SMWS 50.71 (Bladnoch) Alfresco Brunch

IMG_20151111_200438Not too long ago the future of Bladnoch was not looking too great. The previous owners were liquidating the distillery and no one seemed to be buying it. Of course even before all that it had been closed by United Distilleres (now known as Diageo) in the 1980’s (exact time of closure is a bit hazy due to gradual process). It was then sold to Raymond Armstrong, an Irish businessman, in 1994. Despite the terms of the sale saying that the distillery was not to distill again, Raymond got the approval of United Distillers to go ahead and reopen Bladnoch. It took a while to get things up and running but finally in the year 2000 the stills at Bladnoch started producing spirit once more. However, production seemed to be limited and eventually in 2014 the distillery was put up for sale. Due to the lack of distilling in the latter years and the lack of serious buyers, some people considered Bladnoch to be a closed distillery (ahem SMWS). However, as a big Bladnoch fan I insisted that it would not perish and low and behold it was pruchased in 2015 by David Prior, an Australian businessman. It is rumoured, however, that the first new bottlings will be made available in Australia only. Favouritism perhaps?

Anyway, no more worries about not having enough Bladnoch to drink. Seems like they still command a high price at SMWS. Probably because of how hard it is to find any Bladnoch whisky right now. Well I’ll take what I can get I guess. Still missing that SMWS 50.53 Monster Mango and Melon!

Bottler: SMWS

Distillery: Bladnoch

SMWS Code: 50.71

Age: 25 Years

Cask: Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel

ABV: 58.2%

Distill Date: 26 January 1990

Outturn: November 2015

Bottle Numbers: 165

Price: £137.50

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SMWS 29.173 (Laphroaig) Forget Time and Space

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Another SMWS Laphroaig! It seems they have been churning these out pretty consistently over the past few months. Great to see but I wonder how much longer this will continue. Well let’s enjoy this while it lasts. I must admit that although all the SMWS names are a bit silly and you really shouldn’t judge a whisky by its name, I am a sucker for advertising and this one definitely got me.

Bottler: SMWS

Distillery: Laphroaig

SMWS Code: 29.173

Age: 16

Cask: Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel

ABV: 59.8%

Distill Date: 1 July 1999

Outturn: November 2015

Bottle Numbers: 250

Price: £73.70

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SMWS 72.47 (Miltonduff) Burnt Spotted Dick

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Well this is quite exciting! A white wine cask from SMWS! I was unfortunately too rushed during the preview tasting to ask about what white wine was used but I’ll update this post once I find out. There were two white wine cask matured whiskies in this outturn with the other one being the Ardmore SMWS 66.76. Both of these have similar ages so I suspect SMWS got their hands on a few white wine casks around that time. Could mean there are some more still maturing for later bottling! There aren’t too many white wine cask matured whiskies out there but the most notable one in my mind is the Glen Moray Chardonnay Cask which is a stunning example of value for money. Alright let’s dive in!
Bottler: SMWS

Distillery: Miltonduff

SMWS Code: 72.47

Age: 10 Years

Cask: First Fill Ex-White Wine Hogshead

ABV: 59.7%

Distill Date: 23 September 2004

Outturn: November 2015

Bottle Numbers: 251

Price: £46.00

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