about the society
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! NEWBIES ARE WELCOME!
Now one of the largest scotch clubs in the country, the Single Malt Society offers a fun and informal setting, never snooty or pretentious. So whether you're a scotch veteran, or just beginning to investigate the many wonders of scotch, there's a place for you in the club.
Joining the Club
The regular season membership includes five regular season tasting sessions, conducted on a roughly every-other-month schedule. Once the season is underway and sessions have been conducted, new members will pay a reduced pro-rata membership fee for remaining sessions only.
A Curated Scotch Lineup Selected for Each Tasting
Sessions feature a specially-curated lineup of 6 whiskies from a variety of distilleries. Bottles are procured locally, out-of-state, and even from overseas; often times our bottles are not available in Missouri. Tasting notes are provided, along with note sheets where you can jot down your own comments.
Enjoy a Fun & Informative Multimedia Presentation
You'll enjoy a breezy multimedia presentation about the evening's lineup. This might include scotch history, how to enhance your experience, information about the various distilleries we're exploring, or various fun features relating to whisky.
When, Where & How Long
The Single Malt Society meets on a roughly bi-monthly basis. Meetings are held at the Marriott St. Louis West Hotel, 660 Maryville Centre Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63141, and take place on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at approximately 8:30.
There is ample free parking on the Marriott Hotel's surface lots and garage.
Many members dine before or after sessions. There is a restaurant at the Marriott, and numerous other dining choices close by.
A Fun Theme for Every Session
Each session has a fun theme that ties the lineup together in some manner. Past themes include...
"Island Hop" and "Highland Fling," where we explore various Scottish whisky-making regions;
"Battle of the Ages," pitting scotches of similar ages against each other;
"Cask Finish Night," featuring whiskies that were cask-finished in some sort of exotic barrel;
"Drummond's Choice," featuring bottles chosen for their value or noteworthiness;
"Names You Never Heard Of," introducing us to less commonly-known single malt brands;
"Blend Blast," in which we delve into the world of finely-crafted blended scotches;
"Blind Tasting," in which the bottles and labels are hidden and we guess what we're tasting;
"World Whisky," an exploration of the many fine whisky products being created around the globe;
"Scotch Archaeology," revisiting classic bottles that newer members might not have tasted;
"Balvenie Bash," "Macallan Mania," and "Glenmorangie Six-Pack," in which we shine the spotlight on a single distillery;
"Japanese Night," where we devoted an entire session to exploring whiskies of Japan.
New to Single Malt Scotch?
It is NOT necessary to be experienced in scotch to enjoy your participation in the club. New members join in every year with varying degrees of scotch expertise, and our early-season sessions are designed to help get everyone up to speed.
So don't worry if you're relatively inexperienced, or even a total newbie… you'll be able to learn along the way.