Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada March 2017 Outturn

As we do at the beginning of each month we sat down and tasted our way through the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada Outturn. March’s Outturn included seven new single cask and cask strength single malts for us to work our way through. We tasted them all blind before revealing all.

It was another solid Outturn. March featured 4 unpeated single malts and 3 peated (though I personally thought there was a hint of smoke on one of the unpeated as well…). Members that could not attend the tastings are welcome to come into Kensington Wine Market and sample any bottles that we have open – just ask. A few of the bottles from this month have proven to be quite popular so if you find something that seems interesting it would be a good idea to act fast!

A big thank you to Cured Delicatessen for providing some charcuterie for us to nibble on during the tasting.

Cheers,
Evan

Here is the March lineup.

SMWS CANADA MARCH 2017 OUTTURN

54.40: CAREFREE ENTERTAINMENT – $110

This 9-year-old Speysider is from a 1st fill barrel and comes in at 59.8%
Flavour profile:  Juicy, oak & vanilla
Outturn:  90 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”The nose was clean and refreshing – fruit bars (strawberry, rhubarb, blackcurrant), Starburst and lemon candies – complicated by classroom memories of paper, pencil shavings and ink. The palate was tinned fruit cocktail (peach, pear, cherry and grape in syrup) plus fruit candies and slightly more penetrating crème de cassis – maybe a distant model shop; we found it frivolously entertaining, but not without weight. The reduced nose seemed more perfumed and more tropical – tinned lychees, blossom and a high class nail bar. The palate was now smooth as a perfect peach – waxy fruits and banana chips – creamy yet tangy, satisfying and cockle-warming.”

Drinking tip:  ”A perfect pick-me-up after a day’s work”

35.165: VARIETY – THE SPICE OF LIFE – $152

At 52.9% this 13-year-old Speysider was matured in a 1st fill Chenin Blanc hogshead.
Flavour profile:  Spicy & sweet
Outturn:  180 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”The air was immediately filled with spices; caraway, fennel, aniseed and the finest Hungarian rose paprika, all of them mingling with the additional sweet aromas of tobacco, cinnamon and chocolate powder. On the palate there was a real variety; from bitter orange leaf tea to delicate soothing smooth hot fudge sauce over peach and apricot ice cream finishing with matured balsamic vinegar. A drop of water and the spices turned more herbal – how about a Hanky-Panky cocktail? – Vermouth, dry gin and a dash of Fernet Branca. The taste was now like a fudgy fig roll with bitter orange juice.”

Drinking tip:  ”A restorative dram”

121.81: INTENSE, LIVELY AND DELICIOUS – $166

From a refill hogshead, this 15-year-old Islander is 55.2%.
Flavour profile:  Spicy & sweet
Outturn:  286 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”The nose infantilized our panel – one was on her school break (grass, pine, paper, lollipops); another was savouring his trick-or-treat goodie bag. It was certainly attractive – honey, Belgian waffles, Haribos, rose and lemon, but with ample spice speculation to add interest. The palate was amazing – mouth-drawing, lip-smacking, intense, lively and delicious – flavours of orange oil, Christmas spice biscuits, cinnamon Danish pastries, roasted chestnuts, maraschino cherry and rum and raisin chocolate. The reduced nose – toasted marshmallows, rhubarb crumble, a spice cupboard and a candy hoard. The reduced palate – jasmine, peaches, violets, After Eights and a hint of cigar to finish – Mmmm! ”

Drinking tip:  ”When the kids are having candy – this could be your version of indulgence or reward”

46.42: YUMMY SCRUMMY – $156

At 58.3% this 13 year old Speysider was matured in a refill butt.
Flavour profile:  Spicy & dry
Outturn:  498 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”We opened a paper bag filled with warm pan-fried cinnamon bananas and mini doughnuts filled with strawberry jam and quince jelly as well as packets of chocolate covered raisins and sugar-coated sweet fennel seeds. On the palate neat big and boisterous; slices of a dense, rich luscious carrot cake and dark Jamaican gingerbread with ham, mango chutney and pecan tea sandwiches. With a drop of water; treacle tart, pain au chocolate and candied pineapple slices appeared on the nose and the taste was now like tempting dessert trays with a cup of Earl Grey tea and a glass of Sherry.”

Drinking tip:  ”Afternoon tea”

29.172: SMOKED BEER – $210

This 20 year old from Islay comes in at 58.2% after maturing in a refill barrel.
Flavour profile:  Lightly peated

Outturn:  212 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”Lovely sweet, yeasty and malty aromas neat. It might be a mug of hot Ovaltine or indeed a stein of cool Rauchbier from Germany – take your pick. With it you will eat either a hot dog in a sweet poppy seed bun topped with yellow spicy mustard, chopped fried onions, and sweet pickle relish or a Pancetta-wrapped pork roll. With water, a salty and fishy dimension was added on the nose, seaweed, a timber groyne, salty bacon and sweet pickled herring. In the taste, burnt salted butter, sweet ‘n’ salted popcorn and we washed it all down with a Benedictine herbal liqueur.”

Drinking tip:  ”Has there ever been a better way of ending the day?”

3.251: ENGINEER’S WORKBENCH IN A BOATYARD – $185

This 17-year-old from Islay comes in at 55.4% after maturing in a refill butt.
Flavour profile:  Lightly peated
Outturn:  552 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”The nose had reasonable sweetness (toffee, golden syrup, marzipan, sugared almonds) some savoury suggestions (cooked crab, roast duck with plum sauce) and ‘an engineer’s workbench in a boatyard’. The palate, at natural strength, conveyed burnt sticks and over-done fruit cake, sticky gingerbread, teasing smoke and hints of soot and ash. The reduced nose leaped about from crushed shells and coal sacks to spiced stewed plums, figs and orange fruit cake, with a slight suggestion of rubber (those old tires that dangle from harbour walls). Water improved the taste, in our opinion – Terry’s chocolate orange, sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch, Demerara and clove.”

Drinking tip:  ”To enjoy, while sitting in the sun, watching scenes of harbour life”

42.20: YOUNG, MUSCULAR AND UNTAMED –  $135
This 10-year-old Islander was matured in a refill barrel and is 61.9%.
Flavour profile:  Heavily peated
Outturn:  180 bottles

Panel’s tasting note:  ”The smoky, sooty, tarry nose – inspired many suggestions – new-laid roads, oyster shells, peat-smoke in the maltings, crispy bacon, waxed jackets, Germolene and TCP. The palate found enough sweetness (caramel, toasted marshmallows) to balance the burnt sticks, coal embers, cough mixture, Mescal and nutty smoke – young, muscular and untamed. On the reduced nose, shadows of bananas, flaky pastry and teriyaki pork danced behind the black gauze curtains of smoke, wet dog and old wellies. The palate became considerably more drinkable with water – still a liquorice, tar and smoke bomb – but just about defused by raspberry and parma violet sweetness.”

Drinking tip:  ”After a wet dog and old welly walk”

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