Hidden Gems of April
At The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, we are on a passionate pursuit of the world’s most unique casks of whisky. Oftentimes the casks that turn out to be the most memorable happen to be the most unexpected. Here are three (3) Hidden Gems to consider for your home collection this month:
Cask 39.229 is a uniquely peated Speyside whisky and it may just be the first of its kind. You see while most peated whisky gets its unique taste through the process of burning bricks of peat and allowing smoke to bond to the barley used in distillation, this whisky has developed its flavour in a different way. For this cask, we took a traditional unpeated whisky and transferred the liquid into an ex-bourbon barrel that previously held a peated whisky. The remnants of the peated whisky have become integrated in what began as a very soft, floral and fruity spirit. The result is a fantastic harmony of rich and delicate flavours with a faint whisper of woodsmoke.
Cask 134.9 Evokes sunshine is a unique single malt originating from tropical Goa, India. Unlike the millions of casks aging in Scotland’s often cold and damp climate, this cask spent most of its time aging in the hot and humid environment of India’s west coast. These unique conditions have accelerated the maturation process, allowing the spirit to develop in a shorter period of time. At just 5 years old, this whisky is exploding with a multitude of flavours and aromas that one would expect to find after 12-18 years. An exotic array of eastern spices, mango chutney, and moist gingerbread make for a rich and warming profile perfectly suited for those cooler Spring evenings.
Speyside is the largest whisky producing region in Scotland by volume. But despite its massive output, very little of the liquid is peated. This makes Cask No. 108.41 Burnt dust a rarity on the spectrum of the many styles and flavours that Scotch whisky has to offer. A light yet smoky whisky, this one offers a beautiful combination of ripe orchard fruits, cold ash and as the name suggests, burnt dust.