Tuesday, August 22, 2017


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, has announced the launch of its first ever blended malt whisky.

SMWS Exotic Cargo (50% ABV) is a 10 Year Old blended malt, which is comprised of a number of pre-blended malt whiskies, all distilled on the same day on 2006, and all matured in first fill ex-sherry casks.

SMWS: Exotic Cargo

A number of blends at various strengths were sampled, before the SMWS tasting panel selected a blend with a reduced strength of 50% ABV, which they described as a “sherry-soaked cruise into paradise”.

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

Commenting on the launch, 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.”

Last month, 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.

Limited to 1,937 bottles, SMWS Exotic Cargo, will be available from the society next month, for £45.00.

Posted by Steve Rush