The 8th Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) outturn of 2015 was a huge hit! All six of the new whiskies released showed well, as did the 7th man, 66.57, a peated Highland whisky. The demand was extremely high, and not unexpectedly so, three of the six new releases were very rare and available only in small quantities. They included whiskies from a forest shrouded Japanese distillery, a closed Lowland distillery and an Islay distillery made famous by a certan Jim Mc… ! Four of this month’s releases are sold out, but we have more exciting whiskies on the way in September!
August’s Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada releases are:
- 25.65: The whispered kiss - 50% – 22 Year – Refill Barrel – Lowland -Â Flavour profile: Light & delicate -Â Outturn: 220 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “A whispered kiss from a ghost of a distillery. The nose tip toes around delicate peach skins, apple blossom and papaya. Sticky honey glaze on dainty cinnamon pastries. Musky notes reminded the panel of perfume departments and aromatherapy boxes. Crushed rose petals and wax candles in a dunnage warehouse. To taste they found crisp pear, mandarin, apple and mint and with water the fruits morphed into tinned peaches and cherry drops. Memories of childhood were evoked by talcum powder, allspice, citronella candle, and sandalwood. An gentle earthy warmth hovered while silky fruit syrup and honey lingered like a shadow.”Â Drinking tip: “A graceful aperitif. Â Careful with the water.” – $219.99 – !!SOLD OUT!!
- 44.56: Sweet and sour creative tension – 51.8% – 20 Year – Refill Hogshead – Speyside -Â Flavour profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla -Â Outturn: 300 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “The nose had heaps of honey, mounds of marshmallows and vast vanilla it also evoked summer barbecues (charred ribs, salad, lemon, balsamic, wood-sap, lawns) and a bookbinder’s workshop (leather, paper, glue). The palate had sweet and sour creative tension â€“ sweet vanilla, chocolate muffins, crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e, dark toffee and fudge against stewed fruits, Haribo sours, orange and blueberry. We also found woody notes â€“ oily pine and wood fire embers. The reduced nose offered millionaireâ€™s shortbread, sweet pipe tobacco, shrubberies and a good blast of honeycomb; while balsa wood and clove joined the palate. This 1891 distillery was co-founded by â€˜Restless Peterâ€™.”Â Drinking tip: A summer barbecue dram (or just with a good book). – $183.99 – Only 2 left!
- 35.119: An Alice in Wonderland dram - 57.7% – 16 Year – 1st Fill Barrel – Speyside -Â Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet -Â Outturn: 216 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “The first nose was explosive with camphor, Berwick Balls and fruit pastilles. Sweeter notes of golden syrup, strawberry jam and tangerine pushed through. A crazy tea party ensued with ham baked in Coke and a dusting of Moroccan spices. The tasting was sensational, hot with gingerbread and nutmeg and then black fruit smoothie. Water opened the doors of a bakers oven – waves of biscotti, macademia nut, brindle toffee, orange water and buttermilk icing. By this point the panel were exhausted there was so much going on – they felt as though they had fallen down the rabbit hole.”Â Drinking tip: “When looking for something truly unexpected.” - $160
- 120.7: Sweet fragrant & satisfying - 55.5% – 16 Year – 1st Fill Borta Corta Cask – Japan -Â Flavour profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits -Â Outturn: 517 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “The nose carries fragrant blossom, deep Pedro Ximenez notes as well as sweet, rich rolling tobacco.Â Thereâ€™s treacle spiced buns, rum and raisin fudge, dates, blackcurrants and spices galore.Â Espresso with lots of brown sugar was quickly replaced and complimented by coffee cream dark chocolates.Â To taste we found kirsch cocktails with burnt orange skin, liquorice, caraway seeds and teriyaki glaze.Â â€œIt has everything!â€Â Water brought out cider brandy notes, with cranberries, polished wood, mulled port, boozy fruitcake and rolling tobacco all contributing to the party.Â Spicy and tannic to finish, we found the sweet meatiness of slow cooked pork.”Â Drinking tip: “With a cheese board instead of port.” $299.99 – !!SOLD OUT!!
- 23.73: The Vital Spark’s engine room - 61.5% – 11 Year – Refill Barrel – Islay -Â Flavour profile: Oily & coastal -Â Outturn: 249 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “Mineralic and nose-drying (a dry beach), then scents of mouthwash, bandages, antiseptic cream which increase in strength until they become a full-blown First Aid kit, while at the same time becoming sweeter, like salt-water taffy. The taste, straight, is very dry after a sweet and salty start, with a spicy finish. Water introduces a grubby, old-fashioned engine room (maritime, with exhaust fumes). â€˜Hard salt Swedish liquoriceâ€™ was also noted. The taste is now lightly sweet and salty, with a whiff of holy smoke. From the distillery which brought us â€˜Yellow Submarineâ€™.”Â Drinking tip: “After an industrial accident.” - $138 – !!SOLD OUT!!
- 66.38: An oriental barbeque – 59.2% – 8 Year – Refill Barrel – Highlands -Â Flavour profile: Lightly peated -Â Outturn: 93 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “First impressions are of smoked bacon, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce crisps and charred coal.Â Then a soldering iron and a remote control car kit are found in the â€˜everything elseâ€™ drawer.Â The palate has crispy bacon and whole wheat noodles with black bean and dark soy sauce.Â Also teriyaki beef and a warm barbecue smoke.Â The reduced nose is slightly sweeter with hints of aniseed and lemon meringue pie with a burnt crust.Â Later cigar boxes and an engineerâ€™s freshly cleaned overalls.Â From a Thai village kitchen to a Chinese laundry the palate is laced with Eastern flavours and a subdued sweet smoke.Â This Aberdeenshire distillery has â€˜big heightâ€™.”Â Drinking tip: “When dreaming of Eastern travels.” – $101 – !!SOLD OUT!!
- 66.57: Asian delight - 59.1% – 10 Year – Refill Barrel – Highlands – Flavour profile: Oily & coastal -Â Outturn: 214 bottles -Â Panel’s tasting note: “Some of us were transported to a Scottish beach – a salty sea breeze, tarry ropes and pork sizzling on a barbecue. Others went further afield, to Malaysia with chicken satay infused with a punchy spicy marinade being grilled and served with a peanut coconut dipping sauce. The taste neat is big, hot, salty and ashy â€“ it almost burns your tongue, like a Phall curry. A drop of water and the aroma turns into burnt heather and a charcoal grill being doused with sea water next to a salmon smokehouse. The taste was sweet, fresh and salty; smoked oysters and glazed ham with pineapple.” -Â Drinking tip: Â ”Star-gazing at a beach barbecue” - $126 – Re-release!
In addition to August’s Outturn we have a wide range of past releases you can browse anytime on our Scotch Malt Whisky Society pages.