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Dapper Drams & Glitzy Gifts

Each year on 5 December, Americans celebrate National Repeal Day. That date marks the day in 1933 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ended an experiment with his signature. The 13-year nationwide alcohol ban in the 1920s led to a halving of consumption; however, it also fuelled the cult of the speakeasies and brought bootleggers millions …

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12 food pairing ideas

Our Outturn is hot off the press and once again sprinkled with delicacies from across all regions of Scotland and beyond, including a few bottlings from extremely rare – and in some cases closed – distilleries. You can also find out what dishes SMWS head chef James Freeman recommends to go with what whisky. Inspiration …

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Sensploration

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 …

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A new flavour generation

Beautiful in their simplicity and colourful execution, the Society’s Flavour Profiles have many shades of brilliance. Our guardian of all brand-related matters, Helen Stewart, reveals where the inspiration came from and why we’re looking for your input into further developing our unique approach. At first glance, the 12 different categories provide another layer of information …

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Find your whisky rhythm

Have you always wanted to bring whisky and music into harmony? Admittedly, just like whisky, music will always be a matter of your own particular tastes. In the latest edition of Outturn, you’ll be able to get a bit of inspiration from BBC Radio DJ and SMWS member Vic Galloway. He has assigned a style …

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Elevate your flavour frontier

In the current edition of Outturn, we introduce you to the westernmost distillery in Scotland: Ardnamurchan. Alex Bruce has given us detailed information in the form of an interview. If you would like to hear the recording of the original interview, then I recommend Whisky Talk; you can watch a visual version of the production …

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Embrace new worlds of flavour

In the current issue of Outturn, you will discover two bottlings from the only distillery in Wales that currently produces single malt whisky: 128.12: “Where dwell the brave at heart!”, from a Ruby Port cask, and 128.14: Dark chocolate crémeux, from an Oloroso Butt. At the turn of the millennium, a group of friends from …

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All the best for 2021

I don’t know about you, but to this day I still sometimes shake my head and can hardly comprehend the situation and don’t know what to believe anymore. Who would have thought this 12 months ago? One thing is for sure, 2020 is definitely coming to an end now; whether 2021 will really be that …

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Cotswolds Distillery

In this month we present the first Cotswolds Distillery Society bottling; 146.1: Orangudram. In a short interview, the distillery’s founder and CEO explains how it came about and what makes this distillery so unique. As always, the bottlings from the first barrel of a distillery are extremely sought after and since we only have 18 bottles …

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Social Gathering

One year ago, we were in the starting blocks for our “25 Years Society” celebrations in Switzerland and had the opportunity to spend some great evenings with Olaf. Who would have thought that one year later, everything would somehow be different?   Nevertheless, I am very much looking forward to once again meeting many members …

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