Each year on 5 December, Americans celebrate National Repeal Day. That date marks the day in 1933 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ended an experiment with his signature. The 13-year nationwide alcohol ban in the 1920s led to a halving of consumption; however, it also fuelled the cult of the speakeasies and brought bootleggers millions in profits.
You can read about the impact of the prohibition on Scotch whisky production in the current issue of Outturn, and you will discover that there weren’t just losers!
In the same issue, we also present a wide selection of different new bottlings. They range from G10.34: And now, a word from the cask … from the Lowlands, to 93.159: A cheaky picnic by the coast from Campbeltown and 4.285: Parallel bars of sweetness and smoke from the Orkney Islands. I think there’s something there for every taste.
Thank you for sharing the wide variety of bottlings you enjoyed in 2021 with us. You can rest assured that 2022 will be no less exciting.
We wish you a joyous Advent season and happy holidays, hopefully together with your loved ones, and a great start to the New Year.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s foremost authority on single cask, single malt whisky. Only those with Scotch Malt Whisky Society membership have access to our unique, rare whiskies.
The Society only ever bottles whiskies from individual casks or barrels, which means each is exceptional and limited in availability.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership offers many other pleasures and privileges including:
- Member-only access to new whiskies and spirits in our monthly Outturn
- Access to an extensive programme of tasting events with fellow whisky lovers
- Discounted dram prices at all SMWS partner bars worldwide (outside of Switzerland)
- Free access to our monthly online whisky magazine “Unfiltered”
- A membership box, with three carefully selected 10cl single cask, single malt whiskies and other Society goodies
Now that you’ve dipped your toe in the water, come on in! The whisky’s lovely …