Nice poll Jan and by the way, Congratulations to the Goldmember title.
I am a member of the following "societies":
Friends Of The Classic Malts
Friends Of Laphroaig
Glenmorangie Kindred Spirits
Isle Of Jura Club
I agree that Ardbeg started out with a riot. Over the first 1-2 years I received lots of promotional stuff and offers to buy exclusive bottlings and different invitations. But for the last two years I think I have received in total 2-3 letters from the Committee. I don't know whether this is due to lack of time or interest from the Ardbeg Committee Centre. It's really frustrating though. First they spoil you with newsletters etc. and then they fall asleep and forget you completely.
Glenmorangie sends out a newsletter once in awhile. Not too often and in comparison with Ardbeg or Laphroaig no special stuff for members.
Aberlour is pretty good. Plenty of information and regularly. Special invitations to Aberlour Dinners and tastings, Competitions etc.
From Scapa Crew I received a Certificate and so far (it's still a rather new Society) a couple of newsletters.
Isle Of Jura - So far only a couple of newsletters and the chance to win bottlings if you participate in their competitions.
Friends Of The Classic Malts - They, too started out with fantastic newsletters, invitations and the possibility to buy exclusive stuff for members only. But the last 2-3 years they have become a "Silent Still" too, just like Ardbeg.
It makes you wonder if they still exist!!
They used to send mail regularly from each and every distillery, one at a time.
Laphroaig is the one to celebrate. They seem to "remember" you by sending out Distillery News, Christmas cards and Happy Birthday notifications. You also get the chance to buy special bottlings at a fair price and for members only. I came over a special 11 year old Laphroaig bottling this way. Exclusive to Friends Of Laphroaig to commemorate its 10th Anniversary and limited to only 750 signed (by Robin Shields) bottles. Now, that's classy!!!
. Regularly you get the chance to buy limited bottlings like this.
I think many of the giants try to save money by reducing their postage fees and printing costs but that shouldn't keep them from sending you regular newsletters by E-mail.
I hope they read this and start spoiling us again...