SMWS 86.8 / 1975 / 24 Year Old / "Angelica and Garden Sheds"
70cl / 59%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
A 1975 vintage Highland whisky from Glenesk, bottled from a single cask at 24 years old by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Distilled a decade before the distillery was closed, this was bottled in June 2000.
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More Details:CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerScotch Malt Whisky SocietyBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesSMWSAge24 Year OldVintage1975Bottling DateJun 2000Cask Number86.8No of Bottles552
SMWS Tasting Notes
This distillery was originally a flax mill standing at the mouth of the river South Esk at Montrose. It was converted in 1898, bought by the enterprising Joseph Hobbes forty years later (who converted it to giant whisky production) and sold to DCL in the 1950s (who converted it back to malt whisky production). It closed in 1980. This venerable example of its make has matured well, without the woody notes one often encounters in very old whisky. The colour is pale amber, indicating a not-too-active U.S. cask (a good thing at this age); the first nose is slightly prickly, with angelica, crystallised ginger and other glace fruits bound together with a trace of cake mix and sherry, with a whiff of smoke behind. Water develops the latter into old creosote - a weather-beaten garden shed in the sun, dried fruit (dates in the foreground), fudge and Carob chocolate. The flavour is smooth, soft and full, with an interesting saltiness. An unusual, highly complex and very rare old whisky.
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