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Pork 'n' Pickle

Ardmore - SMWS 66.119 Weird But Wonderful

91.70 / 100

Smoky & Earthy Flavours

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

Dram Code: E52

Producer: Ardmore

Bottler: SMWS

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Refill Hogshead

Age: 11

Country: Scotland

Region: The Highlands

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 55.4%

Cask Strength: Yes

Release: Single Cask - 1 of 251

Price: $169.48 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E52

Producer: Ardmore

Bottler: SMWS

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Refill Hogshead

Age: 11

Country: Scotland

Region: The Highlands

ABV: 55.4%

Cask Strength: Yes

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Single Cask - 1 of 251

Price: $169.48 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

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 Adam Bradshaw on May 19, 2019

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

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

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

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

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.