SSMS is short for Stockholms Single Malt Sällskap (Stockholm Single Malt Society). The object of the society is by no means as pretentious as the name might indicate. It stands for friendship and drinking pleasure only. It represents to us the enjoyment of experiencing what is probably the most diversified and complex spirit in the world. Making notes and rating drams adds to the fun. The society, formed some five years ago*, arranges tastings to wider groups, and might - given a request - arrange one nearby you, for you and your friends. Send an e-mail. We do appreciate any correction, reflection or comment that you deem adequate.
* Founding members: Tomas Dahlén, Adam
Lindroth, Patrik Nordström and Christofer Stannow.
First of all: Whiskey is Irish, whisky is Scotch! The Scottish
single malt distilleries and their various brands are often named
in Gaelic, thus providing an ancient and romantic ring to the
labels. As in the case of Glen Mhor which translates something
like 'The Great Valley', a name that captures the essence of all
those Scottish glens, wherein you'll find a bright creek or a
clear brook. Add the water that trickles down the surrounding
slopes and hillsides, through the thin layers of earth and peat,
nourishing the roots of the covering heather. Add also the barley
- be it domestic or imported - and you have the fundamental ingredients
of a Single Malt! And for flavour: Let the spirit spend some time
lingering in an old sherry cask, or one used for port, bourbon
or even ordinary wine. Not to forget: The peat, that adds, if
used moderately, a characteristic smokiness, or, if used abundantly,
a dramatic and excessive scent and taste of tar and iodine and
alike. For further finesse: The shape of the stills, the number
of distillations, the bottling from one single cask and so on.
All this to our pleasure and amusement. Skål!
|Springbank 30||96.2 p|
|Bowmore 21||94.2 p|
|Springbank 21||94.2 p|
|Macallan Vintage 1966||94.2 p|
|Springbank 25||94.2 p|
|Bowmore 25||94.0 p|
|Glenfarclas 30||93.0 p|
|Springbank 1966||92.8 p|
|Bruichladdich 1966||92.5 p|
|Macallan 25||92.5 p|
|Coleburn 1972||56.8 p|
|Glenfiddich nas||56.8 p|
|Deanston 12||55.3 p|
|Glen Kella 6||54.8 p|
|Drumguish n.a.s.||50.0 p|
The following list contains tasting notes and rankings. We consider colour, nose and taste. The rankings stretches from 0 to 100.
=Current top-10 malt
=Non-Scottish Single Malt