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April

Time to tuck in

This month we’re discovering new taste sensations fresh from the Society’s whisky kitchen. Lap up our new batch of bottlings, alongside some intriguing food pairings.

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DANISH DELIGHTS...AND MORE

There are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to food and whisky pairings. But if you've been a member of the Society for a while already - or even if you've only recently signed up, for that matter - then you should already be aware that we like to do things a little differently.

That's why this month we're diving into the Scandinavian specialty of smørrebrød, the open sandwiches prepared on rye bread that are an intrinsic part of the region's diet.

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Flavour Profiles

MOUTH-WATERING PAIRINGS

Whether you go for something to complement or contrast your dish, there’s a huge variety to choose from our flavour profiles.

Featured Bottlings

PAIRING AND SHARING

It shouldn't be any surprise that a Society whisky can pair beautifully with seafood, cheese or chocolate. But how about with a foie gras crème brûlée and rhubarb compote?

SMWS spirits manager Euan Campbell remembers that as a particularly weird dish from his trip to Gothenburg in Sweden, but which paired beautifully with a young Speyside bourbon-matured dram from our Spicy & Sweet flavour profile. As he explains, there’s a whisky for every dish.

Read more and take a look at his picks below:

112.53

Sophisticated Seductive Sazerac Cocktail

£60.50

Profile
Spicy & Sweet
Region
Highland
Age
15 Years
Cask Type
1st fill Limousin hogshead

The nose neat was full of goodness as we made cinder toffee and toffee apples as well as gooey chocolate brownies straight out of the oven. On the palate decadent, deep and strong like Black Forest chocolate mousse shots – the kirsch fired in by a blunderbuss gun! With a little water a classic New Orleans Sazerac cocktail appeared – rye whisky, absinthe, bitter and a cube of sugar.

The taste, sweet, rich and woody with cloves, anise, candied spices, bitter orange, dark chocolate and black tea as well as a teasing, tingling peppery, slightly citrus liquorice in the finish. After thirteen years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a 1st fill Limousin oak hogshead.

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66.166

Monster Brunch

£59.00

Profile
Lightly Peated
Region
Highland
Age
12 Years
Cask Type
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

A textbook example! Lean smokiness at first, then bacon frazzles, burning newspaper and black olives. Some light fragrant peat smoke emanating from an old cow shed. Dried herbs mortared together with dark soils. Reduction brings wild garlic, horseradish with duck confit. Gets more piquant with cornichons, space invader crips, grainy mustard,frying pancetta, and old car batteries. Lovely madness!

The mouth opens with an early morning settled fog. Tractor engines, boiler smoke funk, long cured game meats and some very old leathery pinot noir. Water doesn’t calm things too much but does bring some fascinating and lovely notes of smoked mead, gentian distillate, waxed canvas, hot earth, smoked sea salt and fermented limes.

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95.37

Adventurous African Safari

£44.80

Profile
Sweet, Fruity & Mellow
Region
Speyside
Age
7 Years
Cask Type
2nd fill ex-red wine barrique

The nose neat immediately made us think of rum and raisin ice cream topped with a fresh raspberry sauce and a crunchy chocolate shell. On the palate the picture of a Savannah grassland fire with jumping antelopes looking for safety emerged with an intense red fruit flavour in the finish.

After a drop of water this image moved on as we sat on the veranda of a safari lodge smoking a sweet cigar while watching a lioness with her cubs walking into the sunset across the African Savannah. After five years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a 2nd fill charred red wine barrique.

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Keep Discovering

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Denmark is rightly celebrated for its culture of sleek design, its devotion to the humble bicycle and for bringing us the concept of hygge – the creation of a sense of cosiness and wellbeing. It regularly ranks among the world’s happiest countries in the World Happiness Report, with whisky playing a growing role in bringing Danes together.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) update


We may be unable to clink our glasses together in real life, but let’s keep our spirits high online

As you know, all our Members’ Rooms will be closed until further notice, based on the Government’s latest directive.

Although members’ tastings and all other events are now cancelled, we want to continue to bring our community of whisky lovers together as much as possible online. We are currently organising online tastings and events to keep everyone’s spirits up and share drams from the safety of our homes.

We are making a five-dram Discovery Pack available which you can enjoy at home while tuned in to a tasting hosted by one of our ambassadors. These will be sent to those who purchased an event ticket, and instructions on how to redeem the pack and join us online will be confirmed as soon as we finalise them.

If you’d prefer not to join the virtual tasting, you can contact our Member Services team and we will refund your ticket price.

Visit our virtual Members’ Room hub on the website to keep yourself updated with information about virtual tastings, whisky reviews, features, podcasts and interactive online chats – we’ll be doing everything we can to keep you entertained and engaged with the Society, with each other and with our whisky. Look out for stimulating stories and different ways to stay connected, coming your way every day with the hashtag #alltogethersmws

Cheers and good health from everyone at the SMWS

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LET'S GO FLAVOUR HUNTING

Next month we'll be taking your taste buds on a sensory safari, watch this space for more details.

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WHISKY & FRIENDS - THE PERFECT PAIRING

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