As we bring our community of members together at this month’s Gathering events, Mads Schmoll reflects on everything you need to create your very own flavour-packed whisky love-in.
SHARING THE LOVE
As well as our Gathering exclusives, we have a cracking range of bottlings coming your way in this month's Outturn, whatever your whisky tastes or whoever you want to share one with.
CELEBRATING A RETURN TO REAL LIFE
This month we’ve put together a fantastic selection of special Gathering casks with exclusive bottlings across the UK, EU and beyond – so wherever you are, keep an eye on what’s coming your way.
SPIRIT OF THE 60s
This month founder Pip Hills talks about the birth of the Society and how a cultural movement that gained momentum in the 1960s, led to a new sense of confidence and pride in the country and our produce – including whisky in its purest form.
Cask No. 39.222
PROFILE Sweet, Fruity & Mellow REGION Speyside AGE 11 Years ABV 60.9% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
We noted a mellow floral aroma of cherry blossom and magnolia before fruits like peaches, mangoes and lychees appeared. A lovely neat fresh taste; a lemon bee pollen sorbet, with honeycomb meringue mango, papaya and Chantilly cream followed by a hint of rose petals and in the long finish candied ginger and Turkish delight.
Following a drop of water, a fruity, floral and delicate perfumed scent developed, next to yoghurt coated raisins, peach yoghurt and linseed oil. On the palate now velvety, satin-like, fluffy lemon marzipan muffins and a green apple, cinnamon and coconut smoothie with an additional teaspoon of bee pollen.
Cask No. 35.300
HAVING AFTERS UNDER THE RAFTERS
PROFILE Juicy, Oak & Vanilla REGION Speyside AGE 7 Years ABV 58.9% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
A wonderfully complex nose displaying playful oak (lying in a hayloft with sunbeams lasering through the rafters), Charentais and papaya, Turkish Delight, nut and honey Baklava, sweet tobacco and Camp coffee with chicory – pure joy! The palate finds cinnamon, pipe tobacco, sherbet lemons, raspberry pop-tarts, apricot Danish and cherry frangipane tart.
The reduced nose gets speculoos biscuits and cinnamon buns straight from the oven, orange and lemon zest, crème anglais, chocolate chip muffins and hints of leather. The reduced palate has juicy fruits, berry tarts, vanilla custard and summer creams; then crystallised ginger, hot cross buns and oak to finish.
Cask No. GN5.4
PROFILE Gin REGION Scotland ABV 49.8% CASK TYPE 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel
A rather robust aroma of tiger balm and water chestnut at first. Then eucalyptus, lemon and grapefruit peels, pollens and wee hints of star anise and heather flowers. The juniper is quite tame at first.
With water we found lemon and honey lozenges, aromatic cupboard spices, cloves, cinnamon, white pepper and then crushed greenery like nettles and peppery watercress. The neat palate brought juniper right to the fore. But also, coriander seed warmth, tarragon, aniseed, fennel, rose petals and citronella. Some forest flowers and Turkish delight. Reduction brought more rosewater, lemon balm, delicate medical touches, myrtle, tea tree oil and aged orange peels.
With the challenging times of 2020 and early 2021 almost behind us - we’re feeling the love, man.
This September, we’re inviting our global community of members to come together and celebrate our love of whisky.
We’ve got a packed calendar of events as well as special and exclusive bottlings to try. There’s also whisky and music pairings, tutored masterclasses, our online members’ magazine and virtual tastings. So, no matter where you live or your passion, there’s something for everyone.
Delve into The Gathering and share the whisky love!
STEP RIGHT UP FOR THE MAGICAL MALTING TOUR
In this issue of Unfiltered we are exploring the 1960s and asking what it is about whisky distilled then that continues to hold such a sway on us as drinkers, as well as for a new generation of distillers in thrall to the spirit-driven flavours associated with 1960s bottlings.