SMWS reveals 150th distillery release

by Alice Brooker

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is marking St Patrick’s Day (17 March) with a single cask bottling sourced from an Irish distillery.

Cask 150.1 is a seven-year-old expression. Falling under the company's 'spicy & sweet' flavour profile, the Irish whiskey is exclusively available to SMWS members only through ballot entry for £75 (US$97.73). Kai Ivalo, spirits director, said: “For our landmark 150th bottling, we wanted to showcase the journey of our never-ending quest for quality and flavour. Choosing an Irish distillery to mark this milestone occasion truly shows the adventurous spirit of the Society – celebrating our vibrant spirit no matter its source.” The 58.7% ABV liquid spent three years in a first-fill Bourbon barrel, followed by final maturation in a first-fill ex-rye barrel. Flavours of 'chocolate and physalis cupcake', muscovado sugar and a pinch of pepper make up the thick, sweet palate, while the finish is said to be moreish and dry. Ivalo added: “Our milestone 150th distillery bottling demonstrates how far the Society has travelled. Having bottled from distilleries way beyond our own shores, we continue to explore a world beyond single cask, single malt Scotch that is at our core. We are celebrating both our beginnings and our future.” In addition to the landmark 150th distillery release, SMWS will host a livestream event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The event will include Irish music, whiskey chat, a pub quiz and competitions, and involve hosts from US and Australia discussing the Irish-Scottish connection. Taking place on Thursday 17 March at 8pm GMT, the stream can be found on SWMS’ YouTube channel and its Instagram account through the handle @smws_uk. Last year, SMWS partnered with fragrance house Kingdom Scotland to pair its whiskies with perfumes.