Cask No. 97.22The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Vaults Collection
Cask No. 97.22
Emerald-masked triple thrill
Please limit one bottle per member
We could be in Ireland... but we aren’t. Where we are is a damp old dunnage warehouse. Out in the borderlands on a sad and quiet day. The rain is falling and a mix of wine cellar damp and moist forest petrichor rises up. But it’s all trickery because out of this earthy meridian explodes a fountain of exotic fruits and tropical lushness. Mango, lime, guava, passion fruits, papaya, cider apple, ripe banana, pineapple... if you can wear it on your head in the Caribbean it’s in here. Feed it water and it flings a coconut and vanilla infused creme brulee right back at you. The taste is creamy, thick, vanilla-scented custard sweetened with old marsala and dotted with mango chunks. Someone with deep pockets pops a 1986 SGN Rangen Riesling. Water takes us full circle and teases back the earthiness. There’s dried, leafy mint, white chocolate, dried cranberries and banana chips. A handful of trail mix for your long journey home.
Cask: First-fill barrel
Age: 29 years
Date distilled: April 1990
USA allocation: 30 bottles
About The Vaults Collection:
The Vaults Collection is a selection of the finest and rarest single cask, single malt whisky, set aside from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s most remarkable stocks over the years. They have been released from the depths of our treasure trove of casks, after decades of slow maturation and careful nurturing. The Vaults Collection represents the whisky lover’s dream: A chance to journey back into whisky history, including the opportunity to experience styles or distilleries that no longer exist, like Cask 97.22 Emerald-masked triple thrill. The Collection takes its name from the Society’s historical home at The Vaults in Leith, Scotland’s oldest commercial building in continuous use whose connection with the drinks world dates back to the 12th century. Each bottle has a specially designed label and is offered in a beautiful gift box.