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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is a prominent figure in the world of whisky. Founded in 1983, it's more than just an organisation. It's a community and a curator of exceptional single cask, single malt whiskies from Scotland and beyond.

Origins and Evolution

The SMWS started in the late 1970s. A group of friends bought a cask of whisky from Glenfarclas. They enjoyed its unique character. This inspired them to share such unique whiskies with others. This idea led to the SMWS.

From its beginnings in Leith, Edinburgh, the SMWS has grown worldwide. Its members share a love for unique whiskies. These whiskies tell stories of their origin, distillation, and maturation.

Focus on Single Cask Whiskies

The SMWS specialises in single cask whiskies. These whiskies come from one cask. This makes each batch unique. Every bottle from the SMWS offers a different experience. It shows the true essence of its origin.

Tasting Panels and Bottling Standards

The company has high standards. An expert tasting panel evaluates each cask. They ensure each whisky meets their excellence standards. Approved whiskies are bottled at natural cask strength. They undergo no dilution, chill-filtration, or colouring. This keeps the spirit's true character and complexity.

Unique Coding System

There is a two-part coding system for bottles. The first part is the distillery, and the second is the cask. This system adds mystery. It encourages drinkers to focus on the whisky's character.

Venues and Events

The SMWS has venues for members to meet and share their passion. These 'members' rooms' are in places like Edinburgh and London. Members can try the society's whiskies, join tastings, and learn about whisky.

The society also organises events. These include tasting sessions and educational seminars. They help members learn more about whisky.

Expanding Horizons

The Society is not limited to Scotch whisky. It sources casks from distilleries around the world. Members can try spirits from Japan, the USA, and more.

For members, the range is more than exclusive whiskies. It's about being part of a global community. This community values tradition, authenticity, and a shared whisky journey. The SMWS is a tribute to whisky's past, present, and future.

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