I recently became a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, taking my connoisseurship/snobbery to the next level. =] Their motto is “TO LEAVE NO NOSE UPTURNED” – how could I not join? hahahaha.
Upon paying my membership dues, they sent me this elegant box as part of the welcome package….
Inside, there was a similarly green Member’s Handbook (that talks rules, history, privileges, etc.), a small green Members’ Notebook (with a bunch of blank paper to write tasting notes), a members copper lapel pin (which I’ll proudly wear at home), and most notably, four small 100 mL bottles of Single Cask Scotch from various distilleries…. which leads me to the exact reason why I joined this club.
Not only is the Scotch Malt Whisky Society a private membership club dedicated to the appreciation and consumption of the most rare and unique of single malt whiskies, but they’re also an independent bottler of the good stuff. That is, they sell unique scotch not found on store shelves, and you have to be a member to buy it……..ta-daah.
And though they work with over 120 different well-known distilleries, they do not call out the name of the distilleries. Instead, the Society refers to each by a number (the codes can readily be found through a Google search). The reasoning behind this is that since the Society bottles from a single cask, the whiskies rarely typify the characteristics of the distilleries they came from.
Anyways, so what did I get……
From left to right, I got a 20 year old Bowmore, 3.171, given the quirky name Peasant honey and lime flowers; a 13 year old Springbank, 27.88, referred to as The dignity of labour; a 15 year old Glen Moray, 35.47, called Jelly Tots and Iced Gems; and finally, a 7 year old Dailuaine, 41.47, that goes by Bentley in Zanzibar. All very unique, indeed.
Interestingly, Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible does cover 41.47. Bottled at 61.4% ABV, he rated it an 86, noting that you can’t escape the fire, but you must have a heart of steel not to enjoy the oak-barley tapestry. In any case, I’m looking forward to trying all of these bottles.