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A Laphroaig ‘Smoke Fest’ in September! – Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig Live 2014 comes to Stockholm! On the beautiful island of Fjäderholmarna. Wednesday 24th September 2014, 8pm CEST

I hope you are having a great summer. We have just finished our ‘silent season’ at the distillery when we stop production for 3 weeks to make all the necessary repairs and indeed have our holidays too! But we are all back now and hard at work producing your favourite whisky.

Laphroaig Live 2014 COMES TO STOCKHOLM!

Ever since we completed Laphroaig Live in New York last Autumn I have had many e mails from FOL’s asking me where and when this year’s live broadcast will be held. The answer is Stockholm at 8.00PM on the 24th September.

Why Stockholm? Well, whilst Laphroaig is the No1 peated single malt all over the world, in Sweden it’s so popular that it’s quite simply the No 1 selling Single Malt!

And of course it’s not just the smokey taste of Laphroaig that they love. There is a saying in Sweden “If you can eat it we can smoke it”. So taking them for their word, we will be broadcasting live from the famous Rökeriet restaurant which has its very own ‘smokery’ on the beautiful island of Fjäderholmarna. They are preparing for us a phenomenal smörgåsbord of smoked Elk, Reindeer, Baltic Salmon – all smoked over Laphroaig infused wood! To pair with this I will be bringing 4 fantastic and different Laphroaig’s which we will be tasting and discussing live.

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Vote for a whisky

I have settled on three of the expressions we will taste on the night, but am unsure whether the fourth should be our award winning 18Year Old or the classic 10Year Old. So I thought I would put it to a vote! So please CLICK HERE and vote for which additional whisky you want to taste and discuss with me on the night.

We also have a fantastic panel to join me this time including the famous Swedish presenter and comedienne Nour El-Refai, whisky activist Peter Borg whose involvement has granted him an honourable chair of the board at the Swedish Whisky Association, as well as the founder of ‘I Love Whisky’ -blog Håkan Dahlberg.

On top of that I’m pleased that Vicky Stevens who many you already know from the distillery will be on hand to answer your questions too. With a line-up like that it’s bound to be a lively evening!

Your questions please

But as always, please send us your Laphroaig questions and we will do our best to answer them live on the night, those questions we don’t have time for we will post answers up on the website later. To send in your question just CLICK HERE to write me and Vicky, and do leave your name and plot number as I always send out Laphroaig Glasses to the best questions received. Click here to send in your questions.

Of course we will have our live audience of Swedish Friends of Laphroaig. But I very much hope you will join me too (you can also send in questions live on the night to me or indeed anyone on panel)! Last year over 40,000 friends from 50 different countries watched the New York programme.

I hope Sweden can beat this number this year!


John Campbell

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Three New Single Cask BenRiach & GlenDronach, Exclusive To The UK at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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GlenDronach 1995 / Single Cask #3326 UK Exclusive

One of two UK exclusives released towards the end of Summer 2014 from GlenDronach distillery. Single cask #3326 has been aged for 19 years in a Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon before being bottled at cask strength, 55% vol with an out-turn of 661 bottles.

£89.90 (£74.92 ex vat)

Click here to purchase GlenDronach Single Cask 3326

GlenDronach 1993 / Single Cask #39 UK Exclusive

A UK exclusive from GlenDronach distillery and sure to be another very popular release. Single cask #39 was distilled in 1993 and aged in a Oloroso sherry butt for 21 years. Filled in 2014 at 58.8% vol with an out-turn of 567 bottles.

£109.95 (£91.63 ex vat)

Click here to purchase GlenDronach Single Cask 39

BenRiach 1995 / Single Cask #182044 UK Exclusive

Single cask #182044, a UK exclusive release from BenRiach distillery. Launched towards the end of Summer 2014, this single cask release is a classic Speyside Scotch whisky, matured in an ex-bourbon barrel. Only 208 bottles filled at 52.5% vol.

£84.90 (£70.75 ex vat)

Click here to purchase BenRiach Single Cask 182044

New Glendronach Single Casks at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


2 New Single Casks

Two new single sherry cask bottlings from GlenDronach Highland distillery.

Glendronach 1995 $136.93

Glendronach 1993 $159.06


Scotch Whisky Auctions “The 41st Auction” – Scotch Whisky News

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We are now live, folks. Enjoy.

The 41st Auction  (Ends September 7th)

Kind Regards from Glasgow 

The SWA Team

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Single Cask UK Exclusives from BenRiach and Glendronach at the Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Introducing the latest single cask offerings from BenRiach and Glendronach. All exclusive to the UK and limited to only a few hundred bottles. As always these will sell very quickly!

Glendronach 1995 Single Cask Bottling 19 year old UK exclusive

Nose: Soft, well-rounded oak spices combine perfectly with rich plum juice and dates. Hints of citrus and cedar wood add a crisp contrast to the initial soft nose.
Palate: Lashings of dark fruit syrup and a dark chocolate depth are warmed by cracked black pepper and touches of orange bitters. The long finish explodes with traditional sherry characteristics.
One of only 661 bottles. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 55% volume. Drawn from a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon Cask number 3326.
£100 Click here to buy.

Glendronach 1993 single cask bottling 21 year old UK exclusive

Nose: A rich, meaty character filled with dark fruit-cake and roasted coffee beans, leading to a gentle balance of sugared dates, zested orange and hints of red chilli.
Palate: Fantastic depths of allspice, dark chocolate and espresso coffee combine with delicate, warm, toasted oak spices. A soft, floral fruitiness appears in the long, unique sherried finish.
Bottled at 58.80% volume One of only 567 bottles Cask number 39 Drawn from a Oloroso Sherry Butt.
£115 Click here to buy.

BenRiach 1995 single cask 18 year old UK exclusive

Nose: Classic crème caramel combines with ripe pear and apricot. Gentle waves of lime zest add a contrasting, crisp fresh edge.
Palate: Fruit salad syrup, vanilla pod and touches of toasted coconut combine to give the delicious, classic-Speyside character. Barley sugar and toasted oak give a sweet, warm and lingering finish.
One of only 208 bottles Drawn from a bourbon barrel Bottled at a natural cask strength of 52.50% Cask number 182044.
£93 Click here to buy.


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12 single cask whiskies matched with 12 dishes of Scottish game tapas at Glorious 12 pop-up as The Scotch Malt Whisky Society celebrates game season. 

The British game season is off with a bang and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has teamed up with The Wild Game Co. to pair seasonal wild game with its rare single cask whiskies at the Glorious 12 pop-up at Studio 2, New Inn Yard in Shoreditch, London from 11-13 September. 

For 3 evenings only, flavour hunters are invited to feast on a menu of Scottish game tapas, which features 12 different types of wild game, including woodcock, hare, partridge and wild boar, expertly paired with the exceptionally varied flavours of 12 of the Society’s rare single cask whiskies. 

The Scottish tapas dishes on offer include:

Grouse, toasted brioche, roasted and pureed fig Roe deer striploin with frites, béarnaise and rowan jelly Partridge, butterbean and chorizo 

Glorious 12 will offer a ticketed hosting dining experience with two sittings each night at 6.45pm and 8.45pm. Ticket buyers will delve further into the world of flavours with expert talks each evening: 

Wednesday 10th September – Media launch night Thursday 11th September – Foraging flavours with Thom Hunt Friday 12th September – Game butchery with Thom Hunt Saturday 13th September – DIY meat smoking with Ru Emslie 

The bar will also be open to walk-ins to sample some of the drams and tapas dishes on offer. 

The pop-up will be staged at Studio 2, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, with the contemporary gallery space being transformed into a Scottish tapas and whisky bar, with elements of the Scottish countryside transporting guests away from city life. 

Helen Stewart, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s UK Brand Manager, said: “The single casks that we bottle give us a wide, ever-changing variety of flavours to play with. Experimenting  with these rare whiskies alongside the wild game sourced by The Wild Game Co. has resulted in some fascinating flavour pairings.” 

Andy Waugh, founder of The Wild Game Co., said: “When it comes to game, our aim is to take people on journey of discovery so they can explore these seasonal meats, which are so often overlooked yet so available on our doorsteps. There’s not a better time than now to eat game, as it’s just come into season and pairing wild game with different types of whisky offers a whole new flavour experience.” 

The Glorious 12 Whisky & Game Bar, Studio 2, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY – Thursday 11th September – Saturday 13th September 

Tickets/more information:


£29 – ticket price includes hosted dining experience, 4 pairings of game and whisky and a guest talk. Only ticket buyers have access to the full menu of 12 whisky and game pairings. 

The bar is also open to walk-ins who can order a limited selection of Society drams and game tapas from the bar. 


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Guest events:

Wednesday 10th September – Media launch night SMWS Brand Ambassador Annabel Meikle and Wild Game Co. founder Andy Waugh co-host media for supper and provide an insight into whisky and game pairings 

Thursday 11th September – Foraging flavours with Thom Hunt The founder of wild adventure company, 7th Rise, Thom Hunt, will guide guests through foraging in the wild, showing how to find the best of the countryside’s hidden treasures 

Friday 12th September – Game butchery with Thom Hunt Learn the basics of butchering game, including small birds and rabbits. Thom Hunt will detail the basics of skinning and butchering small game with a live demonstration, highlighting the best cuts and describing some of his favourite recipes 

Saturday 13th September – DIY meat smoking with Ru Emslie Game specialist Ru Emslie talks guests through how to smoke meat and fish at home. The talk includes how to make your own meat smoker as well as the best ways to create delicious wood-smoked game at home.

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Buy Your Own Bottle of Lonach Gathering 2014 Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

The Lonach 173rd gathering is over for another year, and what a fantastic day we here at Single Malts had!. Now is your chance to get your hands on one of our very own Lonach Bottles. These are very limited, only 300 were produced, most of which we sold on the day, so once they are gone, they are gone! A must for those of you who collect one every year.

Slainte, Ronnie Routledge.

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Lonach 173rd Gathering 2014 Speyside Single Malt Whisky 40% | 70cl

Distilled at Glenallachie Distillery at the foot of Benrinnes, a light, fruity and floral, typical Speyside style. Non chill filtered and natural colour, reduced to 46% ABV.

Price: £23.33 ex VAT
£28.00 inc VAT

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “SEPTEMBER PREVIEWS: GALLEON ATTACKED BY PIRATES” – Scotch Whisky News


In the warm waters of the Caribbean, an opulent, cargo-laden galleon is under attack by pirates: aromas of ginger, nutmeg and chocolate blend with musket smoke and gunpowder borne on a salty sea breeze. While evoking a sun-drenched scene, we’re aware that autumn is just around the corner bringing a whole new harvest of flavours from field and forest: could one of these warming bottlings be a mouth-watering match to autumnal fare? Be the first to get the juices flowing with September’s early releases…

Spicy & sweet

2.88 Cinderella weeping over matchmakers

Rich fruit cake, black bun, ginger snaps and matchmakers with oak and vanilla. The palate showers the mouth with muscovado, dark chocolate and treacle…

20yo; Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

BUY £80.50

Lightly peated

3.225 Galleon attacked by pirates

Cigars, fruits, spices, coffee, smoke, charred wood, sea-spray, tarry rope and gunpowder suggest a pirate attack. The taste is rich and dark…

16yo; Refill ex-sherry butt

BUY £60.00

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Angels Whisky Club, The Worldwide Whisky Portal for Whisky Lovers – Scotch Whisky News

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Angels Whisky Club, the worldwide whisky portal for whisky lovers, offers this wee snippet to readers

‘Friends of the Quaich’ located in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, Canada. Genesis – The beginning of ‘Friends of the Quaich’. We had an all Canadian start, in as much as Jack Maclean, David Jomini, Willie Odendaal and Ian MacDougall were attending a Pancake Breakfast (very Canadian with Maple syrup). The breakfast was sponsored by Q.B.A.N.A., an acronym for ‘Qualicum Beach Area Newcomers Alumni’. While the boys were partaking of the fayre on offer, the small talk turned to whisky, most likely because one of the group said, “a dram would go down well with these pancakes”. At this Willie proclaimed, “Lets start a whisky club”, the others immediately agreed and so the seeds were sown.

It was decided to inaugurate the new club within the auspices of Q.B.A.N.A. and so it was done, ‘Friends of the Quaich’ was born in 2004. By 2005 the club had reached its maximum membership, being set at 16 persons, this number was arrived at as each member hosts the monthly tasting in their respective homes and so available space was a consideration. It was then decided to spin off a new sister club ‘The Gentle Glens’, the two clubs meet annually at our summer BBQ and of course we do communicate our tastings.  In the 10 years and 300 different whiskies from all over the world, members hunt for unique brands whenever on vacation or in different Provinces of Canada or the USA. 

The club send Angels their tasting notes monthly, here is the latest set of tasting notes.


Friends of the Quaich. Tasting August 18th 2014. Our hosts: Michael and Janice Baird. Special guest honorary member Allan Baird (Mike’s brother) visiting from Ayr, Scotland.

First up. Oban distillery edition 2011 55.2% ABV. Purchased directly from the Oban distillery while on tour with McLean’s Tours Scotland, May 2011. Nose: Orange zest, Tangerine Palate: Seville Marmalade. Very smooth, no alcohol bite. Finish: More orange, hint of ginger, MacIntosh’s toffee right at the end.

Next up: Auchentoshan Coopers reserve, 46% ABV. Bourbon hogsheads, non chill-filtered. Auchentoshan is triple distilled, Nose: Oak, sherry and bourbon. Palate: Big oak, hazelnuts and almonds with the sugar crust of Creme Brûlée. Finish: Almonds, and oak, gooseberries and green tea. Next up: KaVaLan Taiwan , cask strength, 56.9% ABV. From I-LAN in Taiwan. Aged in white oak and air seasoned. After aging in the oak it is then placed in fine European fine wine casks. The casks are charred to bring out the fine characteristics of the oak. Nose: Ripe melon, mango, burst of vanilla and toffee,  Palate: Coconut, toffee, burnt caramel, melon. A little water opens the complexity. Finish: Explosion of fruit with long lasting toffee. Lastly: Shieldaig 18 year old 40% ABV, Speyside. Named after the Scottish village in the western highlands, it’s slowly matured for 18 years and bottled by William Maxwell & Co. Nose: Toffee, toffee, slight almonds. Palate: Peaches, toffee. Finish: Sharp toffee with a burst of sweet fruits. 

The 16 strong club, with a couple of friendly Scots added, toured Ireland with Angels/MCLEANSCOTLAND last year … Our fantastic Irish whisky tour.  What an incredible adventure. Great hotels, great whiskey venues, great food and fabulous company, as well as terrific tour guides Paul and Liz and a big mention to our wonderful bus driver Mark, who showed us more of Belfast than even the locals have seen, a big thanks to Mark for making Belfast amazing. We stayed in castles, dined in castles and imbibed in castles, Clontarf was a great stay and allowed us easy access to all of Dublin, and the staff were great, as was the whiskey tasting. After three days in the capital city and a wonderful reception by The Lord Mayor we were off to points south and yes much more golden spirit. Tulamore D.E.W., a nice way to spend a Monday morning on tour, wonderful drams and a warm glow we were off to Cashel and then to Kilkenny.

Tonight we spent a lovely evening as guests of Robbie, (a charming fellow), at Dylan’s Bar and a special discount for patrons of Mclean’s Tours, well done Paul. Today Tuesday we toured Kilkenny Castle, home of the Dukes of Ormonde, definitely worth the visit here. Waterford Crystal was next up, a few souvenirs in crystal later we were off to the Middleton Distillery and a marvellous deluxe tasting, we won’t mention how many whiskies, there must be a law against it, and oh do try the Middleton Barry Crockett, wow! We stay at the Middleton Park Hotel tonight and dinner is included (as were most dinners). The hotel has prepared the most succulent grilled salmon, we Canadians pride ourselves in the art of salmon cooking, but this was first class cuisine.

Up in the morning and off to Galway, with a stop at Blarney Castle, bucolic gardens and of course the climb to kiss the famous stone. No tastings today, but yes, we tried MCLEAN’S ‘Bus Tasting’, and so we indulge while stopped, it breaks up our longish drive today and is much enjoyed by all, all except for Mark our driver and we do save a little for him when is driving day is over. A short drive to Kilbeggan and it’s famous distillery and another deluxe tasting, this time it’s Tyrconnel, Connamara and of course Kilbeggan, Connamara the only peated whiskey distilled in Ireland and wonderful stuff it is, try the Turf Mor, you won’t regret it. After a drive to Donegal we stop for the night at Lough Eske Castle, a five star hotel with a wonderful lounge bar and restaurant, living the good life here. Off to the Giants Causeway for a visit and then down to Bushmills, another super tasting, we even get some ‘New Make’ (Paul found it under the bar, shame on him), anyway it was great, a private room and I have to admit, one couldn’t drink all that was offered, one has to pace themselves responsibly.

After staying the night in Portballintrae (lovely spot), we’re now into day six and still lots to see and do, a short drive to Belfast and the Titanic Exhibition, a very interesting two hours spent here and well worth it and then Mark’s amazing tour of Belfast. Now we’re off to Drogheda, (after another Bus Tasting) and an evening at the Scholars Inn, just lovely and the food excellent, try the Pork Belly appetiser, to die for. A visit to Slane Castle for yet another tasting of their house brands. Two nights here in Drogheda and a special tasting in the hotel and a meet and greet with His Worship the Mayor of the city.

Alas we are starting our last day as we drive from Drogheda back to our starting off point of Dublin, we check into our hotel and then, yes, we’re off to Jameson’s for another deluxe tasting, a great way to end our fabulous, wonderful, amazing Irish adventure, thanks again to Paul, Liz and Mark for making our time in Ireland the most memorable of trips, we will never forget our wonderful time spent with all of you.   Paul; This was their tour last year, the club tour every two years with us and we look forward to them coming over.  I must say there were lots of bottles purchased on this tour, for the coach tastings and to take home, Grand stuff! 



Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #481b – Whisky News


www.ralfy.com gets hot and sunny for the sake of whisky reviews with Whisky Review 481b – Red Rock Canyon and drink in Las Vegas

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