The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a unique members only whisky club that releases an array of new single cask bottlings each month. Society members not only gain access to this monthly out-turn, but also to the purpose built members rooms in Society venues in Edinburgh, London and as of March 2020, Glasgow.
Thursday 5th March saw the official launch party take place with members old and new descending on Bath Street to see the venue for themselves.
Back in November the Society held a preview event to show members the space they would soon be converting. Little more than a shell, it was hard to picture this bare city centre basement as the comfortable home of the world’s largest whisky club but nevertheless the goal has been achieved – and it looks absolutely fantastic…
Naturally I enjoyed a few drams during the event… Cask No. 7.227 “I’m just a teenage fruit fly baby” an exclusive bottling only available in Glasgow, distilled at Longmorn and aged for 14 years. Then came Cask No. 9.165 (13 year old Glen Grant), Cask No. 44.100 (15 year old Craigellachie), Cask No. 36.162 (18 year old Benrinnes) and to finish Cask No. 53.296 (12 year old Caol Ila). Each one was a great dram in its own right and each offered something radically different from the last – a great example of the delights on offer to members of the SMWS.
Thinking of joining the Scotch Malt Whisky Society? Visit their website here for details on how to become a member.
*Full Disclosure: As an affiliate of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, I can be paid commission should any of my readers choose to become members or buy bottles that I have reviewed.