Distinguished Father’s Day Whisky For A Dignified Dad

Father's Day For a Dignfied Dad

If your dad is a dignified chap, then The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has the perfect gift for him this Father’s Day (Sunday 17th June 2018), with a special offer of membership to the SMWS including a limited edition single malt ‘For a dignified dad’ for only £130.

This 20-year-old Speyside whisky has matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel to produce a single cask whisky that has been described as “characteristically waxy, oily, herbal and delicately tropical.”

Like the father in your life, ‘For a dignified dad’ carries an air of authority and experience that coveys that with “age brings distinction and the opportunity to wax lyrical, and deserves a respectful audience.”

With a stimulating nose and aroma of “hours spent in the garden or in the shed, emerging with the smell of soil from potting plants”, this whisky was bottled from a single cask that produced only 190 bottles, making it a limited edition single malt.


‘For a dignified dad’ and a membership to the Society costs only £130 which is a saving of £25. The whisky is from the Old & Dignified flavour category, which is one of the SMWS 12 flavour profiles.

Membership unlocks the doors to the Society’s unparalleled single cask whiskies, tasting events, the award-winning ‘Unfiltered’ magazine and Members Rooms and partners bars around the world.

New whiskies are released each month, providing an ever-changing choice of malts to discover.

Included in the offer:

· Full SMWS Membership (costing £65)

· 70cl bottle of: 36.142 ‘For a dignified dad’ (£90)

For more information, visit https://goo.gl/o2N2HV

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Launches Series Of Global Events This World Whisky Day


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is launching its Project Flavour Behaviour events across the world this World Whisky Day, Saturday May 21st 2016. The Society is looking for volunteers to take a written personality test and taste whisky samples, all in the name of science.

Project Flavour Behaviour is being carried out by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in partnership with Dr. Adam Moore from the University of Edinburgh’s Psychology Department.

There will be a series of secretive research experiments held around the world. These events will be taking place in cities worldwide, including Washington D.C., Vancouver, London and Edinburgh.

Participants at the events, which are free, will take a written personality test and then taste several special samples of single malt whisky.

A previous knowledge of whisky is NOT required – an open mind and adventurous spirit is all you need.

The findings from the events will be analysed by Dr. Moore and fed into the ongoing Flavour Behaviour experiment, which will be unveiled in more detail later in 2016.

To sign up to be a volunteer taster, visit: https://www.smws.com/projectfb

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World’s First Whisky Sniffer Dog Appointed

The world's first whisky sniffer dog, The Scotch Malt Whisky Sociey  - photo by Greg Macvean 6 email copy

It may sound barking mad, but the world’s first whisky sniffer dog has been appointed by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

A dog’s sense of smell is 50 times more sensitive than humans, so Golden Retriever Chaucer has joined the whisky club’s prestigious Tasting Panel in Edinburgh to help sniff out the finest whiskies for bottling.

The first whisky to be unleashed by Master Sniffer, Chaucer, is a pedigree single malt called ‘Barking Mad’, Cask D1.1. With notes of “malty biscuits” and “smoky meat”, ‘Barking Mad’ is available from 1st April in limited quantities.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Triumphs At Whisky Magazine Awards 2014

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is celebrating after a large haul at Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge 2014. The Society was named Independent Bottler of the Year and saw 13 of its casks win individual awards across the board.

The news has rounded off a stellar year for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, who released a uniquely diverse array of interesting single casks over the year, including Irish, rare Japanese grain and Bourbon whiskies. The Society released around 60 single cask malt whiskies in November alone, and its most recent outturn includes their oldest-ever single cask Scotch bottling at 48 years old.

Alongside these unique releases, The Society also celebrated Whisky Month in May during Homecoming Scotland with a series of events at its Members’ Rooms, hosted a series of sold-out whisky and game events at their ‘Glorious 12’ pop-up bar in Shoreditch, London in September, and re-launched its award-winning magazine, Unfiltered.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club and bottler which bottles the world’s widest selection of exceptional single cask, single malt whisky for its members.

The Society bottles the finest single malt whisky from around 350 single casks every year from a range of more than 132 distilleries. The very nature of the single cask means that each bottling offered by the Society is limited.

Helen Stewart, UK Brand Manager for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “We are very excited to be named Independent Bottler of the Year for the second time after our win in 2013. It really is testament to The Society’s Tasting Panel, who hand-pick the most interesting and enjoyable whiskies for our members. It’s a great time to be a member of The Society.”

The full list of awards for The Society single casks below shows the quality of the whisky bottled from around Scotland:


Independent Bottler of The Year 2014

• 93.61 – Bronze 13-20 yrs
• 93.57 – Gold 21 yrs +

• 26.101 – Bronze 12yr and under
• 59.48 Silver 21 yrs +

• 4.189 Silver 13 to 20yrs

• Islay bottler of the year award
• 10.76 Silver 12 yrs and under
• 53.184 Gold 13 to 20 yrs
• 3.203 Gold 21yrs +

• 130.1 Gold 12yrs and under
• 131.2 Silver 13 to 20yrs

• 2.85 Bronze 12 yrs and under
• 21.28 Gold 21 yrs and over
• 7.100 Silver 21yrs and over

To purchase membership of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society for £122, visit http://www.smws.co.uk or call the sales team on 0131 555 2929

Flavour Hunters Invited To Track Down Pop-Up Glorious 12 Whisky & Game Bar In London



The British game season is off with a bang and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has teamed up with The Wild Game Co. to pair seasonal wild game with its rare single cask whiskies at the Glorious 12 pop-up at Studio 2, New Inn Yard in Shoreditch, London in from 11-13 September.

For 3 evenings only, flavour hunters are invited to feast on a menu of Scottish game tapas, which features 12 different types of wild game, including woodcock, hare, partridge and wild boar, expertly paired with the exceptionally varied flavours of 12 of the Society’s rare single cask whiskies.

The Scottish tapas dishes on offer include:


Grouse, toasted brioche, roasted and pureed fig paired with a 34 year old juicy oak and vanilla single grain dram.

Roe deer striploin with frites, béarnaise and rowan jelly paired with a 22 year old peated dram.

Partridge, butterbean and chorizo matched with a 20 year old spicy and sweet dram

Glorious 12 will offer a ticketed hosting dining experience with two sittings each night at 6.45pm and 8.45pm. Ticket buyers will delve further into the world of flavours with expert talks each evening:

Wednesday 10th September – Media launch night

SMWS Brand Ambassador Annabel Meikle and Wild Game Co. founder Andy Waugh co-host media for supper and provide an insight into whisky and game pairings

Thursday 11th September – Foraging flavours with Thom Hunt

The founder of wild adventure company, 7th Rise, Thom Hunt, will guide guests through foraging in the wild, showing how to find the best of the countryside’s hidden treasures

Friday 12th September – Game butchery with Thom Hunt

Learn the basics of butchering game, including small birds and rabbits. Thom Hunt will detail the basics of skinning and butchering small game with a live demonstration, highlighting the best cuts and describing some of his favourite recipes

Saturday 13th September – DIY meat smoking with Ru Emslie

Game specialist Ru Emslie talks guests through how to smoke meat and fish at home. The talk includes how to make your own meat smoker as well as the best ways to create delicious wood-smoked game at home

The bar will also be open to walk-ins to sample some of the drams and tapas dishes on offer.

The pop-up will be staged at Studio 2, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, with the contemporary gallery space being transformed into a Scottish tapas and whisky bar, with elements of the Scottish countryside transporting guests away from city life.

Helen Stewart, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s UK Brand Manager, said: ”The single casks that we bottle give us a wide, ever-changing variety of flavours to play with. Experimenting with these rare whiskies alongside the wild game sourced by The Wild Game Co. has resulted in some fascinating flavour pairings.”

Andy Waugh, founder of The Wild Game Co., said “When it comes to game, our aim is to take people on journey of discovery so they can explore these seasonal meats, which are so often overlooked yet soavailable on our doorsteps. There’s not a better time than now to eat game, as it’s just come into season and pairing wild game with different types of whisky offers a whole new flavour experience.”

The Glorious 12 Whisky & Game Bar, Studio 2, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY – Thursday 11th September – Saturday 13th September

Tickets/more information:


£29 – ticket price includes hosted dining experience, 4 pairings of game and whisky and a guest talk. Only ticket buyers have access to the full menu of 12 whisky and game pairings. The bar is also open to walk-ins who can order a limited selection of Society drams and game tapas from the bar.


Whisky Club Teams Up With Renowned Mixologist To Reinvent Classic Whisky Cocktails

Stuart McClusky

As part of Clans & Drams, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s month-long activities during Whisky Month in May, the Society has joined forces with one of Edinburgh’s leading mixologists, Stuart McCluskey of The Bon Vivant and The Devil’s Advocate fame, for a night of innovative hands-on cocktail making on Friday 2nd May.

The Society is creating a special ‘secret bothy’ hideaway on the top floor of its beautiful Georgian townhouse venue, 28 Queen Street club in Edinburgh for the event. Stuart will be serving up four innovative drinks that reinvent classic whisky cocktails in this magical setting using the Society’s finest rare malt whiskies. His ingenious creations will also contain Caorunn Gin and Inveralmond beer, plus a host of other surprising ingredients. Guests will be invited to get involved in the cocktail-making process for a real hands-on experience.

Guests will be served a special ‘Bothy’ supper alongside their drinks and during the evening they will also be regaled with historic tales of Scottish imbibing from down the years by Society Ambassador Anna Wilkie.

The cocktails will be served up to guests in the Society’s special sample bottles before being poured into glasses for an added twist. After the event, the cocktails will then be on sale at the Society’s three venues – The Vaults in Leith, 28 Queen Street and 19 Greville Street in London ­– throughout Whisky Month in May.

Stuart said: “I can’t reveal what the cocktails are as I want to surprise people on the night, but what I can say is expect the unexpected – I will be taking the Society’s rare malt whiskies and using them alongside other unusual ingredients to flip people’s perceptions of traditional whisky cocktails completely on their head! There will be lots of theatre around the way the drinks are created and I will be using all manner of unusual things such as atomizers, citric acid, tinctures and homemade liqueurs.”

Mark Van Der Vijver, SMWS UK Sales Manager, said: “Having someone of Stuart’s calibre in the cocktail world on board to create a series of extraordinary cocktails for us is something really special and allows us to showcase the diversity of flavours in our whiskies in new exciting ways.”

Clan Cocktails in the Society’s secret bothy
Friday 2nd May, 2014, 7pm – 9.30pm
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX – North View Room

Tickets: £40
Call 0131 555 2929 to buy a ticket or visit http://www.smws.co.uk/clans&drams


Whisky and Oyster Pop-Up Bar Launches in London For Start of Native Oyster Season


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and The Mother Shuckers open The Pearl Dram Whisky & Oyster Bar

WHAT:          The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has joined forces with oyster mixologists, The Mother Shuckers, to open a pop-up bar offering paired combinations of whiskies and oysters. The Pearl Dram Saloon will debunk the myth of pairing brown spirits with the crustacean delicacy in spectacular fashion.

WHY:             The start of Britain’s native oyster season on Sunday 1st September coincides with the 30th birthday celebrations of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  The Pearl Dram Saloon will take drinkers through matched oyster and whisky pairings, exploring the complex, subtle flavours of both.  Special events such as ‘The Secrets of Pearls’ to ‘Cocktails and Crustaceans’ will be held each day.

WHO:             The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has teamed up with renowned oyster mixologists, The Mother Shuckers, to create this unique pop-up. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a members only whisky club, with 26,000 members, venues in Edinburgh and London and branches in 19 countries worldwide. The Mother Shuckers take oyster addiction to the next level, regularly holding tastings where they expertly pair drinks with exceptional oysters.

HOW:              Entry is free to anyone aged 18+.  Full event details will be posted on www.smws.co.uk/pearldram

WHERE:          The Pearl Dram Whisky & Oyster Bar, 53 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DG

WHEN:            Open Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th September, from noon – 11pm (5pm Sunday)