Desserts to Die For

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Desserts to Die For

May Outturn 2024 Ambassador’s Address


Just last month, one of our amazing ambassadors Matt Wooler, along with his friend and collaborator Oshi from Dolly’s Donuts, brought a dessert & unusual pairing to life in Sydney.

Donuts and drams. Sounds bloody unreal. It’s both an unusual pairing, and a desserts & drams night, really. All brought to life thanks to Wooler’s inimitable hosting style, Oshi’s amazing donuts, and The Captain’s Balcony’s latest venue in Crows Nest. The part that not a single guest in the room would have been ready for was when the ‘meat pie donut’ came out. What?! A savoury donut that was centred around a meat pie in construction.

This kind of thing is what I love most at the SMWS, and in pairing flavours. Those moments where you say “nah, this couldn’t possibly work” and then it creates that 1+1=3 moment. This equation has been mentioned a few times over the years thanks to regular collaborators with the Society such as Franz Scheurer and Andrew Derbidge. That moment where two unlikely elements meet in the middle and create a truly eye-opening and palate-busting moment.

This month is all about the dessert pairings. Adam Ioannidis on our team has written a beautiful piece further into this issue, and we’ve provided some dessert-pairing ideas with some of the casks this month (the ones we’ve also already tasted of course) to try at home. Most of the Outturn goes on sale on Friday, 3 May at midday AEST, as well as some special offerings on the 17th as well.

Happy dessert month and happy dramming to you all!



This article is featured in May 2024 Outturn — bottles will be available to purchase on Friday the 3rd of May at midday AEST exclusively to members of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Not a member? Click here to learn more about the world’s most colourful whisky club.


About the Author:

Matt Bailey is the Branch Director for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Australia. He's tirelessly trying to meet every member and share a dram with you all.

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