About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is an organisation that was formed out of the unconventional, which thinks little bit differently and forged a mission to build a community and a range of experiences, to be shared (and having a bit of fun along the way). Our founder Pip Hills describes single malt scotch whisky at cask strength as the ‘best liquor on the planet’ and the SMWS is recognised for its award-winning whiskies.
Our founder Pip Hills describes single malt scotch whisky at cask strength as the ‘best liquor on the planet’ and the SMWS is recognised for its award-winning whiskies. Today, we are expanding like never-before, as the enjoyment of single malt grows globally, and whisky drinkers are looking to explore more that whisky has to offer. Any whisky drinker will find themselves in good hands, as a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. (Find out more at www.smws.com)
The reputation of SMWS has grown from strength to strength, apart from winning numerous awards for the quality of the whisky at International competitions, we were just name Independent Bottler of the Year for the 6th time in the last 9 years at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2018. On top of that we were also awarded Bar Group operator for 2018.
Our Society grew out of a few individuals' irrepressible spirit of discovery and adventure, which still drives us today. Inspired by the unique character of a single malt whisky cask, purchased over 30 years ago from a Speyside distillery, this pioneering group of friends founded the Society in 1983 to buy more casks and share their discovery with like-minded adventurers.
What They Do
Each of our single cask whiskies must pass the uncompromising noses of our expert Tasting Panel – a secretive group of independent whisky connoisseurs from all walks of life – before being deemed worthy of an iconic Society green bottle. The selection criteria are simple: quality and interest. All the Tasting Panel’s work is performed with no information on age, origin or cask type, to ensure Society whiskies are always bottled when they are ready, whether young or old, Highland or Lowland, sherry casked or ex-bourbon.