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SMWS Exotic Cargo Blended Malt Whisky


22nd August 2017
Scotch Malt Whisky Society to release Exotic Cargo, their first ever Blended Malt Whisky.

SMWS Exotic CargoThe folks at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society are known for their single malt single cask whiskies but it seems they have been getting a little creative, the SMWS has just announced the forthcoming release of their first ever Blended Malt whisky which they have named SMWS Exotic Cargo.

The Society has and always will focus on single cask, single malt whisky, but the SMWS Exotic Cargo blended malt which has a heavy sherry influence is the latest example of its mission to explore the full spectrum of flavours in whisky and other spirits.

For SMWS Exotic Cargo, the Society’s spirits manager Euan Campbell sourced a number of pre-blended malt whiskies, all distilled on the same day on 2006, and all matured in first fill ex-sherry casks. A number of blends at various strengths were then tried before the Society’s expert Tasting Panel selected a blend with a reduced strength of 50% ABV which they describe as a "sherry-soaked cruise into paradise".

In the typical evocative style which the SMWS is known for, the Exotic Cargo tasting notes read: "A wooden ship is sailing through the tropics with an exotic cargo of spices, scented flowers, medjool dates and mangoes… close your eyes and drift away on this sherry-soaked cruise into paradise."

Commenting on the whisky’s release, Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at SMWS said: "The Society has always had an unconventional streak and we’re really breaking the mould of what can be done with a blended malt. We’re looking to our members for feedback on the bottle before releasing further intriguing creations, however, we’re sure they will be as eager as ever to get their hands and palates on what truly is a piece of exotic cargo."

The experimental new SMWS Exotic Cargo 10 year old blended malt is an Outturn of 1,937 bottles, and as with all Society single malts, is neither chill-filtered nor coloured.

It will be available in the UK and EU from 1st September at SMWS.com, before being released to international markets including the US, Canada and Australia. You will also find a range of SMWS bottlings available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange & Master of Malt
 

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