I recently signed up for @smwsamerica, a decision that was a long time coming. SMWS selects unique barrels from different distilleries, bottles, and releases them to their spirits club, along with access to club tastings and access to their member's rooms in Edinburgh and London (which I presume is stocked with SMWS bottles that you can try by the glass, will report back). .
Perhaps most interestingly, they label and organize their spirits based on flavor profile, age, and region, not by brand or the distillery the it is sourced from. The result? I have found myself to be more engaged with the flavor of the spirit itself: more enjoying, less analyzing. .
I was surprised to learn that SMWS also bottles selections of rum, gin, cognac, bourbon, and armagnac, and was curious to do a deep dive into their non-scotch selections. For my first bottle I selected "Welcome to Jamrock", a delicious 16 year old Jamacian Rum that has the high-ester funk that I love in Jamaican rums with flavors of strawberry, oranges and loads of tropical fruit. Aka, Heaven. 😇🍓🍍🍌🥃