SMWS 66.188 The magic lamp
Posted 01 July 2021 by Matt / In Ardmore
Bottle Name: 66.188 The magic lamp
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Peated
Despite being largely out of action on the SMWS reviews over the past 12 months, I’ve returned to the familiar and always welcoming sight of distillery 66. This one is a youngster at a mere 7 years of age. It has spent its life in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel.
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Nose: Brass piping and machine oils – yes, this could be a lamp of sorts. Slate tiles and felt roofing join wet hay and touches of barnyard funk whilst custard cream biscuits and whipped cream add sweetness. Smoke is most certainly highlight – forest-y and damply vegetal. Dilution provides metholated oak together with tanned leather hides and farm steading hay lofts.
Taste: Sharp, salty and sweet at the same time. Salted caramel, seashells and rock pools alongside tobacco pouches, felt roofing and pig sties. Salted beef and herb-crusted ham join crystalline ginger, white pepper and a scattering of leafy notes from ferns and bracken. Reduction amps up the peat with damp vegetal smoke enveloping all, together with wet wool and water-logged fabrics.
Finish: Quite long and favouring toasted cereals alongside diminishing minerality.
Not quite as explosively potent as the official outturn notes suggest – but nevertheless all the expected Ardmore cues are present and correct. Certainly likable, but not necessarily lovable.
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