May Outturn Preview Tastings Takeaway

May Outturn Preview Tastings Takeaway

Blog: News Author: SMWSA Team Date: May 15, 2019

Last week The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America released its May Outturn with a series of preview tasting events across the country. Members gathered in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco for a chance to meet one another and get an early taste of our largest outturn...


Cask Curriculum: Journey Into Wood

Cask Curriculum: Journey Into Wood

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Apr 18, 2019

This month at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society we are celebrating the unique flavours that are created when whisky is matured in different types of wood. Many of the single cask whiskies we have decided to share with our members this month have been “double matured”, meaning they have spent...


Distillery Spotlight: A Whisper of Smoke

Distillery Spotlight: A Whisper of Smoke

Blog: Society Stories Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Mar 22, 2019

Situated in the eastern Scottish Highlands, just outside the region of Speyside, lies a transformative whisky distillery known by few but loved by all who do. Established in the Scotch distillery boom of the late 19th century, this traditional Highland distillery is coveted by malt whisky enthusiasts for its use...


Cask Curriculum: The Luck of The Irish

Cask Curriculum: The Luck of The Irish

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Mar 11, 2019

Oh Ireland! The greenest island of them all, home to some of the friendliest people in the world, stunning scenery and no shortage of pubs everywhere you turn. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, whisk(e)y drinkers are once again turning their attention to the Emerald Isle. And you know...


Cask Curriculum: How to Enjoy Cask Strength Whisky

Cask Curriculum: How to Enjoy Cask Strength Whisky

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Feb 22, 2019

At The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, we bottle our whisky straight from the cask. This means that while the majority of Scotch whisky sold today has been diluted, filtered and often artificially colored prior to bottling, our whisky is 100% natural and left virtually untouched from the moment it exits...


Recap: Armagnac Launch Event NYC

Recap: Armagnac Launch Event NYC

Blog: News Author: SMWSA Team Date: Feb 18, 2019

This past Wednesday, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society hosted a wonderful tasting at The Brandy Library in New York City. “For the Love of Armagnac” brought this noble spirit into focus as we spent an evening learning about the region, its history, production and provenance. The presentation, led by Armagnac...


Cask Curriculum: The Essence of Oak

Cask Curriculum: The Essence of Oak

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Jan 10, 2019

Oak. Where would we be today if it weren’t for the mighty Quercus? The world would be a bleak place, I can tell you that much. Why, you ask? Well, if it weren’t for the existence of oak, whisky would not exist! By law, Scotch whisky must be matured in...


Cask Curriculum: <br>And You Can Be A Peat Freak Too

Cask Curriculum:
And You Can Be A Peat Freak Too

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Dec 24, 2018

I’ll never forget the first time I tasted a peated whisky. The moment is so vividly encapsulated in my memory for one simple reason: I absolutely hated it. “How could anyone possibly enjoy drinking something that tastes like a hot ashtray doused in gasoline?!”, I thought to myself while grudgingly...


The Renaissance Distillery of Scotland

The Renaissance Distillery of Scotland

Blog: Society Stories Author: Jenna Elie Date: Nov 21, 2018

My time with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has not only opened my palate to a wonderland full of unique and exceptional casks from every nook and cranny of Scotland, it has also opened my eyes to a plethora of distilleries, hiding under the radar, that are equally as unique...


Cask Curriculum:<br> The Best Spirit You May Have Never Heard Of

Cask Curriculum:
The Best Spirit You May Have Never Heard Of

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Nov 15, 2018

Earlier this month, I sat down with Matt Pavich of the world-renowned whisky blog, Axis of Whisky, for a live, interactive tasting of our upcoming November Outturn on YouTube. If you were unable to catch the original broadcast, you can still watch it here: LIVE November Outturn Preview Tasting. After...