Scotch Malt Whisky Society Highland Park Tasting Notes

Posted: September 6, 2011 in Highland Park, Scotch Whisky A-G

Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘4.105 For Real Men and Fire-eaters’ 16 year old 59.9%

Sherry/ Tasted: Apr 2006

The nose opens with intensely tart sherry fruit, peat smoke, lemon, menthol, eucalyptus along with a soupçon of heather and coffee. The palate is definitely menthol dominated but the coffee and heather notes do get a look in. The sherry is intense, relatively sweet and rich but just about balanced, opening into a coastal bonfire middle. Great length with a coastal floury to finish.

With water I expected the sherry cask to move into the background, but no it actually does the opposite and the balance is rather lost. A slightly dirty/ earth note is all the really fights its way through. Ultimately disappointing.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Highland Park) 4.157 Buttercup Meadows & Heather Moor Burn 15 year old 54.4%

Bourbon/ Tasted July 2012

Quite a malty nose with a touch of balsamic, manure and slightly earthy peat. A lovely bracing, coastal freshness balances the old wood and fishy notes. With time a semblance of juicy orange fruit appears along with some creamy vanillins. Water brings out a lovely, light tropical banana and apricot. Quite full now, less briny and peaty but still wonderfully evocative.

Gentle and mature, with the palate mirroring the nose – manure, light earthy peat, old wood, malt and balsamic notes. Water allows the mature fruit to emerge with a lovely honey coating. Really well balanced with some gentle wood spices and sugared moments. Good length with a slight butyric note and a touch of herbal spirit. Water lengthens, bringing out a gentle pepper note and emphasising its herbal character. Conclusion: A lovely old Island malt, which does appreciate a little drop of water.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 4.170 Evokes the magic of Orkney 61.5%

Tasted: Oct 2013

Nose: Quite herbal with some edgy but sweet barley plus hints of rose petal marc. With time some creamy oak and barley fights its way through the alcohol fumes! With water it becomes more subtle with hints of white flowers, spice and smidge of salt appearing.

Palate: Quite pleasant, if rather alcoholic with some sweet barley, honey and sub-tropical fruit. Oily and youthful with hints of marc and spice. Dilution emphasises the oils and sweet barley but negates the complexity a bit. Hints of toffee’d oak now appear.

Finish: Good spicy, honeyed length with the oak finally putting in an appearance. With water it becomes drier with more of the wood notes and spice.

Conclusion:  Pleasant and straightforward, a bit too alcoholic neat and a bit lacking in the complexity stakes when diluted.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 4.172 Tangerine dreams and marmalade skies (Highland Park) 60.1%

Tasted: Oct 2013

Nose: A huge nose of toffee coated banana with an almost corn like sweetness and fatness. Quite sherbety with hints of Sauvignon-esque grass. With time it becomes a little manure and did I mention the oak?! Dilution makes very little difference. Maybe a little less sweet now.

Palate: Quite dry and mirroring the nose. Seriously alcoholic but it’s kept in check by the sweet banana toffee. With water it becomes oilier and soft, again not much change except there’s maybe an intimation of white fruit, pear and lychee?

Finish: Good length finishing with hints of meadow flowers, grass and clover

Conclusion: Fine as long as you like oak!


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