Another brilliant release from SMWS, 58.31 Berried Alive is bursting with flavour.
Who is the Scotch Malt Whisky Society?
If you’re already a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, then you know exactly what they’re all about.
They are an independent bottler who creates malts of intrigue and release rare malts to their members and the wider public. The Society are all about quality and character. You won’t find a malt amongst them that hasn’t been well though out and considered.
Every effort is poured into the customer experience with SMWS, from the label to the taste. Their malts speak for themselves really, but with the fun codes they use on their labels, they create a narrative around each one.
First, they use numerical code to designate each malts to the distillery is originated from. Then they use colour coding to explore taste and flavour profiles. It all gives the consumer an idea of what to expect.
SMWS 58.31 Berried Alive Single Malt Scotch Whisky
This malt, SMWS 58.31 Berried Alive hails from Strathisla, which is indicated by on the label by the 58. The number after this tells us that this is the 31st cask released from distillery 58 by SMWS.
The light orange colour used on the label then tells us that this relates to the Spicy and Dry flavour profile, found on the SMWS website.
So with that, let’s take a closer look at what’s on the inside.
Tasting notes for SMWS 58.31 Berried Alive Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The nose begins with big bold notes of figs, almonds and sandalwood. It is aromatic and exotic, creating a wonderfully complex flavour from the beginning.
Floral notes abound, as do earthy notes of vegetables and charcoal. It is slightly warming and very homely.
On the palate, you really start to understand why it’s called Berried Alive. Every type of summer berry imaginable bursts forth onto the palate.
Blackberries and raspberries, with cranberries and sweet strawberries mix together to become some kind of liquid Eton mess. The malt is sweet and tart, with a nice bite to it. The berries are joined by toasted white sugar, dried fruits and spicy ginger. A smooth caramel runs throughout.
The finish is just as bold and ends on a lingering note of vanilla and blackberries.
If you like summer fruits, then this is definitely for you. It is sweet and well developed. The quality really shows through. It’s so fruity in fact, we’re pretty sure you can supplement it for one of your five a day!
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