SMWS releases its first blended malt

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

23 August 2017

It may be better known as a purveyor of single cask whisky, but the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is changing things up with the release of its first blended malt.

Called ‘Exotic Cargo’, the 10-year-old whisky is comprised of a number of pre-blended malt whiskies that SMWS spirits manager Euan Campbell sourced. All of the whiskies were distilled on the same day in 2006, and all were matured in first fill sherry casks.

There’s plenty of sherry influence to be found in this, with aromas of sweet-spicy nutmeg, cocoa and cinnamon mixing with rubber, struck match, dates and dried orange peel.

Tasting reveals an initial silky texture that carries all those powdered spices, accompanied by a teeny hint of cured meat, before a drying combination of dark chocolate, chopped walnuts and polished mahogany sideboard sweep in on the mid-palate, sprinkled with a red chilli heat.

A number of blends were put before the SMWS tasting panel, before this iteration was chosen.

‘The Society has always had an unconventional streak and we’re really breaking the mould of what can be done to a blended malt,’ said Kai Ivalo, SMWS spirits director.

‘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 is truly a piece of exotic cargo.’

There are 1,937 bottles of Exotic Cargo, which will be available from 1 September.

SMWS is certainly changing things up at the moment, as it recently launched its single cask spirits series too.

50% abv, £45/70cl, Scotch Malt Whisky Society,


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