While there are lots of bottlings to choose from, I think that if you are very picky about which distilleries you want to buy, you probably won't want to do it. If you are more open-minded and adventurous, and less choosy in that way, your problem will be narrowing your choices down.
The bottling they send you may be something you really want, or not. Another member here, who I expect will reveal himself shortly, got a Glenlivet, which I gather was about the last thing he would have chosen. It turned out to be a real eye-opener for him (and indirectly for me--I never tasted his bottle, but became a big 'Livet fan). Again, you will be better off if you are open-minded about it.
"Good" bottlings? They're all good bottlings, aren't they?
I was thinking of joining D&M's club, but so few Islays/Islands/Coastals! I like the selection that SMWS has. I guess what I'm asking is, does the U.S. get an allocation for the same bottlings the European chapters get or do we get stuck with the leftovers/rejects?
does the U.S. get an allocation for the same bottlings the European chapters get or do we get stuck with the leftovers/rejects?
I wish i had a pound for everytime i've heard the last bit , i'd be a very rich man!
If you look here you'll see the current list which includes an Ardbeg us in the UK can't get .
The SMWSa get some casks of their own , sometimes casks are split with other branches (never the UK). I've had drams in The Vaults that have been returns from the USA (incl a 39yo Glenfarclas !) .
I'm a big fan of the SMWS , great bottlings , good value for older bottlings and fortunately i can take good advantage of the Members facilities in Edinburgh with a 2 hour drive , a cheap hotel or an hour and a half train journey .
Have a look at the SMWSa site , it will give you some idea of what goes on in the states .
Edit: Just had a closer look at the list , 39yo Farclas , 16yo Springer , 18yo Laddie , 25yo Caol ila , 30yo Glencraig just for starters ..... not a bad set of leftovers / Rejects .......
Like others, I think I get value from the bars and bottlings. Many of the whiskies differ from their distilleries' usual profiles and others are simply unobtainable elsewhere. The quality of the whiskies has improve markedly over the past few months and an SMWS label is now a pretty good guarantee of quality. Provided you order within a couple of weeks of a list coming out, you can generally be assured of your bottle. I have also started going to some of the events and like the single distillery events in particular - but they are quite pricey for what you get.
All this refers to the UK SMWS - but I am sure the American version is similar - good value if you use its services and very expensive if you don't.
I raise my glass of 29.22 to you ! (still got a cold and it's giving it a run for it's money!)
The older bottlings are excellent value , the younger ones are a touch more expensive than other indy bottlers but i think they've got the balance right .
Don't just stick to the "Popular" one's , on the past 4 trips to the Vaults i've been trying to have one's i've never tried (both as SMWS and O.B. /I.B. ) before and it's been a real eyeopener .
I'm lucky in the respect that i'm close to Edinburgh and the Tasting Team are regular visitors to our area .
Enjoy Your membership !
I think it will be the Canadian chapter there but still will help sell me on the membership.
It would be a neat thread to start in the forumjust discussing the different bottles, by number of course.
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