The Scotch Malt Whisky Society “The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship 2014” – Scotch Whisky News


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society  

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship 2014

Do you like whisky? 

Can you pick a Laphroaig from a Lagavulin?  How about a Glenfiddich from a Glenmorangie?  On Saturday 26th July, whisky enthusiasts from all over Australia will fly in to compete in the annual Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship.  A major event on the Australian whisky calendar ever since 1989, this year a huge number of competitors and a large number of spectators will gather in the Dinosaur Gallery at The Australian Museum in Sydney to put their tastebuds to the test and find out who will be the newly-crowned Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Champion. This is the chance for whisky nerds and novices alike to test their mettle in the struggle for single malt tasting supremacy.

Competitors have 30 minutes to assess the eight whiskies poured before them in a blind-tasting format.  Each competitor is provided with a list of nine possible whiskies – the eight on the table, plus one red herring.  The task is to correctly identify which whisky is which. 

Following the competition, there will be a cocktail party for all competitors and spectators with some specially crafted hot and cold whisky cocktails, and some Scotch Malt Whisky Society rare and exclusive single cask single malts. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be on hand to discuss everything from the future of the single malt industry to a five step guide to buying the perfect bottle.

Saturday 26th July – Dinosaur Hall Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney.
6.30pm Registration.
7.00pm Competition.
7.30pm Cocktail party.
8.15pm Awards Ceremony.

Competition sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Event and cocktail party sponsored by The Glenfiddich
1st prize sponsored by Starward Distillery
2nd prize sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
3rd Prize sponsored by The Oak Barrel, Sydney


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society began in the late 1970’s when a group of discerning friends in Edinburgh bought a single cask of malt whisky and shared it amongst themselves.  The group of friends grew and grew, with subsequent cask purchases, and in 1983, the group syndicated as a Society. 

Today, the Society has over 26,000 members around the world with branches in 17 countries. It bottles over 350 single casks a year for its members from a range of more than 129 distilleries. 

Members can choose from the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whiskies with only the very best selected and approved by the Society’s respected Tasting Panel. 

The Society has been active in Australia since 2002, holding extremely popular and well-attended frequent whisky tasting nights in each of the capital cities around Australia all through the year for both its members and the general public.   

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship is a blind tasting competition that has been run in Australia since 1989.  It was held annually in Adelaide from 1989 until 2002, then was in recess for six years until The Scotch Malt Whisky Society resurrected the competition in 2008.  It is open to national and international competitors, and is now an annual event held in Sydney and hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  

Official photographs from the event will be available on request. 


Nick Rose, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – 0403 884 119 | |

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