The SMWS is holding a variety of events and tastings for members at the Spirit of Speyside, at the Campbeltown Malts Festival for the first time and of course the Islay Festival at the end of the month.
We’ve selected some awesome casks for our celebratory festival bottlings, and we’ve also made sure to represent every one of our 12 flavour profiles across this month’s Outturn – so there really is a bottling for everyone, whatever character you’re looking for.
You’re going to have to wait until the festivals in Campbeltown and Islay get underway at the end of the month to get your hands on those bottlings, so watch out for more information on them coming your way. But with the Spirit of Speyside festival already up and running, we’re delighted to unveil three celebratory bottlings that take us across a variety of flavour profiles, ages and styles. Sweet, Fruity & Mellow Cask No. 9.161: Cream tea at the patisserie is a lovely sweet second-fill barrel maturation that gives lots of citric, floral and creamy notes.
Cask No. 30.106: Succulent, scintillating and substantial ticks all the boxes for sherry lovers, it’s 21-years-old and from our Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits profile. We’ve experimented by transferring it from an oloroso butt after 19 years to a second-fill PX butt for another two years, to give it the complexity of two different sherry casks. The result is a dram with bags of prunes, figs and raisins, a fascinating complexity on the palate and a never-ending finish of chocolate-covered Macadamia nuts.
But it’s not all about our celebratory festival bottlings. Dig into this expansive Outturn and you can find some other gems such as Cask No. 108.15: Turf cutter’s teatime, a Lightly Peated Speyside from a great quality second-fill barrel, which is creamy, sweet and smoky, with fresh oranges gently warmed over a peat fire and mixed with apricot marmalade and toasted malt loaf with butter.
Cask No. 38.24: Princes Street Gardens in summer is a beautiful Sweet, Fruity & Mellow summer-time dram from this closed Speyside distillery, perfect for a sunny May day with grassy notes, roses, flower beds, ice-cream vans and pastry wagons laden with donuts and churros.
The 26-year-old Speyside bottling has also been awarded 96 points in the recent USC competition, putting it in the ‘Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation’ category, and picked up a double gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
And for a big Peated Highlander, check out Cask No. 16.37: Polarizing perceptions from a re-charred hogshead – crack it open when it’s barbecue time to savour its aromas of sizzling sage sausages, pulled pork, burgers and chicken drumsticks.
Whatever style of whisky you prefer, there’s something for everyone here with a complete range of flavour profiles and loads of different cask types. So even if you’re not travelling to any festivals this month, set up a tasting with your pals and let the whiskies transport you to another time and place.
To access all the whisky’s in the new May Outturn, click here, and for SMWS ambassador Alan Wood’s recommendations, take a look at his video below…