Are you starting to feel excited about Christmas yet? Even if you’re not, our December Outturn is packed full of festive treats that are sure to excite all whisky fans. Our Ambassador Phoebe Brookes reviews a few of her favourites here.

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This Outturn we have four festive parcels along with 5 special single casks. Among them is a very favourable peaty Scotch, a stunning cognac and the Society’s first ever bottling of a rye whiskey. See, there’s plenty to be excited about! All of the whiskies here have a very low Outturn and some are limited to one per member, so be sure to get your orders in fast or miss out.

Here are a few of my favourites from the Christmas Parcels Outturn. In addition to these, I’ve reviewed the new cognac, C3.1 separately. It’s so delicious I decided it was deserving of its own review, which you can on the blog.

41.87 Punchy perfumed peach and plum
This whisky is rich, succulent and fruity. On the nose it’s freshness is invigorating! Pineapple chunks paired with lemon drizzle cake. To taste it’s perfumed and even more fruity – lots of peach, plums and lime. Grassy, herbal notes follow. With a few drops of water it’s much fresher on the nose, with pine trees and freshly squeezed lime juice. To taste it turns into sherbet lemons, liquorice and a hint of warming honeyed flavours.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: To liven up the palate between courses or as an aperitif.
Age: 11 years
Outturn: 1 of 192 bottles (168 available)
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 59.3%
Price: Part of the Floral & Herbal Trio

44.75 Sticky blossom and spice
On the nose its blossom trees, toffee apples and elderflower cordial. Warm buttered crumpets with runny honey follow. To taste it’s hotter than imagined but warming and rich. It’s sticky and mouth-coating – reminding me of sweet, cooling cough sweets. A little water brings out caramel on the nose, milk chocolate and ginger. To taste it’s much softer and tamer.

Flavour Profile:Spicy & dry
Drinking Tip: Open, pour and come back to it once it has had time to breathe.
Age:  12 years
Outturn: 1 of 210 bottles (186 available)
Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/medium char
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 55.9%
Price: Part of the Floral & Herbal Trio

85.44 Have your cake and eat it
This whisky was made for Christmas! On the nose it releases sultanas, candied orange, dark chocolate, brown sugar and nutmeg. To taste coconut, peppermint and toffee appear. A little water brings out rich oaky notes. The finish is long, buttery finish is more savoury than expected but a welcome surprise after the intense sweetness.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: When spending Christmas in the Caribbean.
Age:  10 years
Date Distilled: 22 June 2006
Outturn: 1 of 234 bottles (174 available)
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 59.4%
Price: Part of the Traveler’s Trio

7.157 Cleopatra meets Robin Hood
With a name like ‘Cleopatra meets Robin Hood’ you can only have high hopes for this whisky. I did and it didn’t disappoint. On the nose it’s like almond croissants combined with wooden chests. To taste it’s hot, like chilli powder sprinkled over roasted root vegetables. There’s a sweetness there too – the almonds return but this time they’re more like a rich almond spread. Water made it creamier while releasing more warming spices.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry
Drinking Tip: Listening to ‘Yesterday when I was young’ by Glen Campbell
Age: 12 years
Outturn: 1 of 186 bottles (120 available)
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 60.9%
Price: Part of the Traveler’s Trio

33.134 Peat roasted pig Hawaiian style
On the nose I’m met with coffee liquor, hog roast, banana, sweet chestnuts and extra salty pork scratchings. To taste it’s sweet, smoky and very salty! It still manages to be very drinkable and there’s a lovely chewy toffee taste to it on the finish. A little water mellows it only slightly. This is the perfect whisky to accompany a feast.

Flavour Profile: Peated
Drinking Tip: When and where is the feast?
Age: 9 years
Outturn: 1 of 648 bottles (150 available)
Cask:  2nd fill ex-sherry butt
Region: Islay
Alcohol: 60.9%
Bottle Price: £110 – One Per Member

54.43 Fresh and fruity frolics
The nose of this whisky is divine. It’s incredibly relaxing, moreish and heady. Luscious green grass, a bunch of freshly picked freesias and freshly laundered linens. To taste it’s zesty and fresh – peppermint, strawberry jam and lemon tarte awaken your senses. If it’s a little too spritely for you, add a few drops of water and release soft notes of apples and pears. Cream and chocolate appear on the finish.

Flavour Profile: Young & spritely
Drinking Tip: Whilst getting intimate in a remote summer meadow.
Age: 9 years
Outturn: 1 of 228 bottles (228 available)
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 59.5%
Price: Part of the Golden Sunshine Pair

RW1.1 Simply supermassive
It’s very exciting to have a chance to try the Society’s very first bottling of a Rye whisky – RW1.1. On the nose it’s a box of praline and caramel milk chocolates, porridge, maple syrup and brown sugar. A burst of spice appears on the palate – orange zest, chilli hear and mint. A little water brings out toffee popcorn, baked grapefruit and a creaminess. A soft heathery flavour is a wonderful finish.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Drinking Tip: Take your time for the ultimate reward
Age: 3 years
Outturn: 1 of 96 bottles (48 available)
Cask: New charred oak
Region: Chicago
Alcohol: 61.8%
Bottle Price: £68.90 – One per member

72.50 A Nomad’s tent
This whisky deserves some time so no matter how tempted you are, don’t rush it. On the nose there’s Turkish Delight, baked plums drizzled in honey, fresh mango, passionfruit and brown sugar. To taste it’s spicy with lots of liquorice, clove and cinnamon. Toffee, honey and dark chocolate follow, lending a decadent feel to the whisky. A drop or two of water is all you need to bring out citrus and intense sugar – like Scottish tablet and glazed donuts. To taste the spice remains but the finish becomes longer and all the more rewarding.

Flavour Profile: Old & dignified
Drinking Tip: For special occasions, with special friends or for quiet moments of relaxation and reflection.
Age:  31 years
Outturn: 1 of 210 bottles (66 available)
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 54.4%
Bottle Price: £215

The December Outturn will be released at 9am on Friday 2 December and will be available for members to buy online or in our venues. Looking for a Christmas gift? Don’t forget to view our Ultimate Whisky Gift Guide.