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Whiski Rooms “Eat Out to Help Out in August” – Scotch Whisky News


Both Whiski Rooms on the Mound and Whiski Bar and Restaurant on the Royal Mile are excited to be taking part in the government’s EAT OUT to HELP OUT initiative during August. There is nothing not like about it – dine with us during August on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and get 50% off all food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a maximum of £10pp. There is no vouchers to collect or any restrictions on how many times you can dine with us – simple really.


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Keeping you Safe

We are committed to operating with the highest standards of safety to protect the health and wellbeing of guests and our team.  We look forward to serving you soon.

    • STAFF HEALTH – we will perform daily health screenings of our team members
    • SOCIAL DISTANCING – tables will be spaced apart to maintain a safe environment
    • PPE – face masks, gloves and visors will be available for team members
    • HAND CLEANLINESS – all staff will use hand sanitiser alongside frequent hand washing
    • ENHANCED CLEANING – we will adhere to strict cleaning regimes and disinfect high touch areas
    • HAND SANITISER – available for all customers around the venue


Join us for a whisky tasting in Whiski Rooms  – due to the size of our venue, numbers are greatly reduced but that doesn’t stop us having fun and trying some great scotch whiskies in a fun environment – no experience necessary !

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Daftmill “Summer Batch” — The First U.S. Release of a Farm-Distilled Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

An Extremely Rare Release from a Thrilling New Scotch Distiller
2006 Daftmill “Summer Batch Release”
Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

“This is as close to the roots of whisky as you can get. A true farm distillery making Scotch the way it would have been done 200+ years ago.” — Andrew Whiteley, K&L NorCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

It has finally arrived! After much buzz, the inaugural U.S. release of Daftmill’s “Summer Batch” is at long last available. Daftmill is one of the most exciting projects in the world of Scotch whisky, with proprietors Francis and Ian Cuthbert building a new distillery and following distilling methods that are over 200 hundred years old. The barley for this fabulous dram is all estate-grown and harvested, while the distillery operates only four months out of the year. The resulting Scotch is not only of the utmost quality, but it is, as one might expect, produced in minuscule quantities. A mere 1,680 bottles of this gorgeous Lowland malt were made, and we are lucky enough to have secured a small allocation. This bottling draws together seven different casks, all of which are twelve years of age. A rambunctious single malt, it reveals a cornucopia of sweet cream, apricot, brown sugar, ginger, and so much more. Vibrant and youthful, it is a wonderful first taste and portends excellent things from this new distillery. If you’ve ever wondered what Scotch might have tasted like 200 years ago, this is as close as you’ll likely ever get. A truly superlative release, this is sure to become an instant hit with collectors. There are precious few bottles to go around, so make sure to act quickly to secure this one-of-a-kind gem.

2006 Daftmill “Summer Batch Release” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($249.99)

90 points Whisky Advocate: “Pure, clean malt shines throughout this whisky, the first Daftmill bottling for sale in the U.S. Shortbread, candle wax, Golden Delicious apple, rose garden, apricot, ginger, and cinnamon on the nose. The palate is biscuity and sweet, with vanilla, shortbread cookies, candied pistachios, and crushed almonds; lemon and orange peel and lively rose oil perk things up once water is added. Tobacco, cinnamon, and toasted almonds and hazelnuts fade like a whisper on the gentle, soft finish. (SSB)” (04/2020)

K&L Notes: Owned by Francis and Ian Cuthbert, the Daftmill distillery was commissioned in 2005 and began serious production in 2006. This bottling marks their first release for the U.S. and is limited to just 1,680 bottles. Operating as a true farm distillery, all of the barley used for production is farmed by Francis Cuthbert on the estate and the distillery operates just four months out of the year for two months after each harvest. This traditional way of running a distillery hasn’t been seen in Scotland since the 1800s. It also makes Daftmill one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, producing just about 100 casks a year. This release is a melding of 7 different casks, all 12 years old.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2020

This is as close to the roots of whisky as you can get. A true farm distillery making Scotch the way it would have been done 200+ years ago. You get two crops of barley a year—shortly after harvest, you make whisky, then you tend to the other issues on the farm for the rest of the year. The estate nature of this whisky is quite romantic, but more importantly, the whisky tastes spectacular. At 12 years of age it is decidedly mature, but in the way of a precocious child—it drinks beyond the years of a young distillery, yet shows how much more there is still to come as it continues to grow. Wildly exciting and filled with promise. The whisky is a blend of 7 first fill bourbon barrels filled at the end of their first summer season (September 2006). It’s delicate and light, but with an intensity of flavor that is unmatched. There is a complex nose of florals, sweet cream, candied ginger, vanilla, and fine brown sugar and zest. The palate is spicy and difficult to pin down. It feels alive on the tongue, jumping between citrus, ginger, pound cake, and caramel candies. The finish shows fresh-cut summer grasses and lots of stone fruit. With only 1680 bottles produced in this summer release it’s sure to be a collector’s classic for those that can keep their hands off of it. For those that drink it—a splendid example of what whisky must have been.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2020

I feel very lucky to have visited the good Mr. Cuthbert at his farm and distillery in the summer of 2016. The beautiful and tiny distillery is hidden behind barley fields and built inside a gorgeous old stone farmhouse. Francis was in the distillery taking measurements, a truly hands on distillery owner. He seemingly does everything-although one must assume there are others helping, there’s no question that this tiny production distillery is a labor of love. We tasted several casks together all around 10 years old and while I thought they all tasted pretty good, he brushed off the idea of bottling them saying unequivocally that they weren’t ready. This man knows barley and we’ve waited with bated breath to see these barrels meet his high standards for bottling. Now after waiting almost 4 more years, we finally have access to this excellent and unusual single malt from one of Scotland’s smallest and most watched distillers. The color is white wine. The nose starts restrained, but obvious complexity hides right behind the initial austerity of first nosing. As it opens, we start to notice vibrant stone fruits: apricots, plums, peaches. Then a mineral element and some citrus and lemon oil components. It’s got a very old school feeling that isn’t really available from any other modern distiller. A drop of water and a bit more time and we’re being delivered truckloads of various fruits tropical and continental, some poached and drizzled in vanilla sauce. Creamy and luscious on the palate with wisps of white pepper and perfect clean American oak. This stuff is just lovely in every sense of the word. It’s a new old-style malt unlike so many of the modern new distillers who are trapped between the science and art of single malt distillation. Without a visionary like Francis to make the crucial decisions, any new distillery will be relegated to the second tier and never truly compete with the big boys. Of course, the price is no trifle but it’s a small price to pay for immediate access to the future history of modern single malt.


Chef Ben Tish teams up with Glen Moray for Cask Adventures – Scotch Whisky News

Chef Ben Tish teams up with Glen Moray for Cask Adventures

Glen Moray single malt Scotch whisky has today (23rd July) announced a partnership with the award-winning chef and food writer Ben Tish, to celebrate the origins of some of its most popular cask finishes.

The new ‘Cask Stories’ campaign will dive into the world of wood to explore the importance of cask flavour and character in creating Glen Moray’s Port, Sherry, Madeira and Fired Oak expressions.

Ben, who is the Culinary Director of London’s Norma Restaurant and Stafford Hotel, has a long held passion for the food and flavours of Mediterranean and Moorish regions.

He has created a delicious selection of easy to make tapas dishes and cocktails – inspired by each Glen Moray whisky, the cask it is finished in and his extensive travels exploring the culinary traditions of Porto, Jerez and Madeira. And as a barbecue expert, Ben has also created an option to match the smoky, charred flavours of Glen Moray’s Fired Oak expression.

Food and drink fans will be taken on a journey through Glen Moray’s ‘cask hotspots’, as Ben shares stories of his favourite bars, restaurants and dining memories, and the creative spark behind each tapas dish and drink.

Ben’s long standing head sommelier Julien Hennebelle has collaborated with him to create four long, refreshing Glen Moray cocktails – perfect for summer drinking and packed with flavour to pair perfectly with each tapas dish.

Ben and the Glen Moray team will be sharing stories, recipes, cocktails ideas and a series of films over the summer, with Instagram live events planned for August. Ben commented: ‘I’m really excited to be working with Glen Moray and developing Mediterranean inspired recipes to match these brilliant whiskies. I’ve loved Mediterranean food for years and my latest book Moorish focuses on the regions that are covered in the Elgin cask series. The flavours of the whisky are clear and fresh – perfect for my style and a pleasure to work with. Some great summery cocktails too, from our bar man and sommelier Julien.’

Glen Moray’s UK Sales Director Claire Baigrie added: ‘Glen Moray is one of the most adventurous malt whiskies available and we have always pushed the boundaries when it comes to the casks we use for maturation. Our new partnership with Ben is a way to really explore and celebrate these flavours, and the wonderful results of our new make spirit meeting seasoned casks from different parts of the world. Ben is an absolute expert in the places where our casks originate and we are thrilled to have him tell our cask stories to food and drink lovers. This is an invitation to come with us on a journey to learn more about flavour and to enjoy whisky in a way that really breaks down the barriers of how and when single malt whisky should be enjoyed. At a time when summer holidays to these regions are limited, we hope Glen Moray fans will enjoy the ride!’

Port Cask Finish

Mussels with cinnamon, lemon, marjoram, bay and migas. Lightly steamed mussels with fresh, spicy and citrusy flavours to complement the Port Cask whisky’s notes – topped with crispy ‘migas’ breadcrumbs which are a Portuguese staple. 

The Lossimonatta: a light, refreshing blend of Port Cask Finish, the juice of red berries, cherry liqueur and lemonade, served over ice and inspired by the River Lossie running next to the Glen Moray Distillery.

Cumin rubbed grilled pork pinchos with almond alioliFired Oak

A sweet, smokey barbecued street food that works with the deep charred flavours of Fired Oak whisky

The Elgin Fizz: a refreshing summer combination of smoky Glen Moray Fired Oak, spicy ginger liqueur and sweet sparkling apple juice, served over ice. 

Roasted peaches with orange flower honey, mascarpone, pistachios

Madeira Cask

Madeira has the most wonderful peach varieties, and the sweet caramelised peach juices and aromatic honey are a great match for the Madeira cask’s flavours.

The Whisky Rose Julep: an exotic, full-flavoured combination of Madeira matured whisky, rose syrup and fresh mint, served over ice.

The combination of rich, salty cheese and sweet honey works perfectly with the Sherry Cask’s notes. Reminiscent of the fried flowers served in every Spanish tapas bar over the summer months.Fried courgette flowers, goats cheese and honey

The Oloroso Breeze. A long, delicious Mediterranean style drink, mixing Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish, sherry vermouth and sparkling San Pellegrino Bitter – served with a slice of orange.


Ben Tish is the Culinary Director of London’s Norma Restaurant and the Stafford Hotel, and is established as cooking at the forefront of the modern tapas scene. At the Stafford Ben oversees the hotel’s food offering including the Game Bird restaurant, the American bar and private dining. In September 2019 he opened the critically-acclaimed Norma – a Sicilian-Moorish influenced restaurant on London’s Charlotte Street featuring a bespoke raw bar serving Sicilian style crudos,

Classically trained with over 20 years’ experience, Ben spent his formative career working with Michelin starred chefs such as Jason Atherton and Stephen Terry at various ground breaking London restaurants. He went on to head up his own operations at the Italian restaurant Al Duca in St James, London, and the Crinan Hotel in the West Highlands. More recently he was Chef Director and Partner of the Salt Yard Group – a group of 5 highly-acclaimed modern Spanish / Italian restaurants in Central London.

Ben is also an accomplished and award winning food writer with three published cook books. Moorish, his last book, was published in April 2019 and was named cook book of the year in the Times Magazine. Ben will publish his fourth book SICILA in Summer 2021. He appears regularly on TV including Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch, and Masterchef and writes for Delicious, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Noble Rot, Restaurant Magazine, Chef Magazine, and other publications.


Glen Moray is one of Scotland’s best loved single malt whiskies. It has been crafted since 1897 in the ancient town of Elgin, the capital of the Speyside whisky region, on what was once the Elgin West Brewery site on the banks of the River Lossie. Pure waters from the river, locally malted barley, distillation in traditional copper stills and maturation in American ex-bourbon casks combine to give the whisky its smooth, well-balanced, classic Speyside character. Glen Moray has always been a place where curiosity about flavour and cask maturation has been encouraged. Records dating back to the early days show new make spirit maturing in a wide variety of different casks – a highly unusual practice at this time. A passion for experimentation and a deep knowledge of wood have been passed down through generations of Glen Moray distillers. The result is today’s exceptional and extensive range of whiskies, offering a flavour and style to suit all tastes. Glen Moray is the 5th biggest malt whisky brand by volume in the UK and is growing in international markets.

A Quintessential Speyside Malt at a Ridiculously Low Price—A K&L Exclusive – Scotch Whisky New

A Classic Speyside Single Malt at an Unbeatable Price
1995 Glen Grant 22 Year Old “Munros” K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Unchillfiltered Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Elsewhere $200) ($109.99)
“An incredible value by even our own astronomical standards.”
— David Othenin-Girard, K&L SoCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Those who closely follow the Scotch market will know that 22-year-old bottlings are not only increasingly hard to find, but when they do appear they often come at a significant premium. This is why the Glasgow Whisky Company is a bit of an anomaly. They are offering some of the most compelling, classic single malts in the market and doing so at very affordable prices. The Glen Grant 22 Year Old “Munros” cask featured here is a shining example of the remarkable values coming from this bottler. Among the top Speysides we’ve had this year, this 22 Year Old offers up a classic profile of ripe orchard fruit, invitingly complex cereal notes, and a creamy texture. Simply put, it is a proper dram in every way. We are the only retailer in California carrying this cask with it priced outside of the state in the $200 range. Our $110 price is shockling for an aged single malt of this caliber. We have a knack for finding some outstanding Scotch values, but this one is in the running for the top buy of 2020. These single malt exclusives never last for long, so don’t delay in adding very special Glen Grant to your collection.

1995 Glen Grant 22 Year Old “Munros” K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Unchillfiltered Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $200) ($109.99)

The lovely small batch bottlings in the “Munros” line up are selected by the small Glasgow Whisky Company and represent some of the best values in single malt scotch today. This small outfit has become an increasingly important player in the sale and bottling of small scale lots of high qualityi Scotch. The Munros line is a reference to Scotland’s 282 mountain’s over 3000 feet. Explores across the UK had long considered climbing each peak a right of passage and likewise the great malts represent the heights of achievement in the eyes of whisky lovers across the world. This exceptional expression of the famous Speyside distillery, Glen Grant, was distilled entirely on July 26th, 1995. Filled in to refill american oak ex-bourbon barrels, it’s been allowed more than 22 years to mature in the cool climate of northern Scotland. Bottled on the 30th of October, 2017 without chill filtration, the addition of water or color whatsoever. The resulting whisky is one of the most honest and quintessential expression of the classic Speyside style available. A cornicopia of dried fruit, sweet cereal, orchard fruit and creamy texture makes this the perfect whisky for any occasion. Thanks to incredible work securing these stocks and unbelievable prices, we’re able to offer the Munros line-up signficantly below market value. While this is an exclusive in California for K&L, you might see the same bottle in other markets fetching upwards of $200.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 20, 2020

Another absolutely stupid value from the Munros line. This brand, you may remember from the previous offering from Ledaig, was originally brought into the states by a now defunct importer in New York. The stocks sat in the New York warehouse for 3 years before being discovered by one of our suppliers. We were luckily in a position to take a significant portion of the stocks, but not before small parcels were sold off at standard retail to a few limited markets. Those would markets would easily sell this exact same bottle for $200 or more. But now we’ve got a beautiful expression from one of Speysides finest distillers for just over $100. An incredible value by even our own astronomical standards. This exceptionally balanced and approachable whisky is by now means without complexity. Let’s have a taste. I love a good mature Speyside in refill bourbon. We’re always looking for first and second fill when we select casks because it narrows down the likelihood that we’ll find something great and a great Speyside malt in second fill bourbon is sometimes the perfect recipe. You have the oak influence still, but it does not act to hinder or obscure the incredible detail and finesse that these wonderful malts exhibit. Nose: The nose is very forward and open baked full of dried apples, hints of citrus peel, graham cracker, honeysuckle and the tiniest touches of green tea. Palate: very creamy and rich, with the apple now feeling baked and the tiniest sprinkle of clove.

Secret Speyside Single Malt Whiskies Now at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News


The largest-ever collection of single malt whiskies from Chivas Brothers is comprised of fourteen bottlings of Speyside single malt Scotch whisky from ‘secret’ distilleries.

The focus of the collection is to shine a light on some lesser-known Speyside distilleries which have – by design or circumstance – kept a low profile. The four chosen distilleries are connoisseur-favourite Longmorn, Glen Keith – the first distillery to be built in the 20th century – remote, little-known Braes of Glenlivet and closed distillery Caperdonich.

Whiskies in the collection range between 18 and 30 years old, and Caperdonich’s six-bottle-strong contribution contains both peated and unpeated whiskies, presenting the opportunity for unparalleled insight into the spirit’s character.


Hard To Find Whisky “NEW RELEASE – Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1996” – Scotch Whisky News


Grand Vintage 1996

23 year old · 5th Release · 43% ABV · 70cl



The latest vintage of Glenmorangie’s Bond House No 1 Collection, the Grand Vintage 1996 has arrived! Created for the delight of connoisseurs and collectors, the Bond House No.1 Collection pays homage to its namesake, the largest of Glenmorangie’s traditional 19th – century bonded warehouses. For generations, Bond House No.1 served as home to maturing whisky casks, patiently sheltering them in its depths, on the banks of the beautiful Dornoch Firth.

In 1990, its purpose was to change entirely, as Bond House No.1 was transformed into a majestic still house, today renowned as Glenmorangie’s “Highland Cathedral”. Embracing the 12 towering copper stills which bring the fruity, fragrant spirit to life, it is at the very heart of their whisky creation.

The Grand Vintage Malt 1996 is luxurious and creamy, with fresh and floral aromas. Captured at its peak, this whisky is shared at its remarkable best. This 23-year-old whisky pays tribute to the pioneering quest to find the ideal casks and is long aged in a handful of the first custom- designed bourbon casks.

A K&L Exclusive 10 Year Old Cask from the Iconic Highland Park Distillery – Scotch Whisky News


Don’t Miss a Limited Opportunity at a Collector’s Dream Single Malt
2008 Highland Park 10 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Cask #7774 Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($139.99)
“This is the sexiest example of Highland Park we’ve ever seen.”
— Andrew Whiteley, K&L NorCal Spirits Buyer

NOTE: Our walk-in retail locations are currently closed. We have curbside pickup and low cost (often free) delivery options available in ZIP codes where we can ship lawfully, including anywhere in California. We can also include any new or existing will call orders in your delivery batch. Choose local delivery at checkout to learn if you qualify.

Our Spirits buyers really nailed it with their selection of this K&L Exclusive cask. The Highland Park distillery is a collector’s go-to for single malts of unmatched finesse and complexity, and the bottlings are more and more difficult to find on the open market with each passing year. The distillery has always had a penchant for doing things the hard way, including floor malting by hand. This process, while requiring the sacrifice of a certain amount of production capacity, also leads to a finished whisky of utterly distinctive character that’s further augmented by the extremely unique Orkney peat used to dry the barley. This particular Sherry hogshead imparted a seriously dark hue to the whisky that it held despite it being a refill and, although this dram is driven by an inherent sense of elegance, it’s also bolstered by a substantial core of power. The tension on display in the 10 Year Old Highland Park is incredible, especially considering its age, and the aromatic and flavor profiles are, quite frankly, kaleidoscopic. The peat comes through in a clear but subtle underlying smoky note that permeates throughout. For fans of classically styled single malts, the 2008 Highland Park 10 Year Old is a must-have. At a mere 299 bottles available, those who act fastest will reap the rewards.

2008 Highland Park 10 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Cask #7774 Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($139.99)

Another gorgeous cask of Highland Park that was bottled exclusively for K&L Wine Merchants. This one is equally special to the European oak hogshead that we also received this year, but completely different in character. The excellent malt coming out of Kirkwall is renowned worldwide for its quality, but many don’t realize that Highland Park is one of a handful of Scottish distillers that continue to utilize the wildly inefficient floor maltings. The tradeoff for losing capacity to floor maltings is a malt of great character and complexity. In addition, the extremely unique Orkney peat is used to dry that barley, which is one of the main reasons for Highland Park’s distinctive flavor profile. Between 20% to 30% of the hand-malted barley goes into every batch of Highland Park, resulting in a lightly peated whisky that, when coupled with the high quantity of active sherry casks, means the whisky isn’t perceived as particularly peaty to most palates. And while Highland Park does produce small amounts of whisky that are 100% hand malted, mostly as blending components for special releases, it’s rare to find a single cask that exhibits the qualities of that special Orkney peat more clearly, despite it being blended with at least 70% of unmalted barley. This refill hogshead almost certainly held malt in it for a very long time before being refilled in 2008. Very dark for a refill, and the resulting spirit is the closest we’ve come to the “old” style Highland Park that we love so well.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 14, 2020

This is the sexiest example of Highland Park we’ve ever seen. Power and grace abound. While the words “First Fill Sherry” adorning the title of our other HP cask gets a lot of people’s blood pumping, it’s the elegance of this refill cask that stands out. It’s certainly not lacking in power – it’s a beastly dram at 61.6% ABV – but it’s supple and balanced beyond belief. The rich mahogany meets burnt amber color looks like it should be a first fill sherry cask, but “refill hogshead” is printed right on the label. The nose is a cornucopia of orange peel, cocoa nibs, fresh cut heather, crisp apple slices, fig marmalade, and a hint of smoky bacon. The palate has what you get when elegance and balance meet power: tension. It’s alive and kicking ass, but holding it on your mouth is a serene experience. The finish lasts for minutes. At first the smoke fills your senses and that gives way to much more floral and candied notes. After a good long while it resolves into the finest of dark chocolate and fresh citrus zest with a touch of coffee. A beautiful performance that you can repeat every night. At least until it’s gone. The cask yielded just 299 bottles.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 09, 2020

It’s extremely infrequent that we find a cask at this age that shows so much complexity. While the 12 year old cask that we also bottled this year had density and power unlike any we’ve seen previously, this cask has a depth and nuance that isn’t at all available in the 12 year. This cask is much more in line with the way I remember Highland Park once was, rather than the more bold and forward offerings we regularly see today. With that in mind, this is by no means a subtle whisky. It’s got character to burn and it’s DEFINITELY on the smokey side of HP. Let’s taste! Color: Tawny. Nose: The nose isn’t at all peaty per say, but it’s definitely smoke-y. A perfect example of the distinction of those two flavors. Leather, mesquite, bacon, hints of diesel engine, old cigar box and roasted cloves. Behind a touch of black fruit and pepper. Palate: Here is that AWESOME Orkney peat! Right up front and travelling straight through the palate. It’s not the iodine peat but the flaming heather and earthy peat, framed perfectly with nutty sherry, dark fruit and woodsy spice. With water the nose transforms and offers a big burnt orange peel and candied citrus. Subtle mossy notes allude to the smoke coming on the palate. Now we’re talking! It’s very sweet and smokey now. Softening on the spice and bringing more dried fruits. This one is awesome right out of the bottle, but comes together perfectly with a splash of water. WOW, I’m so in love with this style.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society THREE CHEERS FOR THE BOURBON CASK – Scotch Whisky News

We’ve been celebrating the contribution that the bourbon cask brings to Scotch this month, but thanks to the versatility and the wealth of flavours it gifts us, we’re not done yet! We have special casks to explore, music to share, podcasts to enjoy and much, much more – so let’s say three cheers for the bourbon cask!

The bourbon cask is a staple of all Scotch whisky maturation, but that doesn’t mean that they all taste the same. Explore our huge variety of flavour profiles on offer, all from spirit matured in ex-bourbon wood. You might even find a couple of offerings in there which aren’t whisky.

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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


1987 Highland Park 31YO “The Perfect Fifth” Single Barrel No. 1531 Cask Strength Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

1987 Highland Park 31 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” Single Barrel No. 1531 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)


A rare single cask of Highland Park over 30 years of age. Mr. Murray rates this at the top of the pile at 96.5 points. He says, “Nose: Pretty near perfect HP for its age, and one of the best examples of the distillery of that era I have nosed for a very long time. Slightly above average peat for a HP, which works perfectly in its favour. The usual heather honey has been skewed slightly by the heady mix of tannins and peat. The saltiness is profound, the oak a rich, spicy backbone. The sweetness is subtle and still honeyed, but more now a blend of Manuka and orange blossom. Truly magnificent! Taste: Scotland’s silkiest malt at its most silky. The bold smoke on arrival is caught in the velvet gloves of the lightly oiled barley sugar, a dark liquorice sweetness spreading as the oak makes its mark. The spices are prim, proper and just so, never moving out of their set orbit while the honey starts to make its long-awaited mark, bringing with it the light smoke; a quick surge of exotic fruit underlines the antiquity with aplomb. Finish: Long, increasingly smoky with the spices still teasing and forging a beautiful duet with the molassed sugars… Balance: This is a malt whisky coming to the end of its life, like a star becomes a white dwarf In density is huge and I mean gigantic. The oaks are about to explode, but the cask has been bottled in the nick of time where the balance is still near perfect. Fine margins…for a very fine whisky.” * Liquid Gold Award Winner *

1993 Springbank 25 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” Single Barrel No. 315 Cask Strength at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

1993 Springbank 25 Year Old “The Perfect Fifth” Single Barrel No. 315 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)


An absolute gem in the Perfect Fifth line up. At 96 points it’s close to the legendary Highland Park they’ve also bottled, but for half the price. Jim Murray says, “Anyone who remembers the old Springbank 25-year-olds of the early 1990s will recognise this aroma as a direct descendent – indeed it is near enough identical in both weight and character. The huge, nuggety oak is faultless (this must have come from a cask which had been seasoned in the old – virtually lost – style). Salt dominates but there are dried apricots and spiced pear, too. Meanwhile the vaguest of peaty notes (and I mean the odd atom here and there!) teases away as a barely audible background noise, which automatically becomes louder the moment you spot it…Taste: A malt on the threshold of perhaps dallying too closely with the oak. But that coastal-style bite makes just the right contact with the salty tannins and cocoa laden phenol to make a course for more complex and satisfying port. Just enough oil makes the middle rich and promises a long finale. Finish: Drier, as is to be expected, as the tannins raise their game. Still salty, but a little barley sugar and lemon juice lightens the intensity, though – happily, by not too much; the residual oils ensure the finish is of extraordinary length. Balance: A real return to the past here with Springbank in its most full-bodied, uncompromising and complex style which those of us who discovered the distillery in the 1980s remember with great affection.”

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