Well, it looks like we have finally shaken off the cold and snowy grasp of winter. Our brief respite of road construction and pollen and mould fueled allergies can now be enjoyed.
May seems to a blockbuster month: A new Star Wars film and a new Avengers film hitting theatres makes it so you have to look hard to find something entertaining not yet owned by Disney. Luckily for us, they have not yet bought the Scotch Malt Whisky Society!
This month we find ourselves enjoying a distillery rarely seen in SMWS bottles – especially within Canada. Also joining the party are three cask finishes, and two peated malts but no Islay in sight; one of the peated bottles hails from the Highlands, the other from the Orkneys.
This Outturn follows on the heels of Kensington Wine Market’s first ever SMWS bottle sale which was very well received in late April. If you are looking for an older release it might still be available though. You can check out what we have in stock here. If any SMWS bottles show as being out of stock on our website please contact us – we might be able to get more.
As always we would like to give a big thank-you to our awesome neighbour’s Peasant Cheese for supplying the small bites for the tastings.
Without further ado, here is your SMWS Canada May 2018 Lineup:
30.98 – Bring on the dancers
This 25 year old Speysider is 46% after maturing in a refill barrel
Flavour profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Outturn: 168 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose evokes a Moulin Rouge dressing room or the set of Cabaret – perfumed dancing girls, silk scarves, a wooden fruit bowl, tobacco, apple strudel and paint. The palate is a delicate, dainty thing – subtle perfumed sweetness, pineapple and new wood – sweet and juicy as a Pink Lady apple, but more drying on the finish. With water, the nose really finds its voice and sings a sweet madrigal of tropical fruits, cranachan, Caribbean punch and picnic baskets in apple orchards. The palate is now fresher and juicier – peach and apricot flans, caramel apple granny cake and hints of barley and putty.” $267.99
44.86 – Four seasons in one glass
This 10 year old Speysider was matured in a refill barrel and comes in at 60.8%
Flavour profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Outturn: 196 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “Our journey began with the smell of fresh and green foliage after a rain shower, which then dried into dusty flowerbeds of sweet scented petals. Lavender, rose and jasmine combined with wisteria, elderflower and apple blossom, hot from the sun’s rays. Apple blossom turned to apple juice and then cider as we found ourselves in a damp forest eating brioche bread and digestive biscuits. Truffles, walnuts and wood chips blended with the earthy smell of the forest floor. As the air took a cooler stance we warmed ourselves by the fire with hot cups of earl grey tea and glasses of mulled wine with a good helping of fresh ginger to accompany spicy pear crumble, stollen bread and perhaps a cheeky glass of apple schnapps to finish.” $142.99
71.47 – Citric spicy whisky lassi
This 10 year old Speysider was matured in a refil barrel and is 60.5%
Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet
Outturn: 187 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “A citrus zing on the nose reminded us of home-made lemonade or breakfast grapefruit (including cherry) – other comments included an arts and crafts room, cinnamon and manuka honey. The neat palate was intense and penetrating – dry chili and pepper heat, rhubarb and ginger jam, chewing willow twigs, malt extract and Moroccan roasted vegetables. The reduced nose had basketwork, honey-cluster cereals and harvested hay fields or sugar cane plantations – also hints of gin, cucumber, lime and mint. The reduced palate was sweeter and still quite distinctive – butterscotch, coconut, walnut fudge, strawberry jam on hot-cross buns and an Indian drink called ‘lassi’.” $128.99
58.21 – Old-fashioned confectioners
This 11 year old was finished in a new oak hogshead after previously maturing in an ex-bourbon hogshead and comes in at 58%
Flavour profile: Spicy & sweet
Outturn: 220 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose gave us floral perfumes (lavender, heather, nasturtium), Turkish Delight, lemon puffs and apple crumble, with hints of sandalwood, eucalyptus and five spice barbecued ribs. The palate was intensely tasty – clove, liquorice, sweet cinnamon, chili chocolate, crystallized ginger and robust oak. The reduced nose evoked an old-fashioned confectioner’s (lucky tatties*, marzipan, toffee and sugar-coated fennel seeds) – also oak, pine, cumin and spiced rum. The reduced palate had pink peppercorns, dry ginger and Indian curry spice; mint chocolate and menthol – but the pleasant sweetness of pineapple, butterscotch and Danish pastries made it all very clean and tasty – we wanted more. (*cinnamon dusted fondant sweets vaguely resembling potatoes). Previously matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead.” $149.99
39.151 – A blue lady and a seraph’s smile
This 19 year old Speysider was finished in a 1st fill Pedro Ximenez butt after previously maturing in an ex-Oloroso butt and is 58.4%
Flavour profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Outturn: 592 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose is smooth and indulgent – like being served Blue Lady tea* and After Eight mints on a polished mansion house table. With time fruits open up – tangerine, kumquat, peach schnapps, prunes and figs. The palate is mouth-filling, velvety, smile-inducing and sweet as a Seraph’s smile – maple syrup, moist brown sugar and rum and raisin fudge; then come hints of ginger, nutmeg and oak and some green apple and sherbet. The reduced nose offers cinnamon swirls, marshmallows, sun-ripened sultanas and toffee pennies. The palate combines thick honey and fudge sweetness with melon, mango and sherbet dip-dabs; cinnamon and leather to finish. (* black tea flavoured with citrus and exotic flowers). Previously matured in an ex-Oloroso butt.” $209.99
4.236 - Island holiday snapshot
This 14 year old from the Highland Islands comes in at 56.6% after maturing in a refill hogshead
Flavour profile: Lightly peated
Outturn: 279 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose provoked a lengthy panel debate – was it a picnic on the wild flower machair or the remains of a barbecue bonfire on the shore? Either way it was an interesting island holiday snapshot. The palate was quite a sensation – lively but lovely and balanced – honeyed porridge and blancmange sweetness with lots of perfumed floral smoke. The pointless debate continued with water – the picnickers taking langoustines from a basket and the beach guys pouring lavender water on driftwood embers. The reduced palate – either scallops and Thai prawns or kissing a perfumed woman – depending, maybe, on how hungry you feel.” $188.99
66.110 - Peat for beginners
This 12 year old Highlander comes in at 60% and after spending 10 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead it was transferred to a 2nd fill white wine barrique for the remainder of its maturation
Flavour profile: Peated
Outturn: 186 bottles
Panel’s tasting note: “The nose approached with a delicate restrain, softly laden with the barbecued wafts of bacon, roasted sweet potato and smoked chestnuts on ham. Toasted banana mingled with singed porridge and the freshness of lemon skin on the sea breeze. The palate was less than restrained with a giant sized smack of delicious peppered steak and ribs in barbecue sauce. Sweet and sticky with a tongue tingling twist of cloves and char before caramelized onion chutney blended with lavender and lemon lollies. The finish carried the meaty delights of glazed ham and beef stock with salted almonds and burnt wood. After spending 10 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a 2nd fill white wine barrique for the remainder of its maturation.” $151.99