SMWS Outturn November 2020

SMWS Outturn November 2020 is now live.

Classic Creature Comforts – The Scotch Malt Whisky Society release (outturn) several single cask bottlings of Scotch, Whisk(e)y, Rum and Gin, to name a few, usually on the first Friday of every month. This month however sees an early release for November 2020 Outturn as another mid-month outturn is scheduled for November also. Below is a full list of what the SMWS Classic Creature Comforts outturn released on the 28th October 2020 has to offer.

The SMWS November 2020 outturn has 17 Scotch whiskies, 1 grain whisky and 1 gin to choose from. These whiskies includes a 7 year old Glenfarclas and an 8 year old Glen Scotia and much, much more… These unique monthly bottlings are only available to buy by members of the Society. (Don’t worry you can join the SMWS here) but be quick several of the bottlings sell out as quickly as the day they are released.

(here is a quick link to last months SMWS Outturn: SMWS October 2020 outturn).

November’s SMWS Outturn below:


GN3.12 – Pine Flavoured Ice Tea

50.2% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ Hawick

All the aromas one would expect were present; juniper, coriander, angelica, liquorice and citrus but then also the surprising scents of pine sap, pink peppercorns, a bunch of lilies and unrolling a camouflage netting. On the palate neat a delicate bitter lemon flavour to start soon replaced by angelica root woody-ness and stone fruit nuttiness while we found peach-lavender jam….read more


SMWS G10.27

G10.27 – Ice Cream Melting in a Sunbeam

62.0% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 14yo ~ Lowland

A fresh nose of apples, straw and polished wood sweetened with time to become white chocolate, custard powder and desiccated coconut. The palate was tingly with ginger spice followed by plenty of juicy fruit as peaches, pears and tinned fruit cocktail combined. Buttery textures of croissants and custard coated the mouth before butterscotch joined rum and raisin ice cream….read more


SMWS 1.230

58.9% ~ Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 18yo ~ Speyside

1.230 – Conviviality and Contentment

At first, we found beeswax wood furniture polish with some natural orange oil before a mixture of pickled ginger and wasabi, but also old-fashioned sweets of cola cubes and love hearts, confused us all. On the palate neat we stayed with retro-sweets; fizzy sherbet fountains, orange drops and a mango-chilli lollipop….read more


SMWS 9.184

9.184 – A Study in Pink

53.8% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 16yo ~ Speyside

A sophisticated nose – freesias, carnations and gorse; damson, lemon peel, pineapple and mango chutney – then brown sugar, coconut panna cotta, honey nut cornflakes and marshmallows, with faint shadows of shaved oak. The palate was perfumed and sweet – pink Edinburgh rock, raspberry ripple ice-cream and kissing a lady’s neck….read more


SMWS 10.201

10.201 – Panel-Punch of Peat-Smoke

60.2% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Moscatel Hogshead ~ 6yo ~ Islay

Our noses picked up sweet vanilla and toffee, but the main impressions included steam ships, tarry driftwood bonfire on a shingle beach, smoked fish, Nori, saltwater and tidal rock-pools. The palate had some nougat sweetness but the Woof and Wow factors were from the plexus pummelling panel-punch of peat-smoke and kelp….read more


SMWS 12.47

12.47 – Cutting the Cake

58.5% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 9yo ~ Speyside

Thick wedges of marzipan arrived with the ripe fruits of mango, pineapple and peaches while sweet pears created floral character. The palate was clean, now with poached pears as an abundance of sweetness delivered icing sugar, custard powder and orange flavoured hard boiled sweets. Water simply enhanced the sugary sweetness…read more


SMWS 26.154

26.154 – Cream and Croissants

58.2% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 8yo ~ Highland

A soft nose introduced oily elements of croissants and ghee with poached fruit, butterscotch and acacia honey. A whiff of maritime breeze brought mature oak and milk chocolate biscuits while on the palate we noted a warm gingery tingle that touched on peppermint…read more


SMWS 28.46

28.46 – Waxwork Leftovers

60.6% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 8yo ~ Highland

The initial nose brimmed with vapour rubs, cough medicines, sheep wool oils and citronella candles. A soft, easy waxiness with light sooty notes, bandages, talcum powder and white pepper. Superb, charismatic and a great surprise. Water gave a blast of varnished wood…read more


SMWS 38.29

38.29 – Lust for Must

53.2% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 25yo ~ Speyside

This one is not strictly a single cask, being part of a consolidated parcel we acquired. However, it’s undoubtedly unique and seriously delicious, so we had to share it with you! The nose immediately bursts with waxes, old oily rags, wine cellar must, furniture polish, linseed oil, hessian and gloopy fruit salad juices…read more


SMWS 41.136

41.136 – Varnished Crumpets

55.4% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead ~ 12yo ~ Speyside

The panel discovered a rather more punchy and fulsome example of this stalwart make. Lots of old varnish, buttered crumpets, hand lotion, talcum powder, white flowers, stone fruits, plum jam, hessian, white asparagus and some sweeter notes of desiccated coconut, Jaffa cakes and dark chocolate…read more


SMWS 44.132

44.132 – Cracking Black Pepper Nuts

61.4% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead ~ 12yo ~ Speyside

The nose was neat and a fascinating combination of sea salt infused with the exotic spice of saffron to create a salted caramel brittle matched with very dark chocolate. This was followed almost seamlessly on the palate with a perfect fusion of the sea salt, sweet caramel and high cocoa…read more


SMWS 66.179

66.179 – Canapes on the Deathstar

60.0% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead ~ 12yo ~ Highland

It’s all rather apocalyptic at first with these big, ashy, charred wood notes alongside seaweed and abandoned barns and hay lofts. The aftermath of something monolithic. Lots of old bicycle parts, leaking engine oils, drifting boiler smoke and hot kiln air. A few smoked meats and a lick of sweetness from salted caramel…read more


SMWS 68.49

68.49 – A Day at the Funfair

58.9% ~ Re-Charred Hogshead ~ 9yo ~ Highland

We imagined a sunny day at the funfair, queuing for candyfloss with the wind carrying a whiff of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. On the palate we moved on and had grapes on a skewer, dipped in chilli white chocolate with a mug of steaming hot white mulled wine…read more


SMWS 80.17

80.17 – Dazzling and Scintillating

59.0% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead ~ 8yo ~ Speyside

Plenty of fruity aromas neat; peaches, pineapples and green apples but at the same time also hints of cinnamon and ginger as well as creamy, floral honey. On the palate we got served a very high in alcohol mead (up to 20 %!) with a Riesling-like acidity and fruity flavours of peach…read more


SMWS 82.25

82.25 – Svelte and Shapely

63.1% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 9yo ~ Highland

Clean, sweet and fruity like a late-harvest white wine with an exotic bouquet of orange peel, pineapple and passion fruit complimented by lime and red apples. On the palate an initial perfumed sweetness was balanced by a juicy fruity freshness and a surprising chalky and dry finish of brut nature Champagne…read more


SMWS 93.147

93.147 – Salty Beach Trousers

59.2% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 8yo ~ Campbeltown

The initial nose was all sticky sweets rolling in a dusty fireplace. Bananas baked in tin foil, barbecue shrimps with chilli and seared pineapple chunks. This evolved into a more exotic sweetness of juicy fruit bubblegum and some crisp notes of pink apple…read more


SMWS 112.68

112.68 – A Tasty Plethora

56.8% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead ~ 17yo ~ Highland

We found the nose very engaging as we caramelised figs, making a fresh fruit of the forest syrup and toasting pine nuts in the glow of the subtle and warming aroma of a lit beeswax candle. Rich and sweet on the palate neat as well as a touch of spice like classic French duck a l’orange with a Bigarade sauce using Seville oranges…read more


SMWS 113.34

113.34 – Magically Mediterranean

50.4% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead ~ 30yo ~ Speyside

Exquisite, elegant and graceful were the first comments after a long period of silence. We detected soft-spoken aromas of sweet tobacco, leather bound books, iced lemon tea as well as wheat fields on a late-summer’s day. On the palate imagine juicy, fresh figs chopped into goat cheese arugula salad with delicate balsamic vinaigrette…read more


SMWS 122.32

122.32 – Punchy Peater

61.8% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 5yo~ Highland

There was an immediate rush of antiseptic, mineral salts, smoked sea salt and pure brine – in other words, it’s very salty. Lots of mysterious medicines, potent green olive punch, floor cleaner, mechanical oils, brake fluid, toolboxes, oily racks and peppery mackerel ceviche with powerful citric acidity and freshness…read more


SMS 44.135

44.135 – Booze and Bonbon Blowout

55.0% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 16yo ~ Speyside

The nose suggested sipping Vinho Verde or Gewürztraminer in a sunny meadow – sitting on straw and hessian; nearby – a greengage tree and someone opening a packet of Avanti vanilla cigars. The sweet, tasty palate contained Revels and M&M’s, marzipan, floral honey and a Magnum ice-lolly stick….read more


SMWS 1.232

1.232 – Earl Grey in a Tropical Garden

58.4% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 9yo ~ Speyside

We imagined brewing an Earl Grey tea adding a splash of lemon juice and sitting down at a table next to a vase of yellow tulips. We then started to eat a bowl of cereal with lots of delicate oatmeal, plenty of puffed rice, almonds, coconut and lots of chocolate flakes, while on the side black pepper butter cookies…read more


SMWS 70.41

70.41 – Orchard Beehives

49.5% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 29yo ~ Highland

Rich, golden honey trickled from honeycomb onto bruised apples and pears that lay scattered beneath. Floral notes of blossom and sandalwood combined with linseed oil and the fragrance of armagnac before fresh tobacco leaves and macaroons merged with apple crumble. The palate combined ginger spice with spearmint for a fresh appeal before moving to figs, gooseberries… read more



9.188 – Out of this World

54.9% ~ Re-Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 12yo ~ Speyside

The nose carries uplifting freshness (grass, gorse, mint, fresh paint, lemon, lime and strawberry); with hints of vanilla, chocolate cake and caramelised sugar. Freshness reappears on the palate – white grapes, gooseberry, green apple and pineapple sorbet, with a much deeper treacle and honeycomb sweetness and oak-derived notes of vanilla… read more


SMWS 77.65

77.65 – Pure Dead Brilliant

49.3% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 28yo ~ Highland

The nose opened with a wonderfully fat, syrupy waxiness. Pure, old-school Highland-style malt whisky. Mineral oils, citrus jellies, crushed nettles, gorse, hessian, clove oil, light medical embrocations and gauze. Wonderfully aromatic, dense and complex. Water brings out wintergreen, myrtle, flint smoke, chalk, beach pebbles, lamp oil and paraffin-soaked hessian… read more


SMWS 94.9

94.9 – Stealth Ninja Fighting Spirit

63.3% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 9yo ~ Highland

All the curiosity you would expect from this quirky distillery. Acorn-fed ham, hazelnuts, ice cream wafers and custard cream biscuits all wrapped up in sheep wool. This soft meatiness yields in time to a more directly luscious and expressive tropical fruit quality…read more


SMWS 63.69

63.69 – Sunshine On Teeth

61.4% ~ 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 7yo ~ Speyside

The initial nose suggested ripe red fruits such as strawberry, raspberry and cherry, before grape juice, pineapple and earthy gorse flower all emerged. Some overripe cider apple, warm banana pudding, warm mosses and tangy balsamic glaze. With reduction we got dried cherries this time, along with cranberries, lime juice, cocoa nibs and tinned peaches…read more


SMWS 73.117

73.117 – Tapestry

62.9% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 9yo ~ Speyside

The initial nose suggested pineapple dunked in molten fudge and sprinkled with desiccated coconut – not a little suggestive of Caramel Logs! Wonderfully fresh despite the dense fudgey notes. Some further whispers of rhubarb crumble, vanilla custard and mashed bananas. Reduction brought out grapefruit, zesty citrus rind, pine resin and freshly baked banana bread studded with chocolate bits…read more


SMWS 51.18

51.18 – Theres Something About Enya

54.8% ~ 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel ~ 18yo ~ Northern Ireland

The Panel found an immediately bright and playful nose. Full of green jellied fruits, canvas, herbal syrups, freshly baled hay, earthy potting sheds, sweet pollens and agave syrup. Plush, sweet, grassy, fat and inviting! With water it became slightly chalkier. More towards linen, young calvados, underripe pears, bubble-gum and tutti frutti…read more