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Malta’s first Scotch Malt Whisky Society International Partner Bar

The Phoenicia Malta appointed Malta’s first and only The Scotch Malt Whisky Society International Partner Bar.

Following hot on the heels of The Whisky Fair, The Phoenicia Malta, a member of Leading Hotels of the World and part of the Campbell Gray Hotels portfolio, has been appointed Malta’s first and only The Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘International Partner Bar’. This new accolade for The Phoenicia’s The Club Bar will allow whisky lovers to try some of the rarest and most exclusive whiskies deemed worthy of an iconic The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) green bottle.

SMWS’s mission is to provide the world’s widest collection of single cask whiskies. SMWS works with a hand-picked global network of suitably like-minded partner bars, where guests can enjoy a selection of carefully selected premium single cask whiskies. SMWS’s criteria for becoming a partner are exactingly high, so members and non-members can always count on highly trained bar staff pouring the perfect dram.

All SMWS’s whiskies are bottled at cask strength and are not subjected to chill filtration or any other interference, so at The Phoenicia whisky lovers can enjoy their dram as if it were straight from the cask, reflecting the remarkable variety in the craft of distillation, as well as the infinite complexities of wood, spirit and time, which can only be uncovered in a single cask bottling.

Whiskies featured at The Phoenicia’s The Club Bar include 21 year old ‘Comfort & Contentment’, 26 year old Botanic Gardens & A Saw Mill at 56.7% described as “light and delicate”, another 26 year old eclectically-named Sipping Sherry in the Potting Shed which is chronicled as “deep, rich and dried fruits”, a raft of 12, 14 and 15 year olds including A Class Apart, Eastern Promise and Killer Bee Rum Punch, as well as 21 year old An Intriguing Fusion. A 60.5% 10 year old cask fascinatingly called Chim Chim Chre-ee from the Highlands is labelled “peaty”.

The Phoenicia’s General Manager Charles Azzopardi said, “The Scotch Malt Whisky Society sells excellent bottlings of single-cask whiskies. However, as the Society explains, it “does not use the distillery brand names at the request of the distillers”; instead code numbers are used. There are heavy clues in the Society’s descriptions, and our Chief Barman Pierre Walton will be happy to discuss that with you as you sip your dram.”

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