I finally got around to trying the whiskies that came with my SMWS membership pack. The first mini bottle I opened came from cask number 3.171, which is also referred to as Peasant honey and lime flowers. It’s been aged for 20 years and was bottled at 55.8% ABV.
Originating from Bowmore, the oldest distillery (est. 1779) on Islay, this independent bottling was quite a treat!
The Society’s tasting notes:
The nose is varied and generous; treacle toffee, incense, beeswax, heather twigs and cakes (syrup sponge, ginger cake, Battenburg). The palate is big, sweet and smoky; toffee apples, roasted peppers, leather, honey and chocolate limes.
If I could add, chewing this whisky neat reminded me of lychee, while the finish gave a hint of rubber, durian fruit, and xylitol gum. This dram definitely had a unique flavor profile, and since it is sold out, is one that I will miss greatly.
SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)