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.
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Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SMWS 29.184 'Shooting clays on a pebble beach' 1995 / 20 years old 55.3%
SMWS Tasting notes: First we noticed the wonderful deep reddish-brown colour soon followed by aromas of polished mahogany, stewed apples with cinnamon and raisins, Demerara sugar and a Rusty Nail cocktail. The taste neat was full bodied with a chewy texture like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and caramelised shallots. A drop of water and the ...
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 29.190 'Divine dark temptation' 1999 / 17 years old 58.1%
SMWS Tasting notes: Heavy, sweet seductive scent of stepping into a warehouse maturing Sherry in Sanlucar de Barrameda whilst the taste like a bellow of dry smoke, salty and nicotine tar. Water added toasted coconut flavoured hookah tobacco and dark caramel and sea salt chocolate. Cask: Refill butt Outturn: 582 bottles Please note: Scotch Malt...
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 3.265 'Islay meets Provence' 2000 / 15 years old 54.9%
SMWS Tasting notes: The Frenchman on the panel was immediately transported to Provence. Perfumed notes of lavender, black currant, loganberry and rosemary mingled with Islay aromas of sea salt, crushed coriander and fennel. We followed his footsteps into freshly harvested fields, sandy beaches and sun scorched terraces edged with borders of lave...
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 35.131 'Cherries, chocolate and chai' 19 years old 55.1%
SMWS Tasting notes: The neat nose intrigued with ever-changing aromas - from dark cherries, PVA glue, baked apples and cinnamon, to melted crayons, dates, foamy bananas and leather armchairs, but no kitchen sink! Sweet, bitter, oily and waxy notes all graced the palate, bringing taste sensations of Grand Marnier liqueur and hazelnut wine followe...
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 35.168 'Essence of BFG' 2001 / 15 years old 60.4%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose has abundant toffee, Madeira, tobacco, polished wood and essence of BFG (black forest gateau) - leather, liquorice, orange peel and candy floss later. The chewy palate delivers maple candies, cinder toffee, Jaffa cake, Jamaican ginger cake, syrupy cherries and pear. Cask: Virgin oak butt, heavy toast medium char Ou...
SMWS 36.106 'Fresh as a spring breeze' 2002 / 13 years old 55.3%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose was bright, clean and invigorating ? fresh as a spring breeze over tulips and daffodils, with added sweetness of honey and lemon-flavoured and mint-flavoured cured fondants (Edinburgh rock, Berwick cockles). The palate gave initial sweetness (light toffee, butterscotch), quickly followed by an expanding lively tingle...
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 48.60 'Classic sweet and spicy duality' 2004 / 11 years old 57%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose presented the classic duality of barley-derived sweetness (rice crispy cakes, honey, caramel, golden syrup, toffee) and woody spice (Black Jacks, tobacco, nutmeg, cinnamon, spiced rum). The palate displayed intense spiciness (hot-cross buns, liquorice, ginger, treacle scones, tea-chests) but sweeter, lighter notes of...
SMWS 64.65 'Bitter-sweet as lost love' 14 years old 60.3%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose had unstinted salivating sweetness (toffee, marshmallows, nougat, maple syrup on ice-cream, Crunchie bars, sugary espresso dregs) plus a mesmerizing melange of exotic fruits, some pine and old-fashioned perfumes. The palate was really juicy and lively ? slightly bitter but attractive fruits dancing jigs on our willin...
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 66.90 'Steam train through a pharmacy' 2004 / 12 years old 58.5%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose delivers unmistakable vanilla smoke - also cigar ash, polished wood, pine forests, steam trains and pharmacies. The palate has a more tarry smoke; also Buckley?s Mixture, Liquorice Allsorts and blackcurrant Tunes - sweet, succulent and easy-drinking with a drop of water. Cask: Refill barrel Outturn: 204 bottles Ple...
SMWS 7.135 'Fruity, juicy and exotic' 2004 / 11 years old 60.7%
SMWS Tasting notes: Soft and lightly perfumed, the nose suggested dried mango, banana and coconut, lemon puffs, lime starburst and cherry refreshers; also hints of menthol, cinnamon and a dry-cleaned lady's coat. The palate was very fruity, juicy and exotic - cherry, kumquat, blackcurrant and rhubarb - but balanced and made interesting by darker...
SMWS 73.75 'Raspberry atholl brose' 1998 / 17 years old 56.1%
SMWS Tasting notes: After visiting a botanical garden or a carpenter?s workshop we had chocolate orange sponge cake and lemon barley water. The taste neat was a ?Raspberry Atholl Brose?. Water released tropical fruits and in the finish a refreshing red grape juice. Cask: Refill hogshead, ex-bourbon Outturn: 294 bottles Please note: Scotch Mal...
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 93.69 'Props for a Hammer film' 2002 / 14 years old 59.5%
SMWS Tasting notes: The nose has dried dates and figs, leather, Iranian carpets, apricots and sweet coconut - definitely Eastern, exotic and alluring. The palate combines syrup of figs, muscovado, black tea and All-bran with lots of wood and spice cupboard warmth - a serendipitous discovery. Cask: 2nd fill Oloroso sherry butt Outturn: 564 bott...
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: ...
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