The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), renowned for their single cask, single malt expressions, has for the first time in its history released a new blended malt offering. A 10-year-old release with the name Exotic Cargo, the expression will become available from September 1 at SMWS.com. In the past, SMWS have released a selection of single grain offerings as well as a few other spirits including rum.
The society explained that the newest expression, with its heavy Sherry influence, is a clear “example of its mission to explore the full spectrum of flavors in Whisky and other spirits”.
The Scotsman recently reported: “In July earlier this year, 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 Whiskeys will also be added to the range. To create ‘Exotic Cargo’, The Society’s spirits manager Euan Campbell sourced a number of pre-blended malt Whiskeys, all distilled on the same day on 2006, and all matured in first fill ex-Sherry casks.”
“A number of blends at various strengths were then tried before the Society’s expert Tasting Panel selected a blend with a reduced strength of 50% ABV which they describe as a “Sherry-soaked cruise into paradise”. “
The official tasting notes for the new Exotic Cargo expression read: “A wooden ship is sailing through the tropics with an exotic cargo of spices, scented flowers, Medjool dates and mangoes… close your eyes and drift away on this sherry-soaked cruise into paradise.”
Initially, the new blended malt was revealed exclusively to members of the Scotch Whisky Society, with a few lucky of volunteers being sent preview samples to provide feedback upon.
Commenting on the Whisky’s release, Kai Ivalo, spirits director at SMWS said: “The Society has always had an unconventional streak and we’re really breaking the mold 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.”
In its 34-years of existence, SMWS has garnered a reputation for a refreshing attitude towards what is perhaps the most traditional spirit of all. This includes a focus on single cask expressions as well as a reputation for promoting new world Whisky.
‘Exotic Cargo’ ($58) will be available in an Outturn of 1,937 bottles, and as with all Society single malts, is neither chill-filtered nor colored.
According to their website, SMWS is “a club unlike any other. As well as being a place to connect with other like-minded Whisky lovers, we are also internationally renowned for our mission: to provide our members with an adventurous and fun journey of discovery of the world’s widest collection of single cask Whiskeys.”
“Our Society grew out of a few individuals’ irrepressible spirit of discovery and adventure, which still drives us today. Inspired by the unique character of a single malt Whisky cask, purchased over 30 years ago from a Speyside distillery, this pioneering group of friends founded the Society in 1983 to buy more casks and share their discovery with like-minded adventurers.”
“Each of our single cask Whiskeys must pass the uncompromising noses of our expert Tasting Panel – a secretive group of independent Whiskey connoisseurs from all walks of life – before being deemed worthy of an iconic Society green bottle. The selection criteria are simple: quality and interest. All the Tasting Panel’s work is performed with no information on age, origin or cask type, to ensure Society Whiskeys are always bottled when they are ready, whether young or old, Highland or Lowland, Sherry-casked or ex-Bourbon.”