- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Bottling serie
- Small Batch
- Stated Age
- 08 years old
- Refill Gascon Black Oak Ex-Armagnac Barrels
- Batch 09
- Number of bottles
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 05 Aug 2020 1:19 pm by Tauti
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Whisky Reviews for Speyside Single Malt Black Oak 2011 SMWS
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.74 points
- Overall quite light, and the fruity sweetness disappears quickly, leaving a rather bland finish.
Sweet dessert wine, muscat grape, cinnamon, marshmallows, custard, vanilla, orange syrup. Quite light.
Light black pepper tingle, light on the palate, a bit of sweetness, sponge cake, or more like smoked sponge cake, a bit of oak, smoked vanilla, hay, black tea, fragrant olive oil. Also a bit creamy on the tongue. Second chew some light smoky notes develop, toasted wood, custard, strawberry jam. Much better here on the second chew. Third chew develops further, it becomes fuller and drier, more freshly cracked black pepper, fresh ginger, smoke building up a lot more, dry tobacco leaves, leather. Sweetness is totally gone, would have been nice to still have some.
Good amount of smoke, tobacco leaves, leather, light oaky bitterness, hints of ginger and mint. No sweetness and all, gets bland fast.
- Issue price August 2020: 47.00 GBP
- SMWS Tasting Notes
We believe that there is a symbiotic relationship between all Society spirits. This is realised through the sharing of casks to develop complex flavours and aromas. In the creation of this small batch single malt, we made use of some armagnac barrels fashioned from Gascon black oak (Society no’s A6.1 and A7.1) to further develop the fruity flavours of the whisky and add a French oak counterpoint to the American oak influence of first fill bourbon barrels. The result is an estery, sweet and spicy concoction, with perfumed notes and a silky texture. Hugely hospitable aromas embraced oaky and toasty notes before a wave of sweetness delivered white chocolate on sponge cake. The soft fruits of apricots, banana and ripe pears mingled with heartwarming spice as ginger cake and pink peppercorns arrived. On the palate we found crumbled walnuts, hazelnuts and chocolate-covered Brazil nuts along with croissants, apple strudel and pain au chocolat. With water came an aromatic deluge of fragrant pears, orange blossom and apple orchards framed by chamomile tea and madeira cake. Milk chocolate-covered gingerbread fused with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice while caramel slowly filtered into black tea on the finish.