Formed in 1983, the SWMS believes in doing things differently. As unconventional whisky experts they seek out whisky in its purest form, prize flavour above everything else and give each bottling a curious name. SMWS is united and constant in its passion – to share the best whiskies, to bring them to life through memorable experiences, and to make members proud to belong to the world’s most entertaining whisky club.
J.G. Thomson & Co. is Scotland’s oldest wine merchant and a leading independent whisky blender, whose origins date back to the 18th century. The firm of J.G. Thomson & Co. was founded by James Gibson Thomson, who in 1785 leased what is today the spiritual home of SMWS, The Vaults in Leith, Edinburgh.
The Company acquired the legal rights to the J.G. Thomson & Co. brand in 2017 with the vision of reviving its renowned blended whisky heritage. In addition to diversifying the Company’s operations into the fast-growing blended malt whisky segment, the Directors expect to extend the J.G. Thomson & Co. brand offering into other spirits categories, further expanding the Group’s addressable market. Unlike SMWS, it is anticipated that J.G. Thomson & Co. will not operate under a membership model and that in addition to a D2C e-commerce offering, J.G. Thomson & Co. products will also be available through traditional channels such as specialist retail outlets.
The Company intends to relaunch the J.G. Thomson & Co. brand during the current financial year.
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