Society will start 35th anniversary as member of the industry’s leading research and technology organisation

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Since our birth in 1983, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s mission has always been to unearth for our members the unique and complex flavours of single malt from a single cask. As we’ve developed, we have taken more control over sourcing and buying our own casks, purchasing new make spirt, managing the maturation of our stocks and introducing some experimentation. We’re on a continuous quest to pursue a diversity of flavours, bottle the highest quality possible – and have a bit of fun along the way.

In the interest of developing our expertise in every stage of our processes, we will start 2018 as a member of The Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI), the industry-funded research and technology organisation.

SWRI started its existence in 1974 as Pentlands Scotch Whisky Research, founded by a consortium of seven distillers to work collectively to solve shared problems and challenges within the industry. The organisation grew in scale until becoming SWRI in 1995 and moving to a purpose-built facility in the Heriot-Watt Research Park in Edinburgh three years later. SWRI now represents more than 90 per cent of the Scotch whisky industry producers.

The Institute carries out research across the entire process of Scotch whisky production, from raw materials and processing through to maturation, flavour and product protection. It provides day-to-day technical support and a range of analytical services to its members.

“We’re delighted to become a member of SWRI, which will benefit our own members through our investment in quality and the ability to take greater control and have more involvement in every stage of the process leading to us bottling our whisky,” said SMWS spirits director Kai Ivalo.

“By working together with SWRI, we’ll be able to build on the skills we’ve developed at the Society over the past 35 years. That means going beyond being maturation experts to exploring the world of new make spirit, working on cask selection, experimenting with flavour diversity, and further developing our knowledge of sensory evaluation.

“Becoming a member of SWRI is also about putting something back into the Scotch whisky industry and playing our part. We’re long-term members of the Scotch Whisky Association so this is a logical next step for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.”

James Brosnan, director of The Scotch Whisky Research Institute, said: “I am delighted to welcome The Scotch Malt Whisky Society as a new member to the SWRI ‘research club’, and look forward to exploring how our research can benefit your Society and your members.”