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Scotch Malt Whisky Society 35th Anniversary Bottling – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 35th

35th Anniversary Bottling

With our 35th anniversary parties fast approaching this September, we’ve released another wonderful whisky in our series of special bottlings. From our Old & Dignified flavour profile, the single cask grain bottling G4.17 Exquisite whisky dessert is utterly amazing. With an outturn of only 66 bottles, order now to avoid disappointment.


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


Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old, XOP at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News


Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old, XOP,

Douglas Laing, 1991, 48.4%

£214.95 with FREE UK shipping

Buy Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old,


Only at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News


Kilchoman 2006 Single Cask
Loch Fyne Exclusive

Distilled at Kilchoman, Islay’s farm distillery, on 4th May 2006 and matured in a single bourbon cask (#36/2006) for 12 years before being bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies on 21st June 2018. Just 228 bottles have been filled from this single cask, each one individually numbered and presented free from chill-filtration and artificial colouring at a natural cask strength of 56.9% abv.

£130 Buy Now


Glen Scotia 2005 Single Cask
Loch Fyne Exclusive

Distilled at Glen Scotia in March 2005 and matured in a single cask (no. 17/413-10) for 13 years, this Campbeltown single malt has been selected and bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies by the good folks at the distillery. Only 330 bottles have been filled, each one at a natural cask strength of 55.6% abv and free from chill-filtration.

£85 Buy Now


Kilchoman 100% Islay Cask Release
Loch Fyne Exclusive

Distilled at Kilchoman, Islay’s farm distillery, on 6th March 2008 and matured in a fresh bourbon cask from Buffalo Trace for 10 years, this single cask expression was bottled exclusively for Loch Fyne Whiskies on 19th March 2018. One of Kilchoman’s unique ‘100% Islay’ releases, this single malt Scotch has been produced with barley grown, malted, distilled and bottled on Islay. Only 239 bottles have been filled from cask 84/2008, each one presented free from chill filtration and artificial colouring at a strength of 53.2% abv.

£125 Buy Now

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Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask TD0159 *Unfiltered Release* – Tasmanian Whisky News


American Oak Cask TD0159

During Dark Mofo last month we bottled a cask of American Oak completely unfiltered, as an homage to the dark and mysterious festivities of Tasmanian midwinter. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so we decided to do it again. This time we’re releasing American Oak Cask TD0159, unfiltered, exclusively for you, our mailing list supporters.

This eleven-year-old, single cask single malt was aged in a 200L American Oak ex-bourbon cask, and bottled at 47.5% ABV. Being unfiltered, this whisky has an incredibly creamy texture and huge finish. It also means that you may notice a haze in the bottle, or sediment forming over time – all perfectly natural elements that are usually removed for cosmetic purposes. This is a rare opportunity to try Sullivans Cove in its purest form.

There are only 259 bottles of this whisky and as mailing list members, you have exclusive access to purchase this unique release.

“This malt is an excellent example of an unfiltered Sullivans which has retained its whole essence. The buttery consistency alongside the fragrant citrus manifesto is a sensory experience to savour.”

Heather Tillott, Production Manager




Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Exclusive at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 Exclusive

For 5 months from April to September 1988 The Glasgow Garden Festival transformed derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow into greenspace and a theme park. The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities.

To celebrate 30 years since this spectacular event, we’ve bottled a single cask from Strathclyde Distillery which is also located on the banks of the River Clyde. Just 138 individually numbered bottles! Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1988 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whiskey. Single barrel #62125 distilled 9th June 1988, bottled 10th June 2018. Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival held on the banks of the river Clyde in the Summer of 1988. 138 numbered bottles exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.

The Glasgow Garden Festival transformed derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow into greenspace, a theme park and adventure playgroups for 5 months from April to September 1988. The National Garden Festivals were based on the German post-war ‘Bundesgartenschau’ idea for reclaiming large areas of disused or neglected land in cities. The Glasgow site is now home to the Glasgow Science Centre and a digital media village on the banks of the River Clyde. Colour: Golden syrup. Nose: Sweet butterscotch and toffee. Taste: Caramelised sugar, rich toffee and Scottish vanilla tablet. Finish: Medium dry, satisfying finish with hints of fudge and toffee lingering.

Strathclyde Distillery was established in 1927 on a site which had previously supported mills in Moffat Street by the south bank of the River Clyde in the heart of Glasgow. Strathclyde Distillery is a Lowland grain whisky distillery equipped with two Coffey continuous stills for grain whisky production and also a further five Coffey continuous stills which produce neutral spirit. Loch Katrine situated amongst the hills to the north of Glasgow provides the water. In 1957 Kinclaith malt distillery was constructed within the Strathclyde Distillery complex but closed in 1975 and was dismantled the following year.

Buy – £130

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The Vintner’s Trilogy is finally complete (at The Whisky Shop) – Scotch Whisky News


New Release

The final release in Bowmore’s Vintner’s Trilogy is now available to order at The Whisky Shop. The series was launched earlier this year with an 18-year-old and 26-year-old finished in Manzanilla and French oak casks, respectively, while the latest addition is a 27-year-old matured for more than half its life in port pipes.

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Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask

This single malt has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels for the first 13 years of its life, before spending the next 14 years in port pipes, imparting rich fruits and spice to the classic smoky Bowmore character. Bottled at a cask strength of 48.3% abv free from chill-filtration.

The nose is peaty and medicinal, with toffee, herbs and spices, before heather, rosemary, red berries and raspberry coulis. The palate is sweet and salty, smoke and sultanas mingling with salted caramel, leather and pepper notes. The finish is earthy, with sweet tobacco, dried cranberries and a touch of white pepper.

£410 Buy Now

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada July 2018 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS July 2018

July Outturn brings whisky of the finest pedigree with six new single casks with distinguished character. Discover the divine diversity of these rare breeds and follow your nose to flavour.


11 years old; refill barrel; 56.7%; Spicy & sweet

Sweetly fragrant like orchard blossom, violets and roses. Then spiced apples and plums with a waxy finish of mint ice cream and vanilla.


17 years old; 2nd fill barrel; 56.2%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

The nose combines cereal, grass and lemon puffs with putty, paint and cigar ash. The palate is sweet and viscous with funky features.


10 years old; 1st fill barrel; 56.9%; Young & spritely

The sweet oiliness of walnuts and clotted cream combines with a frisky freshness as spearmint meets with cloves, cinnamon and baked apple pie.


19 years old; refill barrel; 56.7%; Spicy & sweet

Indian spiced salad, Caribbean spiced gulab jamun followed by bird’s nest soup and Moroccan pickled aubergines – clearly out of the ordinary.


9 years old; refill barrel; 61.1%; Lightly peated

Mineralic crushed flint combined pink wafer biscuits and salted pistachio nuts beside the charred embers of a bonfire doused in runny honey.


7 years old; refill hogshead; 58.8%; Peated

Delightfully sweet – tinned fruit cocktail and custard tarts with chestnuts being roasted on a driftwood bonfire beside salty sea waves.

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Macallan “The Dark Side of Crystal” – Scotch Whisky News



Crafted to reflect the diverse history of The Macallan single malt and house a subtly smoky Macallan, M Black is the latest and most complex release in The Macallan Decanter Series. It celebrates the mastery, creativity and character that defines the very heart of The Macallan’s single malt.

An evolution of the iconic M Decanter, M Black continues the collaboration between three masters of their crafts: The Macallan, Fabien Baron and Lalique. At the heart of Baron’s design vision are the six facets of the decanter that pay homage to the Six Pillars foundation stones that define the character of The Macallan.

Fashioned in the highest-grade black crystal for the first time, and crafted from a very limited number of casks, The Macallan M Black tells its own story of exceptional cask ageing and the commitment taken to nurture and mature The Macallan spirit.


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Easter Elchies, Craigellachie AB38 9RX Scotland




Another cracking smoky whisky from the newly beloved Peat Week series by The Balvenie. For one week every year, The Balvenie Distillery closes normal operations and distills exclusively heavily peated malt. The peat itself is different from the stuff you’d find on Islay because the organic composition differs from region to region. The terrestrial peats of the highland are composed of shrubs, heather, and other highland greenery that have lower phenol levels than the bogs of Islay. Balance is made up by guaiacol and non-phenolic smoke elements. The resulting whisky is something totally different from what the average Balvenie drinker might be expecting, yet familiar in some respects. The backbone of sweet heather and honey wraps around the earthy smoke perfectly. The sweet vanillins of the 100% American oak soften the kick of the remaining phenols and add nuance to spicy guaiacols perfectly. The higher proof and non-chill filtration provide texture, depth and richness. This is definitely peaty, but there’s so much else going on here that I’d imagine even the most sensitive palate would appreciate it. One of our favorite yearly releases and one of the most innovative products on the market, proving that the sometimes stodgy Scotch industry still has some tricks up its sleeve after all.

2003 Balvenie 14 Year “Peat Week” Vintage Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)




It was this past September that we last received a shipment of single barrel exclusives from George Dickel. While not technically bourbon, these Tennessee whiskeys immediately grabbed the attention of wheated bourbon fans — revealing much the same profile as the most coveted bottlings in this category, but without cracking the $50 mark. Sweet, rich, and high proofed, they are precisely what the discerning bourbon drinker is looking for. As we anticipated, they flew out the door, so we’ve gone back and secured three more barrels. This set is every bit as impressive as the first, and are truly astounding finds — especially when you consider their price-to-quality ratio. By their very nature, quantities are super limited, so don’t wait too long to pick up these exclusive stunners.

Another recent arrival is the truly stunning Balvenie “Peat Week.” An outlier in Balvenie’s portfolio, this bold and smoky concoction is not some clever marketing ploy, but a truly unique expression from a distillery that’s made its name with subtle and nuanced Scotches. Consistently one of our favorite annual releases, this year’s expression is heavenly. It is crafted in a way that will appeal to longtime Balvenie fans, as well as the most ardent followers of Ardbeg, which is to say, it shows the perfect amount of smoke without masking the underlying complexity for which Balvenie is so well known.

And for our gin aficionados, we have available the much-lauded Malacca from Tanqueray. This Old Tom style was an underground success when it was released in 1997 until its mothballing a few short years later. Thankfully, with the rise of interest in artisanal gins, Tanqueray decided to reintroduce their delightful take on Old Tom. Citrusy, fresh, and with a soft approach, it is perfect for anyone who is on the hunt for the perfect mixing gin that also drinks beautifully on its own.


When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today’s market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (even though it qualifies as such, Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey), the distillery’s high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness and lighter on the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that’s ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that’s where the company’s single barrel program comes in. Each K&L selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9-year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy.


George Dickel “K&L Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8040K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel K1007 is bold and spicy on the nose but big, sweet, and woody on the palate. This Tennessee Whiskey has the smooth finish you’d expect from its more famous cousin, bourbon.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2018

If you’ve loved the previous Dickel selections we’ve bottled, this is a worthy follow up. It’s big, bold, and spicy but with the classically smooth finish you want from Dickel. That spice is like you’ve mixed cinnamon and clove together with fresh saw dust. It’s beautiful and full and the perfect playmate for many different cocktails, especially those with a sweet vermouth.


George Dickel “K&L Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #08D09F70415 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel 0415 is amazingly different from the majority of the Dickel barrels we have selected. There is a fruity component here that you just don’t often see in Bourbon (or Tennessee whiskey). In a way it seems to drink backwards from the other Dickel selections. It begins sweet, floral, and compels you to linger on the nose. The palate shows that signature smooth sweetness, and then Wham! the spice on the finish brings it all together.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2018

This is the most compelling of the Dickel Barrels to date. It’s noticeably different from anything else we’ve bottled before. While many single barrels are a riff on a theme, the nose here just jumps out as being wildly different. It’s fruity, intense, a bit floral, and is the kind of whiskey you’d be happy to nose all night long. The only problem with that plan is that it is so big, full, and rich on the palate that you’d be missing out on the sweet profile and long clean finish.


George Dickel “K&L Exclusive” 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) ($44.99)

Barrel #1007 is the corniest of the bunch (in a good way) with lots of sweet grainy aromas and notes of buttered popcorn with baking spices on the palate. It’s never sweet or overtly rich, however, in spite of those characteristics. The finish is spicy and lively with hints of barrel char and rich oak that linger for minutes. It’s a whiskey for those looking for bourbon-like alternatives that still retain their favorite flavors.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

George Dickel is like your favorite musician. Any album they put out you just have to listen to because they’re all so damn good. This new barrel is no exception. It might be because I’ve been drinking so much of it that the twists and turns a new barrel brings stand out in interesting ways, but I think this is the best barrel of the season (and I’m afraid our last for a while). There is a darker caramel note here – almost fudge like. The wood spice takes a back seat to the sweetness of the corn itself. Endlessly smooth and still peppy at 103 proof, this is another home run.


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