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sshhh!
8.3

From what I've had before, this is a classic Japanese sherry nose, much like a Karuizawa. Mushrooms, a ?'forest floor' but in a wood ('floor of a wood' sounded confusing..), dry sherry vibes but sweet smelling. Thick banana toffee, caramel and maple syrup. Musty and mahogan...
SSWC
8.0
SMWS 27.107 Springbank 16yo   £66 | 70cl | 56.0%

It's definitely rubbery but also really sweet (brown sugar), creamy (cream soda, butter) and peppery (er.. pepper). "What do cymbals smell like?" ("cymbolic?" - it's no longer clear how well this joke went down..). In fact, it smells of cymbal cleaner - the drummers in the a...
GRAINS
7.9

It's pretty burny at first whiff, which gradually moves towards kerosene, a lit fire and then just-picked spearmint. Quite spiced, with oranges and icing sugar. Definitely creamy over time, complemented by rosemary and a woody leafiness and strangely enough, swimming pools....
GRAINS
7.7

This had a surprisingly weak smell, even when you poked your schnozzle right into its midst. What was there was pleasant enough, just hard to find - old wood and sweet caramel, but I was struggling for more (admittedly, I didn't have much time on this dram, hence the short ...
SSWC
7.7
Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins   £58 | 70cl | 49.4%

Those savoury thoughts expand out to mid-Century Scandinavian rosewood unpolished furniture, the feeling of a recently blown out match on the tongue and an olive oily texture (no, we weren't drunk, promise.).
SSWC
7.5
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! 1979 Sherry Butt Blend   £167 | 70cl | 53.3%

sshhh!
7.3

Stick your nose near this and you immediately smell cherries and cherry lips, maybe hints of toffee too? Really woody also, and over time it becomes unmistakenly peaty but it takes more time than you'd expect, especially considering how much it shines through eventually. It...
SSWC
7.2
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Deanston Bordeaux 9yo   £50 | 70cl | 58.7%

GRAINS
7.1

There's quite a lot of soft, creamy flavours here - banana & peach crumble, soft fruits and the moment just as a marshmallow starts to burn on a bonfire all impact on the nose, with less of a fieriness than many grain whiskies. When you pop it into your mouth, you get a sli...
SSWC
7.1
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Cadenhead's Cooley 2005 13yo   £55 | 70cl | 60.6%

With Russell's declaration that he went to an amateur wrestling match ringing in our ears, we cracked on with the smells. The result reads like a shopping list for the dessert menu of an ailing restaurant, whose chef is unable to see the difference between wackiness for its ...
sshhh!
7.0

A rich nose beckons: oaky and sherried, with tobacco and toffee, no freshness here. Ham really shines through from the sherry. That sherry really dominates the taste too, now with spice and ham again. It's salty too, but that disappears quickly. It's quite dry and less fruit...
SSWC
7.0
SMWS Glentauchters 63.44 Deep Soul Medicine   £66 | 70cl | 56.0% | 60.7%

In a sort of mad festive disaster, the Christmas pudding meets glue and hot tyres on a Formula 1 track, whilst the Quality Street get covered in coffee cream and lavender.
SSWC
7.0
Hazelburn 12yo   £50 | 70cl | 46.0%

Woody, cheesy with Jalapenos and a coastal sea air wafting in bringing metallic iron to an empty hipflash.
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6.9
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Arran Bothy 1/4 Cask   £49 | 70cl | 53.2%

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6.8
Cadenhead Creations 23yo   £45 | 70cl | 54.3%

You've been sent to a hospital by the sea with the unfortunate condition of having caramelised your bananas. After the decent run of medical science, it transpired in the late 2020s that actually herbal medicine and alternative therapies were correct, and they swiftly replac...
SSWC
6.8
Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish   £68 | 70cl | 46.2%

Boil the billy furra cuppa mayt! AWWWW MAYT! 'Bonza (itsa billy-o-cawfee mayt!)'. Eeevry bugger’s beltin' “Bonza “itsa “bonza 'itsa billy-o-cawfee mayt!'? Cawfee up the wazoo mayt!
SSWC
6.7
The Trojan 25yo Exile Casks   £65 | 70cl | 57.1%

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6.6
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Glenglassaugh Revival   £37 | 70cl | 46.0%

The tastes on the finish mostly strayed towards the savoury end of the palate, with mild chili pepper, cinnamon, taco spice, salted peanuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Sherbert and melon came along to the party in the mouth, but no one could remember if they were invited - they ...
SSWC
6.5
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Royal Lochnagar 12yo   £35 | 70cl | 40.0%

Most people felt this had a medium finish (20 yards out?), which kinda means a short finish as no one ever says short, except the people who said short and one who sat on the fence so much we creosoted her, saying 'short-to-medium-to-long'. One wag (in the droll, not doll, s...
SSWC
6.4
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Auchroisk 27yo Sherry Cask   £70 | 70cl | 57.3%

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6.3
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Speyside 18yo   £50 | 70cl | 56.4%

When a whisky is described as 'nail varnish and farty figs', 'goaty' 'cream candy (co)ca(i)ne' and 'expelled air from a bouncy castle', you know it's at least interesting. Oh, and 'figgy piggy' / 'hamnanas & rumtanas' on the taste. Intriguing..
SSWC
6.2

As the once majestic engine chugs into the station, it begins to reveal its cargo of the world’s exotica: Macadamia nuts, sultanas, fermenting papaya (it was a long journey), under-ripe mashed banana (or not long enough, but bumpy – no Pendolinos here), pickled lemons (final...
SSWC
6.2
Benromach Sassicaia Finish   £32 | 70cl | 45.0%

Things get more exciting as our tongues prickle with paprika and popping candy as, the sweetness over, lime pickle squeezes the mouth and English mustard washes like rainwater over this slightly salty ending.
sshhh!
6.1

On the nose, there's clear mint and minty garden herbs, lemon toothpaste, nail varnish remover, haystacks and ham. It's a bit gentler and light on the palate, a tiny amount of acid and slight lemon, nice and creamy also ("Thanks, Creamy!). Somewhat watery, with cress, tobac...
SSWC
5.9
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Green Spot   £34 | 70cl | 40.0%

There is a whiff of recently prepared surgical tools but also a floral fruitiness with pineapple, apple (granny Smith to be precise!), cherry pie, lemon (rudely shouted at that) and bluebells feed to a halibut?!
SSWC
5.8
Tullibardine 1993 Moscatel Finish   £44 | 75cl | 46.0%

Things get somewhat more challenging (and non-existent) with peanut brittle popping up without the peanuts (The Ghost of Peanut's Past), hanging out inadvisedly with *something witty*, a man who's so up his own arse that he has asterisks in his name.
GRAINS
4.7

Very new-makey on the nose, and obvious oak. It also smells somewhat toilet-y (not a good thing, just in case you needed that clarifying) and a fair bit like banana, plus a little like a salty fisherman. It tasted more minty, with a strong oakiness, definite aniseed and Bre...