SMWS 53.5
1978 14 Year Old

70cl / 64.8%
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SMWS 53.5 / 1978 / 14 Year Old
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The 5th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 53 (Caol Ila). Distilled in January 1978, it was aged for 14 years before being bottled for the enjoyment of its members in March 1992.
Please note that this is an old bottle and the closure may have deteriorated; care should be taken when opening the bottle. As such, the item is sold as described.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
14 Year Old
Bottling Date
March 1992
No of Bottles

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Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Note

    A key filling for both Johnnie Walker and Bell's, the distillery has a magnificent view over the Sound of Islay to the Paps of Jura. As would be expected of a fourteen-year old, it has a very pale straw colour and a phenolic pungency. Barbecued trout and smoked venison accompany strong Germolene and creosote notes. Water provokes a brief soapy interlude, then the meatiness returns; oxo cubes, beef and onion crisps, meaty broth. This brothiness is evident in the taste and mouthfeel of the whisky and put us in mind of the Japanese cooking technique, umami. The smoke and chunky, meaty mouthfeel make this a big whisky, excellent for its age

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