The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has put out another winner. This one - # 4.160 is known as "in a gentleman's club." The fun of the SMWS is that they do not tell you explicitly where the whisky is from. They give strong hints, but leave a little for the expert guesswork. (SECRET - this one is from Highland Park)
The official notes are great (over the top, but fun): The nose had polished wood, cigars and leather chairs ‘like a gentleman’s’ club’, lots of cinder toffee, chocolate fingers, pastrami and various fruits (orange jelly, cherries in syrup, plums, figs). The initial palate was somewhat fierce but surprisingly enjoyable – moist ginger cake, Caramac, orange, smoked ham and burnt sticks in birch syrup. The reduced nose had incense, struck match, Trail Mix (dates, raisins, etc.) Horlicks, cinnamon and slightly over-done Christmas cake. The palate now found flambéed bananas, sweet dark toffee and abundant spice (musk, myrrh, cinnamon) at the end. The distillery is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Magnus Eunson.
Date Distilled: 17 April 1997 Colour: Dark rum Age: 14 years Cask Type: Refill gorda Whisky Region: Highland Island