The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been named as Independent Bottler of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC) competition, the sixth win for the SMWS in the past nine years

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What a year it’s been – and what a conclusion! As The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s year of 35th anniversary celebrations draws to a close, we have retained our title as Independent Bottler of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC) competition.

The Society also won the regional awards for Independent Bottler of the Year for Campbeltown, Lowland, Grain, Irish and Japanese whiskies. And that’s not all – we also won the overall award for Bar Group of the Year, and 28 Queen Street was highly commended in the Whisky Bar of the Year category.

“This is a fantastic accolade for the Society as a whole, for the quality of our single cask, single malts, and the consistently high standards we set,” said Kai Ivalo, spirits director at the SMWS. “It’s also worth noting that we’ve now won the IBC Independent Bottler of the Year award for six of the past nine years.”

Euan Campbell, spirits manager at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, with the Independent Bottler of the Year award.

This final accolade as Independent Bottler of the Year for 2018 concludes the Society’s most successful year of awards, with the ‘Best in Show’ award among our wins in the Luxury Masters competition, 11 awards in the International Wine and Spirits Competition, 12 awards in the Scotch Whisky Masters, and an unprecedented seven double-gold medals out of our seven total whiskies submitted at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Access to the Society’s award-winning whiskies is just one reason why we’re the world’s leading whisky club – it’s also a place where whisky lovers can come together to share their passion for single cask, single malt.

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THE WINNING BOTTLES

CAMPBELTOWN

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 93.97: Full metal hospital

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 93.81: Maple peat-smoked bacon doughnut

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 93.95: Tails of the seas

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 93.78: Like a vintage dessert wine

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 27.111: A coal bucket of marshmallows

LOWLAND

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 136.2: Paradise in a paradis

13 to 20 Years: Silver gold medal

Cask No. 5.69: Triple Whammy!

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 50.101: Tantric meditation

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 50.96: A day trip to heaven

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 50.99: Sheer perfection

JAPANESE

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 130.3: Bamboo wood and cherry

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 130.2: Tropical Thunder

GRAIN

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. G15.4: Thermonucleur banana

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. G10.16: Touched by Midas

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. G14.5

IRISH

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

13 to 20 Years: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 51.5: Inside a confectioner’s dreams

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 51.9: Sinful indulgence

SPEYSIDE

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 2.106: Devilishly opulent

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 39.151: A Blue Lady and a Seraph’s smile

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 9.135: Timeless allure

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 7.185: Sweet, smooth s’more

NON-SCOTCH

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 137.1: An English country Mordor

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 134.4: Struts its stuff

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 137.2: War seahorse

HIGHLANDS

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 68.16: Pleasingly precocious

13 to 20 Years: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 52.21: Tropical breezes fill the sails

ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY)

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 4.238: Surrender your soul

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 4.239: High sea rebellion

ISLAY

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 53.243: A fisherman’s nightcap

13 to 20 Years: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 29.241: A perfect moment

Cask No. 29.210: A chimney sweep’s lunch box

21 Years & Over: Bronze meal winner

Cask No. 3.305: The scents of perfection

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