The Club at Wingtip is very proud to have been granted the privilege of pouring whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS). The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a club that sells unique and rare whiskies to its members all over the world, and has created three very beautiful bars in the UK for members to enjoy their offerings. Given Wingtip’s emphasis on whisky, and the fact that several of our members were also members of the SMWS, we feel it was a match made in heaven.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society obtains its whiskies from all the major distilleries in Scotland (over 120 at last count) who create blends specifically for the SMWS, and submit them to the Society’s Tasting Panel. If selected, only one cask (approx 180 bottles) of any particular whisky is produced and then sold to the membership. Once every bottle from the cask is gone, that whisky is gone forever.
Each whisky bottling is named based on its own unique whisky tasting note. The often maverick and adventurous Tasting Panel have created the whisky tasting notes to capture your imagination, resulting in Wingtip’s opening selection with names like:
- Flying Saucers & Octopus Balls
- Hot Chili Peppers & Vanilla Ice Cream
- Snorkeling in the Bath Tub
- Plum Jam & Toffee Apple
- Smoky Crème Patisserie
- New Balls Please!
- Juicy, Salty & Sooty
- Fairground on the Beach
- Speakeasy Perkiness
- Spun Sugar & Spooned Honey
- Tropical Nights
- An Exotic Tea Room Experience.
To purchase SMWS whiskies, one must first join the Society. Members pay a one-time fee of $229 (Wingtip cannot confirm or deny that its members receive a discount on membership), which opens up a world of extremely rare whiskies, tasting events, quarterly deliveries of Unfiltered (the club’s magazine), and access to the beautiful Members’ Rooms in Edinburgh, London, or Leith.
Currently, there are just four bars in the United States — two in Chicago, one in D.C. and Seattle — that have been granted access to pour SMWS whiskies at their bars. Wingtip is proud to be the fifth.
To read more about the SMWS, visit their website.