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The official Dram Association review of

Ardmore - SMWS 66.119 Weird But Wonderful

"Pork 'n' Pickle"

The official Dram Association review of

Ardmore - SMWS 66.119 Weird But Wonderful

"Pork 'n' Pickle"

Dram Code: E52
Producer: Ardmore
Bottler: SMWS
Region: The Highlands

Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead
Age: 11
ABV: 55.4%

Release: Single Cask - 1 of 251
Price: $169.48 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E52
Producer: Ardmore
Bottler: SMWS
Region: The Highlands
Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead
Age: 11
ABV: 55.4%
Release: Single Cask - 1 of 251
Price: $169.48 (at time of review)

91.70/100

Flavour Profile:
Smoky & Earthy

Visual: 4.26 /5
Aroma: 22.78 /25

Taste: 37.04 /40
Finish: 27.61 /30

91.70/100

Flavour Profile: Smoky & Earthy

Visual: 4.26 /5 Aroma: 22.78 /25
Taste: 37.04 /40 Finish: 27.61 /30

About This Dram

This month, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) in Canada has launched a brand new option for becoming a member. Incredibly, if you have never been a member before, you can now buy any bottle over $180 and your first year of membership will be included in the price. That’s a saving of $125! This includes a quarterly magazine subscription and exclusive access to new bottlings at our Outturn tastings. Bargain of the century. You can learn more about the SMWS here.

We’re taking this month then to showcase two SMWS whiskies over $180 in the Dram Association. If you like your sample, then we invite you to buy a bottle and join the society! We offer discounts on SMWS incredibly rarely – so instead of a discount this month, members will get a free Strath Glencairn Glass.

 

SMWS Panel Notes

We imagined sitting under an umbrella (in the sun!) by the sea, and having a picnic with smoky griddled sardines and sweet tomato chutney followed by pig’s cheek with kale and celeriac mash. When we tasted neat someone was reminded of dill pickle soup with smoked ham – sounds weird?

Perhaps, but if you do like pickles why not give it a go, a truly hearty, savoury, creamy and very comforting dish. When we added a few drops of water descriptors of food continued as we were served a squid, mint and coriander salad with roasted rice.

by | May 19, 2019

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members -

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

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Flavour Profile

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fresh & floral
eg - blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg - peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg - breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg - raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg - wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

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