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THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY UNVEILS NEW MONOGRAM BADGE – Scotch Whisky News

THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY UNVEILS NEW MONOGRAM BADGE 

 A new year brings a new look for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society with the spirit of membership at its heart

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) have unveiled a new monogram badge across everything they do. The monogram represents their heritage at The Vaults, Edinburgh but also celebrates their role as a members’ club – a community across countries and cultures, united in their passion for sharing exceptional whisky and spirits.

The introduction of the new monogram goes much deeper than making a cosmetic change. In 2020, the SMWS are bringing the Society membership experience further to life with the opening of a new Members’ Room in Glasgow and a refurbishment and expansion of the Edinburgh Members’ Room at 28 Queen Street.

Last year ended on a high for the SMWS, with a third consecutive award as Independent Bottler of the Year in the Independent Bottlers’ Challenge competition

Head of Marketing & Membership at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Helen Stewart said: “We’re excited to launch our new monogram, representing our rich past but also our confidence in the future.

“Membership is at the heart of everything we do and we can’t wait to hear the reaction of our Society of kindred spirits and curious characters.

“As ever, we will continue to release the world’s most exceptional whiskies, but above and beyond that we want members to share the joy of belonging to the world’s most colourful whisky club.”

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was founded in 1983 through a spirit of friendship – a small group of people who used the discovery of single cask whisky as a reason to get together and enjoy each other’s company. The SMWS now has more than 26,000 members across the world.

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About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see https://bit.ly/2uqKanT
  • For more information about the Society, visit https://bit.ly/2HHiNyC

Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Exclusive GlenAllachie single sherry cask 🥃 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

GlenAllachie 11 Year Old Sherry Cask

Glenallachie 2007 TWB Exclusive

Bottled at a whopping 61.3% abv and selected from the Signatory Vintage warehouses exclusively for TWB. Matured in a first fill sherry hogshead boasting flavours of stewed plums, chocolate raisins and spices. Glenallachie 11 Year Old 2007 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask first fill sherry hogshead #900169 bottled February 2019 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. 324 bottles at natural cask strength. Nose: Sweet and dry sherry. Hints of cereal and slightly burnt malt. Palate: On the palate stewed plums and milk chocolate coated raisins. A lovely note of nutmeg and a hint of bees wax. The finish is long, dry and sweet.

Glenallachie Distillery is a Speyside distillery sitting on the eastern edge of Ben Rinnes mountain where it is rather exposed to the elements and is often to be see sitting within the snowline. A modern building and its architect William Delmé-Evans created a distillery which is rather pleasing on the eye. Glenallachie was commissioned in 1967 with two stills which increased to four in 1989 in order to meet blenders ever increasing demand for Glenallachie malt whisky. Whilst official releases are few independent releases are more numerous with those from Signatory Vintage and Cadenheads proving popular.

Buy – GlenAllachie 11 Year Old – £73.99

Burns Night at the The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar – Whisky News

Burns Night at the The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar

Enjoy an evening of glamour and opulence at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar this Burns Night. Their current Interpreted Magic menu delves into the fabled history, dark drama and timeless romance embedded in the mysterious world of magic and boasts a refined signature offering, including a well-chosen, in-depth whisky selection. The bar’s enhanced roster of whiskies focuses on rare, valuable bottles and world whiskies, which are all found in the third section in the menu, entitled ‘The Prestige’. This segment is shaded with black and represents the end of the evening or, in this case, the finale. Expanding its representation of world whiskies, and offering small, rare batches, the whiskies at the Beaufort Bar range in style, age, region and complexity, pleasing both malt connoisseurs and curious neophytes. Lesser-known world whiskies to try in the Beaufort Bar, as recommended by Elon Soddu, Head Bartender of Beaufort Bar.

Kavalan Concertmaster:”Full of flavour and attitude, with a port cask finish affording a rich and decadent lingering smoothness”
Karnog Sauternes Cask: “A peated French single malt finished in sauternes casks with an amazing complexity delivered by competing sweetness and smoke”.
Starward 10th Anniversary: “Australian single malt finished in a variety of Australian wine casks, this one weighs in at 52% abv but you’d never know it, it’s stunningly smooth”

To make a reservation please call 020 7420 2111 or email savoy@fairmonth.com

https://www.thesavoylondon.com/restaurant/beaufort-bar/

Festive Whiskies at K&L California – Whisky News

2007 Dailuaine 12 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $64.99 View

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) $74.99 View

1991 Cameronbridge 27 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View

1998 Orkney (Highland Park) 20 Year Old “Thompson Bros.” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View

Very Olde St. Nick “Summer Rye” Ancient Barrel Reserve Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (750ml)$199.99 View

1979 North British 40 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

 

SOCIETY MAKES IT THREE-IN-A-ROW WITH INDEPENDENT BOTTLER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Scotch Whisky News

SOCIETY MAKES IT THREE-IN-A-ROW WITH INDEPENDENT BOTTLER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has claimed a third consecutive top award in Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC) competition.

The award, which recognises the consistently outstanding quality of their whiskies, is an unprecedented three-in-a-row for the title and a remarkable seventh time they’ve picked up the accolade in the past 10 years.

The Society also won the regional awards for Independent Bottler of the Year for Lowlands, Islay, Speyside and American whiskies. Their partner bars also picked up several accolades, with Campbeltown’s Ardshiel Hotel winning Hotel Bar of the Year and Dornoch Castle being named Highly-commended, while the Glasgow partner bar the Bon Accord won Bar of the Year.

The Society, which is the world’s leading whisky club, specialises in single cask whisky and takes a unique approach to their bottlings by celebrating the flavours across whisky through 12 flavour profiles.

Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “What a fantastic achievement for the Society, which we’re delighted to share with all of our members.

“Winning the overall title of Independent Bottler of the Year for the third time in a row is a huge endorsement for our ever-more creative approach to the whiskies we are able to offer our members, whether they are single cask bottlings, whiskies that we’ve additionally matured, or our experimental range of blended malt bottlings.

“We’re currently offering a wider range of whiskies than ever before, and this accolade demonstrates that we’re serving our membership well – and giving more and more whisky lovers good reason to join our ‘All Together Unique’ Society.

“Prospective members can look forward to even more amazing offerings in 2020, so it’s the perfect time to sign up and share our love for amazing whisky and good company.”

This Society’s latest award as Independent Bottler of the Year for 2019 comes on the back of a hugely impressive year of accolades, with a ‘best in show’ win in the recent Luxury Masters award as well as the Scotch Whisky Masters, along with top awards in the International Wine and Spirits Competition, the International Spirits Challenge, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

See below for the full list of SMWS winning bottles:

CAMPBELTOWN

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 93.119: Charcoal in a honeypot

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 93.111: Sea through the smoke

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 93.108: Earthy and masculine

ISLAY

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 33.138: A thigh-slapping dram

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 10.162: Big wave sofa

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 10.181: Feast of St Columba

13 to 20 Years: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 29.260: A visceral elemental experience

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 29.258: Remembrance of fruits past

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 53.308: Let the Tempest tout an’ blaw!

HIGHLANDS

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 96.31: Poised and balanced

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 123.31: Death by florist

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 77.51: Flower shower

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 66.145: Flambe away

ISLANDS (NON-ISLAY)

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 4.249: The mermaid’s marmalade

LOWLAND

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 136.2: Paradise in a paradis

13 to 20 Years: Gold gold medal

Cask No. 5.71: Elbow patches and saucy librarians

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 50.109: Mangroves and marshmallows

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No 97.22: Emerald-masked triple thrill

SPEYSIDE

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 35.247: In a tabanco in Jerez

13 to 20 Years: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 46.84: Velvety complexity

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 37.128: Big bold and boisterous

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 1.212: Beeswax on barrels

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 9.169: Enthralling and enchanting

IRISH

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 51.11: Irish danger juice

13 to 20 Years: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 51.13: Fifty shades of lemon

GRAIN

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. G1.18: Pyjamas for the soul

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. G7.15: Mind-altering hugs

NON-SCOTCH

No Age Statement: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 139.2: A tropical affair

No Age Statement: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 139.1: Chomping on a herbal cigar

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 140.1: Cornography

AMERICAN

Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 140.2: Shotgun whirligig

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 140.3: Nik nak woody

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About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

https://www.smws.com/

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i: https://www.instagram.com/smws_uk/

t: https://twitter.com/SMWSUK

yt: https://www.youtube.com/user/SMWSsilverscreen/videos

#SMWS 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see https://bit.ly/2uqKanT
  • For more information about the Society, visit https://bit.ly/2HHiNyC
  • Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Why wait until Black Friday?! Grab a bargain with savings across some of our favourite whiskies! – Whisky News

Why wait for Black Friday?!

Black Friday is fast approaching but we’re offering savings across some of our favourite whiskies already!

Save on stunning whiskies from all across Scotland, one of our favourite Japanese expressions, some incredible gin along with some great value gift packs!

🌍 Free UK Standard Delivery On All Orders
Over £25 for a limited time!
🚚

️ We also ship to the USA! 🌎 

 

 

CREATE THE PERFECT DRINKS TROLLEY THIS FESTIVE SEASON WITH WOODFORD RESERVE’S LIMITED EDITION WHISKEY GIFT RANGE – American Whiskey News

CREATE THE PERFECT DRINKS TROLLEY THIS FESTIVE SEASON WITH

WOODFORD RESERVE’S LIMITED EDITION WHISKEY GIFT RANGE 

 AVAILABLE FROM WAITROSE AND SELECTED RETAILERS FROM £18.00

London UK – Whether for you or a loved one, celebrate with WOODFORD RESERVE®’s unique holiday gift selection, from the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Gift Pack – for those partial to an Old Fashioned cocktail – to the Woodford Reserve Malt, the Scotch drinker’s whiskey of choice. Perfect for seasoned whiskey aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts alike, Woodford Reserve’s award-winning family of American Whiskeys offers a gift that will befit every celebratory occasion this winter. 

 

A WARM WELCOME FOR WHISKEY LOVERS; FROM RRP £32.00

Revered for its rich and full-bodied flavours brought out by the masterful artisanal process behind every bottle, Woodford Reserve Bourbon is one of the world’s most celebrated bourbons, with over 200 detectable flavour notes. So what better way to gift your loved ones during this year’s festivities than with a bourbon that has truly made its mark and a limited edition bottle. From bold grain and wood notes, to sweet aromatics, spice and fruit, Woodford Reserve Bourbon can be served as a digestif after dinner, on the rocks, or as the basis for a cocktail, thanks to its unique mashbill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt.

The special limited edition bottle depicts a holiday landscape from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. For over 20 years, guests have visited the national historic landmark to enjoy Woodford Reserve Bourbon, take in the scenery and learn about its history. Painted by renowned Kentucky-based artist, Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty, the snowy scene showcases the stylistic approach to her work bringing the warmth of the holiday spirit at the distillery to life.

Unusual also for being triple distilled for extra smoothness, this iconic spirit is a versatile foundation for your favourite festive tipple. 700ml bottle available from Tesco for RRP £32.00, reduced to £25.00 from 29 October until 18 November. 

AN OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY; FROM RRP £32.00

Roll out the drinks trolley this December and pour out the world’s number 1 classic cocktail*, the Old Fashioned, with Woodford Reserve’s Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup, created in collaboration with a selection of the world’s best bartenders. Made using bitters, sugars and botanical extracts, the syrup makes light work of the classic American cocktail and has been developed to carefully complement the signature taste of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, including rich fruits, caramel, spices and vanilla – the true taste of the festive season.

Creating an authentic Old Fashioned to pair with the indulgent delights of holiday gatherings couldn’t be easier with one of two distinct gift packs. Choose from either one, featuring both the 60ml Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup and the award-winning 700ml Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon (available from selected Waitrose and Amazon stores for £32), or the other that comes complete with Old Fashioned glassware and a 200ml bottle of Woodford Reserve (available from selected Sainsbury’s stores at £18).

RECIPE:

  1. Pour 50ml of Woodford Reserve Bourbon into your favourite rocks glass
  2. Add 10ml of Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup
  3. Stir with a large block of ice for 10 seconds and garnish with an orange zest

THE SCOTCH DRINKER’S WHISKEY; FROM RRP £35.00

For those who enjoy a Scotch as they nestle down post-supper but are seeking a new experience, reach for Woodford Reserve Malt. With an emphasis on the nuttiness of grain and toasted oak of the barrel, Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey gives a more buttery flavour than its bourbon counterpart, an ideal pairing for the rich flavours of any festive dessert.

Whilst most people associate malt whiskey with Scotland, Kentucky has a history of malt whiskey production pre-prohibition, which Woodford Reserve has drawn on for inspiration. Crafted from 51% malt and aged in new charred oak barrels the result is a whiskey that is flavourful with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruits, caramel coated nuts and a trace of toasted coconut.

700ml bottle available from Asda for RRP £35.00.

Notes :

*Drinks International

”The World’s Best Selling Classic Cocktails 2018” by Hamish Smith 31.01.18. Ranking based on the votes of 106 best bars in the world.

About Woodford Reserve:

Tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky lives the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the birthplace of Woodford Reserve. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us www.woodfordreserve.com or www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

43.2% ABV

Proof: 86.4

Appearance: Clean, brilliant honey amber.

Nose: Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice.

Taste: Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound.

Finish: Silky smooth, almost creamy at first with a long, warm satisfying tail 

About Brown Forman

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

WOODFORD RESERVE is a registered trademark © WOODFORD RESERVE. All rights reserved.

Your friends at Woodford Reserve remind you to Drink Responsibly.

Introducing GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky news

Introducing GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8

This Cask Strength release from The GlenDronach is the 8th edition in the series from the renowned Speyside distillery. Matured for 10 years in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks before being selected for bottling by Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, this expression is presented at a natural cask strength of 61% abv and offers a deeper insight into the characteristic GlenDronach profile.

70cl / 61% abv
£74.00

Springbank Society News – Scotch Whisky News

Society Release 

We would like to thank you for your patience while we prepare the next society release.  We have had to delay the society bottling while we try to bottle and ship our regular releases before the current Brexit deadline to ensure our markets have sufficient stock in time for the busy festive period.  We are however using this time to work on a new online platform for members where you will be able to order future society bottles.  This is part of a program of planned initiatives to give our dedicated members the best possible experience from the society.  The next bottling will be available in November.

Longrow 21

History in the making! We are introducing a new member to the Longrow family, the Longrow 21yo. A historic moment for the distillery and Longrow as we continue to grow older stocks of whisky, allowing us to expand our range.  This will be available to purchase from Friday 18th October and will be available in all our existing markets worldwide,  although availability in each market will vary due to shipping schedules. The Campbeltown Cadenhead’s shop will be selling this bottle for £185.00 and, as with our Springbank 21yo, there will be a £10.00 discount for Society members.

In the interest of your fellow Society members, we ask that you refrain from posting this information on Social Media.

A new addition…

We would like to formally welcome Nicole Lindsay to the Springbank Sales Team as our new Regional Sales Manager.  Nicole hales from Islay where she worked at Kilchoman Distillery as the Visitor Centre Manager.  Nicole looks forward to meeting you on the road and will be at Whisky Live Taipei showcasing Kilkerran on the 9 – 10th November, so make sure and say hello if you’re attending!

Slainte!

The Springbank Team

Please contact Springbank Society society@springbank.scot to join the Society

Ardbeg 19 Year “Traigh Bhan” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Ardbeg 19 Year “Traigh Bhan” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

$299.99 View

SKU #1439409

Named after Islay’s Traigh Bhan beach, known locally as the Singing Sands, the whisky will be available in limited batches produced on an annual basis. The whisky’s recipe is set to change with each batch, creating subtle differences between future iterations. Each batch of Ardbeg Traigh Bhan will feature a unique code on the carton and bottle, which drinkers can enter into the distillery’s website to find out more about the story of the whisky. Dr Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg’s director of distilling, whisky creation and whisky stocks, said, “A new, permanent aged Ardbeg is a rare occurrence, and cause for celebration. We hope that, by slightly tweaking the batch recipe year-on-year, Ardbeggians can have some fun exploring the finer details of this ever-changing dram.” Matured in American oak and ex-oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled at 46.2% abv, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan’s 2019 expression is said to have “intense and rugged notes of smoked chili, chocolate, and paprika with waves of toasted oak and roasted tea leaves on the palate.”


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