Another round of single cask expressions from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America that they were kind enough to give us samples of. You can read about the first 4 expressions we reviewed here. This set was exceptionally fun and challenging. Here are Nate’s impressions of this lot.
Decidedly straw-light yellow. Banana! How do they get so much banana, and not much else aside from a sweet little malt, in that nose? Sticky and coating with sugar. Aaaand sugar. And then, curiously, a touch of green banana… A light but present graininess lingers on with the sweets. A refreshing perspective. With water come more malts, less banana, and more malts.
Light and pleasing gold. Intense and malty nose with strong wood and pepper and a fresh aspect at odds with its apparent age. Sugar and a bit of heat… hard candy and cake. Quite a nose. In the mouth it has definite complexity, a touch of smoke and sugar… and loads of watermelon all of a sudden. Light but lingering edginess. Sugars retreat from the front of the palate and the flavor resides in the checks and back tongue with a slightly astringent maltyness. Interesting dram with a fun and tricky start if not a slightly odd but enjoyable destination.
Pale. Really pale. A nose that is Smokey and sweets, grain-laden and good. The taste is peaty in the traditional sense with a nice rise to potent, then respectable malts and caramelized sugars I associate with something older. Lingering heat. Resurgent, actually. And a bit of pleasant dust in those emberred malts.
Darker gold and lighter amber. A nose of medicine and barley, sweet strawberries and jam. Darker wood notes and warm flavors from whatever else was in that barrel have a strong showing followed by black pepper and maturity. And then a little heat… Good fun to roll around the palate and spice up the tongue. A little toffee with the malts on the back end.