The Vaults. 87 St Giles Street. Leith. Edinburgh. Midlothian. Scotland. EH6 6EZ.
Tel: +44 131 554 3451
Whisky Magazine's Independent Bottler of the Year 2012, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world's foremost whisky club. With 16 International Branches around the globe, the Society exclusively bottles single casks from 128 different distilleries for its members. Each and every Society bottling has passed the high standards of The Tasting Panel.
The Society is one-of-a-kind. It releases rare single cask whiskies but never reveals the identities of the distilleries, using a numbering system instead. For them it’s all about the whisky and the wonderful array of aromas and taste sensations the single cask brings. You see, naming the distillery or brand would be wrong. Single cask malts challenge perceptions. They are the mavericks of the whisky the world. Each and every one of them is different, utterly unique and limited in number.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 1972 Birthday Bottle
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 Lovely chestnut colour. Soothing. After dinner and in front of a log fire. A touch woody, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 26.7 An Absolute Cracker
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.50% 8 Tastes old.Superb. Refined and complex. Still so lively and fresh. Hard to leave…
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 66.27 Foodie Dram
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.30% 7 The nose is richer than the palate. Seems a bit uncoordinated,like a young untamed horse.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Brimstone & Treacle
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00% 7
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9 Years Old, Millennium Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 9 Frighteningly good. Godzilla is alive and well and living in Campbeltown.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 33.70 Ardbeg Keith Richards meets Socrates 1998 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 An effusively phenolic smouldering hulk. Recommended.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bunnahabhain, 10.56
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 8 I admired its feistiness, but I might be more comfortable with a greater degree of maturity.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Caol Ila 7 Years Old, 53.50
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 8 Young and hot. If that sounds flirtatiously sexy, you have the right idea.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glenlivet 24 Years Old, 2.35
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 7 A heavily sherried whisky that is nonetheless surprisingly lively for its age.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 93.33 Glen Scotia Pine sap and black pepper 1992 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.30% 6 Like Dr Jekyll it's trying to escape from its alter ego,but Hyde wins out.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 120.4 Tibetan Joss-Sticks and Polynesian Pork 1990 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 59.30% 7 The nose is a delight. To enjoy the palate,you have to be a wood freak.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Hakushu 1981, 21 Years Old, 120.1
Single Malt - Japan - 60.70% 8 A very enigmatic malt. Lighter in body but drier and more assertive in flavour than Yamazaki. A digestif.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Highland Park 1970, 4.73
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 9 Not as sophisticated as the distillery bottlings, but robustly salty, earthy and peaty. Good characteristics, but in this bottling they mask the maltiness and sherry character. I wonder whether all is...
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 97.11 Littlemill 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 7 Lovely balance. A slow sipper.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.51 Longmorn Sweet, Rich & Fruity 1984 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Balanced and fine. Worth a look.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.15 Mannochmore 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.10% 8 Multifaceted and fascinating.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.17 Mannochmore Oozes Juiciness 1992 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 Don't water. Decent aperitif dram.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Old Fettercairn, 37 Years Old, 94.3
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.10% 8 An elegant, elderly chatelaine.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 25.46 Rosebank Lemonade in a Buttercup 17 Years Old, 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 7 Balanced fresh and delicious.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27.72 Springbank Harbour-side Harmonies
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 Lacks integration.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Macallan 11 Years Old, 24.48
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 7 It is always interesting to taste a Macallan that is less sherried than usual. This one could have been rounder.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society The Sting of a bee 42.5 1973 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 Very satisfying.A beautiful bourbon cask maturation. Superb to match with a cheesecake or lemon meringue pie. But the sting of the bee must be blunt,I did not feel it.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1979, Japanese Oak Cask, 119.2
Single Malt - Japan - 57.40% 8 A breakfast malt? Splendidly complex, with Japanese oak adding that extra touch of distinctiveness.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1980, White Oak Cask, 119.1
Single Malt - Japan - 50.90% 8 Elegant, and more flavoursome than Suntory bottlings I think.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1991, 11 Years Old, 119.5
Single Malt - Japan - 62.20% 8 Saves all the action for the finish. Very appetising.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki, 10 Years Old, 119.3
Single Malt - Japan - 56.20% 8 A surprising amount of peat in this usually very delicate malt.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 116.12 Yoichi 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Japan - 54.20% 8 Ah Yoichi..it's Ardbeg in Hokkaido.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.1
Single Malt - Japan - 56.60% 8 A whole sequence of flavours emerges in this vintage. These are flavours I have found before in Nikka whiskies, but they have not been especially evident elsewhere in this flight.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.4
Single Malt - Japan - 64.90% 8 Lots happening. Nice interplay of elements.
Celebrate Good Times
We are delighted to invite you to an exclusive tasting event for Whisky Magazine readers: an evening of single cask, single malts and a sumptuous three course dinner at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,...
October 2011, Issue 99, page 6
Society birthday The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is celebrating its 25th anniversary in true style with the launch of a distinctive new look, and the chance to taste an exciting new range of 43 rare wh...
November 2008, Issue 76, page 7
Want to know where you can go for the very best single cask malts? The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Born out of a love of whisky, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was formally established in Edinburgh in 1983. Now,25 years on, the Society is internationally recognised as the most reliable source of th...
November 2008, Issue 76, page 27
The Miller's Tale
Spring: the season of fecundity, rebirth and renewal. And, of course, Whisky Live in London. The merry-go-round begins again. Today London and, in two weeks time, whisky events in San Francisco and Co...
April 2004, Issue 38, page 5
“What we'redoing is always exposing the very best theindustry hasto offer”
Ian Wisniewski talks with Paul Miles,managing director of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
September 2008, Issue 74, page 84
In conversation (Richard Gordon)
Charles MacLean talks to Richard Gordon, Managing Director of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the world's premier whisky club – now in its 18th year
November 2001, Issue 19, page 85
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has slowly but surely been evolving and growing. We look at its progress.
January 1970, Issue 84, page 22
Class of their own
We showcase the results from this year's Independent Bottlers' Challenge.
September 2009, Issue 82, page 8
We showcase the results from this year's Independent Bottlers'Challenge
October 2008, Issue 75, page 14
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is under new ownership and enjoying new premises. Our Mystery Visitor went and checked out one of our more interesting members' clubs
September 2004, Issue 42, page 28
What are the best independent bottlings out there? Our tasters tried more than 160 of them to find out. Here are the results…
November 2007, Issue 67, page 21
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is riding high again with a trendy new bolt-hole in central London. Margaret Rand takes a closer look at this revival in fortunes
October 1999, Issue 6, page 38
A nice girl like Abigail
Abigail Bosanko's new book is a romance aimed at the professional female. But it includes whisky tasting notes and its central character is a whisky expert. What's going on?
September 2004, Issue 42, page 24
The state of independents
How good are the independent bottling companies? We decided to find out in our biggest ever tasting – more than 175 entrants in 24 categories,judged by nine judges over seven weeks. Dominic Roskrow ...
September 2005, Issue 50, page 16
High Society dining
The restaurant at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society ought to know about serving whisky with food. Just to check, Ian Buxton dined there twice in three days
July 2005, Issue 49, page 44
High society (An Quaich Society)
The members of Canada 's An Quaich Society are real party animals, but their love of Scotch and the freedom it represents could not be more serious as Stuart Maclean Ramsay reports.
June 2000, Issue 10, page 64
Great whisky bars of the world
A couple of issues ago we launched a new scheme to honour the world's best whisky bars. Here are the first recipients – congratulations to them all
January 2006, Issue 53, page 15
Sense and sensibility
Marcin Miller receives an education in whisky detection
February 2000, Issue 8, page 45
Whisky Magazine Photo Challenge 2010
The Whisky Magazine Photo Challenge is the new annual photographic competition, leading to publication of the winning photographs in the February issue each year and a selection of short-listed images...
April 2010, Issue 87, page 7
Heather's blooming success
Liza Weisstuch discusses whisky,music and why talking is a good thing with Glenfiddich's Heather Greene.
February 2009, Issue 78, page 46
Women with taste
If a group of women conducted a whisky tasting, would it be very different to a men's one? Well yes, actually. Dominic Roskrow meets the girls
September 2004, Issue 42, page 22
Jonny McCormickreports on Isly's growing dominance
April 2011, Issue 95, page 96
From the horse's mouth
It's official Cooking with whisky is very much in vogue. Martine Nouet talks to experts on the subject and discovers a truly original new sauce
October 2002, Issue 26, page 56
Coast to coast
You don't tend to think of Glasgow and Edinburgh when it comes to whisky. But if you dig about a bit and travel over to Campbeltown to the west there is plenty to enjoy
June 2007, Issue 64, page 36
William C. Meyers was one of three writers tasked with updating Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion for a sixth edition. So who is he?
June 2010, Issue 88, page 35
With this issue Whisky Magazine celebrates its first anniversary. The birthday party will be held in New York because this issue also marks our arrival in the US, the largest consumer of whisky and wh...
October 1999, Issue 6, page 5
Limburg Whisky Fair grows on ...
In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established itself as one of THE events in the continental whisky diary.
June 2004, Issue 40, page 14
The best deal possible
Glenmorangie House lies some seven or eight miles from the distillery, and driving up to it on a dark and windy night is like driving back in time. We arrive late, and already guests are coming down...
November 2004, Issue 44, page 5
Vote for your whisky favourites
Icons of whisky is the new name for our annual awards. And this year we're introducing the radical step of letting you do the voting 2004
February 2004, Issue 37, page 20
The geography of taste
In part four of his nosing course. Charles Maclean looks at how malts came to be classified by region
June 1999, Issue 4, page 60
That was the year that was
This month's round table looks back at the past year and looks forward to the year ahead
November 2004, Issue 44, page 20
We have invited four of the best drinks writers to take it in turn to write for us. First up, award-winning journalist Andrew Jefford argues that whisky is a matter of tastes
June 2004, Issue 40, page 74
A touch of glass
There is no doubt that the glass you use has an effect on the appreciation of the spirit therein. Marcin Miller investigate further.
July 2002, Issue 24, page 46
Richard Jones surfs the ‘net to find some of the more interesting sites of whisky comment and debate
June 2007, Issue 64, page 30
The Miller's Tale
This will be the last time I refer to the Ardbeg-sponsored Islay half marathon. Until next year's race, that is. Although it would not be unfair to suggest that the word 'race' is too strong a term fo...
November 2003, Issue 35, page 5
Still in league with the devil
Michael Jackson continues the saga of a tasting at Philip Pullman's house
May 2004, Issue 39, page 11
Small is beautiful
Writer, commentator and consultant,Ian Buxton has more than 20 years experience in the whisky business. CoolHunting.com said his most recent book 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die offered “...
October 2012, Issue 107, page 11
Martine Nouet profiles two talented singer/songwriters in the world of whisky: Robin Laing and Norma Munro
April 2003, Issue 30, page 34
Jonny McCormick sums up an excellent year
March 2012, Issue 102, page 72
A tasteful way to understand whisky
Pip Hills explains how his Scotch Whisky Directory can help you improve your tasting skills
November 2005, Issue 52, page 36
The voice of the people
The Icons of Whisky mark a step up for Whisky Magazine. Formerly known as the Whisky Academy and decided by an editorial panel, they are now decided by reader votes. Here we present the winners
April 2004, Issue 38, page 16
The Jewel of Orkney
Neil J. Ridley talks to Scottish jewellery designer Maeve Gilles about the inspiration behind Highland Park's 50 Year Old
January 2011, Issue 93, page 26
In the male-dominated world of whisky, the contributuin of women is oftern overlooked. Helen Arthur puts the record straight
February 2001, Issue 14, page 20
A world all of its own
Whisky Live Tokyo has just taken place.Dave Broom tries to make sense of it all
March 2006, Issue 54, page 12
A thoroughly Scottish night in
Neil Ridley donned his tweeds, applied the moustache wax and packed the picnic blanket for a splendid night in...
January 2010, Issue 85, page 20
Abalance of quality and price
Inverallan Scotch Malt Whisky is using the Internet to promote whisky and Scottish water across the world. Eluned Price reports
April 2005, Issue 47, page 44
A region once again (Campbeltown)
Robin Laing packs his bags and heads out to Campbeltown to find whisky production is thriving again
April 2007, Issue 63, page 54
Hope springs eternal
Malcolm Greenwood samples the other 'water of life', pure mineral water, in Scotland.
November 2000, Issue 12, page 70
Drams & Cultures in Auld Reekie
Neil Ridley heads out in Scotland's capital
September 2012, Issue 106, page 44
Seeking inspiration from a dram
Whisky has long helped provide the inspiration for some artists. Glenfiddich even provides a home for artists each year. Robin Laing looks at the connection.
January 2005, Issue 45, page 22