The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has picked up a total of 11 awards at the International Wine and Spirits competition for our single cask whiskies

The SMWS has won Cask Strength, Scotch Whisky of the Year for Cask No. 3.305: The scents of perfection at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018 (IWSC).

The 28-year-old Islay whisky also won Gold Outstanding and is one of only 209 bottles. Listed under the SMWS flavour profile of Old & Dignified, the whisky spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a first-fill Pedro Ximinez hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

The taste of the whisky is described by the Society’s Tasting Panel as “dark fruits soaked in port followed with chocolate-covered brazil nuts and banoffee pie” with a nose of a “heavenly reek of smoked bacon mingled with coffee ice cream, butterscotch and lemon thyme on the finish”.

The SMWS achieved an impressive haul of awards for an independent bottler, winning 10 other awards including a Gold for Cask No. 4.239: High sea rebellion and Silver Outstanding for Cask 36.138: Fruit baskets in a painted room and Cask No. 42.43: Smoky spiced red rye ale.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine & Spirit Competition awards excellence in wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging recognition for quality products. 90 countries worldwide enter the competition and each sample is treated with the same care and consideration in the IWSC’s dedicated tasting premises.

Commenting on the win, Kai Ivalo, spirits director at the SMWS said: “This year we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and we’re delighted to mark this by winning Cask Strength Scotch Whisky of the Year, along with an array of other awards.

“These awards acknowledge the best spirits in the world and follow on from taking home seven awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in May earlier this year. It’s the perfect way to mark our 35th anniversary.”

Full awards listed below:

Cask No. 3.305: The scents of perfection
Cask Strength Scotch Whisky 2018

Cask No. 3.305: The scents of perfection
Gold Outstanding 2018

Cask No. 36.138: Fruit baskets in a painted room
Silver Outstanding 2018

Cask No. 42.43: Smoky spiced red rye ale
Silver Outstanding 2018

Cask No. 50.96: A day trip to heaven
Silver 2018

Cask No. 52.21: Tropical breezes fill the sails
Silver 2018

Cask No. 35.203: Feria de Jerez
Bronze 2018

Cask No. 29.240: Seventh heaven
Bronze 2018

Cask No. 4.239: High sea rebellion
Gold 2018

Cask No. 9.133: Elixir of the gods
Silver 2018

Cask No. 29.225: Slapped by a kipper
Silver 2018

SMWS whiskies are available to members only – for more information visit smws.com