Benrinnes 1997 SMWS 22 Year Old 36.173
'Warm AS A Purring Cat'
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) was founded in 1983 by a group of friends lead by tax accountant Phillip ‘Pip’ Hills as a private members club. The concept behind the society was to source casks from all over Scotland which would then be bottled and made available exclusively to its members. Perhaps the most famous feature of these bottles are the unique codes. Each distillery is represented by a different number and the following digits indicate that particular release. That same year, the SMWS set up its first location in Leith’s Vault buildings in Edinburgh where it still stands today.
This Benrinnes was distilled in 1997 and matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead. and finished in a 2nd fill Ex Bourbon Barrel One of 158 bottles.
Until 2007, Benrinnes had a unique triple distillation process that resulted in a single malt highly prized by blenders for its distinct "meaty" quality. So much so in fact, that none was spared for an official distillery bottling until United Distillers introduced the 15 year old Flora & Fauna release. Thankfully, the distillery has ways featured in the catalogues of independent bottlers, giving ample opportunity to experience this sought after single malt.
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