June 2022

A TASTE OF SUMMER

Get ready to celebrate cocktail season with exotic flavours and colourful characters, we’re turning up the heat with our summer solstice selection of new cask bottlings.

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Featured Bottlings

VIBRANT VARIETY

As we’re stepping into summer, our Young & Spritely flavour profile really comes into its own, as you can read in Julien Willems’ latest in-depth dive in the June issue of Unfiltered. Why not line up a couple of Young & Spritely drams from our June Outturn and see what you think?

Flavour Profiles

RAISING SPIRITS

Turn up the heat as we explore 26 new colourful characters with our summer solstice selection of new cask bottlings.

Society News

COCKTAIL SEASON

The summer is packed with special days celebrating pretty much every drink you can think of. We asked Inka Larissa to take her pick and pair them with a cocktail, along with her advice about how to make the most of your fresh-air favourites this season.

Cask No. 9.242

A PLEASANT, SUNNY DISPOSITION

€135.40

PROFILE Sweet, Fruity & Mellow REGION Speyside AGE 18 Years ABV 56.7% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel

The nose displayed a pleasant, sunny disposition, with flower meadows, grass, hay, blooms and blossoms, grape and bramble jelly, popcorn, paint and crème brulée – genteel and delightful. The palate was juicy and fruity – tinned mandarins in syrup, apricot Danish, fruit yoghurt, with sweet notes of candy canes, chocolate biscuits and caramelised parsnips; a warm finish of cinnamon and other mild spices. The reduced nose found additional aromas of homemade granola on a baking tray, Crunchie bars and sunshine on oranges in an oiled wooden bowl. The palate gave us blackcurrant, kumquat, pears, plums and lemon curd, vanilla custard and crystallised ginger.

Cask No. 26.199

SIMPLY A PLEASURE

€78.90

PROFILE Juicy, Oak & Vanilla REGION Highland AGE 9 Years ABV 61.1% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel

We imagined walking through a Sicilian lemon grove with magnolia trees all around us in full bloom with wooden beehives dotted across the landscape. There was a lovely delicate flavour of a crimson spice champagne cocktail using cranberry juice, fresh ginger, cinnamon, star anise, cognac and Champagne garnished with cranberries. Following the addition of water, the aroma turned sweeter with mango coulis, maple syrup, Greek style honey yoghurt and flapjacks with vanilla ice cream, while to taste delicate, sweet, and floral like drinking an elderflower sparkling mead while enjoying the spring breeze through an open window. It is the little things in life that make life worth living.

Cask No. 19 Highland Batch 2022

COOL CONCOCTION

€71.30

PROFILE Young & Spritely REGION Highland AGE 9 Years ABV 61.5% CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel

We imagined putting together a flower arrangement, a classical bouquet – white avalanche roses complimented by seasonal green foliage to be delivered with a box of rum and raisin fudge. A sweet start on the palate with Turkish delight, baklava and lychee Phirni, but almost out of nowhere, a spiciness came to the fore, building up and up like in an Indian fruit chaat. Water added popping candy, lemon sherbet and plenty of pear drops alongside a variety of cocktail concoctions. On the nose a caipirinha, while we sipped a ‘rum sunset’ using orange juice, Jamaican spiced rum, lime and grenadine.

Society News

AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE SOCIETY

Here’s a flavour of what’s been going on at the world’s most entertaining whisky club.

Where Flavour Comes Alive

YOUNG & SPRITELY

Ready to step into the light? Then it’s the perfect time of year for the Society’s Young & Spritely flavour profile, as Julien Willems explains.

Unfiltered

A VIEW TO A STILL

We’re celebrating summer and the chance to get into the great outdoors this month, filling our hipflasks and packing the picnic hampers for drams and cocktails al fresco. Julien Willems also finds out what makes our Young & Spritely flavour profile the perfect summer whisky, while Kami Newton explores the chemistry behind why sharing whisky makes it so much more enjoyable than sipping it alone. All that, plus we pay a visit to Scotland’s first up-and-coming vertical distillery – a short stroll away from The Vaults at the Port of Leith.

Look back in time

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