The Whisky Shop #SFO “Single Cask Nation Tasting July 27th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


Saturday, July 27th 

11 AM-6:30PM: 

Single Cask Nation 

Anyone who wishes to know more about the greater world of whisky and independent bottling is sure to enjoy this tasting! Established in 2011,  Single Cask Nation have faithfully dedicated themselves to selecting and bottling the world’s finest and rarest single casks of whisky. Their highly rated bottlings include Laphroaig, Glenmoray, and Catoctin Creek, to name only a few.

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Hanyu Tasting November 1-3rd Gothenburg – Japanese Whisky News

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Ichiro’s Malt Card Series Seminar in November, Gothenburg

The exclusive tasting seminar event will take place on 1-3 November at Upper House hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. It will cover the complete “full deck” series of unopened Ichiro’s Malt Card collection from the Hanyu distillery in Japan. The event is hosted by Swedish whisky enthusiast Pye Palm, and the tasting will be led by Japanese whisky expert, Stefan Van Eycken.

A three minutes summary of the event is here:

The Whisky Shop #SFO Friday, July 19th “Highland Park, Glenrothes & Famous Grouse” Tasting – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, July 19th 5-7PM:

Highland Park, Glenrothes & Famous Grouse 

This expert presented whisky tasting features new and rare single malts by Highland Park, Glenrothes and Famous Grouse. RSVP to stay up to date as we reveal more details!

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “INTRODUCING DISTILLERY 139 – Taiwanese Whisky News


All month we’ve been offering suggestions about how to enjoy our whisky during the warmer weather. Now things just got even hotter – it’s time to introduce a new distillery that knows all about embracing the heat.

We’re delighted to announce our first cask from distillery 139, all the way from the exotic island of Taiwan. Cask no: 139.1 Chomping on a herbal cigar is a hot new release from our Spicy and Sweet profile, with flavours that will transport you immediately to sunnier climes.

In another Society first, and in keeping with the traditions of the distillery itself, this bottling is our first ever non-age statement whisky. Matured to perfection in a first-fill barrique, this sublimely complex dram gifts notes of rum, ginger cake and dark sugars. Sounds just like summer.

As the first bottling from a new distillery, we expect this release to be in huge demand so we’re selling bottles via ballot only.  To enter the draw, please submit your details before midnight on Monday 15 July. We will then randomly select the lucky winners, who will contacted by our Member Services team to complete their purchase.

Good luck, and slainte to summer!


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: 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


The Ultimate Tasting Tour arrives at The English Whisky Co. – English Whisky News



A 2 hour tour & tasting showcasing England’s oldest single malt whisky 

We take you on a journey of discovery that lasts 2 hours and takes an in depth look at the distillery and barrel warehouses.  You will then have an hour in a private room tasting the various whiskies produced at St George’s Distillery.  This very sought after tour runs on a Saturday and Sunday once a month.

Whilst visiting, why not stay and eat in our fully air conditioned restaurant or dine out on our terrace al fresco.

Buy a gift voucher or call 01953 717939 to book!

£45.00 P/P




The Whisky Show Three Japanese Masters masterclass now on sale – Japanese Whisky News



To celebrate the rise of Japanese whisky, we are hosting a once in a lifetime masterclass, bringing together three legendary master distillers for the first time. Lead by Dave Broom, they’ll tell us their stories of the past, present and future of Japanese whisky.

Three Japanese Masters
Host: Whisky writer and Japanese whisky expert Dave Broom
Sunday 29 September, 12.30pm-2.00pm

The past two decades have seen Japanese whisky rise from being relatively unknown to the hottest spirit on the planet. Three companies have been at the forefront of that explosion: Nikka, Suntory and Venture Whisky. We are very pleased to welcome the whisky makers behind each of the three to Whisky Show for this very special tasting.

Shinji Fukuyo has been working at Suntory for 35 years. He’s led the Suntory whisky blending team since 2006 and been lead blender across the company since 2009.

Tadashi Sakuma is Nikka’s chief blender and the man responsible for all of the whisky and other spirits produced by the company.

Ichiro Akuto is the founder of Chichibu, owner of Venture whisky and former manager of fabled lost distillery Hanyu.

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Please note: you must have a Sunday ticket to Whisky Show to attend this class.



Whisky Fest ~ Buy Early Bird Tickets–Then Have A Great Summer! – Whisky News




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Whisky is not just for after-dinner drinking and Dewar’s global malts ambassador Georgie Bell will show you why. With a range of tasty pairings, she will demonstrate quite how well whisky works with food.


 Food Pairing with Craigellachie and Aberfeldy

Host: Dewar’s global malt ambassador Georgie Bell
Saturday 28 September, 2.45pm-3.30pm

For too long whisky has been considered “just” an after-dinner drink. No more! From chocolate to cheese, you can pair almost anything with whisky. Brand ambassador Georgie Bell will be bringing a range of whiskies from Aberfeldy and Craigellachie to show how well you can pair food with a dram.

The Line-up

Aberfeldy 12yo
Aberfeldy 16yo Madeira Cask
Aberfeldy 21yo
Craigellachie 13yo
Craigellachie 17yo

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Please note: you must also have a Saturday ticket to Whisky Show to attend this class.

 Show Details

28-29 SEPTEMBER 2019
11.30AM – 6.30PM

Old Billingsgate
1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3R 6DX

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Finalists Announced in Inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards – Scotch Whisky News

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Finalists Announced in Inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards

The finalists in the first annual Scottish Whisky Awards have been announced with 52 companies and 97 Scotch whiskies progressing to finalist stage in the new national competition.

The awards cover both taste and business performance and were judged last month by a highly experienced judging panel consisting of some of the world’s foremost experts in the business of Scotch.

Whiskies were assessed by a 32-strong judging panel from the UK, mainland Europe and Asia as part of a wide-scale blind tasting managed by the international sensory management consultancy, Cara Technology.

Five distilleries have been selected for the ultimate award of the competition, The Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year. Craigellachie Distillery, GlenAllachie Distillery, Glen Scotia Distillery, Highland Park Distillery and Loch Lomond Distillery have been selected following a rigorous judging process which combined performance in business categories and the marks from the blind tasting,

Chair of the judging panel, Alan Wolstenholme, who also chairs the Scottish Distillers Association, commented;

“The Scottish Whisky Awards has now established itself as a robust and highly regarded competition which has a significant role to play in the Scotch whisky industry.

“Congratulations to all our finalists who have progressed and many thanks to the judges who have been submitting marks from around the world which ensures that we have drawn on some of the best insight and experience available.

“Scotch is the most important industry in Scotland; we have a unique and untouchable history and heritage.  We look forward to helping promote the success of our finalist businesses at home and abroad in the coming months.”

The awards are supported by commercial sponsors including Shawbrook Bank and Bruce Stevenson.

Kevin Boyd, Managing Director at Shawbrook Bank commented;

“At Shawbrook Bank, we are proud to play a part in supporting the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards which offers a fantastic platform for blenders, bottlers and distillers to be recognised at both national and international level.  We congratulate all of the finalists and look forward to celebrating everything that is great about Scotch in September.”

Graeme Dempster, Account Executive at Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers commented;

“Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers are delighted to sponsor the prestigious Best Newcomer category in the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards. It is terrific to see sustained growth in the Scotch Whisky sector and we congratulate all finalists in this year’s competition and wish them the best of luck.”

The winners will be announced at the Scottish Whisky Awards dinner and celebration on Thursday 5 September 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh. Finalists businesses are reserved places for purchase until Friday 12th July 2019 when tickets go on general release.

The awards, created by the PR and Events company KDMedia, are also a fundraising vehicle for The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by rugby legend Doddie Weir to help improve the lives of those affected by Motor Neuron Disease.

Midlands Whisky Festival September 14th, 2019 – Whisky News


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