Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
11 years old
1st Fill IPA, Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Blended Batch 05
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
12 may 2019 6:03 pm by Tauti

Average value

€ 65.61

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46 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Old Fashioned 11-year-old SMWS

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.07 points.

  1. Tauti scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The SMWS took the individual components of the Old Fashioned Cocktail really well (orange, vanilla, bitter).
    • Nose
      Caramel, oranges, bergamot, vanilla, toasted hazelnut and cloves
    • Taste
      Creamy and oily, then drier and a little bitter. Orange peel, wood flavoring, Earl Gray tea
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter, citrus, coconut

      When I had to burp afterwards, the IPA really came through :)

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  3. Zorba scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Canucks89 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Scent: Sugar. Vanilla. Hint of some orange. A little bit bitter.
    Taste: Sugar. Spicy.
    Aftertaste: Medium. Cane. A little spicy.

  5. Cast Olila scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Gareth74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Oranges, like clockwork.

    I’ll be damned, I’m always a bit dubious of the concept album, same goes for the concept scotch but when it works it’s hard not to marvel at the genius at play.

    The SMWS’s Old Fashioned is definitely a concept scotch of the first water. The mission, create a blended scotch that tastes like an Old Fashioned without the ingredients to make one. Except whisky. How the Hell is that possible?

    I’ve had a few Old Fashioned’s, it’s my go to cocktail along with a Rusty Nail and a Dirty Martini. The best of which I’ve been served at the Midland Bar, St Pancras station, London. I can still taste it now, overwhelming quality bourbon warmth, vanilla, tight wooden structure, tannins, burnt orange oil, a huge, perfectly crystal clear mini iceberg sitting in the middle of a lovely heavy glass. Warmth and pristine coldness combined. Bliss. To be fair I can take or leave bourbon, it’s nothing I ever crave but in an Old Fashioned there’s no substitute.

    So we come to this. This strange, wonderful thing.

    On the nose, bourbon, warm vanillin’s, more bourbon and oak. Heaps of it in fact, broken up with bitter orange oil, burnt sage, burnt sugar and bitters. It’s very enticing. If someone told me this was bourbon, based on smelling it, I’d ask them “what else is in it?”.

    In the mouth the damn thing is like the hardest hitting cocktail ever. A gigantic, rich bourbon hit comes rushing out of the glass, accompanied by vanillins and oranges and oak in huge waves. Astringent oak attacks the inner cheeks and sides of the tongue in a lovely way, a firm, masterful grip rather than strangling the taste buds. Terry’s Chocolate Orange rears it’s rotund head, which is a lovely surprise. Creamy Terry’s milk chocolate and orange oil is s killer combo. It feels like it should be too sweet, everything is telling me ‘it’s too dam sweet’, but here’s the rub, just like the cocktail it’s not. It’s perfect. God damn. This is very enjoyable. (Note to self - buy more!)

    The finish is bang on. It just works. Far from being too short and not too overbearing to make the thing a labour. Oak and Orange and vanillin’s coat the tongue, there’s a bitter plant note in there too, very feint - could this be the hops from the IPA casks? Whatever it is it works, stops it being one dimensional. This is s scotch to savour and much as marvel at.

    This is not a big serious whisky but that doesn’t mean it isn’t wonderful and rewarding. It doesn’t require the deftness of palate of a scotch trainspotter, it doesn’t take itself that seriously but it’s no joke. It’s just as it needs to be. Just as they designed it. An Old Fashioned. Like clockwork.

  7. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I liked it.
    • Nose
      Blind Sample:

      Looks like a bright amber tone

      My first thought is wax and cooked, light fruits. Followed by vanilla and some caramel. The alcohol is by all means, very back. I find the colleague not so easy. The flavors are very linked. I'll leave something ...
      With a little time in the glass changes but neat. Now have dry wood. Even a bit dusty. The fruit is now also immature over. Some plum prevails. In addition peppermint and ne additional dry note. I always have to think about tea. Then wood glue, orange and a slightly nutty touch. Behind it hides some detergent.
    • Taste
      Soft, but spicy start. Nice pepper sauce and cakes. Honey ... which goes well in the direction of mead. A dry sweetness joins. Also in the taste I find orange and clove. A fine tobacco note runs through the taste. The light-fruited, goes for me in the direction of pear. The plum and NEN light berry taste is doing even more. In addition a bit bitter almond.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and again waxy. Again the mead. A fair bit of bitterness and orange. It ends up creamy and sugary sweet.

  8. FernetBranco scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Tauti scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    SMWS notes:

    The nose possesses a welcoming warmth that combines chocolate, coconut, blood oranges and herbal barley sugar travel sweets. In time, cherry lozenges, candied orange and dusty sweet marshmallows are added to the mix. The palate is outrageously coconutty, with orange Muscat syrup poured on luxurious vanilla ice cream. Beautifully mouth-coating. A touch of water lightens the experience and accentuates a hoppy grapefruit note, which is complimented by fruit salad with cream and over-ripe peaches. The palate is now fruity, thick and syrupy, with chocolate shavings, almonds, marzipan, stem ginger, buttered pancakes and scones.


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