The Barrel Sample: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – “Pleasing and Teasing” – Guyana 13 Year Old

Trying to find info on any SMWS rums proves itself challenging, but thanks to a review from Single Cask Rum I managed to gather more data. This is an independent bottling that contains rum from Guyana – cask number R2.7.

“Pleasing and Teasing” is molasses based, distilled in 2004 using the Versailles still (single wooden pot still) and aged for 13 years in an ex-Bourbon cask and subsequently in French oak. Bottled at 63.4% ABV and no additions as far as I know.

On the nose it feels rich and spicy. Nutmeg, cloves, pencil shavings, prunes and liquorice. Mint drops, black tea, hot chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Smells so inviting, wish I had a bigger sample. Burnt orange oils, blackcurrant, furniture polish and white pepper.

On the palate this is big. Sultanas, pears, mango, black tea, tobacco, liquorice and chewy oak. Blood orange, After Eights, nail varnish, red chilli, green olives and cappuccino. There’s a layer of fruity/pungent smoke layer. White wine, almonds, walnuts, caramel and vanilla. The finish is long with oak spices and vanilla.

Really really enjoyed this, it went down quicker than I’d like to admit. The ABV brings so many flavours forward that you forget how strong it is, this is a beautiful drop with both bright and dark notes. Guyana done well!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – “Pleasing and Teasing” – Guyana 13 Year Old score:
Flavour/taste: 58/70
Value for money: 5/15
Transparency/purity: 9/15
Overall: 72/100


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