The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the World’s largest whisky club, with branches in 16 countries and more than 26,000 members. For more information on the Canadian branch, check out www.smws.ca .
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
The Soctch Malt Whisky Society Canada’s January Outturn is as follows:
- 37.52:Â Bottled essence of gardens and orchards – 58.9% – 9 Year – Speyside – Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 286 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose suggested dewy autumn pear orchards, earthy rhubarb and washingflapping on a line; also beeswax candles, aromatherapy base oil, light honey,apricot brandy and lemon and ozone freshness. The palate was sweet and appetizing, but with the salty spiciness of Bombay mix and a dry aftertaste; wewere nodding approval and smacking our lips. The reduced nose evoked gentleweeding in a sunny garden, or building sandcastles at the beach, while thepalate balanced beautiful warm honey sweetness against a wee nip of gentleginger spice â€“ everlasting playful tingles followed after. The distillery is very nearBallindalloch Castle.” Drinking Tip: “A dram for the potting shed, thebarbeque hut or the beach.” - $102.99
- 5.35:Â Laundry in the bakery – 54.7% – 12 Year – Lowland – Second Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 195 Bottles – Panel’s Tasting Note: “Initial nose is fresh and light, elderflower cordial, green apples and lemon puffs.Deeper and sweeter notes develop quickly, giving homely and warm feeling, likebaking bread or jam doughnuts. Quite hot and lively to taste, strawberries withblack pepper, turning fruity and fizzy like strawberry Creamola foam, also creamy similar to a raspberry milk shake or Macchiato coffee. That creaminess carrieson when adding water and aromas of apple toffee, rice pudding, butter icing,strawberry jam and doughy bread emerge. The taste is that of dark hotchocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon and blackberry jam. And to finish, from thisdistillery known for distilling three times, cold peppermint tea and fresh slightlysoapy laundry.” Drinking Tip: “Whilst baking bread and doing the laundry.” - $116.99
- 44.35:Â Lip-smacking, chewy & chunky - 51.5% – 22 Year – Speyside – Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 279 Bottles -Â Panel’s Tasting Note: “The nose had many facets â€“ sweet (chocolate chip cookies, crÃªpes withNutella) savoury (maple-cured bacon, honey-glazed ham, rarebit, herbydumplings) floral (bluebells, lilac, rosewater syrup); also tobacco, fur coats,lemon and a new box of coloured crayons. The palate was quite impressive â€“ lip-smacking, chewy and chunky with warm spice, gorse flowers, waxy lemonsand perfumed smoke. The reduced nose added honey cake with carawayseeds, fresh sea air, sandstone and Brylcreem. Still very tasty with water, itsuggested Kummel liqueur and pumpkin seed oil â€“ sounds odd but we found itvery agreeable. The distillery was long associated with White Horse.” Drinking Tip: “To enjoy while getting dressed to go out for a specialevening.” - $170.99
- 73.50:Â Midnight espresso – 57.4% – 20 Year – Speyside – Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 244 Bottles -Â Panel’s Tasting Note: “Undiluted on the nose â€“ â€œOozing with rich biscuity notesâ€. The panel indulgedin a platter of Ginger Nuts and Brandy Snaps with the faint hint of worn coppercoins. To taste at this stage they were transported to a warmer setting andserved a well made Espresso Martini topped with shavings of dark chocolatewith a side of delicious Tiramisu. After water was added floral notes cameforward to the point of pot-pourri soaked in lemon juice. To taste at this stagethe panel were reminded of their Christmas stocking and itâ€™s content ofSatsuma oranges.” Drinking Tip: “With your dessert.” – $160.99
- 30.71:Â Burnt crumpet & Highland Toffee – 57.5% – 14 Year – Speyside – Refill Sherry Gorda – Outturn: 756 Bottles -Â Panel’s Tasting Note: “As one we cried: â€œburnt buttery crumpet spread with chunky Dundeemarmaladeâ€ â€“ later it became â€œspread with dark comb honeyâ€ â€“ and some notedstrawberry fudge and McCowans Highland Toffee as well. The taste at naturalstrength was sweet and saccharine-bitter, with warm spiced rum, and somesherry in the aftertaste. Water inevitably raised sulphur to start â€“ boiled eggs andstruck matches â€“ but then creamy treacle toffee, dried cranberries and floweringcurrant bushes. The texture is luscious; the taste of liquid caramel, with pleasantbitterness: salted caramels â€˜robedâ€™ in dark chocolate. A Top Class Speyside, not anew townâ€¦ Drinking Tip: “For sharing at dusk withgood friends.” - $127.49
- 4.168:Â Gunpowder, treason & plot - 57% – 15 Year – Highland (Island) – Refill Sherry Gorda – Outturn: 804 Bottles -Â Panel’s Tasting Note: “Undiluted on the nose the panel were treated to fresh toast with lashings ofmarmalade topped with unsmoked bacon. Then rum & raison ice-cream servedon a worn copper spoon. To taste at this stage summer was felt with mesquitemarinated BBQâ€™D meat washed down with Australian Riesling with notes ofburning rubber. After water was added, the panel salivated over the smell ofPorchetta dâ€™Ariccia with crackling and Thai spices. Once in the mouth, one panelmember bit into well baked apples covered in caramelised sugar. The flavour ofgunpowder cut through the sweetness. A dram fit for fire works celebration onOrkney.” Drinking Tip: “During an American football game.” - $139.99
- 53.162:Â The happiness machine – 56.5% – 16 Year – Islay – Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Outturn: 268 Bottles -Â Panel’s Tasting Note:“A huge mass of metal whirrs and clunks creating bubbles of happiness and contentment. This machine gives off fumes of peat and heather, you can smell the honey it uses instead of oil as well as the damp oak barbecue at the heart of its boiler. Flavours of soap, lemon and diesel oil fill the lungs of the happy workers pressing its buttons and working its levers. Water softens the effects and should be added sparingly. Hints of peanut butter and glazed herbal ham will bring a smile on the finish leaving a warm happy glow blossoming in anyone who drinks this.” Drinking Tip: “Take care with water!.” - $136.99
At tonight’s tasting I had a strong preference for whiskies 1, 4 and 6, but the first tasting group was all over 5, 6 and 7. Not a bad whisky in the bunch, stay away from #5 if you don’t like big sherry!
Past Releases Still Available:
- 2.81 - Just 3 left!
- 3.189 – !!New Year’s Promotion!!
- 9.66Â - !!New Year’s Promotion!!
- 26.86 -Â !!New Year’s Promotion!!
- 35.64 - Just 1 left!
- 35.65 - Only 4 left!
- 39.83Â - !!New Year’s Promotion!! - Only 5 left!
- 53.165Â - !!New Year’s Promotion!!
- 63.27Â - !!New Year’s Promotion!!
- 66.35 – Only 6 left!
- 106.18Â - !!New Year’s Promotion!! – Only 5 left!
- 127.26 - Just 2 left!
- 128.3 - Just 3 left!
New Year’s Promotion:Â If you purchase two of any of the following you will save 10% on each. If you buy three or more of any of the following, you will save 15% on each.