CASK NO. Distillery 29 Rare Release


  • ABV 56.3%
  • Age 25 years
  • DISTILLED DATE 29/04/1998
  • CASK TYPE refill bourbon hogsheads & first fill STR oloroso barriques
  • REGION Islay
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Tasting Notes

Let’s start with the most obvious one, and here it was the prevailing feature – oak and smoke! Think tobacco, burnt toast, venison, peanuts, tofu, plums and coal tar. On the palate there was no respite: incredibly smoky, like beef jerky and Mexican ancho chillies dried over hickory-smoked wood, as well as a plate of smoked tofu pad thai. Additionally, that medicinal, maritime flavour was always lurking in the background. Following the addition of water we opened an old smoker barbecue pit, added smoked olive oil to barbecued langoustines and black cardamom to a hot dog. To taste, we tucked into a beef massaman curry and smoked mackerel maki rolls.

Introducing The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Festival Collection

At The Scotch Malt Whisky Society we might be best known for our single cask whiskies. But for our festival collection this year, we wanted to create a range of whiskies that could go a little bit further. We have a global membership, after all, and single casks don’t always stretch that far! So because this time of year is a global celebration of festival season for the Society, we have set out to showcase distinctive flavours from across Scotland’s whisky regions – and we also wanted to make sure there were more bottles to go around.

With that in mind, we’re presenting 12 different bottlings this year, encompassing some very different spirit styles and from lots of different wood types as well. The Whisky Team had a great time creating all these, with everything from Writing Bureau, a 30-year-old Speyside blended malt, to six whiskies with various sherry influences to celebrate the Society’s passion for amazing sherry cask-matured whiskies – and much more in between.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary festival and experience whisky in its most captivating form. Cheers to the Flavour Hunters Festival and the endless possibilities that await within each dram!