Stalk & Barrel at the Whisky Shop #SFO Jan 18th 2018 – Canadian Whisky News


Thursday, January 18th 2-6PM

Stalk and Barrel

 Hailing from Ontario, Canadian microdistillery Still Waters Distillery takes a handmade ‘grain to glass’ approach to all of their exclusively small batch whiskies. Their Stalk and Barrel whiskey blends and single malts have won numerous accolades both internationally and in their home country, plus Whisky Magazine named Still Waters Distillery ‘Craft Producer of the Year’ in 2016. Not bad for a distillery that’s been open less for a decade!

We’ll be pouring a variety of Still Waters Distillery’s Stalk and Barrel whisky lineup, presented by whisky experts. Pourlist to be revealed as event approaches – RSVP to keep up to date.

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 193: Caol Ila 17 Year Old Unpeated Style – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 193: Caol Ila 17 Year Old Unpeated Style

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries an unpeated Caol Ila. Caol Ila – which means ‘Sound of Islay’ in Gaelic and thus refers to the straight between Islay and the Isle of Jura – has a so-called Unpeated Style on the market since 2008. That is to be taken quite literally. This Caol Ila – which appeared as an 8 years old at first, but is now already at 18 years – is made from unpeated malt. Mark tries the 2015 bottling, the Unpeated Style 17 Year Old.

Hidden Treasures of Paris – Scotch Whisky News



Hidden Treasures of Paris

While our customers are familiar with our 20 shops across the UK, many are still in the dark about our Paris boutique! Opened just under two years ago, the shop in Place de la Madeleine is home to some wonderful treasures, including whiskies no longer available – or never available – in our UK stores!

The best part for our British customers is that the French website offers international shipping so there’s no need to book your Eurostar ticket to get hold of the whisky you want! You needn’t speak French to shop here either, just click ‘Translate this page’ when prompted by your browser. C’est très simple!

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare: Special Release with Brora & Rare


The Johnnie Walker Blue Label reserves contain a small number of very precious casks from Ghost Distilleries – iconic stills that have ceased production. Master Blender Jim Beveridge has hand-selected some of the most interesting parcels from this library of liquids, skilfully marrying them together with the other rare malt and grain whiskies in the Blue Label recipe to create an extraordinary blend.

With a highly limited release worldwide, this first special edition is Brora & Rare, an 8 whisky Blue Label blend with single malt from the now silent Brora at its heart. Bottled at the higher strength of 46% abv.

€299 Buy Now Out of stock on our UK website

Bunnahabhain 2004 Moine Brandy Finish


A limited edition release from Islay’s Bunnahabhain distillery, this single malt has spent 9 years in sherry casks before being finished for an additional 3 years in Brandy casks.

Limited to just 4,152 bottles worldwide, this special edition from Bunnahabhain was distilled in 2004 from peated malt barley (unusually for this distillery) and is presented at a cask strength of 55.7% abv.

€99 Buy Now Not available on our UK website

Knockando 21 Year Old Gift Pack


Distilled at Speyside’s Knockando distillery (not to be confused with Knockdhu distillery who produce anCnoc), this 21 year old single malt is rich in hazelnut, brown sugar, and stewed fruits, with some fantastic wood notes that only a whisky of this age can provide.

Presented at a strength of 43% abv in a stunning gift pack with two glasses, this Speyside single malt is the perfect post-Christmas indulgence.

€69 Buy Now Not available on our UK website

Tomatin 2005 The Whisky Shop Paris Exclusive


This single cask expression from the Tomatin distillery in the Scottish Highlands was distilled in 2005. Filled to a first-fill bourbon cask, number 2679, before being hand-selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop Paris in 2017.

Bottled at a natural cask strength of 59% abv, only 200 bottles have been produced, each one bearing a unique motif designed for The Whisky Shop Paris.

€99 Buy Now Exclusive to our Paris shop

Port Dundas 52 Year old 2017 Special Release


One of Diageo’s 2017 Special Releases, this Lowland single grain whisky was distilled at Port Dundas in Glasgow in 1964. Matured for more than half a century in refill American oak hogsheads, this is the oldest Special Release to date, with only 752 bottles available worldwide at a strength of 44.6% abv.

Rich butterscotch and sugar-dusted fruit on the nose, developing into vanilla toffee and sweet oak. The palate is creamy and sweet with honey, golden syrup, spiced pastry and dried fruit. The finish is long and warming, with oak and lingering peach.

€865 Buy Now Out of stock on our UK website

2008 Aultmore 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Sovereign” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


2008 Aultmore 9 Year Old K&L Exclusive “Sovereign” Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #1330625

Aultmore isn’t one of Scotland’s most recognizable whisky names, but ever since Bacardi’s move to establish the Dewar’s distilleries as veritable single malt brands, names like Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, Aberfeldy and Aultmore are moving more to the forefront on the global stage. Originally founded in 1896, Aultmore was sold by Diageo to Bacardi over 100 years later as part of the big Bombay gin deal, resulting in a rarely seen 12 year old edition half a decade later. Located in the Speyside region, the distillery’s sherried malts are often described as having flavors of “milky coffee” and that’s most definitely the case with this heavily-sherried 9 year old expression. Coffee in both its color and its aromas, the nose is pungent with heavily-roasted aromas and savory Oloroso rancio. Don’t be confused by the color, however, because despite its dark hue this is no supple, sweetly-flavored Sherry bomb. In fact, it’s a robust malt, dry on the finish and almost savory in its profile. The mid-palate is loaded with toasted almonds, tobacco, and bitter orange, but the finish is short and simple. While many of our casks are meant to be pondered and savored, this 9 year old Aultmore is very much to the point. It’s a cask strength, sherry-matured edition of everyday quality single malt, priced to drink and enjoy in volume. The high proof is almost unrecognizable with the saturation of the sherry and its very much drinkable at full strength.



Abbey Whisky Sale – Scotch Whisky News


Buy one of the remaining bottles of our award winning Glen Garioch and receive 10% off our 10th Anniversary drams…  We have very few Glen Garioch left in stock, so this is a rare opportunity to receive such a discount on our Anon. & Glenrothes single casks… Just add a bottle of Glen Garioch to cart to receive this amazing offer!

Glen Garioch 21yo

Special new offers and discounted whisky for January 2018. New items added daily, limited stock available at these great prices…  Be sure to follow our Facebook & Twitter pages for up to date daily offers! 


Canadian Whisky Grabs the Spotlight


Canadian Whisky Grabs the Spotlight 

Those who still doubt that Canadian whisky is back in the connoisseur’s glass should note that Clay Risen begs to differ. In a feature published in The New York Times on-line edition on January 11, Risen traces the rise on Canadian whisky in post-Prohibition days, its decline in the eighties and the current resurgence in popularity of new, robust Canadian bottlings.

Risen’s in-depth article appears just as Canada prepares to name the best whiskies of the year at the Canadian Whisky Awards. Held annually at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC, 2018 marks the eighth year for the awards. Among others, past winners include Forty Creek, Wiser’s, Lot No. 40, Collingwood, Masterson’s, Crown Royal and Canadian Club.

The Canadian Whisky Awards kick off the annual Victoria Whisky Festival (Jan 18 -20 this year) so we don’t have long to wait to see which whisky the eleven judges vote as the best of the year. Meanwhile, why not check out what The New York Times has to say about the comeback of Canadian whisky. CLICK HERE 

The Whisky Exchange Blog Review of 2017 – Whisky News

The Whisky Exchange Blog Review of 2017

It was a busy year, 2017. Lots of new things to drink, lots of tastings to attend and lots of new posts on the blog. So, before we properly commit to 2018 (it’s only a day old, and we’re not sure of it yet) here’s what happened last year:


Jim Murray…in January?

It’s no secret that our annual posting of Jim Murray’s picks for the whiskies of the year is one of our most popular posts. But last year we got a triple dose of Jim, with an exclusive two-part interview popping up in January. It gave us an insight into Mr Murray’s take on the whisky world as well as what the front cover of the Whisky Bible 2017 was all about – yellow eyes and Jim as Luke Skywalker? Part 1 and part 2.

Despite claims to the contrary, Jim’s eyes do not glow in real life

And then, of course, there were the 2018 picks themselves themselves – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018 winners. In usual fashion, the World Whisky of the Year is one that’s not easy to find here in the UK, but with the next two spots going to Redbreast 21yo and Glen Grant 18yo we have a chance of seeing whether we agree with Jim – when they’re back in stock…


We met lots of interesting drinks people this year. While we managed to have a chat with a few of them – Buffalo Trace’s Drew Mayville, Benriach and Glendronach’s Stewart Buchanan, Cotswolds’ Dan Szor, Old Pulteney’s Malcolm Waring, and Ardbeg and Glenmorangie’s Brendan McCarron – we also convinced some others to write us guest posts: Sexy Fish’s Jerome Allaguillemette and his love of Japanese whisky and Compass Box’s John Glaser’s on the importance of blended whisky,  We even managed to convince TWE boss Sukhinder Singh to write about whisky investment and his love of Irish whiskey. Hopefully we’ll see more from him in the new year…

The cornerstones of the year


There are a few events that pop up each year that we really like. First was Feis Ile: the Islay Festival of Music and Malt. While we generally see it as a whisky festival, there’s loads going on during the week, and The Whisky Exchange was up on Islay running a pop-up old and rare whisky bar. We’re still working out if we can make it again this year, but in the meantime you can live vicariously through my pictures of the trip.

Port Ellen in the sun. Can you spot the excitable Whisky Exchange events manager?

Next was my favourite launch of the year, the Diageo Special Releases. Ten great whiskies, including the now-obligatory ‘annoy the whisky geeks’ entry: Collectivum XVIII – a blended malt made up of whisky from all 28 of Diageo’s working malt distilleries. I liked it… You can find the remaining bottles from this year’s line-up on our Diageo Special Releases 2017 page.


And not forgetting our Whisky of the Year, as chosen by our customers: Bowmore 15 Year Old. They may have taken the word ‘Darkest’ off the label in the latest rebranding, but it’s still the same great combination of sherry, fruit and gentle smoke that we know and love. A worthy winner.


We’ve got The Whisky Show: Old & Rare in February and the 10th anniversary edition of The Whisky Show in October already in the calendar. Along with that, we are lining up loads of great tastings in central London – sign up here to be the first to hear about them. We’ve got a load of great new Whisky Exchange exclusives on their way and the ‘save the date’ emails have already started arriving from the producers for new releases, so we certainly won’t be lacking for tasty things to drink.

Happy New Year!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “See our tips for your Burns Night celebration” – Scotch Whisky News

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This month we’re giving thanks for the extraordinary life and work of Robert Burns, the ploughman poet whose life and work is remembered on or around 25 January, the anniversary of his birth in 1759.

The Burns Supper is a worldwide event and has grown to include certain key elements. But as a maverick himself, we’re confident Burns would have approved of any form of celebration – as long as it includes a few drams.

If you can’t make it to one of the Society’s official events, why not organise a Burns Supper of your own?


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


New Arrivals at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Rye Whiskey (750ml) $139.99 View

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


Ask The Experts! – Whisky Clubs by Pat Dunlop – Whisky Club News


Ask The Experts! – Whisky Clubs 

Join Pat Dunlop of as he explores the ins and outs of starting a managing a private whisky club. Consulting leading figures in the Toronto Whisky Society, Wee Rock Whisky Club, Smoke and Dirt and Whisky Club Ypenburg, The Whisky Mafia has curated some truly expert advice and insight. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about whisky clubs but were afraid to ask! Click here.


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