SMWS 9 year Dailuaine 41.80

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SMWS 9 year Dailuaine 41.80

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Mashtun notes:

Dailuine (Gaelic for green valley) is in Speyside and is one the SMWS go-to drams for us. On the nose we got cut grass, floral notes, vanilla, strawberry syrup, and oak. The palate gave us sweet tangy wood, American cream soda, fruit, honey, and those sherbet flying saucers …

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SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109

SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109

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Mashtun notes:

We have yet to have a bad Glen Grant from the SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society). It’s a whisky that doesn’t always get recognition, but the SMWS show again and again that the base spirit is fantastic, and with the right maturation, and at cask strength, it can …

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SMWS Glen Elgin 8yr 85.38

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SMWS Glen Elgin 8yr 85.38

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Mashtun notes:

The nose on this gave us marzipan, vanilla, hazelnuts, citrus, hay, and peppermint with a hint of pepper. The marzipan and hay/floral notes carry through to the palate. They are then joined by butterscotch, Turkish delight, white chocolate mice, and slight woody notes. The finish is long and …

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Top 5 drams of 2016

Top 5 drams of 2016

We can’t believe that we have already had Burns night in 2017! With that in mind we thought we’d better put up the the top 5 drams we reviewed in 2016.  Another cracking year for the Mash Tun so slainte mhath and all the best for 2017! Here are our …

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Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

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Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

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Mashtun notes:

The nose on this cask strength Benrinnes is very refreshing. We got lemon, honey, grass, sweet vanilla, bourbon, and toasted cereal notes. The palate was dry and oaky with malt, honey, bourbon, and a little pepper. The pepper and grass continue into the aftertaste where zesty citrus fruits kick …

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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Mashtun notes:

Talk about an opinion splitter! This one really spit the panel. We are all ‘Peat fiends’ and huge fans of Caol ila, as well as the SMWS, but this caused some ‘debate’. On the nose we got salty brine, peat, cherry pie, medicinal notes, sulphur, and hay bales. The …

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SMWS North British G1.13

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SMWS North British G1.13

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Mashtun notes:

We do like a 100% grain whisky from time to time, and were really looking forward to this North British offering from the SMWS. It turns out we were not to be disappointed! The nose has that ‘classic grain’ feel and we got vanilla, bourbon, red cola, sweetie bananas, …

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Glenfarclas 16 yr SMWS 1.194

Glenfarclas 16 yr SMWS 1.194

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Mashtun notes:

Glenfarclas usually comes from a sherried cask so were very intrigued to try this first fill Bourbon cask whisky. Initially the familiar ‘Glenfarclas nose’ almost fools you into thinking it is from a sherry cask. It then develops into butterscotch vanilla, caramelised pears, pine needles, malted barley, and …

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Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.227

Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.227

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Mashtun notes:

We look forward to trying most offerings from the SMWS, especially their Caol ilas! This first fill bourbon cask Caol was no exception, and didn’t disappoint. The nose had peat smoke, sweet heather, forest fruits, burnt wood, and bourbon. The palate gave us charcoal, beach fires, heather, spices, …

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Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Mashtun notes:

We find that the SMWS are one of the most consistent independent bottlers out there, so that combined with the fact we have a resident Caol ila expert on our panel meant we had high hopes for this. The first thing to mention is that it was almost 65% …

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