Cask No. 3.344
US Exclusive curated by Neil Patrick Harris
Back story: In 2022, we welcomed famed actor, comedian and fellow Society member Neil Patrick Harris at The Vaults, our spiritual home in Scotland and a bucket-list destination for malt whisky lovers around the world. There, Neil was tasked with selecting three (3) exceptional casks that would be made available exclusively to Society members in the USA. With guidance from world-renowned whisky writer and original Society Tasting Panel Chair Charlie MacLean, Head of Whisky Creation Euan Campbell, and SMWS America Senior Director Ben Diedrich, Neil used this opportunity to not only choose the whiskies that offer the best flavours, but the whiskies that tell the best stories. As an actor, storytelling has always been a primary interest in Neil’s personal and professional life and like many whisky lovers, he too has become fascinated with how tasting whisky can transport our minds to far-off lands or trigger wonderful memories of our own lives. Cask No. 3.344 Maritime meandering is the oldest and most complex whisky of Neil's exclusive selection. It tells the story of an unforgettable life experience on a special island far, far away (hint: Islay).
Tasting note: Delicate maritime smoke drifted from a tug boat in the harbour and over flowers in the sand dunes while sweet aromas of marzipan, honey-roasted parsnips and lavender combined. On the palate, tart cherries, burnt berries and seabuckthorn joined pickled ginger and crispy salmon skin beside sweet coffee and lapsang souchon tea. Water added burnt rosemary, salted liquorice and roasted chestnuts to the maritime scene that now introduced dried seaweed, brine and driftwood. Flavours claimed the soot and ash of a beach bonfire while chocolate and lemon curd merged with root beer, liquorice-flavoured cough mixture and a hint of peppermint.
USA allocation: 234 bottles