Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Stated Age
09 years old
Ex-Pedro Ximénez butts & ex-bourbon hogsheads
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Dec 2020 2:16 pm by TeleDram

Average value

£ 60.46

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 2011 The Tar Pit SMWS

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.43 points

  1. Nergal scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes: For this expression we wanted to introduce some sherry matured whiskies into our recipe to bring some weight and compliment the huge smoky elements of the spirit. We opted for the dark and syrupy delights of Pedro Ximenez sherry butts, along with some refill bourbon hogsheads to temper and balance the dark sweetness. The Panel’s tasting experience was all enveloping. “Wowza!” was the first reaction from one panellist. A strong waft of oily peat drifting across the moor towards the harbour. It conjoured up images of tarred ropes draped in kelp. We could smell malt loaf and salted peanuts mixed with burnt raisins. Lobster boats and creels provided minerality and there were notes of dark
    rum and brandy. A splendid backbone of peat and medicinal flavours backed up by liquorice, banana, rosemary & a distant dunnage warehouse. We imagined the formation of a tar pit, enveloping all around it and creating the most fragrant smoke. It’s oily & medicinal with warming & spicy elements like bonfire oranges & ginger bread. Now an entire field of pineapple plants fell victim to the advancing tar, sending sweet tropical soot into the air. A touch of water gave notes of iodine & honey glazed peat. We cooked sweet glazed Chinese pork belly in the tarry heat as the pit consumed gorse bushes and fizzled as it was flecked with sea spray. The sweet sherry influence came through in the form of a peaty prune juice cocktail. Sweet and salty seaside vibes had us hearing gulls. The smoke gradually subsided leaving citrus smoked brine and ash in its wake.

  2. Zorba scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A very nice blended malt with enough to discover. The taste of the different malts is still to be found and the peat is soft and I likt that. The finish is for me the best of this dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85


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