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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask No 53.281 Review (aka A Day at the Seaside)


Everyone knows the following about us, but we’ll say it again anyway…

We love Islay.
We love Islay Whisky.
We love Single Barrel Islay Whisky.
And we REALLY love Cask Strength Single Barrel Islay Whisky! Especially when it has a “6” in it!

On today’s episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table, we’ll be discussing one such whisky that was purchased from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS).

The cask number is 53.281 and the SMWS has christened it “A Day at the Seaside”. Here’s more of what they have to say about it…

You are at the seaside – by the pier, lobster pots, tarry ropes, scallop boats – the tide is out, exposing seaweed – there is an ice-cream van, vanilla and wafers – a café nearby, serving seafood and walnut cake – someone is smoking a cigar and a child has hurt her knee – antiseptic cream and bandages. The palate combines chalky sweets and ginger snaps with savoury notes (salt and pepper squid, prawn cocktail) and smoke and ash; there is also the medicinal stimulation of liquorice lozenges, smokers’ tooth powder, Buckley’s cough syrup and Fernet Branca. Its cocky youthfulness leaves lip-smacking satisfaction and fire in the belly.

Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 11 years
Date distilled: September 2007
Alcohol: 60.1%
USA allocation: 72 bottles

If you took all of the things mentioned in the SMWS tasting notes, laid them out on a platter, and just started eating them all at once, we’re pretty sure that it would be a pretty disgusting experience. And yet for some reason, if you mention all those things while drinking whisky, it all sounds appealing. Weird, right? To find out which side of the coin this whisky lands on (i.e. delicious or disgusting), click the play button on the following video:

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