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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.



KERB and Monkey Shoulder present BURNS HOOTENANNY! – Scotch Whisky News

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KERB and Monkey Shoulder present


(There’s nae tastier night in toon)

Street food specialists, KERB, are joining forces with whisky mavericks, Monkey Shoulder, to bring Londoners a next level Burns Night that makes January 2017 something to get excited about 

For two magical nights, KERB and Monkey Shoulder will be transforming The Biscuit Factory into a humdinger of a Clubhoos to celebrate the great Rabbie Burns. 

WHAT: One-off Scottish street food creations from 5 star KERBanists, huge live electric Ceilidh, whisky den + cocktails galore, the addressing of the haggis, highland themed games and a poetry slam corner, all set in a secret Bermondsey warehouse. 

WHEN: 27 and 28 January, 6.00pm-12pm 

WHERE: The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG (nearest tube: Bermondsey) 

FOOD: One-off Scottish street food creations from five star KERB traders.

MENU HIGHLIGHTS  (other and vegetarian options available):

    • The Wild Game Co – Haggis Scotch eggs; Haggis Mac n Cheese
    • Deeney’s – Slow cooked venison tacos (with spicy salsa and whisky crème fraiche); the famed Macbeth Toastie (Haggis, cheddar, caramelised onion, rocket & mustard)
  • Ghetto Grillz – Chicken schnitzel stuffed with haggis served on celeriac & candied beets slaw
  • Oyster Boy - Fresh Cumbrae Rock and Loch ryan native oysters with Tabasco or whisky dressing
  • Nonna’s Gelato –  ‘Build your own’ whisky sundae:
    • Raspberry sorbet
    • Honey cream gelato
    • Fior di latte gelato
    • Pear and whisky caramel

Topped with whisky Oatmeal crumble/shortbread wafer/whisky sauce

DRINKS: Ticket holders can taste Old Fashioneds from Monkey Shoulder, the 100% malt whisky made for mixing, plus four Scottish KERB cocktail creations, great wine + local craft beers.

LIVE MUSIC: “Monster Ceilidh” (Teesside fiddler and accordion maestro meet dub-heavy electric bass) as well as live DJs before and after.

HIGHLAND THEMED GAMES: ft. Corn-hole,  “sheep shearing” and Donald Trump’s crazy golf course.


  • TIER 1 – £20 + booking fee (Includes entry, a complimentary Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned cocktail and entry)
  • TIER 2 – £42 + booking fee (Includes entry, a dish from every trader, a Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned)

Tickets available from www.kerbfood.com/kerbdoesburns



WHAT: two nights of Scottish themed KERBanist creations, music + drinks

WHEN: 27 and 28 January

WHERE: The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG (nearest tube: Bermondsey)

WHO: KERB and Monkey Shoulder

TIMES: 6.00pm-12pm 


KERB and Monkey Shoulder present Burns Hootenanny

The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG (nearest tube: Bermondsey) 


Website: www.kerbfood.com

Twitter: @KERB / @MnkyShldrUK

Instagram: kerbfood / monkeyshoulderuk

#KERBdoesburns #monkeyshoulder 


Since launch in 2012, KERB has firmly established themselves as the trailblazers of London’s vibrant street food scene. With five successful street food markets at Kings Cross, West India Quay, The Gherkin, Paddington and most recently KERB Camden Market; an incredible milestone, partnering with Camden Market for their biggest ever market, opening 364 days a year and with 35 of the capitals most innovative and best loved traders involved. KERB is passionate about supporting new and up and coming traders bringing spirited food and conversation to London’s most loved squares, markets and foodie destinations. 


Monkey Shoulder is the world’s first 100% malt whisky made for mixing.

Using batches from just 27 casks, Monkey Shoulder is created by combining single malts from three of Speyside’s finest distilleries. Known for breaking conventional whisky rules and traditions, Monkey Shoulder puts the fun back into whisky drinking. Famed for its versatility, the smooth and rich taste has hints of mellow vanilla – a flavour which works well with mixers and when included in cocktails.

The term ‘monkey shoulder’ harks back to whisky making heritage. It’s a reference to a condition that malt men sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. It had a tendency to cause their arm to hang down a bit like a monkey’s, hence the nickname ‘Monkey Shoulder’. Thankfully practices have changed and the condition no longer exists!

Monkey Shoulder retails for an RRP of £28 per 70cl bottle with 40% ABV. For further information visit: www.monkeyshoulder.com/

Burns Night in London – Free Drams, Bobby Burns’ Cocktail and Beer Matching – Whisky News


On Wednesday 25th January 2017 Scots will celebrate their national poet, Robbie Burns with a wee dram of fine scotch whisky. Please see below some information on two of the best places to celebrate the bard this January: 

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London’s oldest whisky shop Milroy’s will play host to a lively Burns Night shindig on Wednesday 25th January with haggis cocktails and free whisky drams. Burns Night may be all about tradition but Milroy’s expert bartenders have created a special cocktail for the night using a relative newcomer on the whisky block, R&B Distillers’ Raasay While We Wait. The cocktail will be a peppery play on the classic ‘Bobby Burns’ and has been inspired by the spicing used in haggis. For the inquisitive reveller, there will also be a chance to preview a free sample of the second batch of this lightly peaty single malt to toast to the haggis!  

The Gallery

Meanwhile, in West Hampstead, The Gallery present’s Whisky 101: Siren of the Glen on Tuesday 24th January for an early Burns Night celebration. The Gallery have invited the seductively dangerous, Siren Carft Beer Co., and The Glenlivet, an iconic distillery from the Scottish Highlands, for a night of beer and whisky exploration. This ‘Whisky 101’ event will feature a menu showcasing the effect of barrel aging has on beer and whisky.

Tickets are £20 and include four flights of whisky, four samples of beer and four food pairing canapes curated by The Gallery Head Chef. The Gallery has also devised a selection of cocktails especially for the night based on the whiskies highlighted. 

Ticket link: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/whisky-101-siren-of-the-glen


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!

Next day delivery available on UK orders Worldwide shipping

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

Mystery Islay Moscatel Cask at the Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Mystery Islay Moscatel Cask

Matured in a Moscatel cask selected and bottled by Creative Whisky Co. The distillery takes it’s water from Loch Nam Bam and features tours of a whietwashed distillery. £38.56





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

For information on how to joint he Society please contact Nathan via society@springbankwhisky.com



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The Virginia Distillery Company “We ‘Whisky’ You A Happy New Year!” – American Whisky News



Exciting news from the distillery this month- thanks to your support in 2016, we filled our 1,000th cask on December 14th! Cheers to 2017- another year of making award-winning whisky in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina. Happy New Year!

Speaking Of Casks…Have You Ever Wanted To Own One?


We recently welcomed our very first members to the Virginia Distillery Company Cask Society! Through our partners at Cellar.com, this program allows you to purchase a cask of our coveted Virginia Single Malt Whisky, guaranteed to yield at least 250 (750ml) bottles after four years of aging.  As a Cask Society member, you will also gain instant access to specialty perks as you wait for your whisky to age.  Email casksociety@vadistillery.com for more information.




Looking for something fun to do this Winter?  If you love whisky, you don’t want to miss our Virginia Whisky Experience Tour! Learn about the history of single malt in Scotland (and Virginia, of course!) in our museum, see whisky-making in action in the distillery and experience an educational nosing & tasting in our cask house.  After the tour, enjoy your choice of tasting options by the fire at our Visitors Center.



Scotch Malt Whisky Society “January Update: Top Five Favourites” – Scotch Whisky News

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Last week’s January Outturn brought us a marvelous mix of interesting and unusual casks with a great range around £50 or less, for those feeling the festive over-indulgence. Don’t miss out on these never-to-be-repeated single casks, we’ve picked our top five favourites still available in our online shop.

Looking for some tasty savings? Pick-up one of our parcel offers, choose between our Day & Night Pair, Spectacular Trio or Flavour Feast Case, all at great January prices.


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

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