[Again, here’s one of many shorter, (largely) linkless reviews we’ve been doing on current Scotch Malt Whisky Society offerings–and applying Lo-Mob effects to the pics. Check out the beginning of this other post for more on these reviews. If you want to find out more about the SMWS or their bottlings, visit www.smws.com]
The nose presents with hazelnuts grilled in lemon butter, then ladled generously over paper-thin pieces of pickled papaya. Let it sit for ten minutes in the glass, and it transforms slightly into tangelo oil designed specifically for light colored wood furniture located in cabanas. The mouth is somewhat watery, but succulent and subtly fruity nonetheless. There’s faint prickliness on the back-end of the mouth, then the finish blossoms into a bouquet of shellacked chrysanthemums and orchids. Yes, it is that yummy. A tangy astringent flavor mixes with a hint of brine, and the two linger on the finish, get together not-so-surreptitiously, and spawn a lovely, abiding fruity savoriness–if such a hybrid love-child is possible. Actually, as I enjoy this dram, I can assure you: such a possibility has been actualized. Find it. Taste it.
The SMWS 5.35 is The 2012 Honda CR-Z (U.S. market version)–A manual transmission in a hybrid?!? Whodathunkit?!? Though it has only two seats and clocks in under 40 miles per gallon, that’s still pretty hot.