This month the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Canadian arm released six new single cask single malt whiskies in Canada. The tastings at Kensington Wine Market in Canada were a big hit. We had some very strong and interesting releases, including a pair of delicious Ileachs, a seductive closed Lowland single malt, a very complex youngster and a very balanced malt from Distillery No.1. Here is the July 2016 Outturn:
- 1.197: Jackpot! - 57.4% – 21 Year – Refill Hogshead – Speyside -
Juicy, oak & vanilla - Outturn:229 bottles - Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose had wonderful oaky footprints (cabinet-makers’ workshops, vanilla, coconut, toasted almonds); cinder toffee and honey sweetness and delightful fruity, floral perfumes (peach blossom, pear, raspberry, gooseberry, lemon zest). The palate was like a first date with someone both intelligent AND beautiful – Jackpot! We got lemon sherbet and tart fruit astringency, hints of ginger and white pepper and sophisticated sweetness (caramel, Manuka, juicy sultanas, Crunchie bars). The reduced nose had caramel/coconut biscuit, juicy fruits, soft oak, peach Melba and blueberry pie. The palate now became lip-smackingly tasty with elderflower sherbet, Danish pastries and mouth-kissing spicy tingles.” - Drinking tip: “A first date seduction dram – especially over a summer picnic” -
54.38: Confectionary and carpenters - 8 Year – 62.8% – Refill Barrel – Speyside – Young & spritely - Outturn: 210 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “The Panel were carried on a wave of sweetness: white vanilla chocolate, fizzy lemon zest, juicy peaches and wood spice. One panelist was reminded of licking the bowl when making sponge cake with raspberry filling. They found intense heat which made tongues tingle, then smooth with freshly sliced peach layered with white chocolate ice cream. Water enhanced the juiciness with tinned fruit salad laden with glace cherries. It stirred an earthy note that evoked memories of cleaning out the spice cupboard, with nutmeg and cinnamon. To finish, fresh summer flowers with pencil shavings and fresh planks of wood in a carpenter’s workshop.” - Drinking tip: “With a slice of lemon drizzle cake” - $125
- 25.66: Bette David doing DIY – 57.8% – 23 Year – Refill Hogshead - Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet - Outturn: 157 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “A zippy impression of fresh hay and root ginger followed by softer lemon posset and passion fruit. Ms Davis was attempting some do-it-yourself; the Panel found wood glue and warm balsa wood. The taste was tingling and fizzy like a smack on the lips, then star anise and chili spice. Her capricious character then softened when it was safe to come out, with water. Peaches and cream, lemon meringue and white chocolate. Blossom and damp grass after rainfall. DIY forgotten, she reclined, plucking white grapes and chalky candy with a lime caipirinha in hand.” - Drinking tip: “Don’t leave it too long – she might leave you behind” – $230 – SOLD OUT
- 85.35: Complex and full of character – 60.4% – 9 Year – First Fill Barrel – Speyside - Flavour profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla - Outturn: 216 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “We found the nose surprisingly complex for the age – we got floral notes, fruity notes (mango, pineapple, wrinkled apples), currants, crème brûlée and a cabinet maker’s workshop. The palate was mouth-filling and yummy, with good viscosity (fruit syrup poured over crêpes), sweet Muscat, juicy sultanas and orange fondants, with nice balancing chili heat and a dry finish. The nose, with water, delivered lychees in syrup, dried pineapple, coconut, incense candles and aromatic wood. The reduced palate had orange zest and wine gum fruitiness and light mouth tingles from the wood – a dram of decent complexity, individual character and very drinkable indeed.” - Drinking tip: “Relaxing with a good book” – $134 – Only 2 bottles left!
- 3.248: Like a hot coal in the mouth – 57.7% – 17 Year – Refill Sherry Butt - Flavour profile: Peated - Outturn: 594 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “The nose was richly sweet (figs, sherry, cough syrup, Liquorice Allsorts) – just enough to balance the Islay character of smouldering sticks, pine cones, creosoted wood, nicotine tar, leather and brine. The unreduced palate was lively and intense – peat, tar, ash, sherry and burnt sticks – ‘like putting a hot coal in your mouth’; we also got honey-glazed ham, cinder toffee, salted caramel and smoked chocolate. The reduced nose had salt-encrusted chicken wings, HP sauce and old sea chests. The palate was now rich, deep and treacly – a harmony of honeyed peat and salty smoked bacon.” - Drinking tip: ”Perfect medicine for reviving ship-wrecked sailors” – $185 – Only 3 bottles left!
- 53.207: Cod wrapped in Parma Ham – 58.7% – 20 Year – Refill Sherry Butt - Flavour profile: Peated - Outturn: 572 bottles - Panel’s tasting note: “The smell of sweet peat smoke greeted the Panel; aromas of singed heather and a fresh sea breeze mixing with battered sausages and grilled cod wrapped in Parma ham. In the taste we have moved inside a beach hut sheltering from the rain; lamp oils with sandalwood fragrance are being lit, some are smoking pipes with aromatic tobacco, others cigars. With water the aromas are back outside; the salty sea breeze and over the white embers of the barbecue, glazed honey and mustard sausages as well as king prawns are waiting to be eaten. The taste is now sweet, fried honey bananas, fruit kebabs and grilled pineapple skewers.” - Drinking tip: “At a beach party” – $200
You can view all past Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada releases still available from Kensington Wine Market on our Society pages.