Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 64.15

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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

  1. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Gregers scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Overall quite light, and the fruity sweetness disappears quickly, leaving a rather bland finish.

    Review: https://youtu.be/V4OPIDBzqHE
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet dessert wine, muscat grape, cinnamon, marshmallows, custard, vanilla, orange syrup. Quite light.
    • Taste
      85 85
      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.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Good amount of smoke, tobacco leaves, leather, light oaky bitterness, hints of ginger and mint. No sweetness and all, gets bland fast.

  3. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price August 2020: 47.00 GBP


  4. Armando did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.


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