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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “THREE JAPANESE BOTTLINGS BROUGHT TO LIGHT” – Japanese Whisky News

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After our thrilling discovery of a first bottling hiding in the warehouse last week, we thought we’d better go back for a closer look. It turned out to be a great idea because we found three exquisite Japanese malts lurking in the shadows! Even more exciting, 120.8 A surge of sweet peat had been exclusive to our venues on its original release and has never been sold around the UK. Prepare to snag yours from 9am sharp on our sales line (0131 555 2929) – even limited to one bottle per member, these divine drams won’t be hanging around for long…

Sweet, fruity & mellow

124.5 Juicy fruits and spicy oak £275

23 years old
First fill ex-bourbon hogshead
Only 18 bottles found!

The nose has attractive wood aromas and attractive fruits (tutti-frutti, pineapple, lemon) plus coconut, honey and vanilla. The palate is full of juicy fruits, and vanilla…

Old & dignified

116.20 Fascinating complexity and finesse £296

26 years old
Virgin oak puncheon
Only 30 bottles found!

Fascinating nose – model-making, lacquered wood; crab boxes and lapsang souchong in a diesel truck; vanilla, coconut, honey and embers…


120.8 A surge of sweet peat £160

13 years old
Second fill hogshead
Only 24 bottles found!

Salt and pepper cashews, smoked vanilla and pickled ginger with a wave of delicate incense. Roast pork, peppered mackerel and pungent peat smoke (also cloves, cinnamon, star anise). With water, the peat really surged…

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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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BENROMACH 10 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY at Robbie’s Drams – Scotch Whisky News


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THE BenRiach Distillery Company has won 10 medals, including two Gold and four Silver Outstanding, across its three brands at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition.

And rounding off an excellent performance at the Awards, the Edinburgh-based company was again shortlisted for the 2015 UK Spirits Producer award.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world. It currently receives entries from over 90 countries, giving it global reach. It was set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its forty-sixth year, the IWSC’s pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today.

Judging for the competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

The company’s full list of awards is:

Gold Medal

GlenDronach 12YO

Glenglassaugh 30YO

Silver Outstanding Medal

BenRiach 12YO Sherry Wood Matured

BenRiach 10YO

GlenDronach 8YO

BenRiach 35YO

Silver Medal

GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 4

Glenglassaugh Revival

Glenglassaugh Torfa

Glenglassaugh Evolution

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “An IWSC award is an internationally-recognised badge of quality and we’re delighted to win ten this year, especially as they are spread across all three of our brands.

“To receive a Gold Medal for the GlenDronach 12 Years Old is particularly satisfying as it is both our flagship expression and our best-selling brand this year with fantastic worldwide sales and growth. It is also very gratifying to see the Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old taking gold too. It was the first release from the distillery after we took over in 2013 and has been critically acclaimed in all our markets. It bursts with flavour and is full of the distinctive Glenglassaugh coastal character.”

He added: “Winning four outstanding silvers is also very pleasing, especially the two for our brand-new releases, the BenRiach 10YO and the GlenDronach 8YO. The BenRiach 10 Years Old is Classic Speyside in character and the cask formula focuses on ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks – exactly the types of wood we favour at BenRiach. And the GlenDronach 8 Years Old, known as The Hielan’, is a rich and immensely satisfying dram with a classic sherry signature.

“It is a huge achievement for a small independent to make the UK spirits producer shortlist in the company of global companies and we are thrilled with these fantastic results.”

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Whisky Auctioneer July Auction Now Live! – Whisky News

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Our July auction is now live and ends on Monday 3rd August 2015!

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This is an incredible auction with 1,300 bottles available. We have a few highlights for you this month, starting with Johnnie Walker Director’s Blend 2013. A whisky that was only gifted to the upper echelons of Diageo. 

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This moth we also have both a Killyloch 1967 and a Glen Flagler 1976, two single malts from the long closed Moffat distilling complex. When it comes to rare, closed distilleries, these are sure fire winners!

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Bruichladdich have produced the most heavily peated whisky in the world… time and time again. This lot is an almost complete range of the legendary Bruichladdich Octomore available! 

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The highlight of our world whiskies this month is the Hirsch Reserve 1974 16 year old. From the closed Michter distillery this has been described as one of the best bourbons ever. 

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With close to 20 years of experience in the whisky industry, Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, we aim to be the most comprehensive website for the buying and selling of whisky online.


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The Macallan Rare Cask at Hard-to-Find-Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Tel: 08456 803 489

Local Rate from Anywhere in the UK

Lines open Mon – Sat from 10am till 6pm

Email: sales@htfw.com Over 3,500 Whiskes online


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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Isle of Arran Distillery “White Stag Bottling” – Scotch Whisky News


This week Joe Ellis reviews the new Arran White Stag bottling.





Three Ships 10-Year-Old Single Malt (LR)


The Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt has become the first South African whisky to be awarded the Worldwide Whisky Trophy and a gold outstanding distinction at the annual International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) held in London.  In a second round of blind tastings, the gold winners from all the participating countries with the exception of Ireland and Scotland competed for the trophy and judges chose the South African whisky above those from the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Taiwan.

A delighted Andy Watts, master distiller of the range, said in the 33 years he had been involved in making Three Ships, he had time and again been astounded by the international acclaim for these whiskies.

“Who would have thought back then that we would be able to create such interest in South African whiskies? Traditionally, South Africa is known as a wine and brandy country, and many felt at the time we should rather leave whisky-making to those countries in the Northern Hemisphere with centuries of experience in making it. Thankfully we didn’t listen but followed our dream!”

Another Three Ships entry in the competition, its Premium Select 5 Year Old, took gold. This whisky is in many ways a tribute to the time Andy spent on the Isle of Islay at the start of his whisky-making career. It was here where so many years ago, he fell in love with the island’s iconic peaty whiskies. The Premium Select, which spends five years in oak, is a blend of peated barley distilled in copper stills made for the James Sedgwick Distillery by Forsyth’s of Scotland, and grain spirit distilled in column stills.

The Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt, of which only a limited quantity was released at the time of its launch, has long been sold out. Only a few whisky lovers might still have a bottle or two in their collections while others might still harbor fond memories of the whisky, which was matured for ten years in carefully selected oak barrels. The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year is available nationwide and retails for about R160. Visit www.threeshipswhisky.co.za for more on the range.

Aberlour, Chivas & Glenlivet Whisky Tasting 20th August at Nickolls & Perks – Scotch Whisky News

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Aberlour, Chivas & Glenlivet Whisky Tasting 20th August 

Price: £20.00
Date: Thursday 20th August 2015
Time: 7:00PM
Location: N&P Cellars

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Phil Huckle from Pernod Ricard is coming to the store’s cellars on Thursday 20th August to present an evening of Scotch whisky!  Expect special drams from Aberlour, Chivas and the Glenlivet distilleries. Plenty of fun to be had at this one! For further info, email David Gardener or phone him on 01384 394518. Starts 7:00 pm

Nickolls & Perks Ltd
37 Lower High Street
Stourbridge West Midlands DY8 1TA


Scotch Malt Whisky Society Late July & Agust 2015 Events – Scotch Whisky News

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New Members’ Tasting – 19 Greville Street – Tue 28 July  More >

Birmingham Preview Tasting – Hotel du Vin – Fri 31 July More >

Durham Preview Tasting – Radisson Blu – Fri 31 July  More >

Stirling Preview Tasting – The Golden Lion Hotel – Fri 31 July  More >

Harrogate Preview Tasting – Hotel du Vin – Fri 31 July  More >

August Outturn Preview Tasting – The Vaults – Thu 6 Aug  More >

New List Open Tasting – 19 Greville Street – Sat 8 Aug  More >

Steak & Whisky Tasting – 19 Greville Street – Mon 10 Aug  More >


Live Music with Main Street Blues >  Wed 5 Aug

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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Whisky Ramblings Via Video #114 – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Ramblings Via Video #114

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whiskyblogger, tries an independent Blair Athol. Blair Athol is a lesser-known distillery in the Highlands, which produces primarily for the famous Bell’s blend. There are barely any official bottlings, so if you want to try this whisky, you will need to look at independent bottlers. I tried a single cask from 2002, bottled under the Hepburn’s Choice label, a subsidiary of Hunter Laing.


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