OUTTURN • 17 OUTTURN Boost your spirits and see off the
January blues with our selection – which includes three different cask types from three different regions
CASK NO 125.57 DELICATE VITALITY Imagine eating honey on a stave from a cask –
this 11 year old oozes an oaky sweetness with a more-ish quality that will have you returning to this bottle time after time. From nose to palate, expect to run a gorgeous gamut of delicious sweetness – from floral bouquets and Turkish delight to orange jelly and
agave syrup and ice cream. The Tasting Panel suggests it is best
kept for a celebration but we’re sure you’ll find a good excuse to try this rare single cask pleasure.
CASK NO 71.34 RABBIT, GINGER & TREACLE TART Sometimes, we must bow to the brilliance of The
Tasting Panel’s evocative descriptions… during the tasting of this dram, one Panellist imagined herself “riding a spice-bag-laden Andalusian horse
through orchards wearing leather chaps”. We’re sold already! If you need your arm twisting any
further, you should know that this is the first cask the Society has bottled from this distillery since late in 2010, and it has also spent 13 years in a
Gorda. As the name indicates, big, robust aromas and flavours are the order of the day – could be a great dram for your hipflask on a winter’s day.
OF THE BEST SIX
To buy any of these bottles, visit the shop section of our website www.smws.co.uk
or call 0131 555 2929.
Lines are open 9am to 4.45pm, Monday
to Friday. Remember, in the UK, the Society releases new casks on the ‘First Friday’ of every month.
Please check your own branch for details of what is available in your region.
CASK NO 73.46 COCKLE-WARMING CITRIC RUSH
This 12 year old from Speyside hails from a refill ex-Bourbon barrel and is packed full of the type of pleasing fruity and fresh notes that will appeal to a wide range of whisky drinkers. It’s a lighter, easy-drinking dram – try it alongside dessert.
Apologies, but the UK branch is unable to send whisky overseas. Please note, this is a selection of bottles currently available – visit the website to see what else is available.
CASK NO 66.32 THE ROLY-POLY PUDDING
It’s time to don your explorer’s outfit and go for a tasting adventure – this is a most unusual whisky that is well worth investigating. The smoky character of the (Highland, not Islay) whisky, together with a 13-year spell in a refill Gorda, make for an remarkable dram that won’t be for everyone, but will certainly reward those who take a closer look. Expect a whiff of smoke (and dough – hence the name) on first inspection, then a sweet, salty finish.
CASK NO 29.110 WILD WEST COWGIRL DRESSED IN LEATHER
Hats off to The Tasting Panel again… the title and this line from The Tasting Notes – “a tobacco chewing, cigar smoking, Wild West cowgirl dressed in leather” – probably says it all. This is a big dram, which is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of fans of this ‘love it or hate it’ Islay distillery.
THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY
CASK NO 3.181 SPRITZY, LIVELY & STIMULATING
This 15 year old from a refill ex-Bourbon hogshead will be a real crowd-pleaser for anyone who enjoys a touch (but not too much) of peat on their palate. Your nose might at first detect some lemony citric notes, but delve deeper and it delivers a swift one-two of powerful peaty punches – think railway stations, burnt sticks and ash. Water will bring out the lemony notes and an undercurrent of sweetness to sit alongside the smoke.
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