Frequently Asked Questions about the Champs

What is it?

The Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship dates back to 1989, when it started as an annual event for whisky lovers around the country.  It was held in Adelaide each year until 2002, at which time the original organisers ceased involvement and the event went into hiatus.  The AMWTC was re-birthed by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in 2008, and the Society has been custodian of the event ever since.   Since re-locating the event to Sydney, the Society has held the event in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and now 2018.  After a massive return to form in 2016, the Championship is back in 2018, bigger, better, and brighter than ever before, to determine who is Australia’s Malt Whisky Tasting Champion.

When is it?

The 2018 AMWTC will be held on Saturday 28th July 2018. Join our mailing list here to get the early bird tickets.

Where is it?

The location is the splendid No.1 William, upstairs at the Australia Museum.

What are the prizes?

Apart from one individual being crowned Australia's Malt Whisky Tasting Champion (the highest honour in the land!), there will be an array of incredible prizes to be won on the night, which you can read about here.

How do I win the huge prizes on offer?

We give you the answers when you arrive, then you just match up the whiskies in front of you with what's on the sheet! It's actually ridiculously simple.

When can I buy a ticket?

Join the mailing list to know when tickets go on sale.

I'm interested in getting involved and I want to know more!

Contact us here or call the office on (02) 9974 3046.

Do I have to be a member of the SMWS to enter?

Nope! We'd love for you to be a member of the world's foremost and unique cask strength single cask whisky club, but you don't have to be to enter the Championship.

So I have to blind taste eight whiskies to win?

Yes! Except we give you the answers at the beginning of the competition on a piece of paper, so you just have to match them up with what is in front of you. Almost giving it away!

Are the whiskies for the competition single cask offerings from the Society?

NO! Each whisky in the competition are all commercially-available non-single cask malts just like previous years. The big difference in the rules for this year is there's no pre-list distributed anymore. Click on Rules to read more in-depth.

What if there is a tie between winners?

Then we enter a dead heat and there's a final taste off.

Will I have to purchase any extra food or drinks on the night?

No! All drinks, from all pop-up bars on the night, are included in the ticket price. This includes all cocktails, all SMWS Single Cask pours, and all food. You may wish to purchase some bottles on the night from some of the bars, but you don't have to.

I want to compete, but my partner/friend/colleague just wants to come to the whisky party, is that OK?

Yes! There are competitor and party tickets. We recommend everyone be a competitor though!

What do the spectators do while the competition is going?

As well as cheering on their fellow comrades and barracking for them to win the main prize, all spectators/party ticket holders can enjoy a cocktail, a dram of something special from the SMWS Single Cask Bar, or relax with a beer in the party room.


Any other questions please get in touch here.