02 May 2018

A host of Double Golds and "Best in Show" for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Whisky Accolades

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), which bottles products under its own label after taste tests by a group of connoisseurs, said yesterday all seven of its entries for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 had won double gold medals, reported Keith Findlay of the Press and Journal.

SMWS’s winning performance was led by a single malt from Islay, its Cask No. 29.224, which came away with the best in show title after beating about 1,000 other whiskies to the top award.

Other island whiskies featured among the medal successes, while two from Speyside – bearing the names Dancing on a Volcano and Silky, Sexy and Indulgent – also won gold.

Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the oldest contests of its kind and has become one of the world’s most respected competitive spirits events.

SMWS spirits manager Euan Campbell said: “2018 celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and we’re delighted to mark this with such a brilliant array of awards.

“The awards are great recognition for the innovative approach we take at the society.

Edinburgh-based SMWS was launched in 1983 to accommodate devotees’ thirst for knowledge about cask-strength whisky. It buys individual casks from malt whisky distilleries, bottles them and retails directly to its members.