Archive for October, 2011

Grant’s Scotch Whisky ‘Whisky 4 Movember’ – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky 4 Movember

Hi everyone,

November is just around the corner and for men in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Ireland, it can only mean one thing – MOVEMBER!

Movember is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


Kind regards,


Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Caol Ila ‘Unpeated Style’ 1999 12yo – Scotch Whisky News


Caol Ila ‘Unpeated Style’ 1999 12yo 64%alc. 2011 Release

Bottled 2011

Very limited and so restricted to 1 per person

Sampled under agreeable but hectic conditions I thought this another superb dram. Fruit, vanilla and esters – and everything else – on the nose. A scrawled note included ‘pink candy’ and chocolate finish.

E8 on the Flavour Map
Complex & Smoky.

Price excluding VAT: £43.75
£52.50 Including VAT at 20%

N.B. we do not have any Port Ellen or Brora available from this year’s Special Releases

Caol Ila ‘Unpeated Style’ 1999 12yo 64%alc. 2011 Release

Loch Fyne Whiskies


Scotch Malt Whisky Society October Pay-weekend Trio – Scotch Whisky News


October Pay-Weekend Trio: 3 exclusive bottles for £149
As we wave goodbye to October and say hello to this pay-weekend, we’ve released a limited number of online Oct Pay-Weekend Trios – a last chance to nibble on some of our naughty nectar bottlings

Our trios are not so-much a mystery, we’ve hand-picked six bottles, but we can only tell you one of the bottlings in your parcel, the other two will be a lucky-dip! (Altho’ 19YO is our youngest bottling)

Enjoy 27YO 39.78 Welcome wake up call! and two other bottles from our hand-selected pool…

64.30 Attention-grabbing – 22YO
37.47 Bananas and custard with zing – 23YO
77.26 A foodie’s dram – 23YO
9.53 A peppery explosion – 19YO
30.66 Muscovado, macadamia & manuka – 20YO

Yes, only £149! Limited number of trios are available…first come, first served. Offer runs until Mon 31 Oct (subject to availabilty)

We’ve also discovered a whole-load of outstanding bottlings lurking once again in our online shop…

7.66 Harmonious co-existence of flavour
Speyside Lossie
This had an immediate calming effect on the Panel with aromas of fruit loaf, almonds, pineapples, tea chests, Cuban tobacco work shop, vanilla, pear drops, coconut, jam roly poly, cream sherry, bananas, leather armchairs, and sandal wood all co-existing harmoniously

33.113 Sweet, peaceful dreams (exclusive to online)
You’re in a fabulous pavilion – soaking in a bubble-bath – sweetly peaceful. Nearby, a platter of exotic fruits (pineapple, papaya, lychees) and a dram of this

76.75 Spiritual ascension
Speyside Spey
The nose began with Airfix model kits and cola bottle sweets; then dried fruits appeared (raisins, figs, dates, prunes), followed by Madeira, roast chestnuts, Dr Peppers, vanilla and spice; rhubarb, pear and honey brought up the rear

Click thro’ to discover more….

Browse all bottlings
(61 single casks online)

SMWS Tastings & Events (39 events online)
Oxford Preview Tasting – Oxford Castle, Fri 28 Oct
Sheffield Preview Tasting – Leopold Hold, Fri 28 Oct
Chester-le-Street Preview Tasting – Cricket Club, Fri 28 Oct
Nov Preview Tasting with Cheese – Queen Street, Tue 1 Nov
Nov Preview Tasting for the Meat-Lover – Queen Street, Wed 2 Nov
Nov Outturn Open Tasting – London, Sat 5 Nov
Nov Outturn Tasting & Carvery – The Vaults, Sun 6 Nov

More Society tastings

Society Hogmanay Celebrations: Sat 31 Dec
The Vaults Hogmanay
Hogmanay Gala Dinner: The Dining Room
Hogmanay Member’s Room Event: 28 Queen Street

Whisky Magazine’s 2012 Independent Bottler of the Year

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ
Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society at for your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers.

Glengoyne Distillery Renovations Mark Best Summer Season Ever – Scotch Whisky News


Glengoyne Distillery Renovations Mark Best Summer Season Ever

Glengoyne Distillery is celebrating the launch of a brand new shop and visitor centre upgrade on the back of its most successful summer season ever.

The changes at Glengoyne, which include a complete overhaul of the shop as well as updates to the visitor centre, were completed in time for the end of the summer season which has so far seen a massive 48,500 visitors through the doors of ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful Distillery’ – a 6% rise on last year.


A total of £300k has been invested in the visitor facilities upgrade in 2011 with further renovations planned for 2012. This comes in addition to the £200k spent on renovating the Manager’s House in 2007 for use as an events space and more than £2.5 million spent on operational upgrades to the distillery such as new warehousing and stills.

New features inside the shop include a new tasting area and the ‘Pour Your Own Dram’ facility, where guests are given the chance to fill and label their own bottle direct from an exclusive single cask, before logging it in the customs book. The cask currently available is an American Oak First Fill hoggie from June 2000, cask number 1016. It offers great tropical fruit flavours and plenty of hands-on whisky fun, priced at £75.00.

Glengoyne Brand Heritage Manager Stuart Hendry said: “The old shop area was very dark and didn’t make good use of space. Our brief to retail design agency Contagious was to create a brighter, more organised shopping area which showed off our award winning range but without losing the distinct Glengoyne character.

“I think we have hit the nail on the head and we are extremely happy with the outcome. Feedback from customers has been great and we have seen an increase in sales as a result.”

The shop renovations have allowed for the creation of a new bothy area where groups can relax before and after tours. Cosmetic upgrades have also been made to the visitor centre enabling the distillery to continue offering first class conference and events facilities to corporate and private clients.

A new series of Glengoyne films was also commissioned from Republic Productions to present a fun and informative look into life at Glengoyne for use during tours and events at the distillery and throughout the world. The films range from a short two minute promotional film, tasting notes and cooking demonstrations to in-depth films on distillation and maturation, all highlighting what makes Glengoyne unique. The well known characters from around the distillery including Head Stillman Duncan McNicoll and Engineer & Warehouseman Billy Edminston were chosen to star in the film, rather than actors, to help communicate the unique character of Glengoyne.

Stuart Hendry commented on the film: “The two aspects that contribute most to the Glengoyne flavour are undoubtedly our SLOW distillation (the slowest in the industry) and our devotion to sourcing the finest possible sherry casks from Spain. In order to fully understand where those flavours come from we wanted to take consumers inside the stills and on a journey to Jerez.

“The feedback from viewers is hugely positive. They enjoy getting behind the scenes and meeting the people. Visitors take particular pleasure in speaking to the stars as they meet them around the distillery yard.”

Glengoyne continues to push forward its plans for new customer engagement and will be exhibiting at this year’s BBC Good Food Shows in both Glasgow and Birmingham. The brand has invested in a new exhibition stand will be occupying a large prime spot at the popular food shows in the SECC Glasgow 21-23 October and NEC Birmingham 23-27 November. The Glengoyne team will be offering visitors the chance to sample the multi award winning Glengoyne core range.


For more information visit or call +44 (0)1360 550 254.


Glengoyne Distillery, which offers an unrivalled visitor experience, is situated just 30 minutes outside Glasgow, looking out over the breath-taking West Highland Way.

Owned by independent family company, Ian Macleod Distillers, Glengoyne, Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, has been producing its unique and complex, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky for over 175 years. Using methods passed down for generations, Glengoyne has nurtured and perfected the art of producing the authentic taste of Malt Whisky, untainted by peat smoke. The result is a portfolio of multi-award winning whiskies including the core 10, 17 and 21 Years Old range, as well as special limited edition Single Malts, released each year.


October New Arrivals at Abbey Whisky (Port Ellen 11th Annual Release & Highland Park 40) – Scotch Whisky News


New Arrivals – October

Since we were last in touch a further 27 rare and exclusive malts have arrived at Abbey Whisky.

The Rare Malts Selection has once again proven very popular, and no wonder with this series of malts offering some cracking drams from some very special distilleries.

We’ve kept up with demand, adding some very rare additions to our ever expanding range.

You can view these here…

We recieved a very exciting delivery from Duncan Taylor this week. Not only dothey bottle great tasting whisky but they’re also available at a very affordable price.

One of the highlights has to be the Highland Park 40 year old 1968 from the

Peerless collection. Distilled in 1968, this 40 year old Highland Park single malt whisky demonstrates incredible value for money and it tastes great!

View all our new arrivals here…

The imminent arrival of the Diageo 2011 annual releases and in particular the Port Ellen, has created quite a stir in the world of whisky. We’ve had so much interest in this coveted whisky, as soon as we take delivery we will list it on site and it will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

Remember to click on our ‘Notify When Back In Stock’ option so that we can let you know as soon as it becomes available.

Keep updated with The Port Ellen Annual Release and all Abbey Whisky news via our

Twiitter & Facebook pages….


Abbey Whisky

Highland Park 40 Year Old – 1968 Peerless Collection


Highland Park 40 year old for just over £250!

Distilled in 1968, this 40 year old Highland Park single malt whisky demonstrates incredible value for money as it tastes as good as it looks!

Bottled from cask number 3458, with a release of only 139 bottles.



‘Single Malt Scotch – Perfect For Sharing’ at D&M California – Scotch Whisky News


We have been busy stocking the shelves and getting ready for the upcoming holidays. Here are just a few of the many new single malts that have come in recently. For a more complete list of our single malts please visit the website.

Auchroisk 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Limited Edition $169.99

Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottling $89.99

Cragganmore 13 Year Old Single Malt Whisky Signatory Bottling $57.99 

Cragganmore 1997 Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Cragganmore distiller’s edition is finished in Port pipes for extra sweetness and fruity depth. $67.99

Glen Grant 28 Year Old Malt Trust Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky $189.99

Kilkerran Glengyle Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky – A very pleasant ground spice flavor on the finish and a gentle smoke comes from deep in the throat. $51.99

Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Mouth filling and extremely long but balanced by the sweet smooth caramel taste. $69.99

Laphroaig 11 Year Old Lafite Cask Murray McDavid Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Cranberry, raspberry, plum, cherry, mocha, toast, peat, and smoke $78.99

Laphroaig 18 Year Old Hart Brothers Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky – All the components of the distillery are there, but the additional age brings a balance to the scotch opposed to the more typical in your face Laphroaig style. $145.99

Oban 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillers Bottling – Very exciting and dynamic. 91 Points Advanced Malt Advocate Magazine $104.99

Oban 1995 Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky – A very explosive Oban. Soft malt then wave upon wave of delicate yet rich fruit notes on a tide of brine. $97.99

Old Pulteney 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Full-bodied single malt with elements of honey and lemons. Oaky and aromatic with a warm spiciness and a sweet long-lasting finish. $449.99

D&M Fine Wines and Spirits | 2200 Fillmore St | San Francisco | CA | 94115 | Visit D&M at

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks ‘Port Dundas 1990 20yo’ – Scotch Whisky News


Loch Fyne Whiskies stocks  ‘Port Dundas 1990 20yo’

Port Dundas 1990 20yo
57.4% abv
£110.00 inc vat
£91.67 ex vat

Port Dundas 1990 20yo 57.4%alc.

Very limited and so restricted to 1 per person

A big, dark and to my mind over sherry-wood influenced grain from the now demolished PD.

The box tells us: “When just three years old, the rich single grain whisky in this unusual and strictly limited (1920 bottles) bottling was re-racked into three very different cask woods* for long ageing, to fine effect.

Sappy fresh-cut pine fuses with vanilla ice cream on the spice-sweet nose, whilst sweet taste and rich texture dominate the silky-smooth palate, leaving a long, rounded and complex finish.

*Ex-sherry & first fill American oak, charred European oak.

Price excluding VAT: £91.67
£110.00 Including VAT at 20%

These Special Releases 2011 are all strictly limited to 1 per person

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies


Bruichladdich Tasting Tonight with Federal Wine & Spirits Boston – Scotch Whisky News


Bruichladdich Tastings Tonight with Master Distiller Jim McEwan
4:30 & 6:00 PM
Masterclass at 7:30
at the Omni Parker House 60 School St. Boston

The time has finally arrived! The new Bruichladdich Ten Year Old has walked in our door and we are happy to invite you to join us in tasting through a line-up of Bruichladdich’s single-malts with Master Distiller Jim McEwan. All three tastings will be held a few blocks from our storefront at the Omni hotel in their luxurious Kennedy room. Mr. McEwan will walk us through both their peated and npeated offerings in what will be a truly unforgetable event. Mr. McEwan will be on hand on Saturday to sign bottles and bottles may be picked up next week (10 Y.O. only available to those at the masterclass, our shipment of 10s for the free tastings will arive in a couple weeks). Please fill out an order-form at the event to ensure we have the bottles signed for you. The pricing is as follows: (Note: Prices are subject to change, however unlikely)

Bottle Regular Price Tasting Only Price
Rocks 54.99 49.99
Organic 2003 79.99 71.99
10 Year Old 64.99 58.99
12 Year Old 69.99 61.99
21 Year Old 224.99 214.99
Black Art 2nd Edition 219.99 204.99
Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 150.00 134.99
Port Charlotte An Turas Mor 69.99 64.99
Octomore Edition 2.1 224.99 199.99
Octomore Ed. 2.2 Orpheus 224.99 214.99

Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits


Phone: (617) 367-8605

New Arrivals at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

Talisker 18-year-old Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky

750ml ($79.99) Limited to quanity on hand. We can’t honor bottles sold into the negative. This lovely 18 year old is almost out of existance. Get it while it lasts! Strength: 45.8% ABV Appearance: Amber. Nose: Rich and fruity – Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel – with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water maritime characteristics emerge – dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match. Body: Full. Pleasant, smooth. Palate: Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee. Finish: Medium length. Talisker’s™ characteristic chilli ‘catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.

Kilchoman 100% Islay Barley Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($99.99)

Cragganmore 12-year-old Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 11 available ($43.99)

Laphroaig 10 year old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $40) ($32.99)

K&L Wine Merchants
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA



Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX Proves a Dram Made in Heaven in the 2012 Jim Murray Whisky Bible Awards – Scotch Whisky News


Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX proves a dram made in heaven in the 2012 Jim Murray Whisky Bible Awards

— Author of Whisky Bible describes limited edition Sonnalta PX as a “mesmeric whisky” as it wins Jim Murray’s Best Single Malt Scotch for 2012 —

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX has mesmerised industry experts once more, this time scooping a prestigious prize in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible Awards 2012. Murray paid tribute to the quality of the limited edition single malt Scotch by describing it as having “the perfect whisky finish.”

This year worldwide industry legend Jim Murray nosed his way through no less than 1,500 whiskies and had no hesitation in naming Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX as his Best Single Malt Scotch – category: No Age Statement (Multiple Casks) – for 2012. Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is published annually and is regarded as a benchmark for the industry.

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX takes its name from the Gaelic translation of “generous” (Sonnalta) and PX (Pedro Ximénez) for the “PX” ex-sherry casks from Jerez in Southern Spain into which the whisky is transferred for extra maturation.

But whisky aficionados will have to move fast to sample Sonnalta PX because it has nearly sold out. It is still available at specialist stores at £64.99 a bottle.

In his tasting notes Jim Murray pays tribute to the outstanding qualities of Sonnalta PX which he describes as, “a giant among the tall stills.” Glenmorangie houses Scotland’s tallest whisky stills at its Highland distillery in Tain. Jim Murray said of Sonnalta PX: “It is, unquestionably, the perfect whisky finish. A mesmeric whisky.”

Dr Bill Lumsden, The Glenmorangie Company’s Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, said: “This is a wonderful award for us and is testament to the decision we took to launch our ‘Private Edition.’ Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is an extraordinarily rich, dark and absorbing malt whisky and is the first of a series of innovative whiskies we decided to bring out for the true connoisseur. It is a real trailblazer and sets the benchmark for our Private Edition.

“We transfer this whisky into the ‘king of sherry casks’, Spanish ex-Pedro Ximénez (PX) barrels, for extra-maturation. These rare wood casks from Jerez weave their magic on the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, adding the eminent sweetness and intensity of their previous resident.
“On nosing Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, the first impression is of dark chocolate, sun-dried raisins, treacle and Demerara sugar which gives way to a heady mix of hot chocolate and rich aromatic coffee. We are not surprised that Jim Murray was mesmerised by Sonnalta PX.”

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is no stranger to winning awards. It has already won numerous prizes including: Best New Scotch Whisky Brand in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010, Gold Best in Class at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2010, Gold at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2010 and Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010.

Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is a part of a range of rare and interesting, limited edition whiskies carefully selected from the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ of Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, fast becoming collector’s items.


About Glenmorangie:
Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create ‘unnecessarily well made whiskies.’


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