CASK NO. 4.379

Cliffside harbour

  • ABV 63.8%
  • Age 18 years
  • DISTILLED DATE 31/5/2004
  • CASK TYPE refill oloroso butt
  • REGION Highland
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Tasting Notes

What an intoxicating scent – scallops and mackerel barbecued on a peat-fired grill, crumpets made with burnt honey butter, and creamy sea-salted caramel fudge. On the palate we were served pan-fried venison steak with rosemary potatoes and a blackberry sauce, plus a glass of white burgundy wine with a delicate toasty and smoky hazelnut flavour. After reduction we were certainly by the sea, standing on a wooden pier watching the fisherfolk return to harbour. We then enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch on the cliff top, with smoked ham, smoked mackerel pate, caramelised onion tart, goat's cheese, chutney and pickle. Following 16 years in an oloroso butt, we transferred this whisky into a refill American oak oloroso butt.



Celebrations are in order after The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s triumph at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). The impressive win of three double gold, one gold and six silver medals took the Society’s haul of awards above 300 since 2018, topping out at 307 across all competitions.

“Our latest SFWSC awards and the fact that we’ve now won more than 300 awards since 2018 highlights the SMWS’s continuous mission to offer our members outstanding whisky, across a variety of flavour profiles and from multiple different cask types. Nothing screams quality louder than global recognition, and we’re very proud to be able to show from these international awards that our whisky is consistently judged to be up there with the very best of the best,” said Kai Ivalo, the Society’s Whisky Director.

The Society’s award-winning SFWSC bottles were:

Double Gold
Cask No. 4.379 Cliffside harbour
Cask No. 59.75 Walk down memory lane
Cask No. G15.28 Contrast and balance

Cask No. 38.37 Fantasy playground for jelly babies

Cask No. 9.273 Fun and frolics
Cask No. 41.163 Quite unusual
Cask No. 53.428 Scents of a haunted mansion
Cask No. 53.466 Crunchy munchies
Cask No. 140.19 Maple syrup on a leather stirrup
Cask No. 140.21 Clouds of smoky sweet dreams

To learn more about the SFWSC competition, click here.