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Scotch Malt Whisky Society announce release of 150th distillery bottling - and it's not from Scotland

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has announced the release of its 150th distillery bottling to members just in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Published: March 15, 2022
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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) will release a landmark 150th distillery bottling this month – and it’s not a Scotch.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 150.1 is from a distillery in the south-west of Ireland, bottled with as we approach St Patrick’s Day on Thursday 17th March.

Whiskey from the distillery has never been bottled as a single cask, an SMWS first and a real treat for its members.

Distillery 150 has been bottled as 150.1*, ‘Let’s Go West!’ falling under the Society flavour profile ‘Spicy & Sweet’, available to members via ballot entry at £75.

In celebration, SMWS are hosting a special livestream event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and their landmark 150th distillery release.

An evening of Irish music, whiskey chat, a pub quiz, competitions and much more, with hosts from US and Australia discussing the Irish-Scots connection.

Commenting on the landmark release, 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.

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“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.”

SMWS members have access to exclusive experiences, a monthly members magazine Unfiltered, colourful tastings and events at the Society’s Members’ Rooms, partner bars as well as online - and of course, the finest selection of single cask whisky, bottled exclusively for members.

The St Patrick's Day event will be streamed live on Thursday, 17th March at 8pm GMT. Find the live stream on the SMWSUK social and YouTube channels.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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