Friday, September 22, 2017


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, has announced the launch of the first two expressions in its new ‘The Vaults Collection’ series.

SMWS ‘In a perfumed garden’ (55% ABV) is a 26 Year Old single malt whisky from a now-closed Lowland distillery. SMWS ‘Meeting an old master’ (52.9% ABV) is a 27 Year Old single malt whisky from a renowned Speyside distillery.

SMWS 'In a perfumed garden'

Limited to 170 bottles, ‘In a perfumed garden’ was matured in a refill barrel before being transferred for further maturation to a second-fill Sauternes hogshead for 18 months.  It was then moved back to a second-fill bourbon barrel where it rested for a further year before being released.

Limited to 437 bottles, ‘Meeting an old master’ was drawn from a single cask of whisky that was distilled on 7th May 1990. The whisky matured in an ex-Oloroso sherry cask before further aging in a first-fill Pedro Ximenez sherry butt.

These latest releases, are part of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s ‘The Vaults Collection’, a prestigious new series which will focus on the Society’s rarest aged releases and exceptional examples of single cask, single malt whisky.

Commenting on the launch, Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at the Society, said: “The Vaults Collection encompasses the finest and rarest casks from our treasure trove of single cask whiskies. These casks have been stored over decades and nurtured through their maturation as the ultimate expressions of their kind – these are once-in-a-lifetime bottling of liquid history.”

SMWS ‘In a perfumed garden’ and  SMWS ‘Meeting an old master’, will be available exclusively to Scotch Malt Whisky Society members from October 2nd, for the respective RRP’s of £875.00 and £980.00.

Posted by Steve Rush