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Upcoming Tastings Calendar at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Whisky News

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Upcoming Tastings Calendar

Friday, August 31st: 

Penderyn Welsh Whiskey with Distillery Guests
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Saturday, September 15th: 

Tipperary Irish Whiskey with Co-founder 

Jennifer Nickerson

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Friday, September 28th:

Jura presented by Kimberly Drake

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Friday, September 7th: 

Benriach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh

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Friday, September 14th: 

 Glen Grant with Robin Coupar

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “I better get the stepladder out…” – Scotch Whisky News

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The Collector’s Loft

New Arrivals

It’s time to get the old stepladder out and climb up to The Collector’s Loft because we have some new bottles to add this week including the amazing Macallan M Black and Craigellachie 31 Year Old. voted World’s Best Single Malt in 2017.

All the bottles in our Collector’s Loft are strictly limited by their very nature so make sure you act fast if something takes your fancy!

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The Macallan 26 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


The Macallan 26 Year Old
Platinum Old & Rare

One of only 60 bottles filled from a single sherry butt on 25th May 2018, this Speyside single malt was distilled at the original Macallan distillery in June 1991. Matured for almost three decades, this cask strength release from independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co. was bottled on the historic day the new Macallan distillery was officially opened.

Mellow on the nose with dried fruits and a clear sherry influence. The palate is smooth and sweet, with creamy sherried notes before a dry finish with a touch of oak spice.

£1,840 Buy Now

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Kilchoman – Scotch Whisky News


A beloved little distillery on Islay that overcame a lot of odds to be considered one of the finest whiskies produced, in a region with so much intimidating competition, most of us would shy away. Producing less than 100,000 liters a year, Kilchoman have fought and worked their way through the ranks of the whisky hierarchy. Starting out in 2005 and already having huge success with the quality of their new make spirit, we now see them thirteen years later. Whisky is hitting the double digit figures and demand is increasing more and more. One of only 238 bottles produced, this single cask selection, bottled by The Whisky Shop really does show off the depth to the spirit produced at Kilchoman. Full bodied, spicy, well balance and a change in flavour that is reminiscent of some of the best Islay whiskies I’ve ever had. Switching from BBQ smoke and peat into creamy white chocolate with hazelnuts and a wonderful hit of salt as well. A true contender for whisky of the year!

Stefanie Anderson crowned winner of the Talisker ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition – Scotch Whisky News


Stefanie Anderson crowned winner of the Talisker ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition

Stefanie Anderson of Bon Vivant, Edinburgh, has won the acclaimed title of the 2018 ‘Race to Skye’ champion, making her the second ever winner of Talisker’s annual bartender competition.


Talisker has named bartender from Edinburgh, Stefanie Anderson, as the 2018 ‘Race to Skye’ champion. Following a successful performance in four challenges over two days, Stefanie has been awarded the title of honorary Talisker Ambassador to support the Scotch whisky brand in telling its story and communicating the on-going Made by the Sea campaign.

As the first female to win the competition and the second ever winner, Stefanie joins the ranks of a number of inspiring and talented women within the whisky industry.

Stefanie Anderson commented“I’m delighted to have won the Race to Skye. I admire the brand in so many ways so I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of the experience and on top of it, won! The competition was tough and everybody presented amazing serves and real originality behind their stories. This is just an amazing way to round off the trip and I’m thrilled to return and carry the Talisker torch.”

Over the course of the competition the finalists were put through their paces, taking part in four challenges over two days. These included a ‘Mystery Challenge’ designed to test the skills of each competitor’s discerning nose, palate and core distillery knowledge, a ‘Cocktail Food Pairing’ at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel, the ultimate whisky knowledge challenge, ‘Mastermind’ hosted by GB Whisky Brand Ambassador, Colin Dunn and, finally, each bartender was required to present their Talisker Made by the Sea Signature Serve to the panel of judges at the Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre with seven minutes to present the crafted cocktail.


Scottish Malts Ambassador at Diageo Reserve, Stevie Martin said: “Single malt whisky is fast becoming a main stay for the finest cocktail bartenders in the country. The Race to Skye again showed the possibilities and versatility of the Talisker brand when in the hands of the finest talent around. We had exceptional drinks and memorable stories from all seven finalists as well as an incredible few days travelling the Scottish wilderness. Our winner, Stefanie Anderson from the Bon Vivant in Edinburgh, performed incredibly well across all four challenges and we are looking forward to working with her on Talisker single malt whisky moving forward.”

Now in its second year, the Talisker Race to Skye bartender competition challenges bartenders from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Bournemouth, Bristol and London to create a cocktail that embodied the Talisker’s new ‘Made by the Sea’ brand platform. The event showcases an extraordinary set of talent from across the UK.

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This Friday: Taste Penderyn Welsh Whiskey with Distillery Guests at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Welsh Whisky News


Friday August 31st, 3-6PM

Welsh Whiskey: Penderyn 

with Ambassadors Jon Tregnna & Robert Weller

Wales’ first distillery in over a century, Penderyn has received worldwide acclaim for its stunning single malt whiskies. Penderyn’s distillery guests have flown all the way from Wales to present their whiskies  at this tasting, providing in depth knowledge and insight about Penderyn’s innovative distilling practices.

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Cambus 27 Year Old 1983 Dead Whisky Society at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


27 Year Old 1983
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ABV:51.6% CASK TYPE: Single cask CASK ##701513 BOTTLER:Dead Whisky Society REGION:Lowland TYPE:Single Grain Scotch 

Cambus 27 Year Old 1983 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whiskey. Single cask #701513 bottled April 2011 by The Dead Whisky Society. 217 numbered bottles. John Moubry commissioned Cambus Distillery in 1806 at Cambus near Alloa to produce malt and grain whisky. He was amongst a group of contemporary distillers ‘paid’ to close their works for a number of years by the Stein and Haig distilling family in order to enable the later to maintain their monopoly in the exportation of Scottish spirits into the London gin market. Cambus Distillery is a lost Lowlands grain whiskey distillery having closed in 1993 although its whiskey remains available and the site is occupied by a Diageo cask filling works. Hunter Laing Sovereign Cambus grain whiskies are extremely popular.

Edradour (Ballechin) 12 Year Old 2005 Exclusive to The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

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Edradour (Ballechin) 12 Year Old 2005 Exclusive

Selected exclusively for The Whisky Barrel, this is a heavily peated, ‘Ballechin’-style spirit matured in a sherry hogshead. Bottled July 2018 at a whopping 61.5%. A richly sherried, smokey single malt hand-picked from the Signatory Vintage warehouses. Just 291 bottles…

Buy – £79.96

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The September 2nd Whisky.Auction Preview – Whisky Auction News



Did you know that the first lots are already available to view in our online preview catalogue?
Every day we add lots to the preview, right up until the moment the auction goes live on Sunday 2 September.


Get watching, and good luck!

The Whisky.Auction Team

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling, Edradour (Ballechin) 12 Year Old 2005 Signatory Exclusive – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Barrel releases their latest exclusive bottling,  Edradour (Ballechin) 12 Year Old 2005 Signatory Exclusive. 

Specialist online whisky shop,, is proud to release something very exciting from Edradour thanks to our friends at Signatory Vintage.

Sherry cask whiskies and peated whiskies both enjoy strong followings and when brought together these two opposites certainly can work but rarely come together in mainstream Scotch whisky. Ballechin is the name given to heavily peated spirit from Edradour. Combined with a sherry cask, the result is a peated sherry cask Scotch whisky exclusive to The Whisky Barrel.

Edradour Distillery sits at Milton of Edradour near Pitlochery and was formed in 1825 by a group of eight local farmers. Edradour is still just a farm sized distillery but Signatory Vintage produce wonderful results including the Edradour 10 Year Old and Sherry Cask Ibisco.

The Edradour (Ballechin) 12 Year Old is a true example of great independent Scotch whisky. Distilled on the 15th of August 2005 and bottled on the 19th of July 2018, this peated malt was matured in a second fill sherry hogshead #160.

Just 291 bottles were yielded exclusively for An un-chillfiltered whisky with a cask strength of 61.5% and of natural colour.

Available exclusively from The Whisky Barrel, shipping to customers Worldwide including the United States of America, Canada and Japan. 

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Edradour (Ballechin) 12 Year Old Signatory Exclusive | 2005 || 61.5%

Tasting notes 

Colour: Dark sherry.

Nose: A sweet nose with honey and dried herbaceous notes. Accompanied by smoky bonfire embers. 

Palate: Sweet sherry, rich toffee, orange zest and chewy barley. 

Finish: A long, dry, sweet finish. 

Price: £79.96 GBP / $88.00 USD (+ P&P) 

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