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Scotch Malt Whisky Society unveils 150th distillery bottling

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has presented its landmark 150th distillery bottling - from an Irish producer.

Cask 150.1, sourced from a distillery in south-west Ireland, is being released by the society to mark St Patrick's Day on 17 March. It is the first whiskey from the distillery to be bottled as a single cask.

Bottled as 150.1*, Let's Go West!', the whiskey falls into the society's 'spicy and sweet' flavour profile. It is exclusively available to members via ballot entry at £75.

To celebrate the milestone, SMWS is hosting a livestream event to celebrate St Patrick's Day. It will include Irish music, whiskey chat, a pub quiz and competitions, with hosts from the US and Australia discussing the Irish-Scots connection. 

The livestream starts at 8pm GMT on 17 March and will be shown on the SMWS social and YouTube channels.

Kai Ivalo, SMWS 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.

"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."

17 March 2022 - Bethany Whymark