Gather round

Happy Global Gathering month to all members of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, wherever you may be and whether you’re able to attend any events in person.

At least we have plenty of online and virtual activities to help you share your whisky passion – and a whole fresh issue of Unfiltered to settle down with.

First stop – where else? – is our spiritual home of The Vaults. We delve into how this incredible historic building became our first Members’ Room in 1983, with our founder Pip Hills telling that remarkable story in his own voice in our Whisky Talk podcast.

We have some cracking whisky advice in both written and video forms from our ambassador to Australia, Matt Bailey, as well as a serving of single cask knowledge from our spirits educator, Dr Andy Forrester.

Elsewhere, pay a virtual visit to Glen Moray distillery – a favourite among Society members – and also find out how some distilleries are turning towards speciality malts in their quest for flavour creation, in our regular Think Tank feature.

As always, get in touch any time with your own stories or suggestions, and I hope our month of Global Gathering celebrations finds you in good health and good spirits. Slàinte,