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Part III, The Finale of our GlenAllachie Trilogy is here – Scotch Whisky News

Brings you our GlenAllachie Trilogy

Part III

After two releases, this third and final release takes the best of part I & II.

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An Exclusive Caol Ila 10 Year Old at Strikingly Low Price – K&L California Scotch Whisky News

A Most Memorable Islay Malt at a Ridiculous Price
2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($69.99)
“… this is one of the biggest scores we’ve had in a while.”
— 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.

One of the truly great distilleries of Islay is Caol Ila. The string of casks from them that we’ve presented over the years has served to burnish their impeccable reputation, making them strong favorites among our customers. You can add to this long line of incredible casks the 2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign.” A “teaspooned” rendition, it is one of the most unique offerings we’ve had the pleasure to taste. Because a touch of Bunnahabhain has been added to this cask, we are able to offer it for a meager price, making it one of the sharper Scotch buys on our shelves. Smokey and with Caol Ila’s trademark fruitiness, this malt takes wonderfully to its sherry cask influence. A hauntingly seductive dram, it shows a delightful interplay of sweet and savory tones. 10-year-olds from Caol Ila are often priced well above the $100 mark, so finding this one for $70 is quite remarkable. Any fan of Caol Ila will want to experience this one-of-a-kind expression. As with all of our cask exclusives, there’s never enough to go around, so make sure to act quickly to add this beauty to your collection.

2010 Islay Strait (Caol Ila) 10 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($69.99)

Anyone who has taken the ferry to the Isle of Islay from Kennacraig to Port Askaig has seen this special distillery from a unique vantage point. As you motor up the Islay Strait to the port the ferry begins a big sweeping turn into the harbor and you get a spectacular view off the starboard side of Caol Ila’s warehouses and massive distillery. It’s a special introduction to the spectacular beauty of Islay. If you were to skip the port and carry on up the strait you would find Bunnahabhain, and so it was a natural choice for the teaspoon of liquid gold we needed to add to the cask and bring the price of this 10-year-old down far below the $100 mark. Caol Ila’s natural fruity and smoky profile meshes wonderfully with a sherry butt finish that adds an impressive dark color and nutty flavor to a perennial favorite.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2021

The simple fact that we can get and sell Caol Ila over 10 years old for less than $70 as a cask strength single barrel makes us take notice. Islay’s unsung giant, the Caol Ila distillery looks out of the Straits of Islay, offering one of the most impeccable views from any still house in the world. Finished for some time in a nice sherry butt, likely one reused from another bottling rather than one of those seasoned ones, this Caol Ila is the perfect contrast to the linear, saline-driven version we bottled with Old Particular this year. Several of my customers have mentioned that it reminds them of peated sherried Bunnahabhain and I have to say I must agree. Indeed, there is some Bunnah in this little blend, but not enough to augment the character of this special barrel. The color is an inviting russet. The nose offers a great mixture of peat and sherry that doesn’t lean too heavily on either element. Bacon smoke, leather, ignited citrus oils, fresh innertube—very savory but not that hit of ocean or peat you might expect. On the palate—this is where it hits! Bit burning bunches of moss, chocolate orange truffle, black pepper, finally some saltiness as the finish grows. The spirit is quite fat and lengthy. With water, we lose some of the savory bacon notes on the nose, now more orange and spice. Big sweetness on the palate now and it remains extremely expressive and bold, with a tingly spicy finish. I love it both ways, but I’m going to lean toward straight.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2021

This particular bottling is perhaps one of the starkest examples of why we teaspooned so many casks this year. Ten-year-old cask strength Caol Ila (without the sherry finish) should cost at least 90 or 100 bucks. Add in a healthy sherry influence and you’re likely talking $120-$150 through normal channels with today’s tariffs. Our close partnerships and a teaspoon of Bunna have tanked the price of this dram to $70/btl. Irrespective of price, the whisky itself is perfect. It’s got tons of salt and smoke on the nose stirred together with the attendant scents of a fresh baked mixed berry pie. The palate is big and rich for a 10-year-old thanks to the fine sherry finish. Orange marmalade and toast with salted butter showcase classic Caol Ila character. A bit of burnt bacon fat jibes with cut apples and just a bit of the fine, humid woody smell of a dunnage warehouse. It’s a complex 10-year-old from one of the most important distilleries in Scotland, all at a truly unbeatable price point. The only thing that’s not to love is there is only one cask of it.

Lost Distillery Caledonian at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Caledonian 39 Year Old 1980

Closed in 1988 and demolished, this is a rare release from this lost Lowland, Edinburgh Distillery. Only 111 hand-blown decanters bottled August 2020. Matured in a single cask Refill American hogshead #92569, bottled 54.4%. Caledonian 39 Year Old 1980 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whisky. Single cask Refill American hogshead #92569. Distilled 3rd August 1990 & bottled 13th August 2020 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Private Collection series. Just 111 hand-blown crystal decanters have been produced.

Aroma Sweet pineapple and baked apple aromas are complemented by hints of beeswax polish. Soft cane sugar comes to the fore alongside white chocolate and vanilla pod.

Taste Soft black pepper and cocoa powder flavours lead to sweet, dried mango. Subtle notes of candied lime and mouth-warming ginger transform into fresh banana bread.

Finish Long lasting and vibrant with lingering fruit and soft pepper on the finish.

In its day the Caledonian Distillery was a huge business located at the west end of Princess Street in in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Founded by Menzies, Bernard and Craig in 1855 complete with its own huge railway yard which sat next to the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line. At the time of opening the Caledonian’s grain whisky was in demand for the newly developed whisky blending business and was used by Andrew Usher a pioneer of the technique. Closed in 1988 the site was cleared and redeveloped for housing and business use.

£1,100  / €1,223  / usd$1,239 / cad$1,900*

New Year = New Whiskies From Whiskies of the World – Irish Whiskey News


Start 2021 with your new favorite whiskies straight from the Emerald Isle as part of our first-ever Irish Whiskey Experience. Early bird pricing at $75 available till January 28. Limited quantities available. Grab yours today before it’s too late!

Bushmills Original
Bushmills Red Bush
Bushmills Black Bush
Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills 12 Year Old Single Malt
Bushmills Causeway Collection
Proper No. Twelve
The Sexton Single Malt Whiskey


Relaunch of Old Perth Whisky – Pre Order Open Now at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Available for Pre Order

Relaunch of Old Perth

The relaunched Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – will restore tradition by blending in Perth and exclusively using sherry matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside.


The relaunched Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky which will restore tradition by blending in Perth and exclusively using sherry matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside.

The Original has sophisticated sherry-sweet tones and subtle spice at the heart, giving way to warm dried fruits and honeyed cloves.

Non chill filtered, no added colour.

The Old Perth Original is setup to be a malt drinker’s everyday dram.

From Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.


The Cask Strength in The relaunched Old Perth is a range of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – will restore tradition by blending in Perth and exclusively using sherry matured malt from a selection of Scotland’s finest distilleries, located in the Glenlivet region of Speyside.

The Cask Strength has an earthy palate with ginger and cinnamon spice, this unadulterated whisky is bottled at cask strength to reveal a full bodied aroma.

Non chill filtered, no added colour.

The Old Perth range is setup to be a malt drinker’s everyday dram.

From Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.

BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY 23 Year Old 1997 The Golden Cask Exclusive at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY 23 Year Old 1997 The Golden Cask Exclusive

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old

Exclusive 1997 vintage from the Golden Cask. 52.3% for a very tasty £135!

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1997 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single bourbon cask #CM265 bottled October 2020 by House of Macduff for the Golden Cask series. 277 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel.

Nose: Peat smoke, brine, pineapple, cinnamon, creme brulee.

Taste: Sea salt, bonfire smoke, vanilla ice cream, ripe banana, sea air.

Finish: Long and oily, with more salt and smoke and pineapple.

Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. All the building materials were transported by puffer and unloaded at the distillery pier. Now tucked away at the end of the single track ‘main’ road with spectacular scenery all the way. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whisky which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Core editions include Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old.

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The Whisky Exchange Single Casks Batch 3 – Scotch Whisky News

The Whisky Exchange Single Casks Batch 3

Back in 2019, quite quietly, we launched a new range of whiskies. In the middle of last year, we released a second batch, also quite quietly. But now, with the launch of our latest whiskies, we want to make a bit of noise – please welcome The Whisky Exchange Single Casks Batch 3.

Where did these come from?

A bit of history. Back in the olden dayes – the early 2000s – The Whisky Exchange launched its first independent bottlings. These eventually led to three ranges of whisky – The Single Malts of Scotland, Port Askaig and Elements of Islay. As they got more successful, more people wanted them, and other shops started buying them – they were no longer special bottlings for The Whisky Exchange.

So, last year, Sukhinder Singh – The Whisky Exchange’s co-founder – decided that we needed our own whiskies again. While we have great bottlings that we’ve done with distilleries and independents from around the world, we didn’t have anything that was truly ours. He dug into his spreadsheets of casks, and chose a few, which were quietly launched at Whisky Show 2019 – a new range of single cask whiskies with our name on: The Whisky Exchange Single Casks.

Our second batch launched during lockdown and included an already sought-after Laphroaig 1998, as well as a miniature set of the whole range to date. With only a few bottles of those early batches left, it was time to bottle some more – five new whiskies: the third batch.

Caol Ila 2008 12 Years Old Cask #313261

A classic Caol Ila, maybe our favourite distillery – it’s definitely the distillery we go back to the most. Distilled in 2008 and matured in a hogshead for 12 years.

Nose: Incense, candied lemon and biscuity grain are joined by soft liquorice-root sweetness and earthy peat smoke. Notes of sea-spray, gravel and dark chocolate build, with toffee apples and lime following.

Palate: Chocolate limes and burning pine kick things off, sweet, smoky and citrusy. The limes are joined by charred orange peel, crashing waves, freshly spread gravel driveways, tarred ropes and wax-polished oak.

Finish: A touch of floral sweetness lingers, as burning rose bushes, liquorice and chocolate fade.

Comment: A classic, coastal Caol Ila, packed with citrus, minerality, sea-spray and tarry smoke.

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Glenlossie 2009 11 Years Old Cask #6281

Not every distillery in Scotland gets its fair share of the limelight, and Glenlossie is definitely one that hides away a bit. It’s the style we focus on – it’s all about the distillery character. It’s a classic Speyside spirit, with loads of fruit, matured in a bourbon barrel for 11 years.

Nose: Butter icing and crisp apples at first, with sweet pastry, oatcakes and baked apples developing. Fruity caramel builds accompanied by crisp-but-sweet pear and sugared almonds.

Palate: Very sweet to start: apple-and-pear jam stirred through vanilla cream. Sharper notes of unripe apple, mango and pineapple build, along with green leaves, fresh-cut grass, sugared almonds and freshly sawn old oak boards.

Finish: Damp oak fades as apple pies and Granny Smith apples build. Oatcakes, digestives and anise linger.

Comment: Rich, rounded and malty, with a layer of fruit running through the middle.

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Glen Elgin 2008 / 12 Years Old / Cask # 805343

Another fairly quiet distillery is Glen Elgin. It’s a bit more available than Glenlossie, but the official bottlings haven’t really been that inspiring recently. This single cask bottling is much more so – a balanced combination of fresh and jammy fruit, with an unexpectedly dark back-end. Distilled in 2008 and aged for 12 years in a hogshead.

Nose: A fruit bowl to start: pears and raspberries with some zingy redcurrants and zest lemons. Sweet butter and sugar sandwiches on white-bread are balanced by polished oak and woody spice, with barley sugar and lemon drops hiding at the back.

Palate: Thick and sweet, with the fruit from the nose alternately jammy and poached, with liquorice and damp oak sneaking in behind. Blackcurrant jam and mint cream notes develop, along with sweet, creamy custard and grated 100% cocoa dark chocolate.

Finish: Custard and jam lead to dark oak, gentle char and liquorice pastilles.

Comment: A big, fruity whisky which balances fresh and darker flavours against sweetness and oaky spice.

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Bunnahabhain 1997 / 22 Years Old / Cask #5448

While Bunnahabhain is best known for its unpeated spirit, increasingly its smoky whisky is making a splash in the single malt world. However, it’s a relatively recent thing, with full smoky production only really starting in the past 20 years. This is a smoky spirit from before that time, which looks to have come from some of the experimental batches they did in 1997. Big and smoky, aged in a single hogshead for 22 years.

Nose: Damp fire-pits and last night’s burnt leaves. Fields of ferns are covered over with sweet smoke, as sea-breeze ozone and sticky liquorice notes build.

Palate: Rich notes of sweet malt loaf, raisins and liquorice sit alongside sea-wettened stones, burning pine and leafy herbs – mint and tarragon. Char and tar hide underneath along with soft spice and a hint of dark chocolate.

Finish: Damp leaves and polished oak linger.

Comment: A dark and smoky dram, with a slice of freshness and maritime character.

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Ben Nevis 1996 / 23 Years Old / Cask #1709

When it comes to distilleries that are on the up at the moment, Ben Nevis must be in the top handful. Its own whiskies have been getting loads of love, and independent bottlings are being snapped up at speed, especially of 1996-vintage releases. This bottling – from one of the increasingly well-known #17xx casks – shows why: it’s a beautifully balanced and fruity whisky with loads of spice. It’s maybe my pick of the third batch. Distilled in 1996 and aged for 23 years in a hogshead.

Nose: Sweet, floral and fruity, with meadow flowers, Dolly Mixtures, candied orange slices and a touch of gummi bear. Dried pineapple and mango hide under a layer of apple sauce.

Palate: The fruit continues into the palate, with spicy gingerbread piled high with apple and pear jam. A touch of leafy mint floats over the top, with a river of raisins and currants following. Wax polished oak sits under it all.

Finish: Caramel- and chocolate-dipped apple slices on a freshly cut oak board.

Comment: Layers of fruit, spice and chocolate make for a rich and complex dram that rewards exploration.

The Ben Nevis is sold out online, but you can find details here, and there are a few bottles left in our shops.

You can find all of these whiskies over on our website – The Whisky Exchange Single Casks.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Welcome to a world of flavour” – Scotch Whisky News

Welcome to a new year, and a new opportunity to journey into the world of flavour with the Society. The new year also marks the end of the Brexit transition period, so the way we service our members in the European Union will change slightly.

We’ll be launching a new website specifically for EU members in the coming weeks. Please note, that we will be unable to fulfil orders to addresses in the EU until the new website launches, and any orders placed on the current UK site will be cancelled and refunded.

In the meantime, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of the new array of intriguing Flavour Profiles which will be coming your way when the new website arrives. These drams will be available on the UK site today, but rest assured, we have kept plenty of these bottles aside to make sure we can share them with our members in the EU very soon.



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


Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada January 2021 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

Bringing a whirlwind of flavour, amaze the senses with this mouth-watering new selection of tongue twisting casks.


CASK NO. 85.64

CASK TYPE:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  13 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Spicy & sweet



CASK NO. 93.138

CASK TYPE:  1st fill barrel

AGE:  11 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Sweet, fruity & mellow


CASK NO. 68.38

CASK TYPE:  Re-charred hogshead

AGE:  9 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Juicy, oak & vanilla


CASK NO. 44.117

INITIAL CASK:  Oloroso butt

FINAL CASK:  2nd fill Pedro Ximenez butt

AGE:  8 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Deep, rich & dried fruits


CASK NO. 53.317

CASK TYPE:  Refill hogshead

AGE:  10 years



CASK NO. 10.190

CASK TYPE:  2nd fill Oloroso butt

AGE:  6 years

FLAVOUR PROFILE:  Heavily peated




CASK TYPE:  Armagnac barrel

AGE:  2005 vintage


There’s no doubt 2020 took the wind out of everyone’s sails and it’s with a cautious sigh of relief that we head into 2021.

Like many small businesses, we took a hit last year as in-person tastings were side-lined and people tightened their wallets (rightfully so) amidst months of uncertainty.

That said, though, we’re still here and looking forward to much better times. But lots of others still could use a hand.

With that in mind, this month we’re introducing our “Giving Spirit” program:  each quarter, SMWS Canada will donate to charity 100% of its profit from the sales of a designated bottle.

Since our members are spread far and wide across Canada, we’ll endeavour to identify national charities, but from time to time we’ll look at smaller charities with a local focus in different areas around the country (we’re  happy to take suggestions from our members too).

The program kicks off this quarter with  the proceeds from cask number 85.64 “Baked bananas and burnt bacon” going to Big Brothers Big Sister of Canada, an organization close to our hearts.  A new bottling and a new charity will be selected in April (then again in July and October), so keep an eye on our Outturns to see which delicious bottle is selected as the Giving Spirit bottle, and know that you’re contributing to a great cause when you buy one.

Now that’s something to raise a glass to!


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada
Suite 160
104 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3P7

The Whisky Barrel Originals “Bunnahabhain, Balblair, Ledaig, Miltonduff & Cameronbridge” – Scotch Whisky News

Heavily Sherried Bunnahabhain | Balblair | Ledaig | Miltonduff | Cameronbridge

The Whisky Barrel presents ORIGINALS® to showcase particular characteristics of our specially selected single casks from the finest Scotch whisky distilleries. For almost a decade our careful whisky cask management programme has yielded Scotch whiskies maturing in the finest oak casks from bodegas in Jerez, Spain. The Whisky Barrel selects a small number of these whisky casks to be bottled only when they are ready. Unique; single cask whisky never to be repeated. Whisky that is exclusively available at

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