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Whiskies of Scotland at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

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Whiskies of Scotland Range

Single Malts Direct 36 Gordon Street | Huntly | Aberdeenshire | AB54 8EQ | Scotland UK

+44 (0) 845 606 6145 | info@singlemaltsdirect.com

The Whisky Shop San Francisco WHISKY SALE – Scotch Whisky News

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THE WHISKYSHOP SALE 

The Whisky Shop are having a sale of a variety of different whiskies for a limited time, including:

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old is distilled on the seashore and it shows.  This very distinctive whisky comes from Islay’s south shore.

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Sunlight

Aroma:  Salt Sea air, tar and seaweed

Taste: Ocean salt, tar, ashes and seaweed with

medicinal undertones

Finish: Long and lingering

Laphroaig 10 Year – $49.99

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Ardbeg Auriverdes Limited Edition Bottling – golden whisky (auri), unmistakable green bottle (verde) –  The Ardbeg team is renowned for its technical expertise and Auriverdes is a winning example of this, with the toasted lids producing a mocha coffee flavor at one end, flowing into creamy vanilla at the other – truly a dram of two halves.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Gold(Auri)

Aroma: Tarry and herbal with hints of mocha

Taste: Coffee grounds, maple-cured bacon,

smoked salmon

Finish: A lingering, smoky vanilla note

Ardbeg Auriverdes – $95.00

This is an online only promotion although you can still order online and choose the option of picking up instore.

The following link will take you to our Sale Page!

TAKE ME TO THE SALE!

The Whisky Shop

360 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA, 94108

415 989-1030

www.whiskyshopusa.com 

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “LATE JANUARY & EARLY FEBRUARY EVENTS” – Scotch Whisky News

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LATE JANUARY & EARLY FEBRUARY EVENTS

Glasgow Burns Tasting, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow- Sat 31 Jan

New List Steak & Chips Tasting, The Vaults, Leith – Tue 3 Feb

New List Open Tasting, 9 Greville St, London – Sat 7 Feb

Steak & Whisky Tasting, 9 Greville St, London – Mon 9 Feb

Valentines Day Tasting, 19 Greville St, London – Fri 13 Feb

The Vaults’ Valentine Dinner, The Vaults, Leith – Sat 14 Feb

Scotland v Wales Tasting Lunch, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Sat 15 Feb

Whisky and Sausage Tasting, The Vaults, Leith – Tue 17 Feb

 

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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!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Great Speyside Bake Off – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Great Speyside Bake Off

2015 is The Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and to celebrate pairing whisky and food The Whisky Shop Dufftown is running a competition to find the best Speyside whisky inspired Muffin or Cupcake. The final judging will take place during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 at a tasting open to the public.

The many different Speyside whiskies have a tremendous range of flavours and pairing them with food is a true delight. It can emphasise flavours in the food or in the whisky. It can even bring out entirely new flavours as well. Home baking is again a focus for people so what better way to celebrate Scotland’s finest whiskies by letting them inspire you? The Muffin or Cupcake can either be created to pair with a specific Speyside dram, contain the whisky in the recipe or be inspired by Speyside’s finest in some other way. The whisky chosen should be readily available in the UK.

The best recipes selected by local whisky and food experts will be featured at a whisky tasting during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 hosted by The Whisky Shop Dufftown where visitors to the festival will be able to choose the best combination. The creator of that combination will win 2 nights accommodation at the fabulous Dowans hotel in Aberlour, a special distillery tour and a voucher for The Oakwood Cookery School in Elgin.

Can you rise to the challenge? We don’t want any half-baked ideas. Be inspired!

To enter please supply a detailed recipe, a picture of your finished baking and a short piece on how you have been inspired (no more than 300 words). We would also love to see a video of you making your Muffin or Cupcake that we can use on Social Media. You do not have to be coming to Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 to enter

Entries to be received by no later than 31st March 2015 and should be sent by email to enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com.

Further information can be obtained by contacting The Whisky Shop Dufftown (enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com, 01340 821 097). Tickets for the tasting will go on sale on www.spiritofspeyside.com at 12 noon on 3 February 2015.

2015 is The Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and to celebrate pairing whisky and food The Whisky Shop Dufftown is running a competition to find the best Speyside whisky inspired Muffin or Cupcake. The final judging will take place during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 at a tasting open to the public.

The many different Speyside whiskies have a tremendous range of flavours and pairing them with food is a true delight. It can emphasise flavours in the food or in the whisky. It can even bring out entirely new flavours as well. Home baking is again a focus for people so what better way to celebrate Scotland’s finest whiskies by letting them inspire you? The Muffin or Cupcake can either be created to pair with a specific Speyside dram, contain the whisky in the recipe or be inspired by Speyside’s finest in some other way. The whisky chosen should be readily available in the UK.

The best recipes selected by local whisky and food experts will be featured at a whisky tasting during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 hosted by The Whisky Shop Dufftown where visitors to the festival will be able to choose the best combination. The creator of that combination will win 2 nights accommodation at the fabulous Dowans hotel in Aberlour, a special distillery tour and a voucher for The Oakwood Cookery School in Elgin.

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Can you rise to the challenge? We don’t want any half-baked ideas. Be inspired!

To enter please supply a detailed recipe, a picture of your finished baking and a short piece on how you have been inspired (no more than 300 words). We would also love to see a video of you making your Muffin or Cupcake that we can use on Social Media. You do not have to be coming to Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 to enter

Entries to be received by no later than 31st March 2015 and should be sent by email to enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com.

Further information can be obtained by contacting The Whisky Shop Dufftown (enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com, 01340 821 097). Tickets for the tasting will go on sale on www.spiritofspeyside.com at 12 noon on 3 February 2015.

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Whiskies of the World “Expo Update” – Whisky News

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Expo Update

Now for an update on some of the amazing spirits and features you will find at the 16th annual WOW Expo in San Francisco on Saturday, March 28. The expo features three ballroom sized decks full of whiskies, music, and food on board the docked San Francisco Belle. And as they say “anticipation makes half the pleasure”, allow your taste buds to anticipate hedonistic pleasures as you familiarize yourselves with the tantalizing, list.

Our newest addition to the local whiskey scene is Venus Spirits. It just recently opened in beautiful Westside of Santa Cruz known for growing community of brewers, wine makers, restaurants and artists.  The founder, Sean Venus (and we believe it’s a real last name) received much popularity and managed to crowd-found  a tasting room to allow the eager crowd to experience both the distilling process and the spirits that are made there. The Expo tasting will present an amorous standout: Wayward single malt whiskey, made from organic malted barley, twice-distilled and aged in new American oak, thus disobeying Scottish tradition of ex-bourbon cask maturation. Sean’s background in crafting beer, and successful experimenting with it, inspired him to make the leap and create the whiskey in his best-loved beer, pale ale style: light, aromatic; yet caramelly and woody: a truly unique malt. Interesting are production methods: while some of Venus spirits rest in standard 53-gallon barrels, a portion will mature a mere six months in 10-gallon versions, thus achieving a deeper oak flavor. Also, Wayward whiskey oozes terroir: not only local ingredients add to the distinction, the coastal climate specifically the micro-climate of Santa Cruz go into the essence of every sip. Beer drinkers, whiskey fans or ocean lovers, we all can unite in Venus enjoyment!

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WoW 2015 Expo tickets

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, we wholeheartedly recommend not waiting any longer! The VIP and Dram Club tickets sold out even faster this time around. We expect the General Admission to be gone soon as well. To our friends who already bought tickets, we will publish our pour list shortly, so you can start planning your sampling routes and whisky destinations. In the meantime check out our attending brands page .

General Admission:          $125

VIP:                                       $155 (Sold out)

Dram Club Admission:     $180 (Sold out)

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The Glenmorangie Tùsail Private Edition at The Whisky Shop = Scotch Whisky News

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The Glenmorangie Tùsail Private Edition

Made from a very rare type of barley, Maris Otter, which was introduced in 1965 but almost completely disappeared soon after due to higher demand requiring higher yield. Glenmorangie’s Dr Bill Lumsden managed to secure a parcel of Maris Otter and arranged for it to be floor malted by hand, before laying the new spirit into carefully selected designer casks. The result is the Glenmorangie Tùsail – Scots Gaelic for ‘Originary’ – Private Edition with rich, rustic malty flavours which pay homage to the Maris Otter variety.

Click here to order

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #516 – Whisky News

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www.ralfy.com celebrates having over 51,000 subscribers on YouTube with a wonderful discovery to be found at Whisky Review 516Glen Garvin 8yo Malt Blend

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “LONG LOST TREASURES FOUND!” – Scotch Whisky News

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LONG LOST TREASURES FOUND!

January’s Outturn has been a big hit. So much so that many bottlings sold out in the first weekend. The adventurous, outdoorsy flavours – perhaps a touch piratical? – caught the imagination of members looking for a new year challenge. It’s the nature of single cask whisky that when it’s gone, it’s gone, and not everyone will be able to get a bottle every time. But this time you’re in luck: we found just a few more drops of three fabulously popular whiskies. Get yours now before they vanish over the snowy horizon again…

Spicy & sweet  55.26

Outdoor, masculine dram

14 years old
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

£48.10

Deep, rich & dried fruit 39.105

Pirates puddings on the deck

14 years old
Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

£48.10

Old & dignified
9.82

Breathe in long!

25 years old
Refill ex-sherry butt

£98.00

Browse New Outturn
Browse All Bottlings

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

The Balvenie Rare Craft Event in NYC’s Chelsea Market – Scotch Whisky News

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The Balvenie Rare Craft Event in NYC’s Chelsea Market ran from 17 November 2014 through 22 November 2014, and gave place not only to rare and unique handmade pieces from artisans from all over the United States, but it also allowed ticket holders to sample  Balvenie whiskys while admiring the crafts. The collection curator was Indy racer Dario Franchitti, and the event itself was hosted by Balvenie Brand Ambassador David Laird, from Glasgow. My husband John and I attended on the final day, 22 November, and wanted to share some highlights with the other angels!

In all there were twenty-one crafts showcased, ranging from cars to clothing, but by far our favorite was a set of intricately decorated bagpipes made from Balvenie whisky barrels! These pipes were crafted by Roderick “Roddy” MacLellan, a Scot who emigrated to the U.S. in 1980 and who now lives in North Carolina. Some other favorites were: an Indy Car Parts Table by Julian R. Halpern of Steelhead Studio, a shuffleboard table by Todd McClure of McClure Tables, a guitar by Scott Baxendale of Baxendale Guitars, and a Sea Board (surfboard) by Mike Lavecchia of Grain Surfboards. The heart of the exhibit was a Morgan +8 Roadster, hand-assembled and crafted with extensive Balvenie branding. Wish we were allowed to sit in it!

While browsing, guests could sample Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood and 14 Year Caribbean Cask, but we were lucky enough to get into the Master Tasting later in the day. David Laird hosted and it was a rare treat. We sampled the 12 and 17 Year Doublewood, the 14 Year Caribbean Cask, 12 Year Single Barrel, and 21 Year Portwood! Lucky us, we got to take home Rare Craft branded Glencairn glasses and a Balvenie branded water dropper!

An amazing day, but your angels weren’t done yet. David invited us to the VIP after party, where we sampled more of the Balvenie range; the details are a little fuzzy at this point! A heartfelt welcome from David and live music started off the night, and NYC’s famous Meatball Shop catered the party. Unfortunately, we had to leave before the 25 Year Single Barrel was opened; we had to catch the last train home.

Maybe next year!

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Marcie and John sent this to angels recently, we apologise for the late report!

http://angelswhiskyclub.com/awc/maarcie&john.asp

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We do suggest other angels do the same, want to become an angel? It’s free, just email us at members@angelswhiskyclub.com

 

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A. SMITH BOWMAN DISTILLERY WELCOMES HOME A NEW 500 GALLON STILL NAMED GEORGE – American Whiskey News

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A. SMITH BOWMAN DISTILLERY WELCOMES HOME

A NEW 500 Gallon STILL NAMED GEORGE

Two Minute Video Captures the Build from Start to Finish 

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (January 20, 2015) A. Smith Bowman Distillery just welcomed home a brand new still, naming it George, after the father of the pioneering Bowman brothers. George, also known as still number 1965, found his place next to Mary, the existing whiskey still, on Thursday as the installation process began. Mary is named after Mary Hite Bowman, George’s wife, and the mother of the Bowman brothers.

Designed to create more than just whiskey, the new still was custom made, with unique features chosen by Master Distiller Brian Prewitt that allow him the freedom to explore his passion for creating new and exciting expressions. George also enables A. Smith Bowman to craft spirits from start to finish.

“We want to have the capability to try anything and everything, and with George, we should be able to do just that,” Prewitt said. “We’re excited to do some experimenting, try new things and continue to make great spirits here at A. Smith Bowman Distillery.”

George is a 500 gallon hybrid pot still with a reflux onion, optional gin basket, and attached columns with bubble cap trays. These features allow Prewitt to create many different flavor profiles and a variety of spirits including vodka, gin, and whiskey. Standing at 24 feet tall with a pot that is approximately 1,700 pounds, George will weigh nearly four tons when full.

While George allows the Distillery to pursue their passion for new expressions, current A. Smith Bowman spirits will continue to be crafted in their consistent method.

George arrived at the Distillery after making his journey from Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was built. Though George is now fully assembled, final connections are still in process before his inaugural distillation run.  George is expected to be in full operation starting in March.

To see a 2 minute time lapse video of George being assembled click here.

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  In response to the rapid rise of taxes in Northern Virginia, the Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit http://www.asmithbowman.com/.


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