You can tell the favorites in our households by the liquid levels. This one is an exceptional dram (purchased for around $250 from a “last drops” email from SWMS of America). The bottle is one of my personal favorites from SWMS. It’s hard to find a bottle of cask strength 21-year Laphroaig (SWMS code 29 corresponds to Laphroaig), let alone one that has been finished in PX sherry, which is my go-to-favorite combination for scotch: peat-meets-sweet.
- Score - 9/109/10
Nose: Pine cone, tar, resin, cedar wood and hickory smoke, medicinal root beer, caramel apples, dusty like a medicine cabinet, black tea, tons of canned smoke.
Palate: Powerful sweet notes, vanilla, sugar cookies, rubber, oily, iodine, salt water, smoked green tea, brine, some toffee, olive oil. Oily mouthfeel.
Overall: 9/10. One of my favorite drams. Peat-meets-sweet done right. I’m a bit surprised about the “surgery” bit of the title because it’s less rubber gloved than most Laphroaigs can be, but the sweet black tea part is right on the money.
- ABV: 48.6%
- Age: 21 years
- This bottling spent 2 years in px-sherry and 19 in a second-fill bourbon cask.
- One of 230 bottles.
About Scotch Malt Whisky Society
- SMWS is an independent bottler that sells single casks of whisky from many distilleries. They’re all cask strength bottlings with no artificial coloring.
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings are all numbered by distillery.
- SMWS is now 25 years old in America and won the world’s best whisky at SF World Spirits Competition several times.
- They’re based and headquartered in Leith Scotland, where they have one of the most gorgeous tasting rooms in the world.
- It costs a membership fee to be able to purchase their bottles. Generally SMWS’s American arm has much better deals.
- They generally release new bottlings in monthly outturn events.