Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada February 2015 Outturn Tasting

This month’s range was superb, with all 7 of the whiskies showing well. We had a very rare Irish whiskey, bottled at 22 years of age. And intensely popular Campbeltonian dram and a subtle and very tropical Speysider from one of the first licensed distilleries in Scotland. All 7 whiskies had their fans, here is February 2015′s Outturn:

  1. 2.87: Satisfying as a butcher’s blade – 21 Year – 51.7% – Refill Hogshead – Speyside – Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow. – Outturn: 194 Bottles - Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose was something of a contradiction – ‘old’ impressions of polished floorboards in antique bookshops, old paint cupboards and mentholated snuff – yet with fresher elements of stewed apple, mandarins, toffee, carnations and peppermint. Water brought out honey and lemon toddy notes and freshly baked Eve’s pudding. The palate was fascinating and very tasty – mouth-coating sweetness of toffee apples and caramel apple granny cake with a dry finish of flowers, humbugs and tiger balm. Panellists were yakking away – fair enjoying the mellow easiness of it – as sweet as a Scotsman’s Snickers; satisfying as a butcher’s blade. From George Smith’s 1824 distillery.” Drinking Tip: “For anyone who might appreciate the dignity ofage and the freshness of youth in the same body.” – $255.99
  2. 77.35: Fresh, vibrant and attractive – 11 Year – 58.4% – Refill Barrel – Highland – Profile: Young & spritely. – Outturn: 203 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Notes: “Our panellists were transported from November drizzle to sunny, summer meadows and hay lofts – it was young, fresh, vibrant and attractive (the whisky, not the panel), with oranges and lemons, jam tarts, pears, apples and grapes; hints of bourbon and vanilla. The palate gave us pleasant tingling heat (chili, ginger, cardamom, clove, liquorice) with sapid citric flavours of blood orange and sherbet lemon fizz – not complex, but a good bitter-sweet duality. Water brought more woodiness to the nose, with quinine, quince and orange blossom, while the palate sweetened up nicely – cloudy lemonade, apple sponge and lemon drizzle cake. An ordacious dram.” Drinking Tip: “A good session starter or aperitif – served with the Ord-oevres?” - $134.99
  3. 73.63: Vanilla spice latte – 11 Year – 59.8% – Refill Sherry Butt – Speyside – Profile: Juicy, oak and vanilla. – Outturn: 426 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “We were greeted by an enticing fruity and sweet aroma of caramelized sugar, apple pie and lemon drizzle cake. There was also the freshness of an Appletiser Mojito with mint leaves over crushed ice which carried on in the taste neat, fizzy and spritely with a kick of chili flakes and Cayenne pepper. With time sweeter; lemon sponge cake, vanilla fudge and dark chocolate. Water added the creaminess of butter frosting on a chocolate cup cake and it turned a bit ‘mulshy’ – wet grass, damp logs and pine needles. The taste is now salty and sweet; salted caramel, green apple Starburst and a vanilla latte.” Drinking Tip: “After a wet walk.” – $125.99
  4. 117.5: Smouldering, brooding and alluring – 22 Year – 55.5% – Refill Sherry Hogshead – Very Rare Irish Single Malt – Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits. – Outturn: 236 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The alluring nose presented apple sours and cherry pieces in dark chocolate, Brazil nuts and coconut macaroons; hints of Bovril, cinnamon, sandalwood and manuka honey. At full strength, the palate was mouth-drawing and dry but full of flavour – Black Forest gateau, Kirsch, treacle toffee, blackcurrant jam, Campinos, fried sage leaves and brooding eastern spices. The reduced nose suggested smouldering aromatic woods, herbs and incense, with even more cherries, chocolate and nuts. The palate was a trance-inducing mix of teasing textures and delicious tastes of salted caramels, Moffat toffees and vanilla.” – Drinking Tip: “This will take you to another place – prepare for a journey of the senses.” - $375.99
  5. 4.190: Big boys smoking in the sauna – 22 Year – 53.9% – Refill Hogshead – Islands/Orkney – Profile: “Spicy & dry.” – Outturn: 246 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “A boys’ night out of a dram packing a punch of cigar smoke, scented candles and heavy polished wood. One panel member was reminded of a stag weekend eating Mediterranean tapas and another of a Moroccan spices on Arbroath smokies. Pickled onions on the side! Heather and sandalwood smouldering on a wood stove with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate. After water was thrown on the coals a puff of hot sauna wood and more heather with tobacco leaf unfurling. Cured hams with mango chutney, then dried apricots and apple rings. Round the world in a glass!” Drinking Tip: “With big boots on.” – $199.99
  6. 27.105: Too cool for school - 13 Year – 53.9% – Refill Sherry Hogshead – Campbeltown – Profile: “Lightly peated.” – Outturn: 288 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The panel was in unanimous agreement this was as good as it gets. Imagine dipping ginger nuts in rich creamy latte with strawberry syrup. Throw in mint chocolate ganache and bramble jam. Old leather books in a library and waxed church pews with a puff of hickory smoke. The taste was of toasted marshmallow and peppered tuna steak. Ginger snap baskets with red berries and a drizzle of honey. Our American described her bizarre habit of dipping French fries into chocolate milk shake. On the finish, Coco Pops and crème caramel. The panel thought it must be using fake ID.” Drinking Tip: “Only for loved ones.” – $140.99
  7. 29.150: Hand-rolled Cuban cigars – 18 Year – 59.2% – Refill Barrel – Islay – Profile: “Heavily peated.” – Outturn: 197 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “We all agreed that we are visiting a harbour watching the fishing boats unloading their catch which is mostly shellfish like clams, mussels, oysters and scallops. It is early in the morning and aromas of bacon rolls with brown sauce are mingling with the fresh, salty sea breeze. The taste is chewy and juicy like wine gums but at the same time there is the earthiness and smokiness of a peat hearth combined with the spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg. With water turning fresh and fruity like an apple ginger lemon juice, sweet as a vanilla cupcake and the flavours of sweet tobacco – premium hand- rolled Cuban cigars.” Drinking Tip: “Switch off and let the world go by.” – $179.99

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