CASK NO. 24.169

Bonkers for conkers

  • ABV 53.8%
  • Age 33 years
  • DISTILLED DATE 18/5/1989
  • CASK TYPE 1st fill ex-oloroso butt
  • REGION Speyside
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Tasting Notes

A deep russet hue led us straight into an autumn landscape with aromas of polished horse chestnuts, rosehip, birch branches, prunes, dates and figs. Tasting neat the first thing we noted was “still plenty of zing”, followed by flavours of hay-smoked roe deer with blackberry and beetroot beautifully balanced by a fresh berry chantilly cake. After reduction, we found cedar, tobacco and dark chocolate notes next to the scent of roasting chestnuts. On the palate were orange oil, raspberry and blackberry jam, ahead of a long finish from a tiramisu with conker coffee liqueur. Following 29 years in a refill oloroso butt, we transferred this whisky into a first fill oloroso butt.

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. 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 wooden box.



The news is out! The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is delighted to have brought home five medals from the 2023 The Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition (TWSC) in Japan.

The haul includes three Superior Gold, one Gold and one Silver awards. One of those Superior Gold medals went to the Society’s Vaults Collection bottling, Cask No. 24.169: Bonkers for conkers.

This is the fifth year of the competition, which had 918 entries in the whisky and sochu categories, making it the largest competition of its kind in Asia.

The results are as follows: SUPERIOR GOLD Cask No. 24.169: Bonkers for Conkers

You can find out more about The Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition (TWSC) here.