There’s plenty of tasty springtime flavours to be enjoyed in the latest SMWS Outturn. Here, ambassador Phoebe picks her favourite new whiskies for March

We’re in for a real treat this month. Not only are there 18 single cask whiskies to try, but we finally have the opportunity to see the new SMWS bottle design in the flesh. And I’m pleased to say each new bottle is just as colourful and captivating as the spirit inside it. I was drawn to a total mix of flavours this month – from juicy, fresh whiskies to intensely peated whiskies. Here are my top picks from the March Outturn.

44.76 Laid-Back Indulgence

Let’s kick things off with this incredible easy drinking dram. Warming and syrupy sweet on the nose, it reminds me of tinned apricots halves. White chocolate, waxy vanilla candles and heather honey followed. To taste it’s even more heavenly – white chocolate and raspberry muffins, marmalade on brown bread and a burst of fresh ginger. A few drops of water brings out a nutty note on the nose and a warming and vibrant finish on the palate. The drinking tip couldn’t be more spot on!

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: All night long
Age: 14 years
Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/medium char
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 57.5%
Bottle Price: £54.80

26.118 Happiness is a Warm Hug!

As soon as you nose this whisky you realise it’s very special. It’s a whisky to enjoy when marking an occasion. On the nose it’s marzipan, raisins soaked in brandy and a generous serving of strawberry trifle. On the palate it’s a wonderful mix of buttery flapjacks, almond butter, toasted hazelnuts and puff pastry. Adding water brings out sweeter, fruitier notes like orange and baked banana with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Drinking Tip: When meeting an old friend
Age: 16 years
Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/medium char
Region: Highland Northern
Alcohol: 52.4%
Bottle Price: £69.10

29.209 More reviving than smelling salts

Let this whisky transport you to the coast. Breathe in its wonderful maritime aromas of seaweed, timber, grilled kippers and beach bonfire. On the palate it becomes quite complex with fennel seeds, fresh shrimp, glazed parsnips and a hint of vanilla appearing. On the finish there is an intense sweet peat-smoke that lingers. It might be tempting to avoid water but a few drops only enhance this whisky. It becomes earthier at first, followed by flavours of salted caramel, Affogato and liquorice tea.

Flavour Profile: Peated
Drinking Tip: A bit of a first aid dram – or with oysters if in good health.
Age: 19 years
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead
Region: Islay
Alcohol: 50.1%
Bottle Price: £124.00

35.183 A polar bear’s birthday cake

This whisky is a concoction of dreamy springtime flavours. As soon as I nose it, I immediately want to throw together a picnic basket of tasty treats to enjoy with it. On the nose it’s juicy watermelon, jelly and ice cream and dried papaya and mango chunks. To taste it turns to rich gooseberry fool (my ultimate weakness), freshly baked apple pie and digestive biscuits dunked in milky tea. Water brings out a lovely fresh cooling note and the zesty flavours of a fruit salad.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: When ice fishing in Canada.
Age: 14 years
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 57.4%
Bottle Price: £54.20

37.86 Juicy and delightful

This is another powerful juicy dram that’s perfect for the new season. On first nose it’s like burying your head in a bouquet of spring blooms – it’s soft, sweet and delicately perfumed. This is followed by the aromas of a burning orange candle, white chocolate and sherbet lemons. To taste it becomes sharper and spicier – freshly squeezed lime juice, cardamom and clove appear. Water releases lemon zest, ground cinnamon and amaretti biscuits. Utterly divine.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry
Drinking Tip: Any time whisky.
Age: 16 years
Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/medium char
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 57.3%
Bottle Price: £59.50

48.84 Seize the moment

There’s no doubt about it, this is a sophisticated whisky that I guarantee will impress just about anyone. On the nose the clean yet sweet scent of freshly cut roses and lilies are perfectly balanced with a burst of vanilla. To taste it’s just like hot, buttery crumpets served with heaps of strawberry jam. A little water brings out notes of coffee and cinder toffee.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: Before a big moment or at any moment
Age: 12 years
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 57.7%
Bottle Price: £47.70

93.70 Old cars and cigars

With a name like that, how can I not be intrigued? The nose is rich and bold, as expected, with aromas of dark chocolate, cigar smoke, pecan pie and Medjool dates. To taste it reminds me of Turkish coffee made with rose water, toffee chews, sherry and fresh tobacco leaves. Reduced it becomes richer and dried fruit and nuts appear on the nose. A burst of marzipan appears in the finish.

Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Drinking Tip: While restoring old cars – or for dipping your pacifier.
Age: 17 years
Cask: 1st fill Spanish oak Oloroso hogshead
Region: Campbeltown
Alcohol: 53.4%
Bottle Price: £79.00

G4.11 A happy gathering

Last but not least is this deliciously sweet and mellow dram. On the nose it’s very fruity – fresh mangos, plums, bananas and dried apricot appear. To taste it becomes creamier with coconut milk, butter and freshly baked pastry emerging. Just a couple of drops of water is all is needs to release notes of dark chocolate, espresso, custard creams and intense spiciness.

Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Drinking Tip: To share with friends, regardless if they like whisky or not.
Age: 37 years
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead
Region: Lowland
Alcohol: 50.0%
Bottle Price: £145.00

The March Outturn will be available for members to buy online and in our venues now.