The Wine Society operates as a members' co-operative, dating back to 1874, and the organisation currently stocks over 1,500 wines. But this is whisky-pages.com, not
wine-pages.com, so why are we talking wine here?
The answer is that in addition to its vinous offerings, The Wine Society bottles a number of excellent whiskies under its own label. Not only is the quality good, but the prices are remarkable. Check out the 19-year-old Mortlach Natural Strength (55.0%) for just £29.00 per bottle, to begin with.
However, our Whisky of the Month is actually the Society's 14-year-old Special Highland Blend. A litre will set members back just £19.50. Of course, you will need to join The Wine Society in order to enjoy these products, but that only involves a one-off payment of £40, and delivery on orders over £75.00 is free.
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|The Wine Society, Special Highland Blend (Scotland) |
The Society lays down new fillings of selected malts and grains, using a significant amount of ex-Sherry wood for its Special Highland Blend, which comprises around 40 per cent malt. The Mortlach is a major component of the recipe. No caramel is added to give uniformity of colour, so there are slight differences of hue between batches.
The initial nose is sweet, with vanilla and toffee, then more complex spicy and new leather notes emerge, with a slight whiff of peat and black pepper. A little more savoury when water is added. Mellow, full and rounded on the fruity, malty palate; slightly oily, with the addition of water encouraging the same savoury notes that feature on the nose to develop. Medium length in the finish, with a wisp of smoke and brittle toffee. 40.0% ABV, 100cl, £19.50, The Wine Society.