SMWS 3.43 / 1989 / 9 Year Old / A Perfect Balance of Smoke & Fruit
70cl / 58.9%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
A 9 year old single cask Islay whisky distilled in 1989 and bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
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More Details:CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerScotch Malt Whisky SocietyBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge9 Year OldVintage1989No of Bottles260
An example of what a good cask can do in nine years, the colour of this malt from Islay's capital village overlooking Loch Indaal, is a fine copper hue, like pale mahogany. The nose is full and rich: a beautiful integration of fruit and fresh peat, reminiscent of ginger bread. When water is added, the phenols begin to overtake the fruit -; carbolic and new plastic buckets; zinc oxide and antiseptic cream; an old garden shed, creosoted long ago -; but the balance is retained in the flavour. At natural strength, this is sweet and smoky, finishing with liquorice; wonderfully mouth-filling when water is added, still sweet, but like chewing charred sticks and drying out towards the end. A fine example, although somewhat a-typical, of this distilleries make.
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