SMWS 66.188 The magic lamp

Posted 01 July 2021 by Matt / In Ardmore
The Dramble reviews SMWS 66.188 The magic lamp

Bottle Name: 66.188 The magic lamp

ABV: 61%
Distillery: Ardmore
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Peated
Region: Highlands Age: 7

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.

Score: 83/100

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