The latest Outturn has arrived and is set to awaken your senses. Here, Society ambassador Phoebe picks her favourites for January.

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After a food and drink-fuelled December, it’s time to take stock in January. We all make promises to ourselves in time for the New Year; things we’re going to do more of, make time for or give up. Well, I like to start the New Year with a checklist of things I’d like to try or enjoy more of. After all, January can be a little gloomy, both in appearance and in mood.

So think positively – push your whisky boundaries and try something new that will awaken your senses. Here are the diverse drams I’ll be enjoying this month.

11.32 Cirque de Saveur

This whisky is as fresh as a daisy! Immediately on the nose there are aromas of cut grass, spring time blooms and juicy ripe peaches. To taste it’s sweet and buttery with notes of spiciness. The freshness returns with a drop of water as the wonderful sweetness of salted toffee is combined with springtime floral notes and freshly washed linens. Dark chocolate and woody notes appear on the finish.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: A post-show celebration
Age: 8 years
Outturn: 1 of 252 bottles (252 available)
Cask: First-fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Highland Northern
Alcohol: 61.6%
Bottle Price: £48.00

35.156 A sweet and cereal snogfest

If you normally deter from sweet whiskies in favour of something robust then I urge you to try this and not love it. On the nose it’s sweet and nutty – granola bars, sticky toffee pudding and honey on toast. To taste the sweetness is intense – milk chocolate and hazelnut spread and hints of gooseberry fool. With a drop of water it becomes earthier on the nose. The sweet flavours remain but become much more fruity – like syrupy tinned fruit salad and wine gums.

Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Drinking Tip: With dessert, or instead of dessert.
Age:  14 years
Outturn: 1 of 186 bottles (186 available)
Cask: First-fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 60.2%
Bottle Price: £53.50

36.113 Sawmill in a summer meadow

This whisky has plenty to offer so I recommend spending some time making the most of its many layers of flavours. On the nose, it’s intense vanilla, liquorice Catherine wheels and strawberries with cream. To taste it is toffee apples, fresh banana and thick custard. There’s a spicy heat in there too. With a little water you’re transported to an old-fashioned sweetie shop – white chocolate mice, dolly mixtures and jelly babies are found on the nose. To taste it’s a little less hot and the sweet fruitiness is much more jammy and rich.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Drinking Tip: With snack food or tapas.
Age: 13 years
Outturn: 1 of 234 bottles (138 available)
Cask: First-fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Speyside Spey
Alcohol: 57.9%
Bottle Price: £56.20

46.47 Mexican Breakfast

Being a big fan of Mexican food (my dad’s huevos rancheros is my ultimate breakfast choice) this whisky immediately caught my eye. I wasn’t disappointed. Rich tomato sauce, fried eggs and fried corn tortillas greet the nose. To taste fresh coriander comes through, followed by a sweet chilli heat. Water brings out a richer, mouth-coating feel to the whisky, and the spicy notes really come through. Give this a try – it’s wonderfully unusual.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry
Drinking Tip: With a late brunch
Age:  14 years
Outturn: 1 of 600 bottles (318 available)
Cask: 1st fill ex-Pedro Ximenez butt
Region: Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 59.8%
Bottle Price: £57.70

85.45 The lemon rocket ship

This whisky has an almost artificial sweetness to it but don’t be put off. Give it a little time and enjoy the powerful aromas of marshmallows, wine gums combined with car air fresheners and permanent marker. To taste it’s deliciously cooling, with notes of bitter lemon, mint and chilli. With water it softens, with flavours of milk chocolate and honeycomb appearing.

Flavour Profile: Young & spritely
Drinking Tip: When your senses need a boost.
Age:  8 years
Outturn: 1 of 210 bottles (60 available)
Cask: 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel
Region:  Speyside Lossie
Alcohol: 61.8%
Bottle Price: £44.70

G7.12 Thumbs up all round

On the nose this grain whisky is enticingly sweet and spicy – with aromas of popcorn, sugar, apples and pears. To taste it’s a little dusty – like sawdust and crumbling pastry. There’s a rich, sticky fruitiness like an apricot Danish and apple strudel. Just a couple of drops of water releases rose water and freshly cut blooms. A delightful dram that’s very versatile.

Flavour Profile: Spicy & sweet
Drinking Tip: An anytime kind of a dram.
Age:  23 years
Outturn: 1 of 198 bottles (138 available)
Cask: 2nd fill Sauternes hogshead
Region: Lowland single cask grain
Alcohol: 58.6%
Bottle Price: £84.10

73.80 Trip the light fantastic

With orange blossom, mandarin and banana bread on the nose, it’s hard not to immediately take a sip of this whisky. Once you do go in for a taste it doesn’t disappoint – it’s chewy, spicy and incredibly moreish. Blackcurrant jam, fig chutney and pineapple chunks are mixed with creamy custard and woody notes. It’s an easy-going whisky that requires very little work to enjoy.

Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Drinking Tip: To accompany the passo doble.
Age: 14 years
Date Distilled: 4 September 2002
Outturn: 1 of 210 bottles (210 available)
Cask: Virgin oak hogshead, heavy toast/medium char
Region: Speyside Deveron
Alcohol: 59.3%
Bottle Price: £57.00

29.197 Stairway to your imagination

Take note of the name of this whisky and let your mind wander and enjoy the many flavours on offer. On the nose it’s salty, a little sweet and has a very subtle hint of peat smoke. To taste, the sweetness really comes through – honey and soy glazed root vegetables (sweet potato, parsnips and carrots) combined with sharp bursts of lemon and lime. With a little water it becomes minty and rich maritime flavours appear.

Flavour Profile: Lightly peated
Drinking Tip: One can only bear so much reality.
Age:  21 years
Date Distilled: 4 April 1995
Outturn: 1 of 186 bottles (186 available)
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon barrel
Region: Islay
Alcohol: 58.2 %
Bottle Price: £161.70

The January Outturn will be available for members to buy at 9am on Friday 6 January online and in our venues.