The beginning of June is already upon us and that means it is time for the June Outturn from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada. This is a fun Outturn with a lineup full of big and vibrant flavour from seven different distilleries – only one of which is owned by Diageo! We tasted our way through five Speyside distilleries and two more from Highland Islands.
The June 2017 Outturn also features the first SMWS bottle sold exclusively to us in Canada. This is the first SMWS bottle that was not sold anywhere else in the world. We Canadians managed to get the entire barrel!
SMWS 41.78 – POKER NIGHT WHISKY was originally exclusively available in the Kensington Wine Market 2016 Whisky Advent Calendar. It was the 100mL December 25th/Christmas Day Advent bottle. It was due to our partnership with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada that we were able to make this happen. We had to wait a little longer to see the full sized bottles of this whisky but with the release of the June Outturn, we now have both the full sized and 100mL bottles available while supplies last!
June also includes some incredible deals on some great whisky: The 2nd most expensive bottle in this is Outturn is only $144.99!
In the summer months of June, July, and August the SMWS Canada typically has only six new releases a month instead of the standard seven. This allows us to revisit it a bottle from a previous outturn – and we did just that with the fourth taste of the night.
But enough of my pontificating. Let’s get to the bottles themselves!
Here is the Outturn in the order we tasted them in:
35.173: FALLING IN LOVE IN AN INSTANT – $144.99
After 14 years in a 1st fill barrel this Speysider comes in at 57.9%
Flavour profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Outturn: 222 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “Fresh, lively, sweet, charming, attractive and very engaging, ‘might even be love at first nose’. Aromas of custard caramel doughnuts, vanilla Chantilly cream, honey poached peaches and fresh strawberries with mint ice cream – we really wanted to get to know this one. Beautiful mouthfeel; like a tropical fruit medley underneath the palm trees at sunset with sweet crunchy honeycomb covered in slightly bitter dark chocolate melting in your mouth. Let’s discover this further with a drop of water; even sweeter, even smoother, even more succulent – if that is at all possible! – and a teasing little spice tingled our taste buds.”
Drinking tip: “Just the two of us at sunset”
This 11-year-old Speysider was matured in a 1st fill barrel and comes in at 60.4%
Flavour profile: Young & spritely
Outturn: 114 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “It starts with fresh and prickly aromas of pear drops, beeswax polish, cereals and tonic water. The taste is hot, sweet, spicy and dry – bubble-gum, fragrant honey and tart kiwi fruit. Water really helps to open up and now there’s much more for the nose to enjoy. Pralines, milk chocolate, pine cones, coconut, icing sugar and a hint of lime. The mouthfeel is thicker (creamy) too and the sweet flavours are of Sauternes wine, peach, mango, coconut and light spices. It’s a dram that’s best shared with others.”
Drinking tip: “With friends around the poker table”
121.94: DRIED CHERRY LATTICE PIE – $141.99
This 16 year old from a Highland Island comes in at 54.8% after maturing in a refill hogshead
Flavour profile: Spicy & dry
Outturn: 264 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “Sweet, soft perfumed aromas of orange and cardamom soaked brioche buns, dried cherry lattice pie with vanilla bean whipped cream, as well as cinder toffee, honey drizzle cake and finally lemon tart with Cape gooseberry compote made this quite an experience. So was the taste; pineapple dessert with sour cream, creamy salted caramel fudge and plenty of charred oak. Water changed the nose somewhat; antique wood furniture, orange liqueur, a little ginger and freshly grated coconut. The taste was now of green apples, salt and pepper as well as liquorice and in the finish slightly bitter green tea.”
Drinking tip: “With a mug of ‘joe’ watching Twin Peaks”
44.71: INVIGORATING AND INSPIRING – $143.99
This 11 year old Speysider is 58.3% after maturing in a refill barrel
Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet
Outturn: 222 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose neat calmed our minds and immediately created a Zen like ambience. Descriptors of resins, cloves, musky, wood and the earthy scent of opening the door of an old-fashioned dunnage warehouse drew us in and we took the first sip. Now very different; candied ginger spice to start then, surprisingly, snowballing to a chili heat which left us all very much invigorated. Water released a bouquet of freesias; a combination of freshness and sweetness without being sickly and that slight hint of pepper. The taste was now all about being sweet and spicy in perfect harmony.”
Drinking tip: “For those meditative moments”
7.153: TEA FOR TWO – $130.99
This 11 year old Speysider was matured in a 1st fill barrel and is 60.5%
Flavour profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Outturn: 222 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “We all sat down for high tea and admired the wonderful spread which was presented in front of us; Madeira sponge cake, banana loaf, honey butter sandwich and cream cheese stuffed French toast served with a cup of Earl Grey tea. The taste was that of spicy ginger cookies, Jaffa cakes and mint chocolates as well as homemade granola with red berry compote. With water, sweeter notes of candied lemon and ginger appeared and the tea, now a Lady Grey, became slightly more perfumed with a touch of lavender whilst on the palate some chose a honey, lemon and ginger tea.”
Drinking tip: “Guaranteed to liven up any high tea”
30.93: TONKA BEAN CREME BRULEE - $203.99
This 19 year old Speysider comes in at 59.1% after maturing in a refill gorda
Flavour profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Outturn: 786 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “This had us puzzled for a little while but once we got started there was no stopping. We were baking; chunky fig, apricot and prune cake, custard tart with nutmeg pastry and cinnamon swirls and whilst this was all in the oven we made a Zabaglione using Marsala wine. The taste neat was intense, full-bodied a hint of bitterness but also fruity and spicy like a Tonka bean crème Brûlée with hazelnut oil. When we added water we made chocolate walnut fudge whilst brewing an espresso in a Moka and to round it all off we drank a homemade wild fennel-infused liqueur.”
Drinking tip: A kitchen dram
42.22: BRAVE THE ELEMENTS –
$129.99 SOLD OUT
This 9 year old from a Highland Island was matured in a refill barrel and comes in at 59.3%
Flavour profile: Heavily peated
Outturn: 210 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “We were transported to a gun deck aboard a ship during a naval battle in the Napoleonic Wars. It was hot, dirty and oily; canons constantly loaded and fired, the ship got hit by a broadside, seamen received some emergency medical attention. The scene was one of blood, sweat and tears with salt, gun powder and burning wood, filling the entire core of your body. Eventually the engagement ended and with a drop of water we started to clean the deck, the ship’s doctors could deal with the wounded from the battle and we enjoyed that sweet taste of victory.”
Drinking tip: “After having fought the elements”
A big thank you goes to Cured Delicatessen for their ongoing support and food pairings at many of our tastings including this one.
In addition to this month’s new releases, you can browse all past releases on our Scotch Malt Whisky Society pages!