Special release of 10-year-old peated whisky follows news of Society partner bar in Stockholm and increased activity in Sweden.
Whisky fans in Sweden are in for a treat this month as The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) releases an exclusive single cask, cask strength malt whisky available exclusively to existing and new Swedish SMWS members.
The 10-year-old ‘Burning scarecrows by the sea’, from the Society’s Peated flavour profile, goes on sale on Thursday 12 October and will only be available in Sweden.
As with all Society bottlings of single cask whiskies and other spirits, it is a limited edition, with only 234 bottles available. The Society’s expert Tasting Panel describe the whisky, which was matured in a refill hogshead ex-Bourbon cask, as having notes of “pebble beach, seaweed, sun-dried driftwood, bonfire, smoked mackerel and cigar boxes” on the nose, with “blow-torched pineapple and toasted marshmallows” on the palate.
The news comes on the back of exciting times for the SMWS and whisky fans in Sweden.
In August, the SMWS launched its first official partner bar at the Ardbeg Embassy in Stockholm. This relationship sees the world-renowned bar offering an array of Society whiskies and holding monthly Society tasting events
The tastings take place on the last Wednesday of each month and are hosted by local SMWS ambassador Patrik Axelsson. The next three events are:
Wed 25th October: Preview tasting of November’s SMWS releases
Wed 29 November: SMWS Single Cask Spirits tasting featuring rum, bourbon and armagnac.
Old & rare whisky tasting – sampling old and hard-to-find SMWS whiskies.
The SMWS, which releases around 20 new whiskies and other spirits each month in Sweden, is also staging a tasting at the SPIS restaurant in Kiruna on Saturday 18 November with local SMWS ambassador Tommy Calner.
In the coming months, the SMWS will announce plans to stage more tasting events in other locations across Sweden, such as Gothenburg.
Local SMWS ambassador Patrik Axelsson said: “The release of ‘Burning scarecrows by the sea’ exclusively in Sweden is a great opportunity for our existing members and other like-minded spirits enthusiasts to enjoy a classic example of the single cask whisky that makes the Society unique.
“Through our tasting events at our partner bar the Ardbeg Embassy and the new selection of whiskies and other spirits we release each month, this is a really exciting time to be a member of the Society in Sweden.”
For more information, contact Patrik Axelsson firstname.lastname@example.org or +46 733 189 000
Full tasting notes & bottle information:
‘Burning scarecrows by the sea’
Cask number: 10.127
Cask: Refill hogshead ex-bourbon
Outturn: 234 bottles
Flavour profile: Peated
Bottle – £69
Bottle with membership – £110
Bottle with membership and welcome pack - £160
Full tasting note:
The nose engulfed us in waves of comforting familiarity and reassuring island peat smoke – the evocation of Hebridean place was enormous – pebble beach, seaweed, sun-dried driftwood, bonfire, smoked mackerel and cigar boxes. The palate was mouth-filling and deeply satisfying – lively peat smoke and plenty of sweetness – blow-torched pineapple and toasted marshmallows, with aniseed balls and a little sherbet and balsamic acidity. The reduced nose brought us peated barley in hessian sacks, coconut, banana and burning scarecrows by the seaside. The palate now had vanilla pod, lemon and chewy, substantial, almost savoury smoke. Punches above its weight for the age.
Bottle tasting note:
The nose carries island peat smoke, seaweed, driftwood and burning scarecrows. The palate; blow-torched pineapple and toasted marshmallows.
SMWS is registered for Distance Selling in Sweden, so members can order from over 90 bottlings online which are delivered with DHL direct to their door, inclusive of all local taxes, so no need to order and collect from Systembolaget.
You will find my notes about "Burning scarecrows by the sea" right here: