SMWS brand ambassador Phoebe previews 39.124: A toast to Tim Peake – just in time for its release today!

I can’t think of a more perfect whisky to celebrate with when arriving home after a long, arduous trip. It’s a dram to savour and rejoice in. That’s why The SMWS thought it was rather fitting to celebrate Tim Peake’s return to earth on Saturday 18th June with this special whisky.

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Its nose is crisp and clean with savoury elegance; saffron rice softens to zesty citric overtones – freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice and coarse-cut orange marmalade; time reveals a peppercorn-laden Steak Diane sauce. Creamy, bold and dry.

On the palate the texture is overwhelmingly dry and mouth-coating – reminiscent of a mature Sauternes or Tokaji – filled with dessert wine tartness. The palate is dominated by a sharp sweetness; old-fashioned cinder toffee, raspberry meringue roulade and a well-fired pastry, which reminded me of a freshly baked custard tart covered completely in nutmeg.39.124

With water the pepper subsides entirely to whipped-cream aromas. The dram manages to retain its citric and dry edge though. The palate is now more savoury; water biscuits with brie and cranberry and silky rose water ice cream replicate the creaminess found on the nose. Fresh sourdough bread ushers a more subtle finish.

Cask no.: 39.124
Age: 29 years
Flavour profile: Old & dignified
Region: Speyside Lossie
ABV: 56.9%
Cask type: 2nd fill Sauternes hogshead
Outturn: 96     

39.124: A toast to Tim Peake’s return is available to purchase within the UK from Thursday 16 June online here or in venues.