Arran Malt & Music Festival 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

Arran Malt & Music Festival

Arran Malt & Music Festival 2017

The annual Arran Malt & Music Festival takes place from Friday 30th June ’til Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Friday 30th June 2017

A guided walk up to our water source Loch na Davie will take place from 11am – 3pm. Packed lunch and special dram are included. Tickets for this are still available from Arran Events priced at £50 each. A few spaces still available.

The White Stag Dinner will be held in the Grand Marquee in the grounds of the Distillery at  7pm. Tickets for this wonderful event are already sold out and we look forward to enjoying a wonderful evening with many of our Arran White Stags, tasting some very exclusive drams!

Saturday 1st July 2017
The main Festival takes place on Saturday 1st July 2017 from 11am – 5pm. Masterclasses, mini tours and tastings, live music, a specialist rare whisky bar and a cocktail bar will be available. Food will also be available to purchase on the day. Entry is free of charge.

Masterclass tickets are mostly now sold out, however there are still a few places left on the following classes:

Arran Cocktail Masterclass – hosted by the team from The Devil’s Advocate 

Arran Whisky & Chocolate Pairing Masterclass

Arran Whisky & Food Pairing Masterclass

Arran Whisky & Beer Masterclass

The annual ceilidh will take place on the Saturday evening in the Grand Marquee in the Distillery grounds, from 8pm. Tickets for this are already sold out!
Sunday 2nd July 2017
The Survivors Lunch will be held on the Sunday 12.30 – 14.30 with Master Distiller James MacTaggart. Tickets are priced at £25 and a few are still available. Click here to buy a ticket.

We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend, celebrating all things Arran Whisky and music over the course of the 3 days.

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show “Design your own whisky label” – Scotch Whisky News


30 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2017, 11:30AM – 6:30PM

Design your own Whisky label

We’ve been getting creative with whisky for years and now we want you to do the same.

Show us what The Art of Whisky means to you and you could see your art on a whisky label!


Our expert panel will select one entry to adorn the label of one of the Whisky Show bottlings.

The winner will receive:

Two tickets to The Whisky Show on Sunday 1 October
Two tickets to the private viewing of The Affordable Art Fair on Wednesday 18 October
A bottle of the special whisky labelled with their artwork.


Entries must be submitted by 19 July 2017

Full competition details are available on our website

The Exclusive Malts & Tipperary Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO July 8th, 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

The Exclusive Malts & Tipperary

Come by for a tasting of Tipperary and The Exclusive Malts whiskies! We’ll be sampling some rare drams as well as new and best selling releases from both distilleries, with distillery representatives and whisky experts will be present to answer all your whisky questions.

Click Here to RSVP



Whisky Auctioneer June 2017 Auction Now Live -Scotch Whisky News


June Auction Now Live

Summer has officially arrived here in beautiful Scotland, with temperatures easily hitting the high teens! If things are getting hot where you are why not step into the shade and take a moment to cool down and browse our June Auction? 

This month features some incredible premium releases, stunning old vintages and superb independent bottlings, as well as everything else in between. Below are just a few highlights to whet your appetite. 

Dalmore 50 Year Old Decanter


It doesn’t get much more premium than a 50 Year Old Dalmore! Presented within a crystal decanter and accompanied by a fine brass bound lockable hard wood case this is one of only 60 incredible bottles. 

Laphroaig 1970 Samaroli


Bottled in 1986 for legendary Italian importer Samaroli. One of only 720 and considered a masterpiece by Whiskyfun’s Serge Valentin! 

Macallan Nicol’s Nectar


A very rare Macallan, one of only 120 bottles produced in 1996 to mark the retirement of Peter Nicol from the distillery after 43 years of service. 

Bunnahabhain 1947 Single Cask 28 Year Old


A stunningly old vintage from this Islay distillery, bottled by Matthew Gloag & Son of Perth in 1975 at 28 Years Old. A fantastic opportunity to gain a window into our whisky past! 

Springbank 1966 Local Barley 30 & 31 Year Old


The ‘Local Barley’ bottlings from the mid 1960s have attained legendary status and we are delighted to feature two wonderful examples in our current auction. 

Glenfiddich 1959 Private Vintage


Another wonderful single cask bottling from Glenfiddich’s Private Vintage range. Hand bottled in 2006 after over 46 years of maturation. 

There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here. 

Happy bidding!


Maltstock Masterclass Galore! – Whisky News


With Maltstock only a little more than 2 months away, it is time to reveal a our great line-up of Masterclasses! 

And what a line-up we have this year. Wow! There will be 10 different masterclasses for you to choose from!

Five of them are Maltstock virgins, so plenty of new interesting stuff! Then again, every Maltstock masterclass will be interesting and entertaining. So there is lots of carefull and wise choosing to be done!

And to top it all of, everybody will get to attend the campfire tasting with Mark and Cameron from Cadenhead’s. And there is a Quiz winners Masterclass by Hans Offringa.

Oh, and we’ll also have some speed tastings! More on that later.

Remember, all Maltstock masterclasses are free! There’s no extra charge, how relaxed is that?

Maltstock 2017 Masterclasses

These Masterclasses will be bookable from tomorrow. All ticketholders will receive an E-mail with the link to the preferences form.


  • Inverhouse Lukasz – 16.45 – 17.45 – Chapel
  • Loch Lommond group – Donald – 18.00 – 19.00 – Breakfast room
  • Macallan – Sietse – 19.45 – 20.45 – Chapel


  • Yumi & Tatsuya – 12.00 – 13.00 – Chapel
  • Creative Whisky Company – David 13.15 – 14.15 – Breakfast room
  • Single Cask Nation – Joshua – 14.30 – 15.30 – Chapel
  • Adelphi – Lucy – 15.45 – 16.45 – Breakfast room
  • Speciality Drinks – Mariella – 17.00 – 18.00 – Chapel
  • Ian Macleod – Kenny MacDonald – 18.45 – 19.45 – Breakfast room
  • Gordon MacPhail – Steven Cameron – 19.30 – 20.30 – Chapel

Good luck choosing! See you in September!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Marco, Stan and Teun


If you haven’t bought your maltstock ticket yet, click and the link and get relaxed.

Maltstock tickets are all inclusive. All your food, beverages and all of our program is included in our entry fee.* You do, however, get to choose if you want to stay with us, and most of our guests do, which makes Maltstock an unique social event! If you want to camp outside or stay in a hotel nearby you are welcome to do so at your own expense. Maltstock tickets are for the whole weekend. We do not sell day or session tickets. Tickets are available at our online shop:

*There can be additional costs involved if you want to taste exclusive or rare whisky at the stands of our private collectors, importers and shop keepers.


Scotch Whisky Auctions 75th Auction Now Live – Whisky Auction News


Hi folks. We are live with our 75th auction!

With an unprecedented 4000+ lots, and some real superstars, there is without doubt something here for everyone.

Enjoy – and remember: Don’t Lose Your Bottle!

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The Whisky.Auction Preview – Whisky News

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Single Malt Tasting: Deanston, Bunnhabhain, Ledaig, Tobermory at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, June 30th, 5-7PM

Single Malt Tasting: Deanston, Bunnhabhain, Ledaig, Tobermory

Join us for a tasting of Deanston, Bunnhabhain, Ledaig, & Tobermory whiskies, presented by Distell! We’ll be sampling some rare drams as well as new and best selling releases from both distilleries. Distillery representatives and whisky experts will be present to answer all your whisky questions. Pour list will be revealed as the event approaches – be sure to follow The Whisky Shop on facebook to stay up to date!

Click Here to RSVP


Whisky Hammer June 2017 Auction Ends Soon! – Whisky News

AA Whisky Hammer


JUNE AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 25th June)

…place your bids at

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


Speyside Food and Drinks Festival Returns with a Larger Serving – Scotch Whisky News

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Speyside Food and Drinks Festival Returns with a Larger Serving

Following the soaraway success of a festival launched last year to celebrate one of Scotland’s most fruitful food and drink regions, Spirt of Speyside: Distilled is to return – with an even greater range of home-grown flavours.

World leading drinks brands will join small artisan producers for the weekend festival at Elgin Town Hall on September 1 and 2 in a showcase of Speyside’s finest whisky, gin, beer and food. Classic drams will be served up alongside contemporary cocktails with speciality coffee to try alongside grown-up fudge.

This year’s event has been extended to cover two floors of the venue with even more opportunities to sample food and drink and meet the producers passionate about Speyside and its produce.

It’s not just about the tastes that makes the Speyside region  – home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries – renowned across the world for its food and drink. Distilled gives opportunities to experience and learn more about the flavours, through a range of tutorials or ‘masterclasses’ staged by experts.

Tickets for Distilled go on sale on at 9am on Friday, June 16 and with limited places available, food and drink lovers are urged to get in quick to ensure they don’t miss out.

Distilled is delivered by the same team behind the world-famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and the inaugural mini-festival went down a treat with audiences last year.

Festival manager Pery Zakeri says, “Distilled is a melting pot of fantastic flavours and wonderful personalities sharing their enthusiasm for fine food and drink. It offers the chance to enjoy so many different tastes, as well as broadening knowledge of food and drink through our menu of masterclasses.

“We were delighted with the feedback from our inaugural event last year, which introduced a much younger audience to Speyside’s food and drink offering, and we are building on that with this year’s offering.

“We are proud to be playing a lead role in championing the region’s booming food and drink industry by bringing producers and the public together under one roof in celebration of the Speyside larder.”

Distilled drew gastronomes from all over Scotland as well as  visitors from overseas who wanted to be part of first festival of this kind to be held in Speyside. The big global players of the drinks industry stood shoulder to shoulder with small, up-and-coming producers in a mix that went down well with audiences.

Masterclasses ranged from the chance to sample rare and cask strength drams, to cocktail making and food pairing. A range of masterclasses are being offered again this year, costing an additional £15 per person, with full details of the range and times to be announced on the event website.

This celebration of Speyside’s food and drink features four different sessions and these take place from 1-5pm and 6-10pm each day. Tickets are priced at £20 which includes entry, six vouchers for tasting samples of gin, whisky or beer, a lanyard and a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass.

All whisky, gin, beer and foods on offer will have a Speyside provenance and there will be the chance to purchase products from stand holders. There will also be festival merchandise available to buy.

For more information and to book tickets  visit

Distilled is active on social media at on Twitter and Instagram @distilledscot.  Follow the festival at #distilled17


Pictures – Distilled, a delicious mix of Speyside’s finest food and drinks, returns to Elgin Town Hall on September 1 and 2.


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