CASK NO. Speyside Batch 2024

The writing bureau

  • ABV 53.1%
  • Age 30 years
  • DISTILLED DATE 03/12/1992
  • CASK TYPE 2nd fill bourbon barrels
  • Spirit Type Blended Malt
  • REGION Speyside
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Tasting Notes

Our eyes danced across an old writing bureau, the shine from its green leather-topped desk being casually absorbed by the woodwork's patina. On the nose, lime zest was woven into honeydew melon, joined by a puff of sherbet and the arrival of polished antique furniture. The palate was intense, full of waxy apples and pears, creamed coconut, quince paste and spiced witbier. A trickle of water pulled forward lime pastilles and elderflower as we walked into a botanical garden's hothouse. It is here we write our best stanzas. The palate was custard tart, cubes of Turkish delight and pears.

Introducing The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Festival Collection

At The Scotch Malt Whisky Society we might be best known for our single cask whiskies. But for our festival collection this year, we wanted to create a range of whiskies that could go a little bit further. We have a global membership, after all, and single casks don’t always stretch that far! So because this time of year is a global celebration of festival season for the Society, we have set out to showcase distinctive flavours from across Scotland’s whisky regions – and we also wanted to make sure there were more bottles to go around.

With that in mind, we’re presenting 12 different bottlings this year, encompassing some very different spirit styles and from lots of different wood types as well. The Whisky Team had a great time creating all these, with everything from Writing Bureau, a 30-year-old Speyside blended malt, to six whiskies with various sherry influences to celebrate the Society’s passion for amazing sherry cask-matured whiskies – and much more in between.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary festival and experience whisky in its most captivating form. Cheers to the Flavour Hunters Festival and the endless possibilities that await within each dram!


Euan Campbell, Head of Whisky Creation:

It goes without saying that all our special festival bottlings are great – but if I were to pick a favourite, it would be the blended malt we’re releasing, Writing Bureau. 

It reminded our Tasting Panel of an antique writing bureau, a desk with leather panels and an inkwell and beautifully polished antique wood. It’s an elegant dram, definitely one of my highlights.  

Unlike our usual blended malt batches – which are normally reduced to 50% abv – we bottled Writing Bureau at cask strength. So while it’s 30-years old, it’s up at 53.1% abv. It’s bursting with elegant flavours, tropical fruits, overripe mango, pears, pineapple, that kind of thing. Lots of coconut as well. We just left it to shine in second fill bourbon barrels for the entirety of the maturation.