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35.214 - Without pretence

22 years old, distilled 27th October 1995, 55.7% abv, First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 221 bottles, dram price E

SMWS 35.214 - Without pretenceThe nose has vanilla, fudge and a hint of peppermint. The mouthfeel is thin with no cling. The body has vanilla, oak, fudge and pears. The finish has pears and vanilla.

SMWS September 2018 Mid-Month releases

SMWS 36.149 - Wisdom beyond its yearsIt's a mid-month release, and it's going to go quickly...

The pick for many will be the Ardbeg - which is smokey, tarry and has lemon. Demand is usually high for this distillery, so this one's only available by ballot! If you're looking for unpeated whisky, the Benrinnes is a delight - beautifully balanced and subtle, with floral notes and fudge.

I'm a sucker for bourbon casked Dalmore, and this one may be simple but it's exactly what I wanted - pears, green apples, and custard.

The remaining three are also pretty good, but stand in the shadows of those three. Still, it's worth getting to the rooms and trying them all!

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