Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada April 2014 Outturn

Another month, another slew of incredible single cask whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada. We’re so excited about this month’s lineup we’re literally bounding!

There were some stunning entrants at the tasting Thursday April 3, but to my mind the 77.28  and 46.21 stole the show. 77.28 may be one of the finest SMWS bottlings we’ve ever had come through the doors at KWM. Here is the April Outturn:

  1. 9.73: Frighteningly easy to drink – 57% – 16 Year – Refill Barrel – Speyside – Outtun: 325 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “For some, the nose indicated leather books on polished oak tables and, somehow connected with that, tobacco, white pepper and Murray mints; most of us found fresh, fruity sweetness (Bounty Bars, apricot Danish, Twizzle lollies, sherbet). The palate was a beautiful mix of dark chocolate, glacé cherries and dates with tingling lemon and tonic, spicy chilli, leather and wood – intense flavours yet mellow at the same time. Water brought a complete afternoon tea to the nose (marshmallows, fruit scones, clotted cream, Garibaldi’s and Jammy Dodgers). The palate developed lemon French Fancies and flapjacks – frighteningly easy to drink.From Rothes’ first distillery.” Drinking Tip: “At a summer garden tea party – or in a bookshop.” – $149.99
  2. 7.93: A complex cornucopia – 57.6% – 11 Year – Refill Barrel – Speyside – Outturn: 246 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose held almost everything – lemonade, sherbet, cake mix,buttery flapjacks, pink wafers, chocolate bourbons, light tobacco,leather satchels, honey, golden syrup, Deep Heat, root ginger, dunnage warehouses and forests after rain. The palate started sweet(chocolate chip cookies, sweetie cigarettes) before developing heat(rich Jamaican ginger cake, chilli) finally lemon-scented air freshener and light woodiness. The reduced nose evoked an old-fashioned Steamie, with linens hung up; then delicate suggestions of iced lemon cakes and buttercup meadows and the inside of a new shoe.The palate now developed Fry’s Chocolate Cream and almond fingers.The distillery is next to Benriach.” Drinking Tip: “A reward for reaching the end of wash day,surviving the rain or breaking in new shoes?” - $120.99
  3. 77.28: Tropical nights – 54.9% – 25 Year – New Charred Oak 2nd Fill Hogshead – Northern Highlands – Outturn: 236 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “Candlewax and scented wood – sandalwood, cedar wood – in the foreground and an exotic fruity/floral complex behind – mango and papaya, toasted pineapple, bougainvillea, moon flowers. We were reminded of dining under candlelight in a tropical garden,especially when dark chocolate, marzipan and strong Arab coffee (with cardamom seeds) began to emerge. At natural strength the texture is distinctly waxy, smooth and mouth-filling; the taste full of juicy fruit. Water raises more wax and dark chocolate, and now some passion fruit joins the display. The taste remains fruity, but slightly more bitter, like dark chocolate truffles dusted with cocoa powder.” Drinking Tip: “After dinner in a tropical garden.” – $194.99
  4. G4.4: Enjoy some R & R – 47.4% – 34 Year – Refill Hogshead – Grain – Outturn: 56 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The initial aroma of nail varnish is soon removed making room for pleasant smells of sweetness. Caramel chocolate bars, toffee popcorn and Angel Delight vanilla custard dessert, with time followed by deeper notes of freshly grounded coffee beans. The taste is like a soft scoop of vanilla and coffee ice cream, fresh fruit salad with whipped cream and lemon tart. The age is shown in the finish with a slight pleasant bitterness and a spiciness some described as balsa wood. A drop of water turns the nose sweeter and fruitier; citrus and tangerine sorbet, orange liqueur and dark cooking chocolate. The taste is like a fresh green twig and fragrant orange blossom with the sweetness of homemade shortbread.” Drinking Tip: “R & R in the garden (relaxing and reminiscing).” - $237.99
  5. 46.21: A ballerina in stilettos – 60.9% – 11 Year – Refill Sherry Butt – Speyside – Outturn: 483 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose was immediately promising – offering buttered popcorn, puff candy, caramel, burnt orange peel, toasted almonds, potpourri, molasses and Christmas essential oils. The palate had good viscosity and an expanding universe of flavours – orange and lemon zest, moist gingerbread, wood-sap, candied angelica,pepper and Lea and Perrins – chewy and tasty, with spicy tingles. The reduced nose found malt, maple syrup on bacon, porridge and a wood-panelled room. The palate now suggested duck with orange sauce, syrup of figs and leather thongs – and seemed to dance around the tongue like a ballerina in stilettos. Named after a tributary of the Spey.” Drinking Tip: “A nice wee dram to provide warmth and contentment in the winter months.” – $125.99
  6. 3.206: Dark and mysterious - 56.9% – 15 Year – Refill Sherry Butt – Islay – Outturn: 445 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose was complex and dark – mysterious molasses, black jacks (blackcurrant and liquorice), dark toffee, tarmac after rain (on the road to hell?), toast, tobacco, oily boats from the river Styx, spicy seaweed and charred mackerel. Icelandic ash clouds settled ominously over the palate – kippers, burnt toast, liquorice, honey glazed gammon, tempting treacle toffee, crème brûlée – ashy, smoky and sweet – big personality and wonderfully rounded. The reduced nose found marmite, Tunnock’s caramel log, soy sauce, devilish Demerara, fireplaces, rose water and custard. The palate now seemed sweet and savoury – dark chocolate melted over crispy bacon. From the place where the Devil can’t go.” Drinking Tip: “Whenever you are in a sinful mood.” – $143.99
  7. 29.139: Why do fools fall in love - 59.9% – 18 Year – Refill Barrel – Islay – Outturn: 167 Bottles - Panel’s Tasting Note: “Here we go – coal tar soap, beach bonfire out of driftwood, charcoal, cinders, black scorched toast and roast pork belly on a barbeque next to crab and oyster shells and sea salted crisps – everything to one’s Islay heart’s content. Big on the palate; hot, ashy, embers, sweet smoke, germolene and Elastoplast. What else do you need! -toffee apples, icing sugar and a well cleaned hospital floor. Who wants to add water? Ok, diluted lead pencil shavings, honey glazed gammon, sweet and sour pork and creosote. On the taste still smoky and medicinal but less so, spare ribs with an apple sauce and how about taking an Elastoplast off with your teeth after swimming in the sea – you either love it or hate it, we loved it!” Drinking Tip: “Dancing around the fire on the beach at sunset.” – $165.99

PAST SMWS CANADA RELEASES: There are many other past SMWS releases still available too. To browse the full range of Society whiskies available to KWM click here!

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