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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “NEW LOOK BOTTLE: COLOURFUL UPDATE” – Scotch Whisky News



Our single cask whiskies have been savoured from an iconic green bottle since the Society was founded in 1983. As we approach our 35th anniversary, the bottle is still green, but has undergone a colourful makeover. The most obvious change is the introduction of 12 different colours representing each of our unique flavour profiles.

You heard it here first…this is an early preview of our new look bottle, an exclusive selection will be available to buy in the March Outturn. Discover more on our blog »

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

Exclusive New Loch Lomond Whiskies Takes Off at World Duty Free Glasgow Airport – Scotch Whisky News

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Exclusive new Loch Lomond Whiskies takes off at

World Duty Free Glasgow Airport 

A world first has landed at Glasgow Airport, with the launch of the inaugural global travel retail (GTR) range from award-winning independent distiller, Loch Lomond Group.

Four expressions that showcase the innovation and craft championed at Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria are now available at World Duty Free’s Glasgow Airport store.

The new collection, priced from £25 to £75, features two single malt Scotch Whiskies: the Loch Lomond 12-year-old single malt, which contains spirit from two types of stills; and Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Cask Single malt, which is produced exclusively from the distiller’s unique pot stills with rectifying heads.

The new collection also features the Loch Lomond Single Grain, which is exclusively distilled with 100% malted barley through a Coffey (continuous) still, and the Loch Lomond Signature, a premium blend which is matured via the distiller’s 100 cask solera process.

The launch is in response to growing demand for Loch Lomond award-winning Scotch Whiskies, which are now available in 90 markets internationally. It incorporates distinctive new one litre bottles and newly designed packaging. The inspiration for the premium packaging came from the magnificent Loch Lomond distillery. Designers worked to reflect the Group’s commitment to whisky craftsmanship; from the distinctive stills, to the working cooperage, aiming to tell the story of the unique parts that come together to create the innovative liquid inside.

World Duty Free’s Glasgow Airport store is the first stop in an ambitious worldwide roll-out of the bespoke GTR range, which will launch in Nordic markets later this month. Canada and the US are also set to offer the range.

As the local airport, Glasgow was chosen for the launch to emphasise the provenance of the range, which incorporates four expressions each with their own unique flavour and character revealing the innovative techniques used at the distillery.

André de Almeida, managing director of Global Travel Retail at Loch Lomond Group, said: “We’ve been keen to introduce a global travel retail range for some time now following increased demand for our Loch Lomond whiskies overseas. It means a great deal to us to offer the new range at World Duty Free in Glasgow Airport, less than 15 miles from our spiritual home in the heart of Loch Lomond – one of Scotland’s most beautiful and popular visitor destinations.”

“We’re confident that we are offering something new and unique and a sense of discovery for whisky drinkers around the world.”

A tasting table will be available at Glasgow Airport during February and March, enabling World Duty Free’s shoppers to sample the new range and encouraging travellers to take a little piece of Loch Lomond home with them.

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About the Group:

  • Loch Lomond Group is an independent distiller based in Alexandria and is home to a number of award-winning spirit brands that are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.
  • Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whisky since 1814.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from the Group are available upon request.
  • http://www.lochlomondgroup.com/ 

Brands and variants in the GTR range

Loch Lomond Single Grain Scotch whisky 1lt

Loch Lomond Signature Blended Scotch whisky 1lt

Loch Lomond 12 year old Single malt Scotch whisky 1lt

Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Cask Finish Single malt Scotch whisky 1lt

Glen Scotia Campbeltown 1832 Single malt Scotch whisky 1lt (GTR exclusive)

Glen Scotia 16 year old Single malt Scotch whisky 1lt (GTR exclusive)

Glen Scotia Victoriana Single malt Scotch whisky 70cl 

About the brands:

Loch Lomond Group’s eponymous brand is the Loch Lomond range.

  • Loch Lomond Single Grain Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond Signature Blended Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond Reserve Blended Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond Original Single Malt Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond 12 year old Single malt Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond 18 year old Single malt Scotch whisky

It also produces the popular Island Collection Range:

  • Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12 year old Single malt Scotch whisky
  • Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 18 year old Single malt Scotch whisky



Other brands:

  • Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch whisky (www.glenscotia.com Twitter: @GlenScotiaMalts)
  • Littlemill Single Malt Scotch whisky (Twitter: @LittlemillMalt)
  • Glengarry Single Malt Scotch whisky
  • High Commissioner Blended Scotch whisky
  • Glen’s Vodka
  • Glen’s Platinum Vodka

Whiskey Obsession Festival Announces Classes, Panel, Live Music Schedule – Whiskey News


Whiskey Obsession Festival Announces Classes, Panel, Live Music Schedule

February 13, 2017

Sarasota, Florida

The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival (WOF) will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, panel discussion, cigars, VIP pours, live music street party, and grand tasting with 250 whiskies to sample. Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors are present to share their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Glenmorangie Experience Grain vs. Grape Dinner @Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The first toast of the Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be Moët & Chandon champagne at the The Glenmorangie Experience Grain vs. Grape Dinner. Brand Ambassador Dan Crowell will lead guests through a five course meal starring Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whiskies paired deconstruction style with fortified and dessert wines including sherry, port, Madeira, and Sauternes. Each course is paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $125 per person.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bartender Academy @ The Francis, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bartenders and spirits industry professionals are invited to the trade-exclusive Bartender Academy at The Francis. Distinguished distillers, ambassadors, and mixologists from Brown Forman, Louis Vitton Moët Hennesy , Glengoyne, Michter’s, Tap Whisky, and Breakthru Beverage will demonstrate of range of skills related to molecular mixology, ice cutting, sous-vide infusions, reinventing traditional cocktails with a whiskey focus, and more. Tickets are $20 per person.

Super VIP Dinner with Chris Morris @ The Francis, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Super VIP Dinner with Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller and President of the Kentucky

Distiller’s Association. The dinner with guest of honor Chris Morris will be held at The Francis on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Tickets are $125 per person.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion @ The Francis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Join eight distillers and brand ambassadors for this unique interactive panel and tasting as they share their favorite spirits. Guests will sample a broad range of sixteen world whiskies, accompanied by light bites and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 100 guests. Panelists are:

Dan Crowell, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador

Rob Dietrich, Stranahan’s Distiller

Gardner Dunn, Yamazaki Ambassador

Chris Leggat, Douglas Laing Ambassador

Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller & the Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association

Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador

Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator – Diageo Reserve Portfolio

Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney Distillery Manager

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lunch Master Classes, 12:00 p.m, to 2:00 p.m.

State Street Eatery. $35 per person includes lunch and whiskies.

Glenfiddich Family Spirits Single Malt Scotch with Tracie Franklin, Brand Ambassador.

• The Bijou Cafe. $35 per person includes lunch and whiskies.

East Meets West: Beam Suntory Japanese & American Whiskey Showcase with

Gardner Dunn and Philip Pepperdine, Brand Ambassadors.

Super VIP Master Class with the Balvenie, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Michael’s Wine Cellar. Limited to 30 guests.

Join Balvenie Ambassador Gemma Paterson for a flight of the Single Barrel range and other premium single malt Scotch. $60 per person includes light bites and premium whiskies.

Grand Tasting and Master Classes, Michael’s on East (See times below)

With over 250 whiskies available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as many emerging craft distillers. Taught by industry professionals, our six seminar-style master classes present an opportunity for in-depth learning at these interactive tastings with distillers and professional brand ambassadors. VIP guests enjoy early class reservations beginning February 15.

• 5:00 p.m. Super VIP Master Class with the Balvenie Single Malt Scotch

• 6:30 p.m. VIP Admission

• 7:30 p.m. General Admission

• 8:00 p.m. Class I, II, and III

• 9:15 p.m. Class IV, V, VI

• 10:30 p.m. Last Pour

• 10:45 p.m. After Party at Made Restaurant

Master Class Session 1, 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Class I Exploring Trends in American Craft Whiskey with Michael Ring, Brown Forman Brand Champion

Class II The Future of Smooth Ambler with John Foster, Distiller

Class III Glenmorangie: Wood Finishes and More with Dan Crowell, Brand Ambassador

Master Class Session 2, 9:15 pm to 10:00 pm

Class IV Scottish Brogues and Spanish Bodegas: The Love Story of Scotch and Sherry with Todd

Richman, National Whiskey Educator – Diageo Reserve Portfolio

Class V The Patriotic Rise of Rye with Master Distiller Dave Pickerell

Class VI Cigar and Whisky Pairing with Dan Crowell, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Brand Ambassador

Three ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:

• VIP admission is limited to 150 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and one hour

early entrance at 6:30 pm.

• VIP hour pours of ultra-premium, fine, expensive, and rare spirits (details will be available on the

event website).

• One $50 retail voucher for purchases and special orders placed on Friday, April 1, 2016 during the

Whiskey Obsession Festival grand tasting.

• Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.

• Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.

• Priority seating at small group seminar classes (first come first served).

• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.

General Admission $95:

• General admission is limited to 500 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and

entrance at 7:30 pm

• Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.

• Seating as available at small group seminar classes (first come first served).

• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.

Companion $45:

• Companion admission is limited to 75 guests and includes entrance with VIP or general admission

ticket holders.

• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bourbon Rock & Blues Bash Powered by Woodford Reserve, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Whiskey Obsession Festival partners with Gator Club and the Harvey Milk Festival to conclude its series of events with the Bourbon Rock and Blues Bash, powered by Woodford Reserve. This free downtown Sarasota street party (between Lemon and State) will feature Brown Forman cocktails, craft beer, local food vendors and five local, regional and national rock and blues acts. This year’s lineup includes headliner Lower Dens, the praised indie pop-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland whose latest LP ‘Escape from Evil’ got a ‘Best New Music’ nod from Pitchfork and made the year-end ‘best of’ list on Gorilla vs. Bear. Florida southern rock and blues favorite Thomas Wynn and The Believers (Orlando) and Americana-flavored rock band Have Gun Will Travel (Bradenton) will also join, along with psych-rockers Luxury Mane (St. Petersburg) and local favorite RJ Howson (Sarasota) keeping the party alive until 1 a.m.

Sarasota is a beautiful resort community on the Gulf of Mexico, an hour south of Tampa and two hours from Orlando. Sarasota boasts award winning beaches like Siesta Key as well as activities like golf, fishing, shopping, sports, polo, and fine dining. Cultural assets and performing arts abound, including opera, ballet, theatre, symphony, and live music.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Press and interview requests: Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com

Video: https://youtu.be/BT0QASYWrl8

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/sarasota_whiskey_obsession

Website: www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com

Whiskey Obsession Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyObsessionFestival

The Whisky Shop “Springbank 21 year old – new release alert” – Scotch Whisky News

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New Release Alert!

Introducing a new and exciting Springbank 21 year old single cask expression. Please note stocks are highly limited with all orders treated strictly on a first come first served basis.

Springbank 21 year old

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Distilled in 1992 at Campbeltown’s oldest operational distillery, this single cask expression from Springbank has been aged for 21 years in cask no. 326 before being bottled at a natural cask strength of 51.6% abv in March 2014.

The nose has a peppery spice with a touch of caramel and toffee sweetness. The palate brings more sweet notes with cinnamon, soft fruits, banana and a touch of smoke, before a creamy and smooth finish with a hint of peat smoke.

£220 Buy Now

In stock and available for immediate dispatch.

Milroys of Soho Independent Bottlings – Scotch Whisky News

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Milroys Independant bottlings

If you haven’t tried our Milroys independent single cask bottlings yet, get yourself down to the Milroys Bar for the tasting flight experience. A fantastic selection of whiskies chosen by us, for every palate.

8yr Blend 40% 2010

Ardmore 60.8% 2008

Glentauchers 65.1% 28 year

Blair Athol 53.6%


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #625 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy examines the underrated lowlander malts with Ralfy Review 625 – Auchentoshan 21yo @ 43%vol

R&B Distillers Second Release of Raasay While We Wait – Scotch Whisky News

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R&B Distillers second release of Raasay While We Wait

This February, R&B Distillers are delighted to announce the release of the second batch of their lightly peated single malt whisky – Raasay While We Wait. This limited edition second iteration has spent 18 months finishing in Tuscan red wine casks, imbuing the spirit with a rounder and fruitier flavour.

After a successful first year of production, R&B Distillers have now sold out of the first release of their multi-award winning single malt, now only available at some of their stockists. R&B Distillers are in the process of building the first (legal) distillery on the remote Isle of Raasay, off the east coast of Skye, and they have chosen to create a limited second batch of 1,974 bottles to honour a renowned figure in Raasay history. In 1974, Raasay resident Calum Macleod completed a mammoth ten-year endeavour: to build a hand-constructed road across Raasay, from Brochel Castle to Arnish. R&B’s latest batch plays homage this immense and patient feat.

Masters of patience themselves, R&B Distillers began working with another Highland distillery to create whisky while obtaining planning permission to build their first distillery on the island. In November 2015, R&B launched the aptly named Raasay While We Wait a handcrafted whisky that offers a clever prediction of the taste and character of the whisky which will run from the stills on Raasay this Summer.

The inaugural release was created by combining heavily peated single malt with an unpeated single malt from one Highland distiller. This created a lightly peated single malt whisky reflecting the high minerality of Raasay water, which filters naturally through the volcanic rock of Dùn Caan. The pot stills, now on site at the new distillery, have been sourced from Tuscany and R&B decided to strengthen this Italian connection by finishing Raasay While We Wait in Super Tuscan red wine casks. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc casks lend juicy and fruity notes to the whisky which carefully balances the 15ppm peating.

While the first batch has spent 8 weeks in the red wine casks, the second batch has been developing in complexity over the past 18 months finishing in the casks. This new iteration contains the same level of peat, but the extra finishing furnishes the whisky with a bigger, more rounded flavour and is less spicy and smoky than the original incarnation. Similarly, the whisky’s distinctive heather hue has subtly but evidently darkened.

Brand ambassador Chris Hoban comments “The second release of Raasay While We Wait has quite a bit of the smoke and earthy notes from the first release but these have been enriched with fruity, juicy, full bodied red wine notes. Where the wine notes were more prominent on the nose in the first release, with just small amounts on the palate, the second release is enveloped with plum and raisin notes, mixed in with burning peat and dark chocolate.”

In 2016, the first release of Raasay While We Wait was awarded several accolades including a Silver at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, and Bronze medals at the International Spirits Challenge and Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Alasdair Day, co-founder of R&B Distillers hopes that the second release will match this success: “We’re very excited to launch the second release of our Raasay While We Wait single malt. Given the batch nature of these whiskies we’re looking forward to hearing feedback from our customers on the difference between the first and second releases.”



Scotch Malt Whisky Soicety of Canada February 2017 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

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February’s Outturn brings a bountiful catch of new single casks that are crisp, fresh and mouth-watering.  Cast your net and discover the perfect whisky for you!


23 years old; refill hogshead; 56%; Sweet, fruity & mellow

The nose evokes bakeries (Danish pastries, Magdalenas, croissants) with fruit (apricot jam, marmalade, peaches, rhubarb and custard) and floral perfume later. The palate has dried mango, caramelized sugar, amaretti biscuits, butterscotch, melted marshmallows and vanilla; hints of leather and tobacco underneath.


9 years old; 1st fill barrel; 58.2%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

Notes of Williams pear brandy and alpine strawberry fruit wine certainly made their impact on us before we tasted raspberry and gooseberry jelly and lemon curd. With water, banana bread and orange hobnobs, finishing strong with a strawberry and rose water gin fizz.


26 years old; refill butt; 55.1%; Spicy & sweet

The nose has fine, deep sweetness – caramel wafers, dulce de leche, sweet tobacco, marmalade and sugary espresso dregs, with hints of pepper, wood and wicker. The palate’s chocolate gingers, Tia Maria, pain au chocolat and Crunchie bars deliver yummy adult sweetness.


12 years old; 1st fill barrel; 57.7%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

Perfumed aromas with furniture polish, mango incense sticks and a coconut shea butter aromatic candle. Apricot and ginger frangipane tart and raspberry pepper jam made it a fiery and flavoursome experience. A drop of water and we promise you a rose garden.


8 years old; 2nd fill butt; 60.9%; Peated

We were invited to a luau feast where a whole pig wrapped in banana leaves and covered in a wet burlap sack got slow roasted in an underground oven. The result was salty, sweet, smoky and succulent but also chewy, crispy and crunchy.


12 years old; refill barrel; 58.5%; Peated

The nose delivers unmistakable vanilla smoke – also cigar ash, polished wood, pine forests, steam trains and pharmacies. The palate has a more tarry smoke; also Buckley’s Mixture, Liquorice Allsorts and blackcurrant Halls – sweet, succulent and easy-drinking with a drop of water.

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The Last Drop 1972 Lochside at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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The Last Drop 1972 Lochside

A Single Grain Scotch from the short-lived Lochside distillery (1957-1992) in Montrose. Aged over 44 years old, this expression was distilled in 1972 and filled to 2nd-fill bourbon casks. Only 109 bottles were produced by The Last Drop Distillers in January 2017. Presented in a chocolate brown leather case with a signed authenticity certificate, a 50ml miniature and a custom-made stopper.


£2,400 Pre-Order Now

Stock arriving w/c 27th February

Taketsuru Age Statements at Milroys of Soho – Japanese Whisky News

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Taketsuru age statements 

This Wednesday, the Taketsuru 17 year and Taketsuru 21 year will be landing in store. Notoriously fast sellers so get your hands on them quick.


Masataka Taketsuru.

Founder of Japanese whisky.

Japanese whisky has been becoming increasingly prominent in the whisky industry and we have Mr Taketsuru to thank for it. In the early 1900s he did apprenticeships at Hazelburn and Longmorn after studying Organic Chemistry at the university of Glasgow. In 1920 he moved back to Japan with his Scottish wife Rita where he helped to establish Suntory as a whisky brand before he left and opened Yoichi Distillery in the mountains of Hokkaido and thus, the Nikka brand.


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