Society Stories: The Heart of Scotland

Society Stories: The Heart of Scotland

Blog: Society Stories Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Sep 27, 2018

Having just returned from a week-long trip to Scotland, one in which I made sure no sight was unseen and no glass left unemptied, I have found myself reminiscing of the rolling hills of Speyside. You may already be familiar with Speyside, if you haven’t already visited it yourself. It...


Cask Curriculum: The Regions of Scotland

Cask Curriculum: The Regions of Scotland

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

Earlier this month I sat down with The Scotch Test Dummies for a LIVE tasting of our August 2018 outturn on YouTube. During the tasting we enjoyed an open discussion about the different regions of Scotland and the unique style of whisky produced in each. Understanding the different styles attributed...


Official Announcement

Official Announcement

Blog: News Author: SMWSA Team Date: Aug 17, 2018

2018 has been a historic year for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary in America, we have been fortunate to receive numerous awards for excellence in whisky, even claiming world’s best whisky at the SF World Spirits Competition in April and then world’s best cask...


Reflections of Charlie MacLean

Reflections of Charlie MacLean

Blog: News Author: SMWSA Team Date: Jul 26, 2018

Following the special release of four single cask whiskies hand-selected by world renowned writer Charlie MacLean, Charlie reflects on The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s birth 35 years ago, its influence within the wider whisky world, and on his role as a chair of the Tasting Panel since 1992. Charlie MacLean...


Cask Curriculum: Whisky & Water

Cask Curriculum: Whisky & Water

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Jul 19, 2018

Last week I had the chance to sit down with Jenna Elie (@whiskyagogirl) for a live discussion about whisky appreciation on our YouTube channel. If you were unable to join us, you can watch the video here: How to Taste Whisky Like A Pro. One of the many subjects we discussed...


A Campbeltown Classic

A Campbeltown Classic

Blog: News Author: SMWSA Team Date: Jun 13, 2018

Cask No. 93.73 Seaside chillies with syrup was one of the four bottlings from this distillery that contributed to the SMWS winning the title of Independent Bottler of the Year for the Campbeltown region in Whisky Magazine’s prestigious Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC) competition – which also saw the Society named as Independent Bottler of the...


93.73 - Sweet chillies with syrup

93.73 - Sweet chillies with syrup

Blog: Amanda's Reviews Author: Amanda Victoria Date: Jun 07, 2018

Amanda's Reviews: "Oily, Coastal, Delicious Campbeltown Beaches - Oh My!" Cask 93.73 Seaside chillies with syrup is the perfect oily, coastal Scottish dram. This is the whisky to take to the beach, a sessionable accompaniment to a bonfire. A symphonic combination of sea air, delicate smoke, slightly sweet heather honey...


39.143 - Dark, spicy & rich

39.143 - Dark, spicy & rich

Blog: Amanda's Reviews Author: Amanda Victoria Date: May 02, 2018

Amanda's Reviews: “Cowabunga!” Hello, you darling Speyside beauty – how smitten I am for this distillery lately! The most subdued vanilla spice lingers on a tannic nose like light perfume. Red wine opens up even more on the palate and immediately I drift off to daydreams of a romantic candlelit dinner with braised meat and tagliatelle pasta. Sixteen years in the making,...


Historic Moment for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Historic Moment for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Blog: Society Stories Author: Amanda Victoria Date: May 01, 2018

By: Amanda Victoria The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is proud to announce to its members something that perhaps some of you already know. We’ve recently won the award of Best in Show – Whisky at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Along with winning best whisky in the world, according to the judging panel of...


Cask Curriculum: What's in an Age?

Cask Curriculum: What's in an Age?

Blog: Cask Curriculum Author: Ben Diedrich Date: Apr 16, 2018

Many of us have long held the belief that the older the whisky, the better. We have naturally assumed that in almost every circumstance, a whisky matured for 18 years will be more enjoyable than say a whisky matured for 12 years. But is a whisky’s age truly indicative of...