Archive for May, 2017


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Luxury single malt whisky, The Macallan today unveils its latest exciting collaboration, with Oblix at The Shard, to create the first ever bespoke Macallan Whisky Trolley serving The Macallan whiskies of all ages and styles.

Oblix, one of London’s most iconic restaurants located on the 32nd floor of The Shard and The Macallan, both industry pioneers, have worked together to offer their guests a new pairing experience designed to demonstrate the outstanding range of The Macallan whiskies, complemented with cheese.

The Macallan Whisky Trolley was designed and handcrafted in Glasgow from a Macallan sherry butt, specifically selected by The Master of Wood Stuart MacPherson from the bodegas in Spain. The Macallan’s meticulous approach to wood and cask selection has such a profound effect on the liquid, it was felt this was a perfect way to showcase one of the casks.

Commenting on how the collaboration came about, Aaron Masonde, Oblix bar manager said: “The Macallan and Oblix share a likeness in that we are both trying to push boundaries and change the way people perceive food and drink. In partnership with The Macallan we have worked together to offer guests a new experience to discover the complexities of The Macallan, perfectly complemented with cheese.”

The whisky trolley will serve a range of The Macallan whiskies of all ages and styles along with a selection of fine Scottish cheeses served on a wooden cheeseboard map, allowing customers to choose a unique whisky pairing. It will also offer a Maxxium Malts cheeseboard and pairing with whiskies such as Auchentoshan, Laphroaig and Highland Park.

Chris Anderson, Luxury Marketing Controller for Maxxium UK, said: “Oblix is a very exclusive London restaurant who we have been working with for a number of years. This partnership provides us with a great opportunity to offer their customers something unique when it comes to tasting The Macallan range.”  



About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the world’s most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. An obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its’ founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by a 150 hectare estate, with Easter Elchies House at its heart, a Highland Manor built in 1700.

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About Oblix

Oblix is a destination bar and kitchen offering a refined urban experience and stunning cuisine.

Located in the 32nd floor of the Shard, the open kitchen and bar proudly showcases diners the wood fired oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie that are the heart and soul of the Oblix kitchen.

Social: @oblixrestaurant

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Exel Wines ‘Home of Whisky Festival’ 2017 returns to the Salutation Hotel – Scotch Whisky News


Exel Wines ‘Home of Whisky Festival’ 2017 returns to the Salutation Hotel 

First held in 2014, Exel Wines ‘Home of Whisky Festival’ will once again return to the Salutation Hotel, Perth on Saturday 19 August 2017 between 1-5.30pm.

As well as having the opportunity to taste some fine drams from distilleries and independent bottlers across the country, part of the day’s event will include two master classes. One of these will explore the whiskies produced by Bruichladdich, while the other is set to tickle the taste-buds with whisky-based cocktails. With 10 dram tokens, a free tasting glass and some of the most knowledgeable whisky experts in the industry the festival will, as always, be both informative and enjoyable. A pop-up shop will even be onsite giving attendees the opportunity to purchase a bottle of their favourite whisky before heading home!

Dianne Wilkie, a Director of Exel Wines said, ‘We first hosted the Home of Whisky Festival in the Salutation Hotel in 2014, and it is a privilege for us to be able to bring the event back to this venue again this year. Perth has long had a love affair with the ‘water of life’ and the Home of Whisky Festival is a great way to celebrate this by not only raising awareness of the whisky-making heritage of Perthshire, but also throughout Scotland, giving those attending an opportunity to sample some of the best whisky Scotland has to offer and learn more about whisky production and distribution across the globe.’

Gordon Paterson, General Manager of the Salutation Hotel added, ‘I am delighted to welcome back and indeed for the Salutation Hotel to again be hosting the Home of Whisky Festival this year. It is a thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, fun and educationally stimulating day with so many whiskies to learn about and taste.’

Established in 2009, Exel Wines has gone from strength-to-strength over the years to become one of the UK’s largest online retailers of wine, whisky, craft beer and spirits. With a retail outlet based on 47 South Street, it is also Perth’s leading whisky retailer offering both the wine and whisky enthusiast a little treasure trove of delights, including many rare and collectable bottles.

For more information about Home of Whisky Festival and to purchase tickets visit: or Exel Wines, 47 South Street, Perth PH2 8PD.

Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Release at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


Kilchoman 100% Islay

The 100% Islay series from Kilchoman distillery is very special & unique. All parts of the process in making this Islay whisky, from the growing & malting of the barley, distillation, maturation to bottling, take place at the distillery on Islay.

It’s been exciting to watch the Kilchoman spirit grow throughout the years, we’ve been lucky enough to sample the latest release and can confirm it’s once again, an excellent dram!


Kilchoman 100% Islay | 7th Release

The 1st release from this excellent series seems like only yesterday but we’re already moving onto the 7th edition of 100% Islay from Kilchoman distillery.

The oldest expression to date is a vatting of fresh & refill ex-bourbon, bottled at 50% vol, which works perfectly for this release…

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Yoichi 10 Year Old single malt at Milroys of Soho – Japanese Whisky News


Yoichi 10 Year Old


A ten year old, elegantly peaty single malt from Nikka’s beautiful Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido, where whisky is made as it used to be in Scotland with small direct-fired stills and matured in the finest wood the company can find. Bottled at 45% for extra oomph.  Extremely hard to find, very rare, only 6 bottles available.



Ralfy Publishes Reviews Bottling – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy introduces the first ever single malt bottled by Bruichladdich with the ‘Meteorite’ Port Charlotte single cask malt

Yamazaki 2017 Limited Edition Unveiled for Pre-order – Japanese Whisky News


Yamazaki 2017 Limited Edition Unveiled for Pre-order

TOKYO — May 2017 – dekantā is the only online retailer offering Japanese whisky fans the chance to be the first tasters of Yamazaki’s highly anticipated limited edition bottle. 

Shoppers at dekantā will be among the first to sample Suntory’s Yamazaki Limited Edition release for 2017, as the world’s largest e-commerce retailer for high end Japanese spirits is the only online store offering the whisky for pre-order. The 2017 edition is the latest of Yamazaki distillery’s annual limited edition single malts, a tradition that began in 2014. The bottlings have grown increasingly popular, and new releases are shrouded in secrecy. Those who pre-order bottles of the Yamazaki 2017 Limited Edition will have first access to taste and experience a spirit which represents a piece of Japanese whisky history. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our clients a taste of this very special whisky before anyone else online,” said dekantā founder Makiyo Masa. “This year’s bottling is expected to build on the reputation of previous releases, which have offered us some of the most delicate, smooth and deep whiskies in the world. With experimentation at the forefront of the Yamazaki Limited Edition range, the tasting notes of each new release are notoriously difficult to predict. We look forward to seeing what the world will make of the Yamazaki 2017.” 

Each Yamazaki Limited Edition release is a premium single malt consisting of multiple Yamazaki vintages that have undergone maturation in different casks, before being brought together for bottling. This no age statement bottling combines an exceptional collection of vintages; some of the components will have aged for as many as 20 years. dekantā offer all previous Yamazaki Limited Edition bottles, including the Yamazaki 2014 Limited Edition, the Yamazaki 2015 Limited Edition and Yamazaki 2016 Limited Edition, and all three bottles as part of a Yamazaki Limited Edition set. 

Included in dekantā’s extensive collection of whisky from Yamazaki distillery is a bottle of the Yamazaki 50 year old single malt, which claimed a Guinness World Record for the most expensive standard-format bottle in the history of time when a bottle was sold at a Hong Kong spirits auction for HK$1.003m (US$129,186) last October. Currently priced at US$119,999.99  on dekantā, this is as decadent a drinking experience as they get. 

Other rare releases available on dekantā include the Yamazaki 25 year old and the Yamazaki 18 year old, which have both won international whisky awards, and the Yamazaki sherry cask 2013 edition, which was declared the best whisky in the world in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible. 

The Yamazaki 2017 Limited Edition is available for pre-order from the dekantā website, for worldwide delivery in 7-10 days. Orders placed before 10 June 2017 will be delivered no later than 30 June 2017. High demand is anticipated. 



About dekantā

dekantā offers customers access to the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese Spirits and has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only. 

Consumers who would like to learn more about Japanese whisky should visit the dekantā website, which boasts the most extensive repository of information dedicated to Japanese whisky, including distillery history and tasting notes for each bottle. Bilingual concierge service is available 24 hours a day, providing expert recommendations in both English and Japanese.   

About Yamazaki distillery

Founded in 1923 by Master Distiller Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Suntory, Yamazaki is Japan’s oldest commercial whisky distillery and has won multiple international awards for its whisky. For the first 10 years of operation, Yamazaki was managed by the legendary Masataka Taketsuru, the ‘Father of Japanese Whisky’ and founder of Nikka Whisky. It is held in high regard for the quality of the local water, which was named by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment as one of the best mineral sources available in Japan.

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The Whisky Exchange “What is Blended Whisky” – Scotch Whisky News


There are a confusing number of types of Scotch whisky. From single malts to vatted grains and blended whisky, people call whisky lots of different things. This month we’re focusing on blended whisky, so it’s time to answer some questions and dispel the myths about the most popular type of whisky in the world.

What is blended whisky?

Legally, there are five types of Scotch whisky, each with a slightly different definition:

  1. Single Malt Whisky – whisky made at one distillery using pot stills and only malted barley.
  2. Single Grain Whisky – whisky made at one distillery using a continuous still, or using any type of still and grains other than malted barley.
  3. Blended Malt Whisky – whisky made by combining single malt whiskies from different distilleries.
  4. Blended Grain Whisky – whisky made by combining single grain whiskies from different distilleries.
  5. Blended Whisky – whisky made by combining malt whisky and grain whisky.

The pot stills at Glenmorangie and continuous stills at Girvan – very different beasts

While it may seem complicated, the names were chosen to try to reduce the confusion there used to be, with companies using terms like ‘vatted malt’ and ‘vatted grain’ (now replaced by blended malt and grain) and ‘pure malt’ (no one’s entirely sure what that meant). Every bottle of Scotch whisky you buy will have one of the five types of whisky listed on it, so you can be sure that you know what it is.


The history of blended whisky

Since whisky has been sold in shops, there have been blends. Back in the days when glass was expensive, you would take your empty bottle to your local grocer who would fill it up from a cask of whisky. While these were often single casks of single malt, over time some grocers would top up their cask with whatever whisky they could get, creating blended malts. Some shops became famous for their blended whiskies over time, carefully curating the recipe of the whisky in their casks to make sure that it was consistent and every bottle bought was similar.

By the 1800s, brandy was the high-class drink – delicate Cognac was the choice of the aristocracy and weighty Scotch whisky was considered much more uncouth. In 1830, an Irishman named Aeneas Coffey patented a still that could produce a lighter and more delicate style of spirit – grain whisky. The grocers discovered that if they combined this with their heavier single malts, they could produce a more elegant whisky that appealed to the Cognac drinkers. And with that, our modern idea of blended whisky was born.


The Chivas Brothers shop in Aberdeen about 100 years ago – ox tongues and whisky

This is the birthplace of the big brands that we see today. While Usher’s Old Vatted Glenlivet – created by Andrew Usher, the father of modern blending – has faded from popularity other grocers’ names live on:

  1. Johnnie Walker – created by John Walker in the mid-1880s and originally sold in his grocery shop in Kilmarnock.
  2. Chivas Regal – the latest whisky from Chivas Brothers, named after the Aberdeen shop where the company started.
  3. Teacher’s– a modern take on the whisky created by William Teacher and sold from his wife’s family’s grocer’s shop in Glasgow.
  4. Ballantine’s – named after George Ballantine and his Edinburgh grocery shop.

Aren’t single malts better than blends?

Simply put: no – they’re different. While many blended whiskies are cheaper than single malts, offering an affordable entry to the world of Scotch whisky, that doesn’t mean that single malts are better drinks. Blended whisky has a huge range of flavour, as you’d expect from something created by mixing whiskies from different distilleries, and can rival single malts not only for complexity and flavour, but also for price: the most expensive bottle we’ve ever sold on our website was a blend, the £150,000 Royal Salute Tribute to Honour.

Royal Salute Tribute to Honour – an incredible whisky presented in a diamond-studded bottle

Blended whisky is where most people start their whisky journey, and with about 90% of whisky sales around the world being blends, it’s the sort of whisky that most people drink. It’s easy for single malt fans to write them off as cheap and uninteresting, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a whole wealth of great whiskies waiting to be discovered.

To delve further into the world of blended whisky, have a look at Compass Box whiskymaker John Glaser’s post about how he sees blending and our focus on blended whisky on The Whisky Exchange website.


Schedule for Campbeltown Malts Festival 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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Campbeltown Malts Festival 2017

Full Schedule 

With only a few days to go until the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2017, the excitement is reaching extreme levels here in Campbeltown and we can’t wait to welcome visitors from across the globe next week. At the moment, the weather is looking to be on our side so fingers crossed for a week full of sunshine.

Final preparations are well underway for what promises to be the busiest (and best) festival to date! The festival will take place from Wednesday 24th-Friday 26th May with various events each day, celebrating the quality malts produced at Campbeltown’s three distilleries as well as Scotland’s Oldest Independent Bottler, Cadenhead’s. The full schedule is as follows:

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Glen Scotia Distillery will be hosting their annual Open Day at the distillery on Wednesday 24th May. There will be a selection of local stalls on display throughout the day as well as tours, tastings, food and music.

For bookings and more information, please contact Glen Scotia on +44 (0) 1586 552288 or email

The following events will also be taking place on Wednesday 24th May 2017:

11:30am:  Springbank Society Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery (FULLY BOOKED)

7pm:  The Springbank Distillery Dinner (FULLY BOOKED)

Those of you who missed out on a place at our Distillery Dinner on Wednesday evening may be interested to learn that we have teamed up with Craigard House Hotel to offer a special whisky dinner and tasting on Wednesday evening. As you may know, people at the Distillery Dinner each receive a bottle of whisky chosen from a selection of casks by the guests themselves. While we can’t offer attendees at the Craigard Dinner the same option, a member of the Springbank Sales & Marketing Team will be on hand to let you taste the same whiskies that are being enjoyed at the distillery. As a further bonus, all attendees at the Craigard event will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky person will win a bottle of the whisky chosen by the group at the Springbank Dinner, making the Craigard a very interesting alternative option. Spaces at this dinner are limited so if you would like to book a place then please call Craigard House Hotel on +44 (0) 1586 554242 or email

In addition to the above dinners, the Ardshiel Hotel and the Harbourview Grille at the Royal Hotel will also be hosting whisky themed menus on Wednesday evening. For menu information and bookings, please contact each hotel directly:

Ardshiel Hotel:  +44 (0) 1586 552133

Royal Hotel:  +44 (0) 1586 810033

Thursday 25th May 2017

The Springbank Open Day will take place on Thursday 25th May and we hope to attract both locals and visitors to the event. The gates will open at 11am and the following will take place throughout the day:

  • Free tours of Springbank & Mitchell’s Glengyle distilleries
  • A selection of over 20 stalls from local businesses
  • Hot & Cold Food from Argyll Bakeries, Harlequin Tearoom and Ifferdale Lamb
  • Delicious cakes from Muneroy
  • Three special Springbank Open Day bottlings (more information below)
  • Warehouse Whisky Bar & Drinks Bar
  • Fyne Ales Bar (plus tasting – more information below)
  • Music from Campbeltown Brass Band
  • Various Masterclasses and Tastings, as listed below:

11:30am:  Kilkerran Masterclass (£25.00) – (SPACES AVAILABLE)

11:30am:  The ‘uber-geek’ Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

12:30pm:  Springbank Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

1pm:  Springbank Masterclass: New and forthcoming releases – (FULLY BOOKED)

1:30pm:  Springbank Masterclass: New and forthcoming releases – (FULLY BOOKED)

2:30pm:  Springbank & Fyne Ales Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

2:30pm:  Springbank Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

3:30pm:  Cadenhead Masterclass: Current bottlings and future releases – (FULLY BOOKED)

4:30pm:  Springbank Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

6:30pm:  An introduction to J&A Mitchell Tasting (£15.00) – (SPACES AVAILABLE)

From 6:45pm-7:15pm, we will be delighted to welcome Kintyre Schools Pipe Band to the yard who will entertain the crowd with their talent and then from 7:30pm-11pm, we will move into the Malt Barns where you can dance the night away with music from local bands Rhuvaal and the ever popular WEE TOON TELLERS. Entry to the Malt Barns is free and no ticket is required. There will be a licensed bar throughout the evening and Argyll Bakeries will be serving hot food in the Malt Barns including Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with a Springbank sauce and a local fish pie.

In addition to the above tastings and due to overwhelming demand, we have decided to add another Springbank Masterclass to the programme. This tasting will take place at 4pm and will only be available to book on the day. Tickets are £25.00 and can be purchased from 11am at our designated ticket stand in the main marquee. This is also where you can purchase leftover tickets for the 11:30am Kilkerran Masterclass and 6:30pm Introduction to J&A Mitchell Tasting.

After the success of their tastings last year, Fyne Ales will once again host 1 tasting session during the day (as well as having their usual bar set up in the marquee). The tasting will be held at 4:30pm and should last around 30-40 minutes. The tasting will be bookable on the day at our designated ticket stand in the main marquee. There will be a cost of £5.00 and there will be a maximum of 20 tickets available. The tasting will take place in our Bottling Hall and all people taking part in the tasting should meet at the Fyne Ales bar 10 minutes before the tasting begins to be led over to the Bottling Hall.

As mentioned above, we will have three special bottlings which will be bottled especially for the Springbank Open Day 2017.

The first will be a Springbank 15 year old which has been matured in a Guadeloupe Rum cask, bottled at 50% ABV with only 218 bottles available. This will retail at £75.00 on the day.

The second will be a special Springbank 21 year old which has been matured in a First Fill Port Hogshead, bottled at 46% ABV with only 252 bottles available. This will retail at £250.00 on the day.

The third bottling will be a Kilkerran 11 year old, triple distilled and matured in a First Fill Bourbon cask. This will be bottled at 60.3% ABV and with only 192 bottles available, this will retail at £60.00 on the day.

Purchases will be strictly limited to 2 bottles of each per person.

Friday 26th May 2017

The final day of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2017 will be dedicated to Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery and Cadenhead’s Independent Bottler.

At 11am, the gates to Glengyle Distillery will open where there will be hourly free tours of the distillery, a range of local stalls including food from Harlequin Tearoom & Ifferdale Lamb, tastings and the return of the popular Cadenhead Lucky Dip Bar which was a huge hit last year.

As 2017 marks the 175th anniversary of Cadenhead’s, most of our tastings will be focused on celebrating this as well as one main Kilkerran Masterclass on the day. The tastings and masterclasses which will take place on Friday 26th May are as follows:

10am:  Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

10:15am:  Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

10:30am:  The Cadenhead Alternative Tasting (£20.00) – (SPACES AVAILABLE)

12pm:  Kilkerran Masterclass (£25.00) – (SPACES AVAILABLE)

1:45pm:  Cadenhead 175th Anniversary Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

3:30pm:  Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

3:45pm:  Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting – (FULLY BOOKED)

Events at Glengyle Distillery, including the Cadenhead Lucky Dip Bar, will conclude at 4pm.

In addition to the events taking place at the distillery, at 12pm there will be a Heritage Tour of Campbeltown with Alex McKinven. The tour is very interesting and gives a great insight into Campbeltown’s historic past, its rich heritage, its people and its stories. The tour will be conducted by a local volunteer who will deliver the tour free of charge for the public. The tour will last for approximately 1 hour and booking in advance is essential. Please contact to book your place asap.

On the Friday evening, events will conclude in Campbeltown Town Hall where we will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Cadenhead’s with a dinner and live music. This event is fully booked.

For more information on any of the above events, please contact Mairi by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1586 552009.

As an additional feature to the events we are running, we are delighted that local business Whisky Impressions will be hosting some of their own exciting events during the festival. For anyone who will be arriving early, there are still some places left on the following tasting which will take place on Tuesday:

Tuesday 23rd May – Tenuous Links Tasting

8pm – 9.30pm, Kilbrannan Bar –  £20

A tasting of 5 non-Campbeltown drams which all have some kind of link (some more tenuous than others) to the Wee Toon. Who knows, you might even learn something (no promises though!) Please email to book your place.  I think that’s everything… Before I go though, I better say thank you to Mairi Paterson for writing this email for us all and for her efforts in organising the festival. See you in a few days, folks.



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Springbank 9yo Sauternes (57.1%) is available now! – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society

Springbank 9yo Sauternes (57.1%) is available now!

Please email:

The details you need to know are:

Springbank 9 years old
Cask type: Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads
Distilled: November 2007
Bottled: May 2017
Strength: 57.1%
Approximately 1100 bottles
Price: £45.00 per bottle.


Tasting notes

Nose: Dunnage warehouse; bruised fruits, sun dried raisins and treacle toffee with icing sugar and port notes appearing as the nose develops.

Taste: Syrupy texture, with earthy and oaky notes, prunes, redcurrants and bramble jam.

Finish: Chewy, sweet and rich like sticky toffee pudding and christmas cake; hints of treacle, brown sugar and dark cherries.

If you would like to order a bottle (and possibly declare an interest in a 2nd bottle) just reply to this email and follow the instructions listed below.


Purchasing and delivery/collection

Please read this section carefully as it will make the whole process go as smoothly as possible. In this section I shall explain the procedures regarding purchasing a Society bottle.

The bottle shall be available for £45.00 and initially it will be 1 per person however, once it becomes clear what the level of interest is, then it is possible you could get a second. 2 bottles per member will be the maximum, though. When you order a bottle, please state if you would be interested in a second bottle.

We will only be taking orders by email –

When you order a bottle, please tell us if any of the following things apply to you.

• If you would like a second bottle
• If you would like to collect it during the Campbeltown Malts Festival (very important)
• If you would like to collect it from one of our Cadenhead shops
• If you are based in Canada
• If you have any other delivery preferences (not covered by the points above) then it may be helpful, but not essential, if you would include them in your original email too.

Once you place your order you will receive an email back, letting you know that your order has been received and that a bottle has been reserved for you. As is usual with a Society release, this may take several days. Please do not be alarmed if you do not hear back immediately.

As I am sure you are all aware, this bottle is being released in close proximity to the Campbeltown Malts Festival (taking place next week). We could have waited until after the festival but that would have meant that people at the Festival could not collect their bottles so we have done our best to accommodate our guests.

As such, in the immediate aftermath of the release, we shall be prioritising orders for members who are attending the festival. These members can pay upon collection in the Campbeltown shop if they wish. After those orders have been arranged, then we shall begin to make contact with everyone else to arrange payment and delivery, where appropriate. This is where you will hear if you can receive a second bottle.

Due to the nature of this process, and the Malts Festival, it is likely that Monday 29th May will be the first day we can arrange for bottles to be shipped from Campbeltown to their destination.

If you plan to have your Society bottle(s) sent to the Edinburgh or London shops then there will be a slight change to the process when compared to previous releases. This time, deliveries to these shops will be handled in a similar way to when Society bottles are sent to the other Cadenhead shops. Instead of charging £2 per bottle and delivering them individually, we will not charge anything for delivery and they will be sent as part of the scheduled Cadenhead shipments. However, you will still pay through myself or Lauren before the order is shipped.

Again, as is standard practice with Society bottles, if you wish for your Society bottle(s) to be sent to a Cadenhead shop on mainland Europe (Odense, Berlin, Cologne, Salzburg) you will pay for them upon collection. We have processes in place to make sure these bottles arrive much faster than they have done for previous releases.

If you are based in Canada, please contact Andrew Ferguson at Kensington Wine Market about getting your Society bottle.

Excluding the USA (due to strict import laws), we are able to ship bottles worldwide so if you would like to know the shipping costs for 1-6 bottles to your country then please email me and I will send you over the details. Our prices include all taxes and costs on our side but does not cover any entry fees or taxes which may incur when the whisky reaches it’s destination country. We do not make any money from postage costs, we just charge what we have to to cover our costs.

New Addition to the Team

As it was revealed in my newsletter last week, because the Society is now so big and this is the largest number of bottles we have ever done, it is now no longer practical for it all to be done by one person. As such, from now on my colleague Lauren Anderson will also be on hand to answer your emails and process your orders. Lauren has worked for the company for 4 years, first in the bottling hall and has now moved to join us in the office. She is also the expert when it comes to packaging and dispatching your Society bottles. Hopefully, this will mean the process moves a little faster. Please be prepared to organise payment and delivery through Lauren just as you have been doing with me in the past.
Campbeltown Cadenhead Shop

The staff in the Cadenhead shop here in Campbeltown have asked me to pass on a message to you all. If you plan on collecting any bottles from the shop during the Malts Festival, please get in touch with the shop as soon as you possibly can and let them know. This goes for ANY bottles, whether they are Society bottles, Springbank Distillery releases, Kilkerran bottles or anything from the extensive Cadenhead range. You can contact them using the details below:

T: +44 (0)1586 551710
Please give them as much notice and information as possible. Thank you.

Hopefully that all makes sense to everyone but if you do have a question just drop us an email and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will speak to you all soon and will see quite a few of you next week.
The madness starts here….

Nathan and Lauren (Please contact the Society at Springbank Society for your chance to join).

Springbank Society
Springbank Distillers


Oban “Limited Edition” 18 Year Old at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Oban “Limited Edition” 18 Year Old West Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $150) Drier, less toffee and fruit, more dried spice and oak when compared to the standard Oban 14 year old. A beautiful combination of rich, nutty toffee balanced by polished oak, salt, pepper, seaweed, distant smoke, and dried fruit. Somewhat oily in texture. Wonderful depth, too! An improvement on what is already the biggest-selling Diageo single malt scotch in the U.S. Very exciting and dynamic. (Vol. 17, #4, by John Hansell)  K&L Notes

Always tough to find – this is a limited edition bottling for the U.S. only. As the canister states, “only so much can be made, it is never enough.”

$114.99 View

Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637)


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San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA


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