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SMWS 121.85 ...No Darkness Without Light Review

SMWS 121.85 ...No Darkness Without Light Despite the fact I don't get to drink as many Scotch Malt Whisky Society drams nowadays as I used to, for many a reason, I do still have a number of drams to get through in the backlog and this is one of those.

From distillery 121, which was actually one of the first distillery numbers I bought from the Society this 15 year old has been matured in a refill ex bourbon hogshead and with 235 bottles of this available in total of this expression.

The nose on this is delicious it's filled with masses of fruit, sweetness and sugary delicousness but the palate is the complete polar opposite, it's dark, dusty, dirty and a bit foostie (is that just a Scottish word?) dry and odd. This is worth trying for the nose, but the palate means i wouldn't rush back for another.

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Tasting Notes & Details


There is a lovely soft candyfloss note to begin with soft fruit sweets, there's a mix of melon notes in here also, both honeydew summery notes and richer Galia melon notes,, a light hint of talcum powder and the syrup from a can of tinned fruit salad.


Oh this is very different to the nose, there's a dirty, dusty note that almost catches on your throat, it's a moth ridden jacket, or dusty room in a mansion, none of the fruit initially that is delicious on the nose, quite drying with a hint of ginger and lime cordial


Tarte citrus, then ginger spice and heat.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: SMWS 121.85 ...No Darkness Without Light
Age: 15
ABV: 55.20
Distiller: Arran
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands
Posted: 08/04/2019 by Tom

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