January 2022


FIREWORK FLAVOURS FOR NEW YEAR

Dare to be different this new year, embrace a bold new explosion of flavour.

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New Members Guide


COME ON IN

You’ve received the card and have the badge to prove it. You’re a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Welcome! By now you’ll hopefully have read our special welcome issue of Unfiltered magazine about all things Society, from our manifesto and our history to the story of our founder, Pip Hills. Consider this a Society one-pager with some of the more common questions and answers we get, along with tips from some of our long-standing members.

Flavour Profiles


LET'S IGNITE

New Year, New Outturn! Dive into this month’s new Outturn with new flavourful bottlings that are sure to keep the January blues at bay. And don't forget to check out our big Burns bash sale - live later this week.

Featured Bottlings


AN ADVENTURE IN EVERY SIP

A new year unfolds…and with it, the promise of fresh whisky adventures. The Society is serving up adventures in a glass, with a cracking start to the year and the promise of more whisky releases in 2022 – on a more regular basis – than we’ve ever offered up before.

Cask No. 78.55


SLOW SAPID SURRENDER

£49.00

PROFILE Spicy & Dry REGION Highland AGE 8 years ABV 59.4% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon hogshead

We encountered a curious nose, full of cherries and chocolate, liquorice and lemon, peanuts, pistachios and wasabi peas. The palate was sweet and intensely flavoured – buttery Danish biscuits, toffee, crème brulée and cinnamon toast, then a warming, mouth-drying finish of ginger, chilli, over-done plum pie and oak.

The reduced nose offered barley sugars and apricot flan, nougat, trail mix with hazelnuts and dried coconut and sanded wood on a workbench. The reduced palate slowly surrendered its sapid secrets, which included apple crumble, caramel log and dark chocolate Bounty bars, with an after-taste of pepper and ginger in a dentist’s clinic.

Cask No. 5.95


A GINGER LEMON SHOT

£90.00

PROFILE Sweet, Fruity & Mellow REGION Lowland AGE 18 years ABV 58.4% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon hogshead

A wonderful intense fruity sweetness greeted the panel on the nose neat, apple strudel, freshly squeezed orange juice with a sprinkling of ginger and pineapple chunks in light syrup. Lively and zingy on the palate like a ginger lemon shot with a pinch of ground cayenne pepper alongside the underlying sweetness of a homemade mango custard cream.

Water added the mineral fruitiness of a Riesling wine with those typical aromas of peach and apricot while to taste a banana and pineapple ice cream float, a lemon and lime parfait with boozy cherries still with a tangy sweetness of a gooseberry fool in the background.

Cask No. 53.400


POETRY IN A GLASS

£65.00

PROFILE Peated REGION Islay AGE 10 years ABV 58.3% CASK TYPE Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

This nose took us places – one to the Islay shore (breakers, beach bonfire ash, cooked prawns), another to Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo (7.00am, sushi and sake breakfast). The palate delivered a belch of hickory smoke, burning twigs and licking a coal shovel; also grilled langoustines and crusty bread, mango, pear and lemon acidity.

On the reduced nose we found grilled pineapple with honey and chilli, crab meat with balsamic dressing, white jelly babies, Victoria sponge and cigar smoke. The palate now lulled us to a land of dark chilli chocolate, barbecued lobster and hotdogs and blissful contemplation – poetry in a glass.

Where Flavour Comes Alive


DEEP, RICH & DRIED FRUITS

Over the next 12 months, the Society’s Julien Willems is taking us on a deep and delicious dive into each of the Society’s 12 flavour profiles. What better place to start than the perfect dram to warm up a chilly January day, with Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits.

Whisky History


BURNS' DRAMSCAPE

In his comparatively short life, Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns experienced huge changes in the production of the country’s national drink, as Gavin D Smith reports.

Unfiltered


A BRIGHT NEW YEAR

Starting with a BIG BANG, this month’s Unfiltered magazine has landed, with Moa Nilsson providing a calendar of events and occasions to inspire any whisky adventurer. That calendar kicks off with our annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Discover his associations with whisky alongside a celebration of the Scots language with modern poet Len Pennie.

Look back in time


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