The latest Outturn has arrived and it’s definitely worth celebrating. Here, Society ambassador Phoebe picks her favourites for February.

Could there be a better way to celebrate the start of February than with a fine dram? After all it’s a month that brings an air of optimism with it and a hint of rejuvenation as we head towards spring. This month’s Outturn, Fresh Catch, offers a collection of whiskies that are perfect for awakening the senses in anticipation for the changing seasons. Here are a few of my favourites from the February Outturn.

10.107 Summer-time at the beach

I will admit – I was immediately drawn to the whisky because of its name. I grew up in a seaside town on the coast of Dorset and on first nose, this whisky transported me right back there. Fresh floral and herbal notes appear first, followed by heather honey and a hint of sea salt. Fruity notes appear shortly after offering peaches and pears. To taste it’s like milk chocolate, toffee chews and porridge with a hint of spice and more salt. A little water made it softer on the nose and juicer on the palate.

Flavour Profile: Oily & coastal
Drinking Tip: Summer-time at the beach – or in the depths of winter, thinking about summer-time on the beach.
Age: 10 years
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Islay
Alcohol: 61.2%
Bottle Price: £62.80

28.32 Solar Eclipse

This is a very bold whisky and it reminds you of that at every stage of the whisky appreciation process. At first glance its glossy brunette hue catches your eye, then it seduces you with its full bodied viscosity and heady aromas. Trust me, this whisky won’t let you down. Prunes, dark chocolate mousse and coffee beans appear at first. To taste, it’s immediately dry and incredibly moreish. A few drops of water make it earthier and bring out a sweetness of liquorice tea and sticky toffee pudding.

Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Drinking Tip: Draw the curtains and listen to Black Magic Woman by Carlos Santana
Age: 8 years
Cask: 1st fill Oloroso butt
Region: Highland Southern
Alcohol: 60.3%
Bottle Price: £47.00

35.157 Reward for a brass band

With its clean, fresh and sweet nose, this whisky will make you feel sunny, no matter the weather. Toffee, milk chocolate and nougat are combined with sweetly scented cut blooms. To taste, it was more more lively and succulent. Orange zest, buttery shortbread and cinnamon appear at first, followed by a drying finish. With water the sweet blooms intensify as it becomes more perfumed and waxy.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: Might be too mouth-watering for playing brass instruments – but could make listening to them more bearable.
Age: 14 years
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 58.2%
Bottle Price: £53.50

37.87 Puff Pastry Plum Tarts

Although we’re all feeling a lot brighter about things in February, it’s still a very chilly month. This is the ideal whisky for a drab day when you need to fast forward to spring. On the nose it’s oatcakes, a cheese board with an array of soft cream cheeses, marmalade and lightly toasted seeds and nuts. Upon taste you’re transported to a bakery with freshly made apple strudel and carrot cake. With a little water it softens and becomes all the more sweet and easy to drink.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Drinking Tip: Getting warm and cosy by an open fire
Age:  13 years
Cask: 1st fill charred ex-red wine hogshead
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 58.8 %
Bottle Price: £58.20

48.86 Floralicious!

This is my kind of whisky – the aromas of sticky sweet tinned peaches, rose water and freshly washed linens immediately intrigue. To taste it’s hot and incredibly perfumed and reminds me a lot of Bourbon whiskey. With some water it just opens up beautifully – coconut cream, boiled toffee sweets, jelly sweeties and glace cherries appear before an unusual but delightful milky finish.

Flavour Profile: Young & spritely
Drinking Tip: Take it with you for a dip in the pool on a hot afternoon, it’s not afraid of the water.
Age:  13 years
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 59.2%
Bottle Price: £49.20

58.19 Fruity, sticky, yummy

Another that does a good job of transporting you to a sunnier environment, this whisky has a lot going on. On the nose wine gums, Turkish delight and fresh lavender appear. After a little time soft rose petals and earl grey tea emerge. To taste it’s very sweet and jammy – with flavours of mangoes, strawberry and tinned pineapple. With water it becomes quite woody but mellow, with pine forest aromas and flavours of vanilla ice cream, wafers and sweet sprinkles.

Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Drinking Tip: Whilst on a sunny stroll through the woods.
Age:  10 years
Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/medium char
Region:  Speyside Deveron
Alcohol: 57.7%
Bottle Price: £52.70

64.88 ‘Put Through One’s Paces’

This is a refined and delicate dram with aromas of freshly cut white lilies and eucalyptus. On the palate a hint of lively chilli heat appears followed by lemon and ginger tea. A few drops of water bring out its sweeter side with aromas of a box of chocolates – dark chocolate praline, marzipan and cherry liqueur flavours come to mind. To taste it’s much more gentle, like freshly baked chocolate cookies and nutty flourless brownies.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Drinking Tip: This is a real crowd-pleaser
Age: 13 years
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 62.4%
Bottle Price: £56.00

93.71 Nautical but nice

I don’t like to pick favourites, but I will be savouring every last drop of this whisky. On the nose sweet caramel wafers sit over cups of sweet, milky tea. A hint of menthol appears, along with honeycomb and liquorice. To taste it’s just like taking a sip of dandelion and burdock! After a little time the more subtle flavours of fizzy lemon bonbons and fresh mint leaves appear. With added water the maritime aromas are let loose. You’ll find yourself wanting to savour them for hours!

Flavour Profile: Oily & coastal
Drinking Tip: The perfect ship wrecked dram after being washed ashore on a paradise island.
Age: 9 years
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Campbeltown
Alcohol: 59.0%
Bottle Price: £57.70

The February Outturn will be available for members to buy at 9am on Friday 3 February online and in our venues.