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Five single malt whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

 2 Nov 2011  

The Swedish chapter of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has re­cently been restarted under new leadership. I attended their first tast­ing last week and I got to try these five malts:

Glenmorangie 1995, 11 y.o. @ 56.0%:
Nice, fresh nose with vanilla, caramelized sugar (a little rum-like), lime, orange, oak and a hint of mint. Clean, fresh palate with oak and sweetness in a very nice bal­ance. Quite oaky and spicy yet rather nice. The finish is hot and oaky and a little dis­ap­point­ing. (87 p)

Glen Moray 26 y.o. @ 40.6%:
Quiet yet nice nose with dried fruits, fudge and oak. Clearly a sherry cask (oloroso?). The palate is at first sweet and fruity, then drying and de­velops notes of oak and marzipan. Rich, clean and bal­anced. Notes of gin­ger­bread and oak on the finish. (85 p)

Littlemill 1990, 17 y.o. @ 56.0%:
Fragrant, herbal, unusual nose with a lot of oak and lots of fruits (fruit sallad). Nice and in­ter­est­ing. The palate is sweet, fruity and zesty. De­velops oak. Oaky, fruity finish with a note of violets. All in all a little vulgar but quite nice. (The best Littlemill I've tried!) (85 p)

Glen Scotia 1999, 12 y.o. @ 59.8%:
Unusual nose: sour with notes of lemon, fried batter, gin­ger­bread and struck match. Also a little smoky and oily (boiler room). Fairly dry palate with a nice note of dried fruits but un­for­tu­nately it's also a little sulphury. Dry finish with notes of gin­ger­bread and mint. All in all it has an in­ter­est­ing nose but a dis­ap­point­ing palate. (83 p)

Laphroaig 1990, 20 y.o. @ 58.2%:
Powerful, very nice nose with peat, tar and iodine. Also notes of mint and orange marmalade. Wonderful palate: at first rich, sweet and fruity with a note of mint, then suddenly very peaty (like walking into a cloud of peat smoke). Powerful yet beautifully bal­anced. Wonderful, peaty finish with a note of mint. (91 p)

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