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The Society's Reserve Cask Selection Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1991

Whisky from Scotland
4.500000000 star rating 2 Reviews
Our second Reserve Cask release was bottled in May 2021, unfined, non-chill filtered and with its natural colour, although brought down to 46% after tasting. These are the last four hogsheads and two butts of this sublime 1991 Speyside from a single distiller. The malt has an expressive nose of candied orange peel and dried apricots with subtle oak, clove spice and flaked sea salt on the finish. A rare and superlative dram. Please note: Limited to three bottles per member.
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Code: WY991A1

Wine characteristics

  • Whisky
  • 70cl
  • 46% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Stopper cork, ie sherry
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The Society’s Reserve Cask Selection No.2 Speyside Single Malt Whisky 1991

The Reserve Cask Selection from The Wine Society is an incredible opportunity to try some extremely rare old malt whiskies. We used to bottle our amontillado sherries in Stevenage, and after the bottling we would send the beautiful sherried casks north to Scotland to have them ‘filled’ from various distilleries across Scotland so that we could try and create a great blended malt. However, blended malt sales started to decrease, and we started to have some very ageworthy single malt whiskies sitting in our own sherried casks. I took on the spirits collection a few years ago and really feel that these rare, unique spirits should be bottled separately, and so I’ve started this selection with our few remaining casks of whisky. Here we have our second selection and second release. We only have 2,189 bottles to offer. It was just from the last four hogsheads and two butts from this Speyside distillery. Speyside whiskies of course are famous for having this lovely sherried style, and here is no different. After 30 years, the complexity of the flavour on this nose is fantastic: a real sherried fruitcake and almond flavour with lots of dried fruit and citrus peel coming through on the palate. It’s an incredible dram, a rare find and something I hope you’ll enjoy with friends and family.

Barrel number: 7239

  • Barrel type: Hogshead
  • Date of bonding: 12/06/1991
  • Original Ltr: 163.9
  • Final Ltr: 81.4
  • Final Alc % at vatting: 58.4

 

Barrel number: 7240

  • Barrel type: Hogshead
  • Date of bonding: 12/06/1991
  • Original Ltr: 161.3
  • Final Ltr: 90.5
  • Final Alc % at vatting: 57.8

 

Barrel number: 7241

  • Barrel type: Hogshead
  • Date of bonding: 12/06/1991
  • Original Ltr: 159.4
  • Final Ltr: 90.1
  • Final Alc % at vatting: 60.4

 

Barrel number: 7242

  • Barrel type: Hogshead
  • Date of bonding: 12/06/1991
  • Original Ltr: 156.2
  • Final Ltr: 81
  • Final Alc % at vatting: 59.6

 

Barrel number: 7236

  • Barrel type: Butt
  • Date of bonding: 12/06/1991
  • Original Ltr: 309.3
  • Final Ltr: 171.3
  • Final Alc % at vatting: 52.8

 

Barrel number: 7237

  • Barrel type: Butt
  • Date of bonding: 12/06/1991
  • Original Ltr: 320.2
  • Final Ltr:  212.7
  • Final Alc % at vatting: 57.3

This range of aged malts has been over 30 years in the making. Each is selected from a precious inheritance of stock, built up in the time that The Wine Society held its own bottling line in Stevenage.

 

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30 years in the making, we’re proud to release the first in a series of our Reserve Cask Selection malt whiskies.

This will be the first in a number of bottlings that we’re excited to release to members that really speak to our heritage.

I think they showcase something really special and interesting; we didn’t select them from thousands of casks, these are really representative of fully mature malt whiskies.

Through the 70s, 80s and 90s, we were bottling lots of sherry. The wonderful sherry we sourced from great bodegas in Jerez was bottled and sold to members immediately, but the barrels were not thrown away. Instead, we sent them to Scotland to be refilled with great malt whiskies.

We stopped bottling sherry in 1992 at The Wine Society, and that’s when we also stopped sending barrels, butts and hogsheads to Scotland to be filled.

I was amazed that these stocks of rare whiskies hadn’t been bottled separately before. I had all the barrels dipped, measured and sampled so that I could taste them and exclude anything that wasn’t really exciting.

We had them hand-bottled and hand-labelled. They’re also un chill-filtered and natural colour.

This first release in the series is a 1989 Highland single malt whisky. On the nose of this mature malt whisky there’s a classic sherry note: the honey, hazelnut and citrus that you expect from great-quality Highland sherry whiskies is clearly there. If you add a touch of water all these flavours are amplified, and some more floral, hay notes really come through.

It’s a very rich, concentrated and complex whisky.

I hope you take the opportunity to enjoy these rare malt whisky releases.

They speak to our heritage and history, and are unrepeatable.

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Following the success of last year�s maiden release from its reserve cask selection, The Wine Society is back with another whisky. Up until 1992, the wine-selling co-operative shipped Sherry in barrels...
Following the success of last year�s maiden release from its reserve cask selection, The Wine Society is back with another whisky. Up until 1992, the wine-selling co-operative shipped Sherry in barrels from Spain and bottled the fortified wine at its headquarters in Stevenage, before sending the casks north to us in Scotland to be filled with new-make spirit that would become The Society�s own label single malts and blends. Going on sale this evening, this Speyside single malt is a combination of four hogsheads and two butts, back from the days when �sherry casks� really were casks that had contained sherry, and not simply seasoned with it. The result is really fruity, full of lemon and peach, with sweeter runny honey, caramel, and fudge. Even better than last year�s example.
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