Arran / Scotch Malt Whisky Society

SMWS 121.89 Sweet as a Nut Review

SMWS 121.89 Sweet as a Nut Been a while since I reviewed a Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling so dug through the outstanding sample boxes (yes there’s still hundreds of them from official samples and sample swaps like this one) and found this little beauty.

This distillery was one of the first ever SMWS bottlings I had and I still have very fond memories of it, so was really looking forward to this one.

The palate and nose are very different, the nose all nutty and woody, the palate all sweetness and light, it’s like two sides of a coin, or those Branigan crisps with a different flavour on each side.

Seriously tasty though and one I really enjoyed, id happily sit and sip my way through a fair amount of this no matter what time of year it is.

You can join the SMWS online The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, or visit their Kaleidoscope bars in Edinburgh or London as a non-member to try drams like this.

Tasting Notes & Details


There’s a big dose of Alcohol up front, the nose comes across much stronger than it is, that eases off into a dusty tweedy note, nuts is a good description though, as it’s a big bag of mixed nuts, sweet cashews, bit Brazil nuts and salty pistachio all in here wrapped up in vanilla cream and candy floss.


The palate is much tamer than the nose, the alcohol has turned to sweet juicy tinned fruits with a coating o dunnage warehouse notes, woody, slightly dirty and dusty, vanilla cream then a twist of pepper hiding underneath, the nuts have all gone from the nose and it’s just all sweetness.


Long lasting sweetness with a twist of white pepper.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: SMWS 121.89 Sweet as a Nut
Age: 16
ABV: 54.10
Distiller: Arran
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands
Posted: 27/07/2018 by Tom

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