Whisky Magazine Issue 74
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Ian Wisniewski talks with Paul Miles,managing director of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
IANWhat's the society's mission statement?
PAULWe're a membership organisation, and our mission is to delight and intrigue our members.
We are about single cask, single malt whiskies, and we're bottling a few hundred casks a year.
IANWhat's your role and when did you begin?
PAUL I began in July last year, previously I was working for Glenmorangie as a business development director, and my role is to ensure that we stay focused on what we are.
When someone joins the society they're already interested in malt whiskies, and it's our job to make sure they get all the information they need to enjoy that. And that means things like the tasting notes being interesting and engaging, and having a spread of flavours and aromas in every bottling list.
IAN How would you describe the range on offer,do you cover each region?
PAULWe try to have a mix of whiskies, and it would be surprising if the whole gamut of malt whisky wasn't represented in each list, but we don't go out to do it that way. We go out to represent a broad range of flavours and aromas.
What we're doing, in effect, is always exposing the very best the industry has to offer.
IAN Howeasy or challenging is it to source the stock you would like?
PAULWith the concentration in the industry, access to stock is becoming a key issue.
We have access to in excess of 80 distilleries in the current stock profile, so it's more distillery access than the society has ever had.
And if you look through our bottling list you would...