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Linlithgow - SMWS 49 - Miniature

LOT ID: 0823-149


End Date : Oct 18 2023 08:00 PM


Total Bids: 14   

Winning Bid
£42.50


LOT DESCRIPTION

Linlithgow. Bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  Society cask number 49. 5cl. 48%. 84 Proof. No box.

CONDITION

Good.

FILLING LEVEL

Lower Neck

Distillery:  St. Magdalene / Linlithgow

Distillery Status:  Closed

Bottler: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Region: Lowland

Limited Edition: yes

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 5cl / 50ml

ABV: 48% / 84 Proof

St. Magdalene distillery (sometimes known as Linlithgow) is one of the greatest and most sorely missed of the lost Lowland distilleries. The distillery’s 1983 closure attracted little outcry but a handful of extraordinary Rare Malts bottlings in the late 1990s brought home the scale of the loss. Thankfully, a great many casks of St. Magdalene/Linlithgow have appeared from independent bottlers, with high strength versions by Cadenhead’s, SMWS, Douglas Laing and Gordon & MacPhail all performing well at auction.

St. Magdalene’s spirit, although sometimes showing a typical Lowland grassiness, was also frequently considerably more robust and austere than one would expect, with the pre-1975 vintages in particular displaying a minerally, oily waxiness more akin to the old Highland style malts than the soft Lowland archetype, while post-1975 vintages sometimes tend more towards elegance and fruitiness. A marvellous distillery that malt fans must try while bottlings still exist.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) began in late 1970s Edinburgh when founder Pip Hills persuaded a group of friends to chip in for a cask of Glenfarclas, and was officially formalised in 1983. Today the SMWS has two venues in Edinburgh, a London bar and a string of international partnerships serving its 35,000 members. 

The Society’s whiskies are known for their unique SMWS coding system. Each cask bottled is assigned two numbers, representing the distillery and the bottling number, so 1.45 is the forty-fifth cask bottled from the first distillery and 33.27 is the 27th cask from the 33rd distillery.

Glenmorangie bought the Society in 2004, but sold it in 2015 to a private consortium who floated the SMWS on the stock market in 2021 via their holding company Artisanal Spirits Co.

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BID HISTORY

BID DATE TIME
Last Bids £42.50 18th October 2023 18:13