As the SMWS continues to celebrate its 35th anniversary, we asked some members to sample eight special bottlings from the July Outturn which were hand-picked by whisky expert and Tasting Panel Chair, Charlie MacLean.

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We didn’t tell them what they were tasting, so its all about the flavour!  Here’s what they had to say about the first four bottles…..

135.3 Red carpet welcome
“Rich stewed fruit, a hint of marzipan and sour plums on the nose. Full bodied, spice and dryness on the palate, with more stewed fruit and no sourness. Better without water. Strong hint of sherry, but not overpowering.”
Stuart Lachs

“Vibrant juicy fruit alongside assertive wood spice. Leading with blackcurrant fruit tea and vanilla, a touch of old newspaper and wax candles behind this provides some savoury balance. A drop of water accentuates the leather notes, and brings a hint of roast coffee. Reduced palate is “softer” and more rounded, the fruit and vanilla is joined by a touch of coffee and walnut cake. The finish has an almost vegetal/tobacco leaf note.”
Andrew Fulton

2.108 The King o’ Malts
“Prickly lead on the nose; spicy, oak, sweetness (kola cubes and sherbet lemons).  Explosion of flavours with a few small drops of water! More kola cubes, chocolate orange, dark chocolate and chilli, candied orange. Very juicy and unctuous on the palate, alcohol burn not as high as expected. Cinder toffee leading to a slightly bitter finish that’s moderately drying. The kola cubes from the nose are present throughout.

“Awesome dram, right on my favourite flavour profile – undoubtedly well-sherried.  I’ll be buying a bottle when I know what it is!”
Alistair Mateer

64.103 All sweetness and light wood
“Green apples, pick n’ mix, and rose on the nose, before leading to lemons, forest fruits and vanilla on the palate. A drop of water brought aromas of dolly mixtures, golden syrup and stewed pears, with caramel, honey, and cream soda on the reduced palate.

Very pleasant and enjoyable. This would also be a great introduction to Scotch.”
James Bruce

“A very nice sweet and fruity whisky. I liked the nose more without adding any water as it was a bit more complex then. The palate is very spicy without water and becomes much smoother with a few drops of water. The spicy notes are then to be found in the long finish.”
Aaron Engelmann

88.10  Complete sweet treat
“On the nose; green apple-y juicy fruit, fudge, oregano and rosemary herbs. Freshness that after a while lets through malt and fresh oak like the grinding floor of a windmill.

Initially a sherbet fizz sharp feel on the tongue developing to green sour apples and fresh sanded oak. A light palate but complex nose which I’d drink as an aperitif.  For lunchtime or 5-7pm pre-dinner.”
Phil Markham

“Notes of  sweet silky honey and some green bananas.  Turns a little sour, then eucalyptus and hint of peppery ash in the finish.  The reduced palate loses a little of the complexity from the neat spirit – a light honey, peppery sweet finish.”
Stuart McLaughlin

The July Outturn goes live at 9am on Friday 6 July.  Watch out for more members reviews of the next four bottles, coming soon.