Overall rating
Single Grain
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Flamed Christmas pudding
Stated Age
19 years old
Refill ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
62.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Dec 2010 2:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.00

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Whisky Reviews for North British 1990 SMWS G1.7

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.50 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Taken home to savour over, here are my more detailed notes for the two samples Phil generously gave us as party bags treats.

    N: G1.7 was the SMWS’s first sherried grain [as I noted on the label]. A refill ex-sherry butt is credited, but I’d wager this had also spent time in bourbon oak. With only a small blob of [U-hu] glue [in comparison to the more gluey G6.9 – WLP87], this is a sweet-spicy husky number with a cinnamon-coated [liquorice] stick, light chocolate/cocoa and > fudge. The second wave of descriptors talk of lush dried fruit cinnamon biscuits, rhubarb [crumble] & custard [candy] with [tutti-fruiti] > ice cream, a pinch of nutmeg, a suggestion of asafoetida, fig rolls and a gamut of wood and paper products. Be patient and be rewarded with occasional fancy fruity flashes and deeper gooey sweet delights. It’s one alluring nose, especially for a whisky lover that’s abstained for eight days. It is Burn’s Night after all! Let’s dive in.

    T: Initially, I liken this to an old and consolidated, gluey, cocoa and honey-rich blended whisky. Subsequent sips yield a similar conclusion yet the arrival is even fuller [with rich bitter > sweet cocoa], and the travel more straight-ahead with a controlled black pepper and cinnamon trigeminal effect. Over time, the travel becomes shorter and far more laid back, more a meander albeit with a husky peppery co-driver. A chocolatey mouthful is easily achieved with just a few drops of water in the mouth.

    F: A short journey granted, but with a long lingering finish. Amazingly, adding water doesn’t exacerbate the spiciness. After the controlled heat comes more oozing [woody] bitter > sweet cocoa, rich vanilla-y metallic honey and sugar paper.

    C: I’ve not had a great deal of North British, but this is right up there with the best of what I’ve previously tried. The nose sets it all up. The rest falls into place with just the right amounts of things that may clash with different ratios.

  2. Finlaggan scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:

  3. Willie JJ scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Not very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Hot burnt sugar, gluey, acetone, draff. Water releases fruit. More water brings porridge.
    • Taste
      Much more glue and burnt sugar. Water makes it into watery glue.
    • Finish
      Very drying. The burnt sugar theme continues. Water gives a little caramel toffee.


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