How many times have you tasted the same whisky, and each time it seemed different? A dram can taste completely different on a quiet winter evening in front of the fire than on a sunny summer afternoon.

SENSPLORATION – Professor Charles Spence examines how atmospheric and sensory impressions influence the enjoyment of whisky. It’s an engaging article, and I can only agree with the conclusions, which offer a few explanations.

Naturally, the current issue of Outturn also introduces a broad variety of bottlings which you can put to the test.

Compare two bottlings from distillery 107 first, the 107.24: Oven-ready Moomin, matured in a 1st-fill ex-sherry butt; then, the 107.23: Spicy and substantial, which is first aged in an ex-oloroso butt before being transferred to a 2nd-fill toasted butt. Or a classic Lowlander, the 5.75: Juicy-licious.

For fans of absolute rarities, I recommend the 64.7 – just the seventh cask, and probably not many will follow, as the distillery was shut down in 1998 and demolished in 2013. Today, the new Dalmunach whisky distillery stands on the same site.

As always, I wish you great pleasure on your journeys of discovery. I hope we can restart our usual tastings from September. I very much look forward to that and to seeing many of you again in person.

Patric Lutz

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s foremost authority on single cask, single malt whisky. Only those with Scotch Malt Whisky Society membership have access to our unique, rare whiskies.

The Society only ever bottles whiskies from individual casks or barrels, which means each is exceptional and limited in availability.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership offers many other pleasures and privileges including:

  • Member-only access to new whiskies and spirits in our monthly Outturn
  • Access to an extensive programme of tasting events with fellow whisky lovers
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  • A membership box, with three carefully selected 10cl single cask, single malt whiskies and other Society goodies

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