A brace of SMWS whiskies have picked up prestigious awards in the International Wine & Spirit Competition for 2017, adding to an impressive tally for the year so far

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has won two awards in this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

Judges gave their gold medal, with a score of between 90 and 92.9, to Cask No. 35.163: A playful wrestling match.

In their tasting notes, the IWSC panel found the 21-year-old bottling from our Spicy & Sweet flavour profile to have: “A big hit of marzipan and almond on the nose, with some sugary vanilla and oak notes. Sweet sugar, almost rum-like notes come through on the palate, giving extra element of French oak, toasted hazelnuts and ginger. The finish enhances the ginger notes and gives extra focus on sandalwood and cinnamon.”

It’s the second gold medal award for 35.163: A playful wrestling match, which was matured in a first-fill toasted oak hogshead, having already picked up the equivalent honour in the Scotch Whisky Masters competition in June.

Cask No. 7.152: ‘Deeply absorbed but at ease’ was awarded the Silver Outstanding medal, with a score of between 86 and 89.9. The judges found the 12-year-old from our Juicy, Oak & Vanilla flavour profile to have: “A nose of minerals (flint, copper and chalk) with a hint of stone floor and cut wood. The palate opens up nicely to reveal coconut pulp, lavender and lily of the valley, with a finish that has a balance of spice and sweetness.”

The IWSC awards come on the back of a number of other successes for Society bottlings in international competitions this year, with prizes in the International Spirits Challenge, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and the Scotch Whisky Masters.

“It’s great to see even more recognition of the fantastic quality of our single cask whiskies,” said Kai Ivalo, spirits director at the SMWS. “It demonstrates our ability to source for our members the very best casks from a wide range of distilleries – and sometimes the results might surprise you. You can’t judge a book by its cover – which is why we don’t show covers – and we urge our members to explore whiskies that they might not have sampled before.

“For non-members, what are you waiting for? The Society is the perfect place to start your journey into the magical world of single cask, single malt.”

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