Each month our ambassador Phoebe picks her favourite whiskies from the new Outturn. In this latest post, she reveals her favourites from the flavourful July Outturn.

I was intrigued to try the latest Outturn as soon as I caught sight of the cover. Having just come back from weeks of travelling, I’m happy to see the whiskies draw on flavours from all corners of the globe.

July16_cover36.103: Ivory keys
13 years, Sweet, fruity & mellow

There’s something seriously decadent about this dram. On the nose, it embodies its Sweet, fruity & mellow flavour profile – lots of ripe banana, apple skins and sweet pears. Then after a little time I’m transported to the seat of a grand piano with lacquered wood aromas and a clean, sophisticated finish. With water, a subtle citric sharpness appears, providing an unexpected twist to the dram.

9.105: Sweet and attractive 
25 years, Sweet, fruity & mellow

If I had to pick one whisky from this Outturn, and only one, this would be it. Easy to drink but incredibly complex, this dram is one that deserves attention. On the nose, I was immediately met with rich honey, toffee apples and caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream. A fruity sweetness appeared on the palate – mango and passion fruit alongside pears and gooseberries. Beautifully balanced woody notes shine through with water. Delicious.

29.182: Burnt buttered bannock bread
16 years, Peated

Salty sea air and distant beach bonfires on the nose instantly transport me home to summer evenings spent on the beach in Poole. To taste, there’s a rich meatiness – lamb roasting in the oven. To taste there’s a huge amount of sweetness that I wasn’t expecting to find – mango sorbet, lemon curd and a fresh fruit salad of apples, strawberries, red grapes and watermelon – followed by a hit of heathery peat smoke. A dram full of surprises!

All of the bottlings released in the July Outturn are available for members and non-members to buy. The July Outturn goes on-sale Friday 1 July, available online and at the SMWS venues. Learn more about the SMWS flavour profiles here.