Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm October 31st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


October 31st, 5-7PM:

Glen Grant with Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm

What better Halloween treat than a tasting featuring legendary Speyside distillery Glen Grant, presented by Master distiller Dennis Malcolm! Malcolm joins us all the way from Scotland to present a variety of Glen Grant’s new and award-winning releases.  

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The Whisky Show Old & Rare 2019 – Whisky News


23-24 February 2019
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow


Now that The Whisky Show in London is done and dusted, we’re looking forward to 2019 with The Whisky Show: Old & Rare in Glasgow. The dram list is already more impressive than last year’s, and we will be announcing even more fantastic whiskies over the coming weeks – keep your eyes peeled.



We’ve confirmed a selection of new exhibitors for 2019 including world-renowned whisky collector Hideo Yamaoka, leading Edinburgh whisky bar Usquabae and Limburg regular Magnus Fagerström. The drams they’ve already confirmed are spectacular – you can find the current list on our website.


Hundreds of old and rare whiskies to buy by the dram
Two-course brasserie lunch
Tasting Glass
Option to purchase tickets to once-in-a-lifetime masterclasses



Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 February 2019

Grand Central Hotel
99 Gordon St
Glasgow, G1 3SF

Saturday – £75
Sunday – £75
Weekend – £135



Products are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

2. We do not issue physical tickets. When you make your booking, your name will be added to a guest list for the event.

3. In the case of cancellation on part of the organisers, the full ticket price will be refunded to you. We reserve the right to make cancellations up to 24 hours before the event.

The 2018 Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Has Arrived! – Scotch Whisky News



The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases we’ve bottled over the previous five years. This latest offering differs in that it was initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred into fresh Sauternes hogsheads for five months prior to bottling. This finishing period allows the caramel and vanilla influence of bourbon barrels to be accentuated by the buttery sweetness of the desert wine casks. Meanwhile the classic peat smoke and citrus character of the Kilchoman spirit brings a distinct depth and punch to the whisky, emphasised at the increased strength of 50%.

We have previously favoured full-term maturation for our wine cask releases, bottling fully matured Port, Madeira, Red Wine and Sauternes editions every other year since 2013. The Sauternes Cask Finish approach has arguably provided a more balanced character, combining both the maritime peat smoke and tropical fruit typical of Kilchoman with the softer buttery floral notes characteristic of the Sauternes casks.

  • Every bottle of Kilchoman is hand bottled on Islay at a minimum of 46% ABV allowing for the full-bodied character of the whisky to shine through.
  • Kilchoman Distillery ships all their barrels whole directly to Islay. Their Bourbon Barrels are sourced exclusively from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and their Sherry Casks from Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.
  • Kilchoman Distillery’s stills are amongst the smallest in Scotland, increasing copper contact and creating unmatched balance and complexity.
  • Kilchoman Single Malt is never chill-filtered or colored; the whisky is a pure, unfiltered representation of traditional whisky distilling.

Nose: Maritime peat smoke, citrus and tropical fruit with hints of buttery sweetness.

Palate: Soft creamy chocolate and liquorice with waves of peat smoke, cinnamon and mixed fruit.

Finish: Layered peat smoke and fruit with lasting honey sweetness.

Please feel free to reach out for more details on the bottling: office@impexbev.com

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society October 2018 Outturn Alert – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Oct2018

This October Outturn is a rollercoaster for the senses with 24 new single cask whiskies to taste and explore – including two new distilleries and a single malt from a closed distillery. Make sure you don’t miss out this First Friday, click over to our website now and browse the full listing ahead of the release on Friday, 5 October at 9am.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com 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


Whisky Lounge Events and News – Whisky News


Greetings Fellow Whisky-Lovers!

As I write this the wind and rain is battering TWL HQ, ushering in autumn proper. We hope you are all safe as Bronagh continues to batter us.

Thoughts now turn to whisky! Our first festival of the autumn takes place tomorrow in Liverpool and from then on we have another festival every few weeks – more about how you can still get involved in these later.

It would not be autumn without our autumn tastings series’! The perfect excuse to get out of the house for a couple of hours and socialise with fellow whisky lovers or loungers. In September we have the last few remaining dates of the hugely popular Mackmyra series. October sees our second outing of what we hope will become a regular thing with the Whisky Lounge Quiz, and November is our ever-popular Blind Islay.
See details for all of these below…


Our next series, in October (apart from Manchester), sees the return of our popular, but still new, Whisky Lounge Quiz Night!

The aim of these tastings are to not only give you some tasty drams to get your lips around, but to also see what you have learned so far in your whisky journey.

This takes the form of an easy-going and, most of all, fun, pub-style quiz between whiskies.
Bring your friends and form a team or come on your own and we’ll find you a team.

Prizes await the winning teams…

Dates & Venues

Thursday 11th October
London – Marlborough Arms
Newcastle – Blackfriars

Friday 19th October
York – Brigantes

Monday 29th October
Sheffield – The Sheffield Tap

Tuesday 30th October 
Leeds – The Northern Monk

Wednesday 31st October
Liverpool – Fly in the Loaf

Thursday 1st November
Manchester – Britons Protection

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Our final tasting series of the year sees us looking at, and tasting, all things Islay.

With the weather normally closing in by November, what better way to warm the cockles than sampling some delicious, smokey uisgea beatha?

Join us as we salute the beautiful island and her whiskies.

Oh, and as the name suggests, the tasting is blind in order to both test your palate and remove preconceptions…

Dates & Venues

Saturday 17th November
Newcastle – Blackfriars

Wednesday 21st November
Sheffield – The Sheffield Tap

Wednesday 28th November
Liverpool – Fly in the Loaf

Thursday 29th November
London – Marlborough Arms

Friday 30th November
York – Brigantes
Manchester – Britons Protection


A few places are still available for the final legs of this fantastic series that has been brilliantly received.

Come and taste single cask whiskies from Sweden’s premier single malt. With the opportunity to purchase casks or pre-order a very special TWL Exclusive bottling…

Dates & Venues

Tuesday 25th September
Leeds – The Northern Monk
Sheffield – The Sheffield Tap

Wednesday 26th September 
Liverpool – Fly in the Loaf

The guys from Mackmyra’s UK and Swedish offices will be on hand on each night to ensure you get the maximum information and authenticity and these tastings are sure to be a lot of fun too!

We challenge you to have more fun anywhere – with your clothes on – for £20!


After Liverpool this weekend, we look forward to our home festival in York! There are still come tickets available for both sessions but not too many, so don’t hang around if you haven’t already booked yours…

Yorkshire Festival Tickets and Masterclasses

And talking of festivals….

Don’t forget the following taking place soon!

Don’t forget to read…

The Gateshead Whisky News with Gateshead TWL Correspondent, Lee Connors

(It’s well worth reading, but don’t take our word for it as our blog is now a top 10 UK whisky blog…)

The latest edition is now out and can be read HERE!

And finally…

Competition Time!

As some of you may know 2018 marks our 10th Birthday and we have been doing various things all year to celebrate. Now we would like you to do something for us! We have a burning desire to get both our Facebook likes and our Twitter followers up to 10,000 in our birthday year. So we would like you to send us your favourite TWL related photos via email. Each week we will post our 3 favourites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Then the photo with the most likes or comments will win 4 golden wristsbands to a festival of their choice in 2019. Simples! We are starting this competition today and it will run every week until the end of the year so you have plenty of time to get involved.Well that’s all for now, stay out of the wind with a dram in hand and sing hallelujah!

Amanda, Guy, Rupert, Vicky, Connas, Chris
The Whisky Lounge Team


We turn 10 years old in 2018
Come and help us celebrate in style at one of our nationwide festivals or tasting events.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “The 1920 summer Olympics” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 66.114

66.114 – The 1920 summer Olympics

“Aromas hurdled out of the glass with the scintillating energy of a gold medallist clad in fur and smoking a cigar. The intensity became a sprint through clouds of hickory smoke and Pedro Ximenez sherry vapourising on hot coals. “

Age: 16 years

Price: £69.00


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com 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


HAPPY CANADA DAY! July 1st, 2018


Whisky Hammer June 2018 Auction Ends Soon – Whisky Auction News

AA Whisky Hammer


(ends Sunday 24th June)

…place your bids at www.whiskyhammer.co.uk

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


2018 Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino – Scotch Whisky News


I’m thrilled to announce that we’re ready to launch our annual Cairdeas release. Mark your diaries for Monday 11th June at 5pm BST when the 2018 Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino will be available to purchase at www.laphroaig.com.

Those who were lucky enough to attend this year’s Fèis Ìle celebrations had the chance to share a dram of this unique whisky with myself and the distillery team. With Cairdeas meaning ‘friendship’ in Gaelic, it was certainly a fine way to welcome friends old and new to our home.


Laid to rest in Warehouse 8 and 10, Cairdeas Fino showcases a special double maturation in first fill bourbon casks then Fino Sherry Casks.

Tasting Notes

Notes of toasted almonds, dried fruit and sea salt perfectly complement Laphroaig’s signature peaty flavour.


Barrier filtered and non chill filtered, no matter how you drink your whisky, this unique expression is best enjoyed with dear friends.

John Campbell
Distillery Manager

The Whisky Exchange “Islay Festival woes – the queues” – Scotch Whisky News


Islay Festival woes – the queues

This week is the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, aka Feis Ile. For eight days, the small, southern Hebridean island doubles its population with an influx of people from around the world, almost all of them whisky fans. Compared to the rest of the year, the island gets crowded – you will occasionally see another car on the road, you can’t always get a table in the pub and the Co-op runs out of avocados much faster than normal.

One of the tell-tale signs of having become a jaded whisky geek is the desire to avoid the island during the festival. Unfortunately, I’m not that jaded yet – I’m not on Islay and I’m jealous of those who are. But, it’s not all plain sailing during the festival. There’s one thing I’m definitely not missing: the queues.

Each day of the week is an open day for at least one distillery. Kilchoman shares Thursday with nearby Jura, but otherwise the assembled whisky hordes descend on a single distiller. One thing is certain: queuing. The best known queues of the festival – other than the daily wait for a plate of scallops cooked with whisky by the inhabitants of the roving Islay Seafood Shack trailer – are at Lagavulin and Bowmore.



I’ve been lucky with the weather when I’ve visited Lagavulin

Lagavulin has the first Saturday of the festival as its open day and the crowd is still keen to get in a line. A long and snaking queue appears as the sun rises and stays in place through the day, slowly moving forward as people buy the limited-edition festival bottling. The thing that the queuers don’t seem to realise is that Diageo produce lots of bottles of the festival release and, while it is limited, it’s rare for it not to last for at least a couple of days. I was stung by them running out by Tuesday a few years back, but you can normally buy a case or two after the festival has finished…



Bowmore at sunset, a sight often seen by queuers at Feis Ile

The most famous queue these days is the one at Bowmore. While the distillery trickles out a few special bottles on the first Saturday, the distillery’s open day on Wednesday unofficially starts on Tuesday night, with a procession of people with camping chairs setting themselves up outside. The queue begins in the evening and grows during the night, with sleeping bags, camper vans and an occasional tent popping up. This year, only those who arrived before 3am were lucky enough to receive a golden ticket from the distillery, guaranteeing them a bottle in return for their diligent queuing.

Queues of times past

The weather has been excellent on Islay this week, with baking sun and clear skies, and both Lagavulin and Bowmore queues were easy. But Islay’s reputation for rain is not undeserved: previous years have seen fans huddled under umbrellas and moving their chairs to dodge impromptu rivers. Those bottles were much harder-won.

I don’t like queueing at the best of times, so am happy to have avoided the lines this year. That said, a whisky queue isn’t like other queues. We whisky geeks are a well-prepared bunch, and on Islay its rare to find a fan who doesn’t clink when they walk, every pocket full of sample bottles and hip flasks. The queue isn’t just a shuffling line, it’s a mobile tasting. Bottles are passed up and down, whisky is drunk, new friends are made, tall tales are told. It’s a party in one dimension. It’s fun.

You know, I think I do miss the queues. Just a little bit…

To celebrate this year’s festival, we’ve got offers on whiskies from each distillery on the island – Islay Festival Offers. Don’t wait, the deals only last until the end of the festival on Saturday 2 June!


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