SMWS 39.207 – Back Seat Brewer



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Profile: Sweet, Fruity & Mellow
Region: Speyside
Initial Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Final Cask Type: 2nd Fill Ex-Tempest IPA Barrel
Age: 9
Date: 10 February 2011
Outturn: 179 Bottles
Size: 750ml
Abv: 61%

Full SMWS Tasting Notes & Video

The nose opened with ginger cake, cinnamon sticks in a herbal infusion, blood orange and Jelly Tots. Some pineapple syrup, white stone fruits, pomegranate sorbet and trampled white flowers. Water brought out some gentle notes of coffee, freshly cut daffodils, lemon peelings and white balsamic. The palate showed a slight fizziness, liquorice stick dipped in sherbet power, lots of tinned fruit salad syrups, Juicy Fruit chewing gum and passionfruit sours.


With water it became more sweetly cereal and full of pollens, glazed vanilla pastries, custard doughnuts and lemon barley water. Matured for 8 years in a bourbon barrel before being transferred to a 2nd fill ex-Tempest Old Fashioned IPA barrel.


100% of SMWS Canada’s profits from the sale of this bottle will go to charity –

This quarter, we’ve chosen 39.207 “Back Seat Brewer” as the Giving Spirit bottle, with 100% of our profits going to the Veterans Transition Network – “the only Canadian charity delivering mental health services specifically for veterans from coast to coast.” Find out more at

Right now they have an urgent mission to help Afghan interpreters so unlike with previous bottlings when we’ve waited until the end of the quarter to make our donation, this time we have donated the full amount now—$1342.80—on the assumption that all the bottles will sell, and in the spirit of helping a time-sensitive cause.

We hope you’ll continue to support the program by buying a great bottle of whisky and helping a worthy cause at the same time.


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