10/10

Happy days.

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