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Scotch Malt Whisky Society March Events – Scotch Whsiky News

SMWS Early Bird

New List Open Tasting >  19 Greville St, London – Sat 7 Mar

Steak & Whisky Tasting > 19 Greville St, London – Mon 9 Mar

Mother’s Day Brunch > The Vaults, Leith – Sun 15 Mar

St Patrick’s Day > 19 Greville St, London – Tue 17 Mar

Irish Whiskey Tasting > The Vaults, Leith – Thu 19 Mar

Sheffield Preview Tasting >  Leopold Hotel, Sheffield – Fri 20 Mar

Scotland v Ireland Tasting Lunch > 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Sat 21 Mar

New Members Tasting > 19 Greville St, London – Tue 24 Mar

Whisky and Alechemy Beer Tasting > 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Wed 25 Mar

Cheltenham Preview Tasting > Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cheltenham – Fri 27 Mar

Dundee Preview Tasting >  Malmaison, Dundee – Fri 27 Mar

Inverness Preview Tasting >  Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness – Fri 27 Mar

Leeds Preview Tasting >  Malmaison, Leeds – Fri 27 Mar

Outturn Preview Tasting > The Vaults, Leith – Tue 31 Mar


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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!

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #524 – Whisky News


www.ralfy.com rolls out the barrel for big spenders with Whisky Review 524 – Advice on buying a cask of whisky

New Release Ghosted Reserve Now Available at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Rare Cask Reserves Ghosted Reserve is the first release from the ghosted casks series. This rich, creamy masterpiece offers notes of almond oil and zesty citrus fruit. Blended from a combination of whiskies from long closed distilleries Inverleven and Ladyburn, which have been closed since 1991 and 1975 respectively.

One of only 4100 individually numbered bottles were created, and only 1200 are available to purchase in the UK.

£350 Buy Now

When Brian Kinsman, Master Blender, was given access to the Grant family’s private collection of unique and revered whiskies, he was given free rein to create truly individual expressions, which together are known as William Grant & Sons Rare Cask Reserves.


“Rare Cask Reserves Ghosted Reserve bears testament to the vision and skills of the five Master Blenders who came before me. This exceptional release is a whisky that gives me enormous personal pride. I see it as truly a high point of what blending can bring to the finest whisky, and a spirit that would win the deepest respect of our founder, William Grant.”

The Arran Malt Comes of Age – Scotch Whisky News

AA Arran 18yo

The Arran Malt Comes of Age

Since its founding 20 years ago, the Isle of Arran Distillery has been laying uniquely complex malts down to mature. As the distillery reaches its twentieth birthday, the Arran Malt is coming of age with its first limited edition bottling of the Arran 18 Year Old Single Malt.

This latest edition is the final bottling in a trilogy of 16, 17 and 18 year-old Arran Malts which have been released in the count down to this landmark bottling.  Bottled at 46%, it is distilled without chill-filtration or artificial colouring for a pure yet complex palate.

Aged in the finest Sherry casks, this un-peated malt is a perfect example of the fresh character of Arran in all its maturity. Gold in colour and with a delicious aroma of toasted almonds, honey and spice, this highly anticipated bottling delivers a luxurious palate of ginger and caramelised brown sugar.

Water releases subtle flower notes and rich Seville orange marmalade. The finish, reminiscent of toasted brioche and toffee apples, rounds off the most mature expression of The Arran Malt to date.

James MacTaggart, Master Distiller at the Isle of Arran Distillery, says: “This is a very special bottling for us, not only being the most mature Arran Malt yet but as the first release in our our twentieth year. It represents the very best of our whisky, with the depth of aroma and flavour for which Arran Malts have become known around the world.

“So with only 9,000 bottles released worldwide, we don’t expect the 18 Year Old Arran Malt to be around for long.”

This latest limited edition of The Arran Malt will be available in specialist whisky retailers and a small quantity will be available directly from http://www.arranwhisky.com/ from Monday 16th March 2015.


For more information visit http://www.arranwhisky.com/

* Accolades for Isle of Arran Distillery include Winner for: Best New Exporter (2004), Queen’s Award for International Trade (2005), Scottish Distiller of the Year (2007) and Scottish Drinks Producer of the Year (2007.)

Product awards include: Best Whisky Liqueur (2007), ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years & Under’ for The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (2008) ‘Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for The Arran Malt Sherry Single Cask 1998 (2010) and Best Single Malt Scotch 11-15 Years’ for the Icons of Arran Peacock (2011.) ‘Double Gold Award’ for Arran’s 14 Year Old Single Malt and ‘Gold Award’ for Arran’s 10 Year Old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2012). Double Gold in FiftyBest.com awards (2012). Double Gold Medal for the 12 year-old Cask Strength in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2013). Double Gold for both the 10 year-old and 12 year-old Cask Strength at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.



AA Cu Bocan Virgin Oak


limited VIRGIN OAK edition

Cù Bòcan is matured in a combination of Sherry, Virgin Oak and Bourbon casks. This exclusive limited edition showcases the influence that Virgin Oak has on our lightly peated single malt. Clean and zingy with hints of smoke and warm spice, this fully matured Virgin Oak limited edition will not disappoint!

Cask Type: Matured in Virgin Oak casks
Strength: 46% alc./vol.
Distribution: Worldwide except USA
Price: RRP £49.99 per 70cl bottle


Fully matured in First Fill Virgin Oak casks. Only 6000 bottles available. The only peated whisky distilled and matured at Tomatin Distillery. Non chill filtered. Natural colour. Striking bottle design and presentation packaging. Part of a trilogy; Sherry, Virgin Oak & Bourbon editions


AROMA Lively citrus fruits – lime juice and lemon sorbet. Oak driven flavours of vanilla, coconut and candy floss soon emerge with rosewater, red berries, fresh pear and pineapple in the background.
PALATE Warm pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. Baked apples with cinnamon and toffee and just a touch of smoke.
FINISH Clean and zingy with pleasant spice.

The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament” 16th – 22nd August 2015 – Scotch Whisky News


The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament”; 16th – 22nd August 2015 

The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament” is, as the name suggests, a tournament for golfers with a passion for Golf as well as Whisky.

“Weekend golfers” who believe that links golf is “real” golf or who just want to try this particular golf discipline, will now have another opportunity to participate in a links tournament in Scotland.

This is a 72 hole stableford tournament on four different links courses – Machrihanish Dunes, Machrihanish Golf Club, Dunaverty Golf Club in the south-west of Scotland in the vicinity of the famous Whisky town of Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula and on Shiskine, a wonderful 12 hole golf course on the neighbouring island of Arran. Machrihanish Golf Course is deemed to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland.

The event is open to both men and women: maximum handicap for men is 24 and for women 36.

Besides the four rounds of golf there are two planned visits to some of the region’s Whisky distilleries for tours and tastings. Connoisseurs will know that this is where some of Scotland’s famous Island Single Malt Whisky’s, Springbank and Glen Scotia come from in addition to those that hail from Islay & Jura, the very distinctive islands that sit to the West of the Kintyre Peninsula. Golfers will also visit the Isle of Arran Distillery.

In addition to the golf there is an extensive social programme including the welcome reception, a casino night and a gala prize winner’s dinner, all to be enjoyed with a dram or two during the tasting sessions designed to take you on a Whisky learning journey. There will be a rest day for sightseeing which will include a trip to Islay – home to 8 different whisky distilleries and some of the most famous brand names in Scotland

Participants will stay in two typical Scottish hotels, the Ugadale Hotel & Cottages, a seafront hotel in Machrihanish and the Royal Hotel at the port of Campbeltown.

The event is organized by Platinum Golf Scotland, who in November last year were awarded “Scotland’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2014”

The “Scottish Golf & Whisky Galore Tournament” is a tournament for people with a passion for Golf as well as for good Scotch Single Malt Whisky, says Stuart French. We think that this tournament caters for competitors from all over the world and we look forward particularly to welcoming golfers to this spectacular part of Scotland.

There will be prizes for the winners of each of the four days and for the whole tournament. 

Package price based on 2 sharing a twin or double room: £749


  • 6 night’s bed & full Scottish breakfast
  • 4 rounds of golf
  • Visits to 3 Whisky Distilleries
  • Whisky tastings & whisky stories
  • Welcome reception
  • Casino night
  • Gala dinner
  • Transport to and from the coursesMore about the tournament can be found at:

Whisky Ramblings Via Video #104 – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #104

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, tries a young wine finished Springbank. Springbank is one of the few surviving distilleries in Campbeltown and has an ironclad reputation among whisky lovers. Mark tries a young malt, the Springbank 9 Year Old Gaja Barolo. It matured for 4 years on bourbon casks and then another 5 years on Italian red wine casks from the cellars of Angelo Gaja. It is bottled at cask strength


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “March Previews: Springing with Anticipation” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Early Bird


Will there be sun on daffodils for St David’s day? Opinion is divided but the weather is set to improve and the first buds are visible: still tightly furled but with a promise of spring colour just around the corner. We can’t control the blooming but we can bring fresh vibrancy to winter-dulled senses. Giving in to anticipation, we’ve selected three vigorous bottlings from our March Outturn for early release. Don your tweeds and head out for a rainy walk with 3.239, Acrylic paints and petrichor. Or visit a Scottish links golf course on a fresh, sunny, spring morning with 48.52 Teeing off. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to order before spring has sprung…

Light & delicate


Teeing off

Sea breeze entwined with warm malt biscuits and spicy crisp beef Szechuan style. The taste neat was charred steak in pepper cream sauce. Water added the freshness of a sunny spring morning and the flavours of a warm chicken Caesar salad.

13 years old
First fill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £44.70

Juicy, oak & vanilla


Gooseberry fool and biscuits

Sea breeze entwined with warm malt biscuits and spicy crisp beef Szechuan style. The taste neat was charred steak in pepper cream sauce. Water added the freshness of a sunny spring morning and the flavours of a warm chicken Caesar salad.

11 years old
First fill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £49.50

Lightly peated


Acrylic paints and petrichor

Sea breeze entwined with warm malt biscuits and spicy crisp beef Szechuan style. The taste neat was charred steak in pepper cream sauce. Water added the freshness of a sunny spring morning and the flavours of a warm chicken Caesar salad.

16 years old
Refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £60.00

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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!

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Diageo GTME



Diageo GTME, February 23rd, 2015; Following the success of its 2013 JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ Skyline Collection range, Diageo Global Travel Middle East has today announced a partnership with internationally renowned artist, Jeff Nishinaka, to release a new series of limited edition design travel exclusives for 2015 featuring handcrafted designs of some of the world’s most famous cityscapes – the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection.   

Each edition is engraved with a Jeff Nishinaka handcrafted design, bringing to life the cityscapes of some of the world’s most iconic travel destinations.  

The first edition in the collection celebrates the unique character and culture of Dubai. Dubai is a city of firsts, a global icon and a luxury travel destination – and the perfect skyline to form the first of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection. 

The design for each edition has been brought to life by internationally renowned paper sculptor Jeff Nishinaka. His meticulously handcrafted sculpture was inspired by the unique character of the city and mirrors the rare craftsmanship that lies at the heart of JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL. Jeff’s art is brought to life on each individual bottle as a celebration of the art of the master blender, whose skills have been passed down through 190 years of unbroken blending heritage and excellence.  

Only 1500 bottles of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection, Dubai Edition, have been produced, with each bottle individually numbered.  

Peter Fairbrother, Global Marketing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME), said: “With the increase in international travel the world has become a much smaller place and we get many more opportunities to visit beautiful cities, rich with character and experiences.  With this exclusive limited edition range we wanted to capture the essence of some of these great cities, creating a unique, premium gift or collector’s item that would be a memento of a special destination.” 

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL is a blend of truly rare character, delivering a deep, rich flavour with layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth, endless finish. Only one in 10,000 casks drawn from the four corners of Scotland contains whiskies of sufficient character demanded to create this peerless blend.  Crafting the intense and complex flavours that define this remarkable Blended Scotch whisky takes masterful skill and determination – characteristics that have shaped JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL for almost two centuries. 

The Dubai edition of the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Cities Collection will be available from February 2015 exclusively in travel retail at a recommended price of $258 USD (or local equivalent) for a 1 litre bottle. 

About Diageo:

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness. 

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com.  Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. 

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere. 

The JOHNNIE WALKER, BLUE LABEL and KEEP WALKING words, the Striding Figure device and associated logos are trademarks © John Walker & Sons 2015.


Abbey Whisky “Rest & Be Thankful – we have single cask Octomore!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old – 2007 

Single Cask 16736 / Rest & Be Thankful

Not so often do you see an independent release of Bruichladdich Octomore but here we have just that. The Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company have released this 6 year old Octmore which was distilled in 2007 at the Bruichladdich distillery. Laid to rest in a cask that previously held Sauternes wine, this heavily peated Islay Single Scotch malt whisky has been bottled at cask strength, a whopping 63.0% vol!  Rest & Be Thankful bottlings are bottled in their purest form, non chill filtered and contain no colour or additives.


Very Limited Stock!


(£150.00 ex vat) 

Click here to purchase Octomore Rest & Be Thankful

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