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SMWS 18.38 – The Happy Ponderer

ABV: 61.3%   Bottle Size: 752ml

Single Malt Whisky

Flavour Profile: Spicy & Dry
Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside

Cask Type: 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Age: 13 Years Aged
Distillation Date: 18 September 2007
OutTurn: 1 Of 236 Bottles

Cask Strength: Yes
Chill Filtration: No
Added Colouring: No
Peat Smoked: No


3 in stock

Official SMWS Panel Tasting Notes:

A pure, punchy and wonderfully naked example of this underrated and charismatic distillate. The nose showed initial notes of fresh paint, metal polish, soot coal scuttles and more fragrant notes of soft waxes, gorse bushes, balsa wood and oily canvas. Water brought out chalky notes, pithy lime zest, herbal medicines, dried mint, camphor and white mushrooms with a petrichor earthiness.

The neat palate was superb upon arrival. Full-on rich, fatty, oily textural distillate-driven whisky. Buttery cereals, sweet grains, caramelised oatmeal, camphor, lamp oil, lanolin, medical vapour rubs and lemon cough drops. With reduction, we got sweeter medical notes, bacon frazzle crisps, burlap, pumpkin seed oil, white truffle and umami paste. Superb!


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