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SSWC
8.3
Elements of Islay Ar2   48 | 50cl | 60.5%

The nosings spread out a little bit into a plethora of nature's best offerings: plants and herbs (oniony fennel, coriander leaves, licorice and coffee), more tangy offerings (orange zest, aniseed, paprika and pepper) and some nice locations (a pebble beach with a fire, The W...
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....
SSWC
7.7
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Bruichladdich 24yo small batch   70 | 70cl | 53.3%

Something really interesting going on here - a mad mix of spices and old wood. Oniony. Lychees. Something a bit chinese going on. Tom yum soup.
SSWC
7.5
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! 1979 Sherry Butt Blend   167 | 70cl | 53.3%

GRAINS
7.4

Smells of fish sauce, old marker pens, aniseed balls, mints, cheese. Tastes of prawn cocktail crisps, apple juice, tangfastics sugar, coca cola and varnish.
SSWC
7.3

It's the snack counter at York's famous cinema conversion project - as we pass the fire-hardened 13th century oak door we move on to the mixture of sweet and salty popcorn.
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
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!
6.9

The first thing I got on the nose was spiced fruit, then a fresh Lowlandy vibe came through, but wasn't the dominant factor. Sherbet dippers (sherbet and liquorice too) and a slightly creamy thing going on (more creamy than its tasting buddy, the
SSWC
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
6.5
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%

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
6.1
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Willowbank Doublewood 15yo   50 | 70cl | 40.0%

A short-to-medium finish, described by one as, "the length of time between New Zealand winning the 2011 Rugby World cup and their next World Cup win" - 4 years as it turned out. This was then qualified as "in the context of Rugby World Cups, as short as could possibly be" (p...
SSWC
5.9
SSWC Flavour Profile - Good Match! Bowmore 12yo   27 | 70cl | 40.0%

Nettles grow from cracks in the floor and through a broken window you can almost taste the pine trees and distant rock pools blown into the happy gathering. A small child has grazed her knee and while she blubs and munches liquorice and burnt candy a nurse applies TCP to the...
SSWC
5.8

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.
SSWC
5.4
Adnams Single Malt No 1   44 | 70cl | 43.0%

There were lots of floral things being brought up, but the tone wasn't that glowing: outdoors but indoors (like a greenhouse), a bad flower, parma violets - parma violence -, tomato pheromones, and those small white flowers in a flower arrangement.
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...
sshhh!

Oh wow! Sweet ham, "just beautiful in a glass", maple syrup, sweet yet woody and herby. So many great smells. Orange with cinnamon, sherry, alcoholy and dry, "the only smell you'd want to smell for the rest of your life". It's more of the same in the taste, but a little amp...