As a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, I receive periodic mailings from their magazine Outturn. It was from one of those mailings that I ordered a couple of bottles of their unique, cask-strength whisky. The bottles are production runs that are literally limited to what is left in the cask. Each of the bottles comes with a unique numbering system indicating the distillery and the cask number as well as an odd title that references one of the comments from the tasting panel. This evening I opened bottle number 93.36 Spicy Sausage & Chocolate Sauce., one of only 329 bottles.
Having gone out to the web and found the distillery decoder at a Danish whisky site, I was able to determine that the 93 is assigned to Glen Scotia, a Campbeltown distillery with a rather sketchy production history and the long rumored haunting by a former owner who drowned himself in the Campbeltown Loch after the distillery closed (for the first time) in 1928.
Distilled in 1992, this 17-year-old cask-strength whisky is awfully strong at 57.5% ABV. It has a deep amber color like fresh brewed tea and a nose that brings out butterscotch and band aids. The initial flavor is somewhat medicinal with a strong alcohol content and a slight burn followed by a sweet finish. With water, there is a noticeable reduction in the medicinal smell in the nose as well as an increase in citrus aromas. The taste with water brings out the sweetness and also just the faintest hint of peat and smoke. Overall, this is a good sipping whisky and another one of the fine bottles that I have purchased from the society