The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s June Outturn of delectable whiskies is out, and it is another stellar lineup. The Canadian arm of the world’s largest whisky club has just released 6 new single cask, single malt whiskies and re-released a 7th. We saw strong demand for all new releases as well as the re-release, 73.69: Dark side eclipsed by sweet joys, a bold bu balanced 22 year old sherried Speysider! Curiously over looked before, in new light it was a sensation.
Of the new releases, the Lowland 50.69: Summer’s night in Lovers’ lane was a standout hit, not many bottles remain of this delicate, layered and tropical whisky. 44.69: Tantalizing tannins was a revalation, and shockingly complex for an 11 year old whisky. In my humble opinion the name does not do it just, I’d have called it Tantalizingly complex! On the Islay side 3.255: Genie in a bottle was also very well received. The other Ileach 29.164: A ballerina at the barbecue was also a surprise, with few recognizing this wolf in sheep’s clothing as being from the westernmost active Kildalton distillery. And 35.133: A Mediterranean Maharajah goes American was also a curiosity, matured in a 1st Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead, many felt it could have been confused with a fine old grain whisky. Overall the lineup was without disappointment. The bottles are all open in the shop for sampling while supplies last!
- 44.69: Tantalizing tannins - 11 Year - Flavour profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla - Outturn: 235 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “We uncovered brand new chamois leather, opened a jar of set honey and released the tempting aromas from opening a tin of Shanghai rose tea leaves or lifting the lid off an assorted chocolate praline box. On the taste it turned into a well brewed Rooibos Chai tea with spicy cinnamon, cardamom husk, ginger and lemongrass with a good balance of soft tannins as one often finds in a ‘Super Tuscan’. Diluted, fresh lemon juice and orange barley water was released alongside antique leather bound books. On the palate, now like a Caribbean fruit punch, juicy and very tasty.” - Drinking tip: “Whilst engrossed in a novel” – $135
- 28.28: Lay your head on my pillow – 60% – 10 Year – Refill Barrel – Southern Highland - Flavour profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow - Outturn: 223 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “A crisp, clean, fresh and white array of aromas greeted the Panel first; freshly sawn pine, white pepper, white fleshed peaches and laying one’s head on a brand new pillow. Deeper notes appeared with time; lemon curd, malt loaves and warm wood embers. The taste had a good chili, gingery heat with the syrupy viscosity of Chinese sweet and sour sauce, and the finish was that of tangy sharp oranges. Diluted, the oranges became zingy buttercream in a chocolate orange cake and the taste was now soft and buttery, like a carrot cake topped with a cinnamon frosting.” Drinking tip: “For your first guests at a party” – $128
- 50.72: Summer’s night in Lovers’ lane – 50.2% – 25 Year – Refill Barrel – Lowland - Flavour profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits - Outturn: 94 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “Panellists were like children chasing butterflies of scent – intense orange blossom, old leather satchels, dried heather, cedar wood, plum brandy, raspberry lemonade, raisins, old bourbon, teriyaki steak and golden syrup – there was no stopping their enthusiasm. The palate was equally multi-dimensional – Danish pastries and butter croissants, juicy grass and pipe tobacco, plus ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg spice. The reduced nose was just as inspiring – apple pie with flaky pastry, mango jelly cubes and hot summer nights in Lovers’ Lane after rain (telegraph poles and honeysuckle). The reduced palate was unctuous, with coconut, pineapple, chocolate-coated dark cherries and marshmallows.” - Drinking tip: “Too good to share – unless it’s in Lover’s Lane or the back seat at the cinema” – $250
- 73.69: Dark side eclipsed by sweet joys - 52.9% – 22 Year – Refill Sherry Butt – Speyside - Flavour profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits - Outturn: 620 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “The nose delivered savoury notes, evoking tapas bars (fino, amontillado, tortilla, old polished wood, etc.) but the dessert menu was even stronger (crème caramel, rum and raisin ice-cream, apple granny cake). More complex with water – sugared seaweed, Japanese sweet omelette, earthy hazelnut and plastic toys in the sun. The taste was essentially sweet – vanilla, amaretto, caramel, carrot cake, figs – but with a slight metallic, gamey, bittersweet edge of burnt cake and walnut. With water, its darker side (hoisin duck patrolling the farmyard in wellies) was happily dominated by the joyful sweetness of toffee, toasted marshmallows, Nutella, Dr Pepper syrup and panna cotta.” Drinking tip: “Could accompany food (Spanish, oriental, e.g.) – or maybe better after a meal, with coffee” – $215
- 35.133: A Mediterranean Maharajah goes American – 55.8% – 20 Year – First Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead – Speyside - Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet - Outturn: 223 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “The panel were astonished by the plethora in the glass, at first, mint humbugs and cardamom seed on sour dough bread. A powerful spicy rye influence emerged with cassia syrup and blackcurrant which was more evident on the palate: cinnamon spiced cookie dough and sweet toffee. The neat texture was oily black tea brewed on an open fire and scented with star anise. Smoky tomato tapenade jostled with digestives dipped in expensive dark chocolate, peanut brittle toffee and salted caramel. Earthy tobacco, tanned leather and meaty scallops in a rib sauce gave a flamboyant finish. Something’s gone awry!” Drinking tip: “When you’re looking for a surprise” - $205
- 29.164: A ballerina at the barbecue - 49.2% – 17 Year – Refill Hogshead – Islay -Flavour profile: Lightly peated - Outturn: 261 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “Our ballerina sits on damp decking tending to her weary toes with TCP antiseptic and lint bandage from an antiquated first aid box. A Bloody Mary revives her flagging spirit as she lights a fire pit to start cooking white fish wrapped in bacon and spritzed with lime juice. She snacks on popcorn with sea salt and cracked black pepper and cucumber sandwiches from warm Tupperware. A sprinkle of rain can’t dampen the ash, hints of oil pastel and linseed develop. The shellfish is drizzled with coriander and olive oil and grilled with halloumi and green peppers. Dainty and delicious!” Drinking tip: “The perfect accompaniment to a seafood barbecue” – $182
- 3.255: Genie in a bottle – 56.6% – 21 Year – Refill Sherry Butt – Islay - Flavour profile: Peated Outturn: 510 bottles Panel’s tasting note: “This was like a genie in a glass, from clean perfumed smoke and a well-used wooden pipe rack to sun scorched hay and heather, moving on to stem and crystallized ginger and finishing with seared scallops. We finally let the genie out and had a sip – it was a puff of glittering, well rounded, perfumed smoke. Sweet and floral at first, but then salted caramel arrived and in the finish, a pleasant dryness. With water, crunchy ginger and coffee iced biscuits as well as almond slices and the taste of lavender honey on burnt toast making this a very relaxed laid back experience.” Drinking tip: “Close your eyes and make a wish” – $229.99
There are a lots of past Scotch Malt Whisky Society Releases still available too, you can check them out anytime at on our Society Pages! Pop into the store to sample any of these great whiskies…