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FLAVOUR HUNTERS FESTIVAL
FLAVOUR HUNTERS FESTIVAL

JOIN US AT OUR

FLAVOUR HUNTERS FESTIVAL

Whisky season is open (and so are we). Join us for The Flavour Hunt. This year, we’re raising our glasses to the art of sherry-cask maturation – a cornerstone of our flavour journey. Throughout May, our Flavour Hunters Festival will pay homage to the rich tapestry of flavours unlocked through sherry cask aging.

From exclusive festival events to curated whisky releases, captivating stories from Spain, and more, we invite you to join us as we embark on a sherry cask takeover like never before.


CALLING ALL FLAVOUR HUNTERS!

At SMWS Members’ Rooms
There are a number of Flavour Hunter events at SMWS Members’ Rooms in the UK as detailed in the Festival Programme


At EU Festivals and Events (non-members welcome)
12/5/24 - Festival tasting – Stuttgart
25/5/24 - Festival tasting – Limburg
25/5/24 - Festival tasting – Furth


FESTIVAL DRAM-ALONG

SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY 25th APRIL 9PM (BST)

Get ready to dive into a world of flavour from the comfort of your own home with an unforgettable virtual event. Grab your favourite dram, settle in, and let’s raise a glass together!

We’re not just inviting members from around the corner, but from every corner of the globe.

Here’s what you can expect:
- Engaging discussions on festival adventures and this year’s upcoming events
- Exclusive insights into what SMWS has in store, including sneak peeks at festival releases
- Special guest speakers (to be confirmed!)
- Test your knowledge with a fun-filled quiz

Don’t miss out on this epic virtual hangout – mark your calendars and get ready to savour the moment with us! Tune in live on the SMWS UK Facebook page or on SMWSSilverscreen, our YouTube channel.


FESTIVALS PREVIEW

Spirit of Speyside

Spirit of Speyside

During May SMWS hits the road visiting various festivals and whisky celebrations around Scotland and further afield. Below is a list of key dates and locations providing opportunities for SMWS members and non-members to catch up with the Society and sample our whisky.

Spirit of Speyside: 1st – 6th May 2024

30/4/24 (18:00-22:30) SMWS Dinner & Whisky Tasting @ The Craigellachie Hotel
Member: £65 Member Guest £65

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary evening of Speyside whisky exploration, showcasing exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society exclusives, Black Label and Vault Collection bottles from Speyside.

Experience a guided tasting led by the renowned SMWS Brand Ambassador, Olaf Meier, as we uncover the unique character and captivating flavours of Speyside's finest sherried whiskies.
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SHOP SPEYSIDE WHISKY
Islay Festival

Islay Festival

Islay Festival: 25th May – 1st June 2024

27/5/24 (10:30-17:30) SMWS takeover of The Ballygrant
FREE
Step into "The SMWS Hideaway" at the Ballygrant Inn, and join us for an exclusive tasting retreat, where members and curious whisky adventurers can gather to share stories and savour extraordinary pours.

27/5/24 (19:00-22:30) SMWS Dinner & Tasting @ The Ballygrant
Member: £65 Member Guest: £75
Immerse yourself in an extraordinary evening of peated whisky exploration, showcasing exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society Festival and Black Label bottles from Islay.
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28/5/24 (10:00-21:00) Ramsay Hall - Port Ellen @ The Indie Bottler Festival
SAMPLING STAND
Join us at "The Indie Whisky" festival for an unforgettable whisky experience!

Visit our sampling stand and explore a selection of exceptional whiskies, carefully curated to showcase the best of single cask, cask strength and one-of-a-kind whiskies. From rare finds to beloved classics, there's something for every whisky enthusiast to discover and enjoy.

28/5/24 SMWS PEAT & SHERRY Masterclass @ IBF
Enhance your festival experience by attending our exclusive "Peat and Sherry" masterclasses. Led by our knowledgeable expert, Logan Shaw, these masterclasses offer a deeper dive into the intriguing worlds of peated whiskies and sherry cask maturation. Learn about the intricate flavours, and stories behind our Sherry Journey while tasting a selection of handpicked drams.

3 sessions:
10am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm
6pm - 9pm

Tickets for the festival admissions and masterclasses sessions are available on the Indie Whisky Festival website.

29/5/24 (18:00-22:00) SCOTCH AND SHERRY: A FLAVOUR ODYSSEY PREMIERE SMWS Documentary Screening at The Machrie, Port Ellen
Member: £75 Member Guest: £75
Indulge in an exclusive evening with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society as we unveil our captivating premiere screening of a brand-new documentary delving into the exquisite interplay between Scotch whisky and sherry.

BUY TICKETS: 29/05/24 SCREENING
BUY TICKETS: 30/05/24 SCREENING

ISLAY PROGRAMME SHOP ISLAY WHISKY

WHISKY FESTIVAL BOTTLINGS

Euan Campbell, our Head of Whisky Creation, shares the inspiration behind this year's whisky festival bottlings.

These releases capture the essence of each festival and Scotland’s whisky regions, inviting you to partake in the festivities from afar.


Scotch & Sherry – A Flavour Odyssey

Scotch & Sherry – A Flavour Odyssey is a new documentary from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society about the relationship between Scotch and sherry. We travel from our headquarters in Leith to the oak forests of Galicia and onto the Sherry Triangle in Andalucia to explore how the Society’s sherry cask-matured whisky gets its flavour, and meet the people who create both the casks and the sherry that goes into them.

There are numerous screenings planned throughout May including the Islay Whisky Festival and SMWS Members’ Rooms.

For film screening updates and teasers follow SMWS on Facebook and YouTube.



SMWS On the Road

Non-member Whisky Tastings

It’s one thing to enjoy a dram in your own home. But Society whisky really comes to life when it’s shared with fellow members, guests and our expert and entertaining SMWS ambassadors. We're always out and about, so come and see us when we're on the road in your part of the country.

SMWS will be hosting whisky tastings open to non-members in the following location in the UK; Aberdeen, Manchester, Wokingham, Liverpool, Harrogate, Newcastle, Inverness, Melrose.

Information about what to expect at a SMWS whisky tasting can be found in our Unfiltered Magazine.

To view the full list of upcoming UK whisky tastings and events click the link below.