GET SET FOR A RETRO CHRISTMAS
There are many ways to make merry this season but after everything that’s happened this year, you can forgive us for wanting to wallow in nostalgia and celebrate the most comforting and magical aspects of Christmases past.
However you choose to celebrate, take the time to take it all in, have a dram and raise a glass to a very merry retro Christmas!
GLITZ AND GLAMOUR
Check out our selection of irresistible treats from across our different flavour profiles. These drams are bound to put anyone in a festive mood!
YOU DESERVE IT...
Indulge in a rich, comforting whisky and cast your mind back to celebrations BC, or Before Coronavirus. There's plenty to bring some comfort in the approach to Christmas says SMWS spirits manager Euan Campbell. Check out his picks from the BIG Outturn. You know you deserve it.
Cask No. 44.135
BOOZE AND BONBON BLOWOUT
PROFILE Spicy & Sweet REGION Speyside AGE 16 Years ABV 55.0% CASK TYPE Refill ex-bourbon barrel
The nose suggested sipping Vinho Verde or Gewürztraminer in a sunny meadow – sitting on straw and hessian; nearby – a greengage tree and someone opening a packet of Avanti vanilla cigars. The sweet, tasty palate contained Revels and M&M’s, marzipan, floral honey and a Magnum ice-lolly stick. The reduced nose had us lounging on a corduroy sofa in a sun-dappled hayloft, passing round a box of assorted milk chocolates. The palate combined Dolly Mixtures and Jap Desserts with hints of something savoury – wine-cooked porcini or salt beef, washed down with Sauvignon Blanc or tawny port – then a nice dry, memory-rich, thirst-provoking finish.
Cask No. G10.28
PROFILE Juicy, Oak & Vanilla REGION Lowland AGE 15 Years ABV 60.4% CASK TYPE 2nd fill hogshead
The nose fidgeted with rice pudding, semolina, custard laced with dessert wine, strawberry jam and freshly sawn oak. Also, barley sugars, sun-warmed straw and rain-dampened forest. A little water and spearmint chewing gum emerged, along with pine sap and fragrant acetone. Further strawberry notes like strawberry laces and tarts. Also some nibbling wood spice. The mouth was powerful on arrival, full of cinnamon custard, star anise, tooth-coating sugars, foamy banana sweets and granola. With water, it became more tropical with pineapple sherbet and coconut water, lemon bonbons and molten pear drops. Previously in a bourbon barrel for 11 years before being transferred to a second fill HTMC hogshead.
Cask No. 70.42
ELEGANT, DARK AND STORMY
PROFILE Old & Dignified REGION Highland AGE 27 Years ABV 60.2% CASK TYPE Refill ex-bourbon barrel
A wealth of sweet cereals, soft waxes and mature, herbal complexity. Lots of dried flowers, hibiscus tea, dried lime peel, thyme, rosemary and things like canvas and baking parchment. We found it superbly elegant, deep and enticing. With water the aromas become fresh, crisper, more estery and elegantly coastal. Lots of eucalyptus resin, pinecones, aged yellow Chartreuse, moss, lemon cough drops and mineral oils. The palate opened with cough medicines, Darjeeling tea with lemon, citronella candles, dried oregano, mint tea and menthol cigarettes. Water really brought about a big change in the weather, everything became much more saline, sharp and citrusy. Big westerly gusts of fresh air, bath salts, fennel, mustard powder, dried tarragon and jasmine flowers.
Cask No. 41.137
A CASK OF CAKE
PROFILE Spicy & Dry REGION Speyside AGE 12 Years ABV 61.6% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
The nose was immediately rich and viscous, full of buttery oils and dried fruit. Minty and herbaceous overtones danced around sultanas, raisins and dried mango with caramelised suggestions of sweet Madeira wine. Assertive woody notes arrived with a thick layer of Danish oil as clean leather tangled with chocolate Bourbon biscuits and Swiss rolls. Rum flavours emerged with water, combining cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with dried pineapple, mango and plenty of vanilla. A floral character wafted through an old dunnage warehouse where heavy oak casks concealed fresh ginger and wasabi spice. Hints of marzipan and dark chocolate flowed into liquorice and peppermint on a finish that merged lavender with throat lozenges.
Cask No. GN3.10
LITTLE MOMENT OF MAGIC
PROFILE Gin REGION Hawick ABV 50.2% CASK TYPE 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel
Strawberries and cream, rhubarb and custard, lemon sorbet as well as pink peppercorns, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla and lavender made this a very engaging nose neat. To taste like the party welcome-drink called Melon Medley – cantaloupe melon cubes orange and lemon juice blended together and served over crushed ice and garnished with a cocktail cherry. After dilution plenty of citrus notes at first followed by lemongrass and pear drops while on the palate fascinating sweet malty cereal notes like biting off a piece from an Ovomaltine chocolate bar while, in the finish, dry with a hint of coriander spice.
25 CASKS OF CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR
Enjoy the perfect countdown to the big day with our brand new advent calendar for 2020. It will offer up a different 25ml dram to try every day, with a couple of extra surprises thrown in along the way. Our advent calendars are available now, the perfect gift to the whisky lover in your life - or perhaps a well-earned treat for yourself? Numbers are limited, though, so grab one before they become a ghost of Christmas past.
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EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
The Society is here for all your magical moments this Christmas, sharing joy and happiness with our unique selection of whisky and gift recommendations.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
NOW WITH FREE MINI SAMPLE*
We know that you keep excellent company and there's never been a better time to share the Society experience with your nearest and dearest. With the gift that keeps on giving, your lucky loved one will enjoy 12 months of whisky club wonder, while you get to feel a warm glow about your great Christmas present.
*while stock lasts