Tasting SMWS whiskies with Bengt

Last Friday The Ladies’ Share met in Mjøndalen. We were pretty excited and looking forward to a tasting with Bengt from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Sweden.

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society from their web page:

Our Society grew out of a few individuals’ irrepressible spirit of discovery and adventure, which still drives us today. Inspired by the unique character of a single malt whisky cask, purchased over 30 years ago from a Speyside distillery, this pioneering group of friends founded the Society in 1983 to buy more casks and share their discovery with like-minded adventurers.

Today the Society has 35000 members in 17 countries. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Sweden has 450 members from Norway and Sweden.

Bengt had chosen whiskies from Scotland’s islands for us:

  • 4.135 Blackpool rock with chili treads
    • This is a 11 YO Highland Park matured in a bourbon barrel. The outturn was 239 bottles at 58,6 ABV.
    • Sweet, candy and more candy – but in a very good way!
    • My score: nose 23 / taste 23 / finish 22 / balance 23 = 91
  • 10.75 Barbeque Haggis
    • This is a 13 YO Bunnahabhain matured in a refill hogshead. The outturn was 250 bottles at 55,9 ABV.
    • Peat, smoke, sweet, leather, complex, pepper.
    • My score: nose 23 / taste 24 / finish 22 / balance 23 = 92
  • 53.173 Glowing ambers on the tounge
    • This is a 16 YO Caol Ila matured in a refill sherry butt. The outturn was 250 bottles at 59,8 ABV.
    • Sulphur, fudge, the smoke appeared after a while, wet cardboard.
    • My score: nose 20 / taste 20 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 82
  • 29.63
    • This is an old bottling without a name. It is a 18 YO Laphroaig bottled at 54,6 ABV.
    • Licorice, lemon, sweet, light and peat.
    • My score: nose 23 / taste 23 / finish 22 / balance 23 = 91
  • 33.104
    • This is a 11 YO Ardbeg matured in a sherry butt. The outturn was 538 bottles at 55,7 ABV.
    • Heavy, smoky, a russian forest fire.
    • My score: nose 21 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 85

Each Lady got to vote for two whiskies. The result: 29.63 (8 votes), 4.135 (7 votes), 10.75 (2 votes), 53.173 (1 vote) and 33.104 (no vote).

Wow, what a tasting! It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a tasting with whiskies at this high level.

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Thanks, Bengt! We had an amazing evening!

– Tone

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