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SMWS G3.8 Caledonian 35yo | 53.9% | Grain
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Distillery Info
Caledonian Distillery, Scotland     founded: 1855 | silent
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Meet Deets
Meet #67   |   18/09/15   |   Hosted by Phil
Our first SSWC Walking Tour around the closed and remnant distilleries of Edinburgh. And why can't a walking tour of Edinburgh also shoe-horn in a cheeky Kavalan tasting outside the Taiwanese Embassy?
Other bottles sampled:
#140 North British 6yo | SSWC review 67b
#141 Kavalan Sherry Oak | SSWC review 67c
#142 Amrut Peated CS | SSWC review 67d
It was out first SSWC Walking Tour - and we sourced an old bottle of Caledonian to try on the site of the (semi-demolished) distillery. Throw in a bit of history, research and hip flasks - and we're good to go: Windowlene, sunscreen.. "Are there any other -een endings it smells like?". Maybelene! (maybe she's born with it..). Pine resin (reseen?). It had a woody smell and was a touch appley - with a sort of paint / stripper thing going on. A taster from afar suggested buttery wood varnish (oh yeah, that!), pineapple and banana, candied things.
Sweet at the beginning and "quite weird". Perhaps "intriguing" would've been a better word, but we didn't use it. For its weirdness was generally appreciated: Tastes "de-lish" and unlike a grain. In fact, this could easily be an island dram - it's sweet and then... smoky? It's hard to categorise but it "doesn't taste like rat piss", which is always a bonus. Quite acidic (lime juice?), not necessarily in a bad way. Very appley, fizzy drops, "like it". Weird - in a good way. Our proxy-taster thought it was like golden syrup.

  Meet 67   |   Aerial photos on the old Caledonian chimney, Edinburgh.   (4 photos)
Finish & Comments
Surprisingly bitter was one of the only finishes we came up with, but it also had a spiciness - perhaps a wasp sting? (said with love). Proxy-finishes were: salt, a little more banana, a chili hit, and tropical fruit. It was really nice to try this on the site of the old distillery - and what a great dram as well! You can also check out a previous review of SMWS G3.4 on the grains site.. these old Caledonians seem consistently interesting.
~£108 (70cl)
Useful Links
WhiskyBase: Caledonian 1979 SMWS G3.8   |
SMWS: G3.8 Eccentric and Exoti   |
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.

90 / 100

Average score

Detailed scores (out of 10)
Ali: 7.5
David: 8
James: 7.2
Liz: 7.4
Lundy: 7.3
Marina: 8
Martin: 8
Phil: 8.1
Shelley: 7
Will: 8.4
Tasting Game Points (out of 0)
No scores available.


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