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THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY CELEBRATES PARTNER BARS WITH EXCLUSIVE WHISKY – Scotch Whisky News

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THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY CELEBRATES PARTNER BARS WITH EXCLUSIVE WHISKY

SMWS to offer a taste of Cask No. 64.97: A sunny day in late summer by the dramat its network of partner bars 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is celebrating its partner bar network this October by offering every one of them and their whisky lovers an exclusive Society whisky to be sold by the dram.

The SMWS has 100 partner bars across 21 countries (http://bit.ly/2C5WjDL) and every one will have a measure of Cask No. 64.97: A sunny day in late summer available to all customers from 11 October 2018.

SMWS partner bars provide a home-from-home for Society members and whisky lovers alike, and have been exclusively selected for their whisky selection, bar staff expertise as well as the warmth of their welcome.

This exclusive hand-picked whisky has been chosen to support and promote the SMWS partner bar network. It cannot be found anywhere else and will not be sold by the bottle. There are only 222 bottles in total.

SMWS members will be invited to a members-only preview at partner bars before it is available to the public by the dram on 11 October 2018.

Cask No. 64.97: A sunny day in late summer

The Society’s expert Tasting Panel found the nose immediately attractive – dark polished wood, dried flowers and a late summer impression of meadows and orchard fruits (pear, peach, russet apple).

The palate had juicy fruits (pear-drops, strawberry, stewed rhubarb), chocolate and marzipan confectionery, with the finish nodding in a pink peppercorn and tobacco direction.

Celebration of partner bars

Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at the SMWS, said: “Our partner bars provide a place of interaction for like-minded whisky enthusiasts, a sense of community, as well as making whisky fun and approachable. This year is the perfect time to release this bottling as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.”

Full tasting notes

Flavour profile: Juicy Oak & Vanilla

Age: 9 years old

Date Distilled: 05 March 2008

Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon barrel

Region: Speyside

Outturn: 1 of 222 bottles

ABV: 60.7%

The Tasting Panel found the nose immediately attractive – dark polished wood, dried flowers and a late summer impression of meadows and orchard fruits (pear, peach, russet apple). The palate had juicy fruits (pear-drops, strawberry, stewed rhubarb), chocolate and marzipan confectionery, with the finish nodding in a pink peppercorn and tobacco direction. The reduced nose seemed even brighter – a sunny day with freshly-laundered linen on the washing line, blackcurrant, Key lime pie and lemon posset. The reduced palate was simply sweet, juicy and lip-smacking, with rainbow drops, lime marmalade, orange Creamola Foam* and subtle hints of liquorice and tobacco – very easy-drinking for its age. (*fruity soft drink manufactured in Scotland from the 1950s to the ’90s. Sold in tins of soluble crystals which you had to mix with water).

For more information on membership:

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About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club that bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The Society only ever bottles single casks – each cask is unique, making every Society bottling a limited edition
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 135 distilleries in its history
  • The Society releases a new batch of around 30 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar and Shop in Edinburgh has over 200 whiskies on offer and is open to everybody
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see http://bit.ly/2OTIw6k
  • For more information about the Society, visit http://bit.ly/2OTIw6k

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Watch the unveiling and discover the first exclusive release from dekantā Oriental – Taiwanese Whisky News

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Watch the unveiling video and discover the first exclusive release from dekantā Oriental.

Single Cask Whisky At Its Finest

This remarkable release was bottled from a cask destined for Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique range and hand selected at the Kavalan distillery by dekantā Director Makiyo Masa and Asian spirits specialist George Koutsakis, alongside Kavalan master blender Ian Chang. Distilled in 2013, ‘One’ Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask was selected for its exceptional quality which showcases the best of Asian whisky production. It is bottled at cask strength (57.1%) allowing you to experience a whisky that offers bold flavors that are free from dilution.

Beautiful, Complex Whisky

Vinho is fully matured in used American oak wine barrels that have been toasted and recharred in a way that brings out fruity vanilla notes from the whisky and wood overlaid on a delicate background of complex fruitiness. The casks are carefully shaved inside then gently toasted. This converts wine residues into a complex mixture of fruit flavours including sweet prune and berries. After toasting, the casks are charred for a short period of time to release flavours, such as dark chocolate and caramelised sugars. The result is a more complex whisky than is possible with casks alone.

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Pushing The Boundaries

Kavalan has an on-site cask reconditioning facility that has pioneered a practice called STR. The abbreviation represents their proprietary process of Shaving, Toasting and Re-charring casks that were previously used in the American wine or whisky industry. STR frees organic compounds from the cask to interact with the whisky, resulting in interesting flavors that push the boundaries of what traditional distillers thought possible.

MacNair’s Lum Reek at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “Are these some of the world’s best whiskies?” – Scotch Whisky News

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And the winners are…

The 2019 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible has just been released and the awards for “Whisky of the Year” handed out with it. Find some of the winners at Loch Fyne and get the Whisky Bible for the full list.

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019

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With detailed notes on more than 4,600 whiskies, and over half a million copies sold, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is the world’s leading whisky guide. The 2019 edition marks the 15th anniversary of the Whisky Bible and features more than 1,200 new entries.

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 287 ‘Carn Mor, Celebration of the Cask’ – Scotch Whisky News

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The Good Dram Show – Episode 287 ‘Carn Mor, Celebration of the Cask’ 

This week’s episode of the show looks at some recent bottlings by Morrison & Mackay in their Celebration of the Cask Range.

https://youtu.be/QcJSn9QPMoE

White Walker by Johnnie Walker and The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection unveiled – Scotch Whisky News

White Walker by Johnnie Walker and The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection unveiled

Diageo’s Johnnie Walker has collaborated with HBO® and Game of Thrones to today unveil the new limited-edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker as well as the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection.

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In collaboration with HBO® and Game of Thrones, Johnnie Walker has today unveiled the new White Walker by Johnnie Walker. This limited-edition Scotch Whisky is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on the hit show – the White Walkers – and is being released for fans to enjoy as anticipation builds ahead of the final season.

Created by whisky specialist George Harper, alongside the small team of expert blenders at Johnnie Walker, this innovative whisky is best served directly from the freezer, echoing the chilling presence of the White Walkers.

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The bottling aims to bring consumers to the ‘Frozen North’ with an icy white and blue design along with the iconic Johnnie Walker Striding Man now fashioned in armour to fit in among the ranks of the Night King’s forces. Utilising temperature-sensitive ink technology, fans will be reminded that “Winter is Here” from an unexpected graphic icy reveal on the bottle when frozen.

Single Malts from Cardhu and Clynelish – one of Scotland’s most Northern distilleries, feature in the product. Blender George Harper used the Frozen North as his starting point for creating White Walker by Johnnie Walker.

“Whiskies from Clynelish have endured long, Scottish winters, not dissimilar to the long periods endured by the Night’s Watch who have ventured north of the wall – so it was the perfect place to start when creating this unique whisky.”

George HarperBlender and whisky specialist

“We knew there was fan appetite for a Game of Thrones whisky and once we saw the vision from Johnnie Walker for a way to collaborate we knew the idea was perfect and the time was now. From the beginning, they understood that we wanted to create something special, and they’ve accomplished that with White Walker by Johnnie Walker. We’re confident fans will enjoy sipping this delicious whisky as they wait for season eight and beyond.”

Jeff PetersVice President, Licensing & Retail at HBO

White Walker by Johnnie Walker is part of a wider partnership with HBO and Diageo which will also see the launch of the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection. The collection features eight Scotches that are each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros and the Night’s Watch giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

DISTILLED 2018 – THE TOUR by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND – Scotch Whisky News

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DISTILLED 2018 – THE TOUR

It’s come around again, we enjoyed last year so much we are back for more! Last year we had a great wee man from Japan with us, this year we had 5 guests with us from around the globe; Switzerland, New Zealand and USA. The tour started Friday in Glasgow with an overnight stay, that included a dinner in Waxy’s Irish pub, a fab whisky tasting in our hotel (thanks Don) – private room don’t you know, and drinks with the guests, oh aye, we also had an extra two lovely guests join us at the end of a previous tour with Paul. A good night to start and end the 2 tours!

Liz enjoying Distilled 2018

Saturday we headed north, first stop to a favourite; Edradour Distillery, a tour and taste (except Paul who once again drew the “driver straw”). Fab fab fab, before north again all the way to Elgin, checked into the hotel and relaxed, Paul had a dram! That evening we headed oot to the evening session at DISTILLED. Dram good it was too, met up with many friends from distilleries – Stewart fae BenRiach, Glen Moray Graeme and fay and kids, Ian at Tomintoul, the girls from Cardhu and many more – Benromach, Paul fae Spey etc etc. The age mix was good, the place was heaving, it did get a wee bit too hot.

Sunday saw us move over to Strathisla Distillery for a tour/taste. Then away to Glenfiddich for lunch. Afternoon came, we dropped down to the Macallan cathedral, blended our wee group with another tour we have on at the same time, Ian driving, so 12 of us dondered around  Macallan on a private tour. Back to the hotel, and  a wee bit of time at the Drouthy Cobbler.

Monday we headed doon the road back to Glasgee, stops for lunch and drams – as usual. Our guests were dropped in the city and at the airport – two were away with us on tour in Ireland.

The hotel is booked for next year and we cannee wait!  Next tour for us is the Dornoch Whisky Festival, it’s a hard life.

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RAASAY DISTILLERY LAUNCHES RAASAY WHILE WE WAIT 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

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RAASAY DISTILLERY LAUNCHES RAASAY WHILE WE WAIT 2018

In October 2018, Raasay Distillery will release Raasay While We Wait 2018 – the fourth expression to date of the brand’s independently bottled single malt – which was created as a representation of the flavours that drinkers can expect from future Raasay scotch whisky. The release of Raasay While We Wait 2018 begins the countdown to 2020 when the first ever Raasay single malt in Scotch whisky history will be released.

Unlike some new whisky distilleries, the adventurous team at Raasay Distillery decided to concentrate their attention on whisky. The result is an independently bottled single malt – Raasay While We Wait – which has been crafted as an accurate representation of Raasay Distillery’s future core style.

Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – heavily peated at 45ppm and unpeated – matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks.

The team at Raasay Distillery are keen to push the boundaries of the spirit, exploring the effect that different finishing times and casks have on the flavour profile of the spirit.

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Compared to previous releases, the 2018 Release uses a higher proportion of second-fill than first-fill Tuscan Montechiari wine casks, resulting in a finer balance between the influence of French oak and smoke.

With a welcomed smokiness on first nosing, mixed with red berries, lemon, lime and grassy notes. With more time in the glass this evolves into notes of pear, tangerine and melon. On the palate there is dry peatiness, mixed in with fruity red wine notes and orange zest, while the finish is oaky and buttery.

This easy to drink whisky adeptly balances peatiness with smoothness, making it the perfect introduction for newcomers to peated single malt, and acts as an unusual addition to a flight of red wine finished whiskies. Raasay While We Wait 2018 has been crafted to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, and served in premium cocktails.

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Raasay While We Wait 2018 is priced at £53 and available to purchase on raasaydistillery.com and Master of Malt Raasay Distillery is now working with the award-winning U.K. specialist wholesaler, Gordon & MacPhail. With over 120 years of experience, Gordon & MacPhail offers the largest and most complete range of mainstream and eclectic single malt, single grain, blended whiskies from Scotland and the world over. Focusing on the highest quality whisky and premium spirits, Gordon & MacPhail will be now be Raasay Distillery’s sole U.K. distributor.

ISLE OF RAASAY DISTILLERY: The Isle of Raasay Distillery broke ground in June 2016 and opened in September 2017, becoming the first “legal” distillery on this remote Hebridean island. Co-founded by Scottish entrepreneurs Bill Dobbie and Alasdair Day, Raasay Distillery is designed to produce Scotland’s modern island malt, and catapult Raasay into the global market as Scotland’s newest whisky producing island. Raasay Distillery is proud to be one of the few 100% Scottish-owned Scotch whisky businesses in Scotland. On the site of the Victorian-era Borodale House, formerly the Isle of Raasay Hotel, is a state-of-the-art modern distillery, offering year-round tours and luxury accommodation, with, arguably, the best view of any distillery in Scotland. The distillery has since received Five-Star Visitor Attraction rating and Four-Star Accommodation rating from VisitScotland for the visitor centre and accommodation respectively. Isle of Raasay Single Malt will be lightly peated and fruity, utilising the best of the island’s natural elements and reflecting Raasay’s rugged natural beauty. Raasay Distillery uses water from an ancient Celtic well located behind Borodale House at every stage of production, from mashing to fermentation, cask reduction and reduction to bottling strength, ensuring that natural flavours from the high mineral content are retained in the final whisky.

Working with local crofters, Raasay Distillery has successfully grown and harvested barley in a nearby field, the first time that barley has been grown on Raasay in over 40 years. In August 2018, the team successfully produced spirit from the 2017 batch of Raasay barley crop, which will mature into the first ever single malt produced from Raasay-grown barley in 2021. Unlike some new whisky distilleries, the adventurous team at Raasay Distillery decided to concentrate its attention on whisky. The result is an independently bottled single malt – Raasay While We Wait – which has been crafted as an accurate preview of Raasay Distillery’s future core style. Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – heavily peated at 45ppm and unpeated – matured in bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks.

Raasay Distillery, Borodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle IV40 8PB
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Instagram/ Facebook: @raasaydistillery, Twittter: @RaasayWhisky

LOCH FYNE EXCLUSIVES Certified Brilliant Drams by Jim Murray! – Scotch Whisky News

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Award Winners!

Our very own Loch Fyne Exclusives have been certified ‘brilliant’ (scoring more than 90) in the latest edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible! While the most important thing to us is our customers’ enjoyment, it’s always nice to have the drams get the recognition they deserve!

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Kilchoman
2006 Single Cask
Loch Fyne Exclusive

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SCORE: 93.5

n23.5 a spattering of citrus over peaty embers; t23.5 seriously sweet: the smoke takes a back seat to the sharp, salivating almost lemon sherbet eye-watering buzz on the palate; a big dose of vanilla at the mid-point; f23 the phenols begin to reconfigure, though not before some mocha has turned up; some hickory accompanies the spice; b23.5 high grade malt taking a slightly different course from this distillery’s usual style.

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The Loch Fyne
Bunnahabhain
12 Year Old

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SCORE: 92

n23.5 nutty and dry, this is old-fashioned oloroso at its best. The molasses peep through in their roastiest form, for we are now heading into serious Melton Hunting Cake country. And few whiskies can lay claim to that today…; t23.5 magnificent. The delivery is well weighted without becoming remotely stodgy, the fruit growing in intensity without shutting down all the other flavour avenues. Spices enter the fray with a spring in their step and gather intensity without undue haste; f22 a sulphur candle has been waved around briefly in the butt, but much shorter in time than normal. So the resulting buzz is secondary to the fruit; b23 a way above average sherry butt, not something normally associated with Bunna. For a 12-y-o, the delivery and follow-through could hardly be any better. Superb!

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Glen Scotia
2005 Single Cask
Loch Fyne Exclusive

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SCORE: 91.5

n22.5 a dense smokiness and spice prickle. The odd (in both senses of the word) touch of anthracite and kiwi fruit: not an everyday combination; t23 palate gripping in old-fashioned and delicious GS style as the phenols tear into the taste buds. Thin bodied but fattened by Manuka honey joining the smoke; f23 major complexity now as the peat backs off enough to allow the oak to come through clearly now with chalky vanilla building steadily; b23 a peaty whisky for sure, but so much else happening, too. What entertainment!

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Kilchoman
100% Islay Cask Release
Loch Fyne Exclusive

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SCORE: 91

n23.5 vanilla dominant: the peat is relatively shy; t23 smokier on delivery, but the crisp Demerara sugars virtually crackle on the palate; f22 a light smoky farewell; the oak is not performing as you might hope; b22.5 such is the high class of Kilchoman, even an exceptionally good malt on the whisky stage is not quite up to the distillery’s normal performance. Not a bad place to be…

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