SMWS 53.253 'Ship shape and brine' 2006 / 11 years old 57.2%

SMWS 53.253 'Ship shape and brine' 2006 / 11 years old 57.2%
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Region: Islay

Strength: 57.2%

Volume: 700ml

SMWS tasting notes:It was fish ahoy as we sat on the tar-covered ship's decking, preparing smoked haddock for cullen skink (Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions). Puffs of smoke from a passing tugboat's exhaust wafted by and mingled with the smell of smoked scallops on the barbeque and scorched rosemary. Chewing on salted liquorice we used a charred stick dipped in honey to drizzle a sticky glaze onto lobster meat, which crackled and flamed as it dripped onto the hot coals. The smell of brine was thick in the air as we opened the capers to accompany pickled ginger and a dash of ginger marmalade to finish.

Cask: Refill hogshead, Bourbon
Outturn: 288 bottles

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$148.00

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Volume: 700ml

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Volume: 700ml

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Region: Islay

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Volume: 700ml

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SMWS Tasting notes: This one is really out of left field - unexpected and unusual - but we all gave it thumbs up - the nose has fruity perfumes riding a tame wave of clean smoke - tar on a raspberry bush, fruity hookahs, salted blackcurrant, crab claws with grapefruit, waxed lemons and melissa - oh, and hospital corridors. The palate is a sharp,...


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Volume: 700ml

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SMWS Tasting notes: Very inviting nose neat, grilled jerk shrimps and pineapple skewers next to spice-grilled (cinnamon, cloves and vanilla bean) pineapple with smoky mescal-whipped cream and a white pepper and ginger lemon cake. Initially a spicy, sweet, hickory peat smoke assault, which however soon mellowed ever so slightly and making it over...


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Region: Islay

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Volume: 700ml

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SMWS Tasting notes: The Panel enjoyed the gentle unfurling of aroma in this one. A soft but smoky heather ale note emerges at first, followed by freshly rolled oats, a smouldering hay bail, wet beach pebbles and a hint of buttery marmite toast. Water reveals lemon wax, orange bonbons, smoked teas and sudocreme. The peat is louder in the mouth, a...


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