THE NEW ROARING TWENTIES
This month at the Society we’re celebrating our thirst for life and ushering in a new kind of Twenties with even more razzle dazzle than the Twenties that came before.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
There are so many reasons to pick up a bottle of whisky at this time of year, whether it’s for gifting as we approach Christmas, treating yourself to your own special festive dram, or simply savouring a warming whisky during the darkest month of the year. Whatever your motivation to find the perfect bottling, we’re confident we’ve got you covered.
Cask No. 48.139
PIE IN THE SKY
PROFILE Spicy & Sweet REGION Speyside AGE 12 Years ABV 51.3% CASK TYPE Refill ex-bourbon hogshead
The panel had all sorts of images in mind nosing this one neat. Worn for the first time but now muddy welly boots, a gooseberry tart, bacon wrapped asparagus, exotic wood and pine syrup. On the palate there was a lovely fruitiness with a collection of year-round classic pies such as apple and blackberry, lemon meringue, plum and marzipan as well as fig, raspberry and cardamom and not to forget the good old mince pie.
Diluted we unwrapped our cinnamon bagel from a greaseproof paper bag before we enjoyed salted caramel, stewed rhubarb and ginger with chocolate, cherry and chilli brownies in the finish.
Cask No. 59.68
LEATHER BOUND PETROL STATION
PROFILE Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits AGE 12 Years ABV 57.0% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-oloroso hogshead
Pencil shavings and charred oak mixed with linseed oil and beeswax on pine wood before polished leather bound together burnt raisins, sticky toffee pudding and dates soaked in diesel. In the mouth a sticky syrup of marmalade, treacle and fruit chutney prepared the taste buds for dark navy rum, cloves, cinnamon and liquorice.
Water took us to places of dark chocolate, espresso coffee and charred wood while toasted hot cross buns merged with figs, pears and walnuts. Flavours now embraced more tropical fruit while molasses and demerara sugar mixed into grapefruit juice and coconut oil. After spending 10 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a first fill Spanish oak oloroso hogshead.
Cask No. 80.29
FIZZY, FRUITY, MINTY AND REFRESHING
PROFILE Young & Spritely REGION Speyside AGE 9 Years ABV 58.8% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon hogshead
A lively and ‘full of fun’ aroma excited the panel, fruit flavoured love hearts, wine gums, fluffy honey sweetened marshmallows as well as passion fruit and banana Eton mess. Cuts like a knife on the palate at first with a gingery, peppery heat before a cooling Limoncello spritz cocktail (Limoncello, Prosecco and soda) came to the rescue.
After reduction, the summery scent from an Amalfi coast lemon sorbet, watermelon granita and cream stuffed cannoncini combined with the taste of a kumquat mojito consisting of rum, sugar water, Prosecco, lime, fresh mint leaves and quartered kumquats. We experienced the Italian sweet life – la dolce vita!
HERE TO HELP
With so much variety, picking the right bottle for yourself, or as a gift, can be a challenge as we approach Christmas. Fear not, there is plenty of help at hand at the Society to help you navigate our weekly releases in the UK and find the perfect present.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON IN STYLE
We’re celebrating a return to something approaching normality with a look at how to party like it’s the decadent ‘Roaring Twenties’, with Mads Schmoll providing the tips not only on what to drink, what to listen to, but also how to dress to impress for this month’s party season. Look out for that AND a special Unfiltered gift coming your way this month…