Glen Grant 25 Year Old Single Cask XOP at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News



Glen Grant 25 Year Old Xtra Old Particular 1990 Single Cask, Cask Strength 56.1%

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25 year old Glen Grant single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Xtra Old Particular range, which is reserved for some very special whiskies indeed. This one was distilled all the way back in November 1990 and left to age in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century. It was bottled in June 2016 with an outturn of 205 bottles.

Exclusive web price £199.95!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Old & Rare: 20% Saving” – Scotch Whisky News



We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be attending the new Old & Rare Whisky Festival next month, see below for more details. In celebration, we’re offering a massive 20% saving on whiskies 20 years old and over.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy some of our oldest and rarest casks at a great price.  But hurry, offer ends midnight on Wednesday 25 January and our casks are limited in availability.

How to redeem: Simply use promo code OLD&RARE at our online checkout, the discount will be applied to all whiskies 20 years and over.  Sorry discounted parcels and other offers do not apply, and discount cannot be applied retrospectively.  Offer available online and at our Members’ Rooms, ask at the bar for more details.

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!

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


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Lagavulin 8 Year Old Limited Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Whisky Advocate: “Light in color it may be, but this is no wimp. The nose goes straight to the shore with mineral and salt, but its also sweet, which allows it to be fresh, lively, yet balanced. The palate delivers some menthol, bay laurel, more brininess, a hint of malt, and Parma violet. Everything remains very breezy, with peat smoke being blown from a kiln into salt-laden air. I prefer it to the 12 year old and the price is fantastic. (Summer 2016, Dave Broom)”

K&L Notes: The 200th anniversary bottling of Lagavulin is finally here! A limited edition eight year old single malt whisky that packs all the peat, smoke, salt, and classic Islay flavor of the beloved distillery into a younger, brighter, more assertive expression. Sure to sell fast and sure to be one of the more popular whiskies we sell this year! The special edition celebrates a visit to the distillery be Alfred Banard (author of the classic “The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland”), where he recollected tasting a delicious eight year expression.



Rare Islay Whisky from 1964 at Abbey Whsiky – Scotch Whisky News

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Gold Bowmore | 44 Year Old – 1964

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Distilled in 1964, Gold Bowmore is the third and final limited edition release in Bowmore’s special Trilogy series. A 44 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a combination of bourbon & sherry casks at the legendary No.1 Vaults on Islay, only 701 bottles of Bowmore Gold were bottled in 2009 at 42.4%.

Each release in this rare trilogy was distilled in 1964, this particular Bowmore vintage has produced some exceptional whisky, including Gold, rated in the high 90’s by many whisky experts & writers worldwide.


Four Roses 8 Year, 11 Month Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel OESO Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey – American Whiskey News


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Four Roses 8 Year, 11 Month Old “K&L Exclusive” Single Barrel OESO Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($64.99)

The first selection from our 2016 trip to Four Roses has arrived and it’s absolutely as charming as we remember it. Aged just a hair short of nine years, this OESO selection has a mash bill of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley and uses the O yeast strain known for imparting a rich, full-bodied, and vanilla-laden character onto the whiskey. Bottled at 53.25% ABV, the bourbon is full of sweet oak and baking spices galore on the nose. The palate follows suit with vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves balanced by the sweetness from the charred barrel notes. Simply put, it’s the type of whiskey you look forward to coming home to. It’s full of flavor, never overpowering despite the cask strength power, and balanced on all fronts. It’s not difficult to understand, nor is it hiding many deeper secrets. It shows you everything it has right off the bat: creamy vanilla, lots of sweet spice, and a healthy dollop of oak for good measure. Another winner purchased directly from the Four Roses cellar.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2017

This barrel of Four Roses is pretty and delicious. It is soft and round with a rich body and vanilla aromas. There is a bright fruity sweetness that makes this single barrel so nice because it is balanced and supple.

Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2017

The OESO is sweet and spicy. There’s plenty of fruit character juxtaposing cedar-y spice and a caramel coated, toasted cereal sweetness. The finish shows good length, but what distinguishes this one for me is the way it manages to have both density and intensity, and yet maintain a brightness and vibrancy despite it. While fully mature and rich, this isn’t one of those foghorn, basso-profondo, cask strength offerings.


Whisky Wednesday Reviews Macallan Edition No.2 – Scotch Whisky News


Macallan Edition No.2

So, Macallan, a distillery that has been celebrated for generations, as well as decades. This new release from them (2016) really does show case why this celebration is warranted. A collaboration of some of the finest palates and noses on the planet have united in order to combine some of the finest selection of sherry casks on the planet. Bob Delgano and the Roca brothers have come together to create and influence a style of Macallan that I have truly missed and am now more than happy to help celebrate this wonderful, heavy oak and dry style of classic Macallan. Enjoy.


The Whisky Shop “Toast the Bard with the perfect Burns Night dram!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Burns Suppers can range from an informal gathering to a huge formal event, but no matter the size, a few basic tenets are observed: the Selkirk Grace, a traditional Scottish meal, recitation of some of Burns’ works, and a good dram of whisky. Whether you have haggis, neeps and tatties or steak pie, you’ll find a great dram to go with your supper in our list of Burns Night whiskies to toast the Bard in style!

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This mysterious single malt is a limited release that is exclusively available at The Whisky Shop. Part of the Glenkeir Treasures range, every whisky that bears the label is unique, different and special. We guarantee its quality and we confidently expect that it will bring great pleasure to all who enjoy it.

Aromas of smoke from a beach bonfire and a refreshing fruitiness. The peat smoke characteristics continue on the palate where they are joined by a slight saltiness and fresh citrus notes. The finish is complex with a combination of warming spices and green fruits.

£55 Buy Now

Single Cask Springbank at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Single Cask Springbank

We’ve always been big fans of the distillery down the road, Campbeltown’s Springbank. Now we have something extra special to bring you from the region’s oldest operational distillery: a single cask expression bottled at cask strength available while stocks last at Loch Fyne Whiskies. Looks like Friday 13th might be your lucky day!

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Springbank 1992 21 Year Old


Available at Loch Fyne Whiskies while stocks last

A single cask expression distilled on 18th December 1992 at Campbeltown’s Springbank distillery. Aged for 21 years in cask no. 326 before bottling in March 2014 at a natural cask strength of 51.6% abv.

£220 Buy Now



Richard Paterson and The Dalmore 50 (photo credit David Parry)


The definitive luxury malt, The Dalmore is set to release an exceptionally rare, Domaine Henri Giraud champagne-finished 50 year old single malt to mark its Master Distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry.

As the creative force behind some of the most iconic and innovative releases in the world, Richard Paterson’s passion, expertise and artistry has seen him pioneer the art of maturation and cask finishing which has been instrumental to the success of The Dalmore.

Building on the celebrations surrounding Richard’s 50th anniversary, the limited edition, The Dalmore 50 year old has been meticulously crafted in partnership with four other legendary luxury houses, to serve as a fitting tribute to each year of his illustrious career.

With up to 50 decanters released, which will be hand-filled on order, The Dalmore 50 has been matured in American white oak, Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from the world renowned Gonzalez Byass Bodega and port Colheita pipes from the Douro region of Portugal, before undertaking a final finesse for 50 days in rare champagne casks from Domaine Henri Giraud.

Paterson did not select the champagne cask by chance. Considered to be one of the region’s hidden gems, Domaine Henri Giraud family estate is regularly lauded by experts from around the globe and is one of the only champagne houses to still mature their wines in casks. The casks selected have a unique intensity and aromatic complexity, giving Paterson the final flourish of wood needed to create this exceptional expression.

To hold this unique whisky, the artisans at prestigious French crystal house Baccarat have skilfully created crystal decanters, each of which will be held within a presentation case designed and crafted by the accomplished furniture makers at LINLEY.

Finally, each decanter will be adorned with a solid silver stag, created by silversmiths Hamilton & Inches, holder of The Royal Warrant.


Journey of The Dalmore 50 Year Old

1966: The Dalmore new make spirit began its journey in American white oak exBourbon casks

2003: The maturing whisky is transferred to Matusalem oloroso sherry casks

2012: The whisky is transferred to Port Colheita pipes

2016: In January of this year, the spirit was transferred to Bourbon barrels as it reached its desired taste profile, prior to finessing.

November 2016:  The whisky was finessed in Domaine Henri Giraud Champagne casks for 50 days before bottling.

For enquiries please contact The Dalmore Distillery on +44 (0) 1349 882 362

Richard Paterson, Master Distiller at The Dalmore said: “This is a special year for me so I chose to finesse this whisky in a champagne cask, as this magnificent drink is synonymous with celebratory occasions.

“Bringing the champagne together with Matusalem oloroso sherry and port is perhaps the greatest example to date of our ability to innovate in both maturation and cask finishing while preserving the signature flavours of The Dalmore.

“This whisky is exceptional, as are the luxurious and sophisticated finishes applied by the craftsmen at Domaine Henri Giraud, Baccarat, Linley and Hamilton & Inches. They are true masters of their art  and it is a pleasure to have worked with them to bring the 50 year old to life in such a magnificent way.”


Aroma:   Caramelised orange segments, vanilla pods and sweet sultanas

Palate:   Tangy thick cut marmalade, roasted coffee and moist chocolate cake

Finish:   Crushed almonds, black morello cherries and soft liquorice

ABV:   40%

THE DALMORE The Dalmore is the definitive luxury malt, since 1839.

Founded by Sir Alexander Matheson, a restless entrepreneur and international businessman, The Dalmore was born with a different purpose, to go above and beyond to create luxurious single malt whisky unlike any other.

An unbroken chain of exceptional whisky makers have been fulfilling Sir Alexander’s vision ever since, pioneering multi cask maturation over 100 years before this was commonly adopted by others in the industry.

Richard Paterson has been Master Distiller at The Dalmore for nearly 50 years.  The whiskies he has created during his tenure have help Richard to achieve global celebrity status.  He is the man who, with The Dalmore, created the category of super luxury single malt, a category he continues to define to this very day.

DOMAINE HENRI GIRAUD The origins of Domaine Henri Giraud date back to 1625. Today, Claude Giraud, the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family, is at the helm and presides over this “Maison de Champagne” (UMC member) whose iconic vintage cuvée is named Argonne. Every year, international experts meet in the Maison’s ‘Ateliers’ to understand the impact of different terroirs and geological composition of the soil of the Argonne forest on the taste and texture of the wines. Salinity, intensity and aromatic complexity of Champagne Henri Giraud make it one of the jewels of excellence of the region. With only 250,000 bottles produced, including only a few thousands for its vintage cuvées, these Champagnes are now sought after by collectors and fine wine lovers from all corners of the world. BACCARAT Baccarat is the oldest and greatest crystal manufacture in the world. Created in 1764 by permission of King Louis XV to this day it keeps its entire production in the same village in Lorraine where it first started. For over 250 years it has been the symbol of superb craftsmanship and of French “art de vivre”. The refined precision, the timeless elegance of its production, the continuous service to the royal houses and to the greats of the world have given Baccarat the status of a legend in its own right. In addition to seducing the celebrities of the world, Baccarat’s designs immortalise the excellence of its savoir faire. This know-how is at the forefront of progress, handed down over the centuries by elite craftsmen and the ultimate emblem of an incomparable heritage. Ranging from iconic lighting to unique tableware and decorative objects, fine jewellery and tailor-made flacons, the brand’s products and tradition of excellence are recognised around the globe.

HAMILTON & INCHES Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops and an iconic customer showroom in the heart of Edinburgh. With 150 years of heritage, Hamilton & Inches brings the world’s most aspirational brands to life and crafts each gift with prestige and pride. Hamilton & Inches are holders of the Royal Warrant for 120 years, and Silversmiths and Clock Specialists to The Queen.  Established in 1866 by Robert Kirk Inches and his uncle, James Hamilton. LINLEY David Linley started LINLEY as a bespoke furniture company in 1985 working on private commissions. From a small workshop on the Kings Road, David and his team would take design briefs and create pieces directly in the workshop. It wasn’t long before the business grew and moved to a larger space on Pimlico Road close to where David’s father, Lord Snowdon, had his photographic studio. Now, as LINLEY has just celebrated its 30th anniversary year, the business has grown to include interior design, fitted cabinetry and kitchens, furniture and gifts and accessories. However, everything is still designed and made in the UK relying on a network of 260 master craftsmen who all share David’s love of handcrafted design and attention to detail.

#Change – Scotch Whisky News

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Hello Society,

Happy new year!

As you will have noticed already, this is NOT a full newsletter, rather I just wanted to tell you all about the day I have been having.

I am sure many of you will have noticed, we have been teasing a #change on social media for the last month. We announced online today that we have some fancy new labels and packaging. I hope you all like it as much as we do. We don’t change labels often, in fact we haven’t changed the 10yo or the 15yo in the last 10 years. And, of course, the whisky inside is staying the same (other than the usual batch variations).

I had originally planned to let you guys know ahead of the online announcement but schedules got changed at the last minute. These things happen I suppose.

So I thought I would at least drop you all this email to let you know, just incase you missed it.

The new Springbank 10yo and 15yo are available in the UK from tomorrow with the Springbank 12yo Cask Strength coming out later on. Other markets can, and often do, vary. Please contact your preferred retailer or stockist, as usual.

Speak soon


Nathan For the Springbank Society

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