The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world's foremost single malt whisky club, founded in 1983 with a commitment to bottling the widest selection of exceptional and rare single cask whiskies. We are proud to be the home of the SMWS here in New Zealand, and in this collection you will find all of the whiskies available exclusively to members. If you are interested in discovering the world of SMWS, please see here for membership information.
Understanding the label:
When looking at a SMWS label, you will see that each distillery and each cask has a unique number. For example, SMWS 3.256 'Hebridean holiday tingle' comes from distillery 3, and this is the 256th cask that the Society have bottled. The age, cask type and strength of each whisky is displayed alongside a tasting note that is written to entice and tempt.
Please note: We are only able to send bottles and membership packs within New Zealand
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SMWS 29.185 'Sweet dreams' 1995 / 18 years old 51.9%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose had smoke, soot, ash and coal-sacks, balanced by lemon bonbons, lime marmalade, kiwi and dark berries; for hungry souls there was shellfish with salsa verde and lobster Marie Rose (foamy shrimps for the sweet-toothed). The palate was a beach barbeque - some got prawn cocktail and char-grilled gambas, but others were ...
SMWS 3.256 'Hebridean holiday tingle' 1996 / 19 years old 57.4%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose combines delicate perfumed smoke (violets, Cuban cigars) with rock-pools, seashells and seaweed; toasted hazels and coconut with water. The palate has a definite savoury element (honey-glazed ribs, chilli, smoked mussels) along with honey sweetness, orange zest, leather and ash. Cask: Refill hogshead, ex-bourbon Ou...
SMWS 3.277 'A perfumed, peat-smoked goodnight kiss' 1999 / 16 years old 57.2%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose was primarily maritime - boat sheds, tarry driftwood, dried seaweed, beach bonfires and sea-food barbeques - we also got citric and lavender perfume, slate, honey and savoury spice. The palate had intensely sweet and floral elements (sherbet straws, blossom honey) and citric smoke - then a balancing and acceptable bi...
SMWS 35.144 'Punch with a punch' 1991 / 24 years old 50.7%
SMWS Tasting notes: Whatever you are doing just now ? stop! Pears poached in Sauternes and chocolate roulade with Kirsch soaked cherries. Wait for the taste; deep, rumbling and sturdy! Just a drop of water and it transformed into a Sachertorte and a spicy fruit punch. Cask: 2nd fill hogshead, ex-bourbon Outturn: 198 bottles Please note: Scotc...
SMWS 41.80 'Classic - barley meets oak' 2006 / 9 years old 58.2%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose represents a classic meeting of barley and oak - complex sweetness (honey and raisin flapjacks, Cheerios, Cadbury?s Whole Nut, chocolate-coated foamy bananas) and pleasant woody notes (new bedroom furniture, polished cedar). If sweetness dominates oak on the nose, the palate reverses this - honey sweetness swells on ...
SMWS 64.69 'Sweet sensuous indulgence' 1990 / 25 years old 56%
SMWS Tasting notes: Gentle, sweet with a hint of spice like a sticky rhubarb and ginger crumble and wait for the taste; a soothing long soak in a Victorian bathtub and with the tiniest drop of water a chilled glass of iced wine ? Perfect harmony. Cask: Refill hogshead, ex-bourbon Outturn: 234 bottles Please note: Scotch Malt Whisky Society bot...
SMWS 66.80 'Sweet peat Carolina' 2004 / 11 years old 58.2%
SMWS Tasting notes: We stood barefoot on a hot jetty munching on a bag of peat smoked wine gums. The taste was hot! Bloody Mary pepper prawns. Water added salty marshland humidity and eventually we came full circle; lovely sweet peat smoked wine gums. Cask: Refill barrel, ex-bourbon Outturn: 174 bottles Please note: Scotch Malt Whisky Society ...
SMWS 66.87 'The seductive side of smoke' 2001 / 14 years old 53.8%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose was an interesting mix of bubble-gum and euthymol tooth-powder with chilli noodle squid, lobster and prawn followed by marshmallows toasted on glowing embers from a fire of beach-gathered twigs. The unreduced palate combined sweet (foamy shrimps, marshmallows in hot chocolate) with savoury (sushi, mussels, barbecued ...
SMWS 76.126 'Racy lady wearing leather' 1987 / 28 years old 57%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose was totally pleasant and evocative - dried marigolds, Battenberg cake, Calvados, orange groves, 'an old wine cellar in Alsace' and traditional deckchairs (wood, canvas, sun-cream). The palate was described as 'Delicious' and 'Racy' - intense orange zest, floral perfumes, red peppercorns, three-fruit marmalade and duc...
SMWS 9.103 'Encounters with the sirens' 12 years old 60.1%
SMWS Tasting notes: The aromas neat were a spicy and sweet heady combination of nuts, honey, citrus, vanilla and coconut all sandwiched between crispy filo layers like a classic baklava, as well as apple pie waffles with maple Bourbon caramel sauce. The taste was that of spicy cinnamon roasted almonds and Ricotta honey crepes with a hint of hot ...
SMWS G8.5 'Body surfing at Bondi beach' 25 years old 59.6%
SMWS Tasting notes: Newly sanded, polished, teak yacht in warm sun. New shoes on deck. Salted caramel chocolate, with Nepalese tea, candy floss on the stick. Redcurrant jelly, Arctic Roll and raspberry tart. Rose and pine mingled with cardamon, bison grass and pistachio. Cask: refill hogshead, ex bourbon cask Outturn: 240 bottles Please note: ...
SMWS Membership Renewal
Looking to renew your SMWS membership for the year? Simply add this item to your shopping cart and proceed through to checkout and we'll make sure your details are up to date. Your annual membership includes a copy of the quarterly magazine Unfiltered, as well as discounts on SMWS events and, most importantly, access to the delightful drams on o...
SMWS New Membership Pack
Region: From around Scotland
Volume: 3 x 100ml
A warm welcome awaits you as a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, giving you exclusive access to some of the world's finest whiskies. Travel to the home of the SMWS in Edinburgh and you will be able to visit the Member's Club Rooms, as well as invitations to tastings around the country. Included in your membership pack are three 100ml bot...