Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America ‘January Sale Outturn Offerings’ – Scotch Whisky News


January Sale Outturn Offerings

Cask No. 3.180 
Wet coal and peppermint tea bags
Islay, Loch Indaal

A mild nosefeel, then an early scent of fixative in a photographer’s dark-room – ‘clean as Harpic’ – with confusing traces of plastic bottles, chalk, pastel crayons and cucumber. Strong, sweet and very salty to taste at natural strength, with artificial lavender and cooling Trebor mints. Water brings up the whisky’s character: wet coal sacks, dripping fir trees (we thought of Ted Hughes), heather, moss and bog, but the mint note still there now as a box of peppermint tea bags. Not so sweet, salty or smoky to taste, but still faintly mouth-cooling. A poetic example of the make from Islay’s oldest distillery.

Drinking tip: A wet day in the woods

Colour: Pale gold    
Cask: Refill hogshead    
Age: 15 years    
Date distilled: October 1996
Alcohol: 61.2%


Cask No. 72.22
Spiced infused
Highlands, Speyside (Lossie)

With aromas of bath bombs, Murray Mints, rosemary, vinegar, and a musty perfumed scent (likened by one Panellist to a sweaty farmworker) this evoked considerable discussion. The palate was hot, sweet, juicy, with damson jam, orange-oiled oak, but left a dry, tannic, musty aftertaste. Water (much needed) brought out baked apples, wine gums, black jam, orange shortbread, and mulled wine spice. To taste it was still juicy, hot and tannic but floral notes and peaches, nectarines and strawberries (with the bitterness of apple skins) and a light spiced-infused-milk made it very pleasant. This distillery lies in the Glen of Pluscarden.

Drinking tip: One to take to a country manor Christmas

Colour: Golden syrup    
Cask: Refill hogshead    
Age: 29 years    
Date distilled: November 1981
Alcohol: 53.7%



Cask No. 123.6 
Rhubarb and custard
Highlands, Southwest Highlands

Creamy vanilla custard/crème brulée on the nose to start with, with the brulée bit increasing to crystalline sugar in espresso coffee and then the custard being joined by raspberry, plum and rhubarb crumble. Behind all this is a light winey note. At unreduced strength, the taste is sweet and tannic – Assam tea leaves and red fruits (plums) with some tobacco in the aftertaste. Water suggests European oak: gunpowder, scorched fruitcake, over-caramelised buttery sugar. Now it has an oily texture; sweet then tannic, spicy and acceptably bitter (burnt sugar again). The distillery, on Loch Lomondside, has enjoyed a considerable revival since being acquired by Ian Macleod & Co.

Drinking tip: With rhubarb crumble

Colour: Pale amber with pink lights  
Cask: Refill port pipe    
Age: 10 years    
Date distilled: April 2001
Alcohol: 59.5%


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