Scotch Malt Whisky Society November 2016 Outturn

It has almost become routine for us to say each month, that the new Outturn was a hit and very well received. The November 2016 Outturn was very well received, we saw strong interest in all 7 new whiskies. We had some very reasonable price points this month which may have helped, and curiously, the most controversial new release: 30.91: Deliciously dark and sweet, a very sherried Speyside whisky was polarizing, but tied for the best seller! It seemed to be the type of whisky that members either loved or hated… and while there was a touch of sulphur, a subject we addressed in an earlier post, there were a lot of people loved it!

There are still at least a handful of bottles left of all of this month’s releases, though some, like 30.91, 42.24, 35.142, 39.122 and 36.96, we are down to just a handful of bottles. My personal favourites were: 42.24: The bee’s kness, 30.91: Deliciously dark and sweet, and 3.266: Smoke Drifting Over Gardens; I love those big Lavender infused Ileachs!

As always, we taste blindish… Here are the whiskies of the November 2016 Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada Outturn:

  1. 36.96: Chocolate cookie cake - 58.1% – 9 Year – 1st Fill Barrel – Speyside – Flavour Profile: “Juicky oak & vanilla.” – Outturn: 204 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: The aromas neat were like reading the dessert menu in a restaurant.  Sticky toffee pudding, salty caramel bread and butter pudding, caramelized bananas, glace cherry cake, and orange and lemon drizzle loaf.  We needed to take a sip to decide; sweet and spicy on the tongue.  Flavours of dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate and dark spiced rum all put  together in one delicious chocolate cake cookie – can I have one please!  With a drop of water, white chocolate-coated green grapes and a ginger marzipan cake with candied citrus peel, whilst in the taste a fruit and vegetable orange carrot smoothie.” Drinking Tip: “One of your five-a-day?” – $122.99
  2. 39.122: 1960′s French breakfast – 62.5% – 8 Year – 1st Fill Barrel – Speyside – Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow – Outturn: 192 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “We were struck by the complexity of the nose – certainly perfumed and fruity, with red fruits, orange, tutti-frutti – even raisins – but there was also chocolate, fudge, treacle and cookie dough – and hints of wool carpets, olive soap and elder flower. The palate was very pleasant indeed – fruity confectionery, orange zest and orange blossom, apricot jam, honey and buttery brioche – could have been a French breakfast.  The reduced nose just got even more complex – pineapple and watermelon; marmalade on croissants and hints of tobacco – French breakfast circa 1960s.  The palate now had coffee grinds, iced tea, crème Anglaise and toasted crumpet – Ooh-la-la!” – Drinking Tip: “Avec le petit dejeuner Francais – ou peutetre le brunch” – $121.99
  3. G7.10: The Texan tea party – 59.2% – 31 Year – Refill Hogshead – Grain Whisky – Flavour Profile: “Spicy and sweet.” – Outturn: 294 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The hot air was filled with spicy sandalwood aromas from the sawdust on the floor and the sun-bleached fencing around the rodeo stadium on which perched new leather saddles waiting their turn.  A delicious smell wafted from the stand selling vanilla ice cream, marzipan and banoffee pie with oodles of caramel sauce, toffee and custard.  Beside the homemade spiced plum chutney stall we were surprised to find mulled wine mingling with oak casks containing Rye whisky and vanilla and coconut- infused Bourbon, which after adding a few drops of water became even sweeter and more spicy.” Drinking Tip: “Before heading out on the high plains.” – $242.99
  4. 35.142: Sweet treats and forbidden pleasures - 56.2% – 21 Year – 1st Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead – Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet – Outturn: 264 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “On the nose – fudge, pecan pie, crème caramel, marzipan, set honey, rum-soaked raisins; waxed jackets, incense smoke, toasted oak, tobacco pouch, sweet mint.  And here are some of our comments – Amazing.  Fantastic.  Deeply satisfying.  Complex.  Rewarding.  Can’t put it down.  Sweet treats.  A sniffer’s dram.  On the palate – dark Madeira honey cake, Jamaican truffles, Moroccan spice markets, buttered toast, marmalade, treacle, rich caramel, spiced almonds, maple syrup, ginger biscuits.  Yet more comments – Forbidden pleasures.  Manna from Heaven.  A voyage of discovery.  Sometimes being on the panel is not so bad!” Drinkin Tip: “To impress someone – or simply as a canvas on which to paint the dreams of a good life.” - $209.99
  5. 30.91: Deliciously dark and sweet – 5837% – 18 Year – Refill Gorda – Speyside – Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits – Outturn: 744 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose delighted us with honey flapjacks, barley sugars, Demerara and treacle tart – pumpkin pie and blackberry bushes gave it an almost autumnal air.  The palate was deliciously dark and sweet – scorched meringues, orange liqueur, black bun, molasses on a welly boot and a tannic twist of oak in the tail.  The reduced nose found burnt wood and leaves, singed fruit cake, stroop waffles and old tennis racket handles.  The reduced palate achieved a balance between treacle toffee and muscovado sweetness and the mighty oak, while some elusive suggestions of red wine and stock reduction added a savoury complexity.” Drinking Tip: “After dinner – or at least in an armchair by a log fire – first cold nights of autumn.” – $
  6. 42.24: The bee’s kness - 59.5% – 9 Year – Refill Barrel – Highland Island – Flavour profile: Lightly peated – Outturn: 204 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “A fascinating combination of aromas ranging from sweet to salt and smokekept us all very much engaged and interested; sea salt caramels, a salted chocolate tart using smoked sea salt andchurros with salty peanut sugar and bitter chocolate.  It tastes exactly how it noses.  It was big in every sense; sweet,salty, smoky – simply stunning and best described by the following remarks; ‘dog’s bollocks’ and ‘bee’s knees’!  Reluctantly we added a drop of water, however we still enjoyed that very unusual combination we experienced neat but now, admittedly, a little tamer but still tantalizing every nook and cranny of our tongue.” Drinking Tip: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” - $
  7. 3.266: Smoke Drifting Over Gardens – 56.3% – 15 Year – 1st Fill Barrel – Islay - Flavour Profile: Peated - Outturn: 228 Bottles - Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose suggested light, distant smoke drifting over gardens (orange blossom, sage, lavender), some exotic fruits, sandy beaches, seaweed, barbecued salmon and the sweetness of  honey, toffee, syrup and marmalade.  The palate exploded smoke bombs of lavender, parma violet and eucalyptus – lots of high class soapy perfumes (might be too much for some, but we loved it); there were other things going on – smoky bacon, bitter chocolate and espresso dregs.  The reduced nose found candy floss, cinder toffee, herbs and scented candles.  The palate seemed sweeter, but that sweetness was nicely balanced by earthy bonfire notes and tart, bitter, floral perfumes.” Drinking Tip: “”A party dram – along with a cigar and/or chocolate – for special indulgence.” – $209.99

As always, we have a broad range of past releases available for purchase. You can browse available Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies at anytime, on our Society page!

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