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SMWS Exotic Cargo


Experimental ‘Exotic Cargo’ blend sees unconventional whisky club continue its mission to explore new flavours

The world of Scotch whisky is being taken by surprise with the release of Exotic Cargo, the first-ever blended malt* from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), the industry’s foremost experts on single cask, single malts.  The experimental new 10 year old blended malt is available in the UK and EU from 1st September at, before being released to international markets including the US, Canada and Australia.

The Society will always focus on single cask, single malt whisky, but this finely balanced blended malt with a heavy sherry influence is the latest example of its mission to explore the full spectrum of flavours in whisky and other spirits.

For ‘Exotic Cargo’, The Society’s spirits manager Euan Campbell sourced a number of pre-blended malt whiskies, all distilled on the same day on 2006, and all matured in firstfill ex-sherry casks.  A number of blends at various strengths were then tried before the Society’s expert Tasting Panel selected a blend with a reduced strength of 50% abvwhich they describe as a “sherry-soaked cruise into paradise”.

In typically evocative Society style, the Exotic Cargo tasting notes read: “A wooden ship is sailing through the tropics with an exotic cargo of spices, scented flowers, medjool dates and mangoes… close your eyes and drift away on this sherry-soaked cruise into paradise.”

The Society revealed the blended malt to its members first, with a selection of volunteers being sent preview samples to feedback on.

Commenting on the whisky’s release, Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at SMWS said: “The Society has always had an unconventional streak and we’re really breaking the mould of what can be done with a blended malt.  We’re looking to our members for feedback on the bottle before releasing further intriguing creations, however, we’re sure they will be as eager as ever to get their hands and palates on what truly is a piece of exotic cargo.”

In its 34-year history, the Society has established a reputation for its unconventional approach to whisky; from focusing on single casks and not revealing the names of distilleries to bottling other spirits such as liqueurs, cider brandy and pioneering the bottling of Japanese whisky.

‘Exotic Cargo’ (£45) is available in an Outturn of 1,937 bottles, and as with all Society single malts, is neither chill-filtered nor coloured.

In July earlier this year, The SMWS released a new Single Cask Spirits brand for its rum, gin, cognac, bourbon and non-malt whisky releases. Later in the year, rye and grain whiskies will also be added to the range.

* Blended malt whisky refers to a combination of single malts, married together from more than one distillery. Unlike a blended whisky, a blended malt whisky does not contain any grain whisky. Prior to 2009, blended malts were sometimes also referred to as vatted or pure malts, but those terms are no longer permitted by the Scotch Whisky Association.

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About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club that bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The Society only ever bottles single casks – each cask is unique, making every Society bottling a limited edition
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 132 distilleries in its history
  • The Society releases a new batch of around 30 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers different levels of membership

o   Membership Pioneer with gift box containing three samples, £122

o   Member at £61.50 – without gift box

o   Sample Subscription – free.

o   Visit

  • For more information about the Society, visit

Balblair 1997 Single Cask The Whisky Shop Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

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Balblair 1997 Single Cask The Whisky Shop Exclusive


Distilled at Balbalir in 1997 and filled to cask no. 913, this Highland single malt has been hand-selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop customers. Bottled in 2007 at a strength of 51.5% abv to showcase the fantastic natural character that caught our attention.

Charles MacLean’s tasting notes: “The colour of aged Alsace wine, excellent beading. A prickly nose-feel with a fruity top note (tropical fruit salad), pink bubblegum in the middle, on a faintly earthy base note. Sweet and spicy to taste, with scented sweets and fresh coconut. Water calms both aroma and taste; the former becomes more dusty, the latter softer and sweeter.”

£140 Buy Now



One Cask, Three Decades Tamdhu 30 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


One Cask, Three Decades Tamdhu 30 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare

This single cask bottling from family-run independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co. was distilled in July 1987 at Tamdhu distillery in Speyside. Matured in a single sherry butt for three decades, this exceptional single malt was bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.9% abv in July 2017, free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring.

£250 Buy Now
Limited to just 533 bottles

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Old Perth 21 Year Old 1996 at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Perth 21 Year Old 1996

Old Perth 21 Year Old 1996 vintage Blended Malt Scotch whiskey. A very unusual single sherry cask blended malt of famous Speyside and Islay malts bottled Summer 2017 by Morrison & MacKay. 335 bottles.

Buy – £66.53

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “For Member Approval” – Scotch Whisky News



 SMWS Exotic Cargo

Our September Outturn sees the Society travelling into new territory, and we invite you along for the journey.
Exotic Cargo is a sherry-soaked cruise into paradise, and the Society’s first ever blended malt Scotch whisky. We created the whisky from a selection of ex-sherry casks, distilled in 2006 and matured in first-fill Spanish oak hogsheads from day one.

We trust you’ll enjoy this distinctive dram, which continues our pursuit of intriguing flavours. We’re releasing it strictly for member approval ¬– find out more and let us know your thoughts at

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

The Glenturret “Our Core Range.. something for everyone” – Scotch Whisky News


The Glenturret Core Range…

The Glenturret Core Range draws on the very best of the traditional production methods at Scotland’s oldest working distillery and focuses on profiling the taste of the malt, not simply its age. With three tastes to choose from, Sherry, Triple Wood and Peated which is your favourite?


Sherry Edition

The Sherry Cask Edition has been matured in Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks, delivering a sweet spiciness with soft oak background. Homemade syrup sponge meets the nose with a sweetness and warmth that invites you in. View our tasting video here.



Triple Wood

A combination of American sherry oak, European sherry oak and American bourbon oak casks have been used to create the distinct oaky flavour of the Triple Wood Edition.

The aroma is a fragrant mix of orange peel, vanilla and peardrops with a taste of cedarwood, cinnamon coated marzipan and a hint of coconut. View our tasting video here




The Peated Edition delivers a heavy smokiness through the use of malted barley dried over peat fires, a taste akin to the whisky produced when the distillery first got its license in 1775.

A warm bitumen and freshly baked brownie aroma is followed in taste by a sweet, smoky flavour with slight salty notes. View our tasting video here



Macallan Edition No. 3, coming soon – Scotch Whisky News


The Macallan Edition Series is an exploration into our approach to whisky making, exposing the detail of its creation and showcasing the absolute skill of our whisky makers.

At the heart of the series is our desire to innovate; to push the boundaries and challenge expectations in the creation, experience and enjoyment of The Macallan. Continuing the story of our oak casks and obsession with wood, the Edition Series provides the freedom to look beyond the traditional cask styles used in other Macallan whiskies.

We will be unveiling the latest addition to the series very soon – and the collaboration that inspired its creation.




A creative collaboration with the Roca brothers, owners of world-renowned restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. The character of Edition No. 2 was not only shaped by the use of seven distinct cask types, but also the creative spirit of each collaborator. >>>



The debut expression in the Edition Series. Edition No. 1 celebrates the story of our meticulous cask selection and its influence on the flavour of our whisky, with a bold single malt drawn from eight of the finest European and American oak cask styles and sizes. >>>

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown Newsletter August 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown August Newsletter

This is a very brief update on a few items using our new format newsletter.  Firstly, if you did not want to receive email updates from us then I apologise and please unsubscribe from this service.

The Dufftown Bicentenary Drammie

We have launched a special bottling to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the creation of Dufftown. For every bottle sold we are donating £10 to the Dufftown and District Community Association who do great work in our community. It is only £45.

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival

We are having our usual fun from the first to the last drop this September from 21st to 25th.  Our programme of over 30 events is nearly complete but we have a few slots.  The confirm events can now be booked.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Getting Fruity: Summer Drams” -Scotch Whisky News


SMWS Fruity

Before summer dwindles away for another year, we’re getting a little fruity with this hand-picked crop of mouth-watering numbers. Perfect for sharing outdoors, enjoy a diverse range of flavours – dark berries, juicy fruits, sweet coconut and zingy citrus. After sunset, go bold with a special something from our peaty corner.

Summer Drams

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Wemyss Family Collection introduced to the Wemyss blended malt range – Scotch Whisky News

Wemyss Family Collection Vanilla Burst & Treacle Chest

Wemyss Family Collection introduced to the Wemyss blended malt range

Family run, independent bottler Wemyss Malts is releasing a new range of blended Scotch malt whiskies that have been produced from the family’s private collection of maturing whisky casks. Rather than use whisky that has been purchased mature and ready to blend, Wemyss Malts has over the past decade sourced oak cask varieties to partner with single malt spirit selected from some of Scotland’s foremost distilleries.

Under the guidance of industry experts including Charlie Maclean, the Wemyss family have handpicked casks that show the perfect balance between wood and whisky to craft exceptional blended malt whiskies. Each yearly Wemyss Family Collection release will focus on one specific influence that impacts whisky, be it regional, malt style or cask effect.

The first two releases of the Wemyss Family Collection represent two opposite whisky styles; that of bourbon cask matured and sherry cask matured whisky. In keeping with other releases from Wemyss Malts, these new bottlings have been given flavour led names by the Wemyss tasting panel:

Vanilla Burst is the first release of the Wemyss Family Collection range and is a blend of only 2 Speyside single malts with a light and fruity character that were chosen to mature in 15 1st-fill Ex-bourbon barrels. The 4800 bottles of Vanilla Burst perfectly demonstrate an intense 1st fill bourbon wood influence on a light and sweet Speyside malt Scotch whisky.

Treacle Chest, selected as the second release of the Wemyss Family Collection range is a blend of only 2 Highland single malts with a sweet, cereal character that were chosen to be matured in just 14 1st-fill ex-sherry hogsheads. The resulting 6300 bottles of Treacle Chest are a perfect example of how rich and weighty 1st fill ex-sherry casks influence unpeated Highland Scotch malt whisky.

Both blended malts are bottled non chill-filtered, at natural colour and are 46% abv. They are presented in screen printed 70cl bottles with a striking charcoal and copper detailed gift carton.

William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “It is with great anticipation and excitement that we release to the drinks enthusiast and whisky community the first two Wemyss Family Collection bottlings. We are very proud of the quality of these two blended malts and look forward to seeing how future yearly releases will compare.”

Isabella Wemyss, Director of Production at Wemyss Malts stated: “Great effort and time has been taken to ensure the Wemyss Family Collection will be remarkable blended malts, from the very first steps of selecting the spirit and sourcing exceptional casks from around the world, to selecting and blending the mature casks under the supervision of leading industry professionals.”

Wemyss Family Collection; Vanilla Burst and Treacle Chest will be available mid-August from selected retailers in the UK, EU and key Asian markets with suggested retail prices of £43 and £47.


  • Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is owned by the Wemyss family and their family seat in the brand logo is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.
  • The Wemyss Family Collection joins 2 other blended malt ranges that include The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney bottled non chill-filtered at 46% and in small batch, batch strength as well as a blended Scotch range, Lord Elcho.
  • Wemyss blended malts have won prestigious World Whisky Awards five times: The Hive 12yo in 2012, Spice King 12yo in 2013, Velvet Fig in 2015, Kiln Embers in 2016 and Peat Chimney Batch Strength in 2017.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include Darnley’s Gin, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.
  • The family has opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife and in July 2017 opened Darnley’s Gin distillery on site.

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