SMWS Outturn 252

30.95 - Opera in sequins

26 years old, distilled 24th September 1990, 54.3% abv, Second Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead, 179 bottles, dram price G

SMWS 30.95 - Opera in sequinsThe nose has hints of raspberry jam, cinnamon and glâce cherries. The body has more cherries and some damson jam. The finish is damson jam and vanilla.

SMWS Outturn 252 - Flavour Packed

SMWS G9.2 - Chocolate mice and cinnamon spiceThe SMWS has two outturns this May, due to bottling issues. So where we starved with six bottles at the start of the month, we now feast with sixteen!

The star of the list is, without a doubt, the magnificent Loch Lomond, which shows that grain can be good without being an expensive thirty-something. It's also my first 5/5 whisky of the year...

Elsewhere, the Glenlossie was superb. A friend - who's famed for disliking sherried whiskies - walked away with two bottles. I'd say that's fairly high praise! The Glenlivet is great, the Bladnoch is delicious, then try the Laphroaig and finish on the ashen joy of the superb Bowmore.

One other thing to note is that the Islays were both one bottle per member. Given the sales, I think this is a good move - everyone should have a chance at that Bowmore, and restricting members to a bottle each helps with that!


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