N: All spirit. I guess 7 years. It’s five?! Though rather new make-y, it’s aged well enough. Perhaps five is the ideal minimum age over the SWA’s obligatory three? Profile-wise we are talking salty savoury-coppery-farmy-sweet fruity [delicious apple-y cider, fusty melon,… the Foz: “astronaut strawberries and parma violets“,….. After seven, or is it eight drams, I feel myself moving towards the subjective/emotional realm. In light of that, perhaps this is one of the best contemporary spirit noses, ever?
T: “Great quality spirit”, says Phil. Quite right – beautiful, perfectly aged salty malty spirit. Incredibly, at just five years in a 2nd fill bourbon cask, somehow the balance is faultless. Cellar this and pour it to unsuspecting peeps in 20 years time.
F: The emergence of a mouthfeel centred around the new make IS the finish. Beautifully young and spirit-forward, the balance is on the tittering cusp, but would you want to age this any more?
C: The surprise delight of the night. I’m hard stretched to think of another contemporary 5yo challenger, and for just £44. For those thinking of joining the SMWS or reactivating their membership, all four of tonight’s SMWS bottlings could sway you.