The SMWS has scooped two accolades in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge® spirits competition, which celebrates excellence in the drinks world

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has received an award of 93 points for two bottlings in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge® (USC) spirits competition, putting them in the coveted “Excellent, Highly Recommended” category.

The award-winning bottles were Cask No. 7.148: Wicked Viscosity, a 26-year-old Speyside bottlings that the panel described as “big and seductive on the palate, with flavours of brioche, tamarind, blood orange and sweet smoke lingering on the tongue”.USC logo

Also picking up 93 points was Cask No. 42.30: Chimney sweep’s romantic barbeque, a nine-year-old Island bottling described as “incredibly complex” with “intense peat, burnt cherries, brine and molasses”.

The USC also recommended Cask No. 42.30: Chimney sweep’s romantic barbeque for its “mixability factor” in a Stone Fence cocktail, awarding it a 3½ star “Very Delicious” rating.

USC judging chairman F. Paul Pacult said: “USC judging panels focus on each flight with in-depth attention and analytical precision, resulting in truer, more accurate assessments.”

All products are rated on a 100-point scale by renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners. The judges for USC 2017 included: founder and judging chairman F. Paul Pacult, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, Doug Frost, Jason Hedges, Tyler Hudgens, Paul Maloney, Don Lee, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Joaquin Simo, Tim Cooper, Paul Tanguay and Jillian Vose.

For a complete list of winners, visit