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The SMWS launches 10 festival exclusives

10 bottles have been released by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in celebration of the upcoming Speyside Whisky Festival (3-7 May) and Feis Ile (25 May-2 June).

The Society will also be holding a series of events at both festivals, as well as Speyside and Islay-themed tastings at its Members’ Rooms and partner bars throughout the UK and Europe.

Both regions have their superfans and this year the Society is urging members to make their voices heard, by joining the online debate between Speyside supporter the Craigellachie Crusader and the Islay Avenger at

The celebratory festival bottlings include:


§  9.143: Graceful gravitas (21-years-old) – UK and EU bottling

§  107.13: Andalusian gazpacho (9-years-old) – UK and EU bottling


§  3.307: A journey into joy (20-years-old) – UK and EU bottling

§  3.308: A maritime meander (13-years-old)

§  10.141: Indulgence by the sea (12-years-old) – UK and EU bottling

§  10.146: Sweet smoky succulent sensation (9-years-old) – UK and EU bottling

§  29.241: A perfect moment (20-years-old) – UK and EU bottling

§  29.244: Weaving wondrous dreams (8-years-old) – available on Islay only

§  53.248: Slapped by Poseidon’s glove (11-years-old)

§  53.252: Smoky incarnations (11-years-old)

Helen Stewart, senior brand manager for the Society, says: “The Speyside and Islay Whisky Festivals are key dates in the whisky calendar, with May seeing the annual pilgrimage to the renowned whisky festivals. This year we have bottled more casks than ever before to give members all over the world even more opportunity to purchase one.”

For those travelling to the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, the SMWS will be releasing 29.244: Weaving wondrous dreams. To reward members who have made the journey to attend the Islay festival, this limited edition will only be available for existing and new members to purchase on the island.

With only 222 bottles available to members, this will be a very limited edition and sought-after bottle.

Like all Society bottlings, the distillery name is kept a secret on all the bottles.

The six casks destined for the UK and EU will be available (while stocks last) online at and at the Society’s venues and partner bars (by the dram only) from Friday 4 May 2018.

28 April 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor