Archive for December, 2011

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #239 3/3 – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Review 239 3/3 – Glenfarclas Ship Room with George Grant of Glenfarclas at

New Arrival at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

Glenkinchie 12 year old, Distillery Bottling 750ml – 6 available ($49.99) One of the last remaining Lowland distilleries, Glenkinchie is a fantastic expression of the light and fruit style of southern Scotland. Floral and vibrant, it’s the perfect summertime sipper.

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


Happy 2012 From The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News


Merry Christmas & Happy 2012

We trust you had a fantastic Christmas? Hopefully the Society played some part in your celebrations whether it was enjoying a single cask dram, catching-up with friends and family at our Members’ Rooms and tastings or watching their face light-up as you passed on gift membership.

Looking forward to 2012, it makes us smile at the thought of thousands of our members around the world toasting the New Year with their favourite Society dram. Many thanks for your continued support.

Here’s to another wonderful Society year in 2012, we hope you will raise your glass with us…

Members’ Room Sale…starts today
So that you are never without a Society drop at this most wonderful time of the year, our Members’ Rooms at The Vaults, 28 Queen Street and in London will be open over the holidays. Opening Hours

Our Members’ Rooms will also be holding a Bottling Sale in the run-up to the New Year, pop-in to pick up yours…

28 Queen Street: open TODAY!
Enjoy the venue’s selection of Cask End Parcels and up to 40% off selected single casks. FREE hot drinks will also be on offer to members

The Vaults: open TODAY
Where members will be treated to three mouth-watering parcel savings…
enjoy The Vaults ‘Lucky-Dip’ Pair at £75, the ‘Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Rum’ Trio at £110, and an Islay Pair at £80. Parcels are limited.

19 Greville Street: open TODAY
As well as a selection of Mystery Malt Cask End Parcels, London have put together a very exclusive ‘Old & Rare’ Trio Parcel at £200 (a MASSIVE saving).

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.




The new programme and online booking system for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2012 goes live on Saturday, 21st January at There’s likely to be a rush for some of the Festival’s most exclusive and prestigious events as thousands of whisky connoisseurs and hardcore fans of Scotland’s national drink snap up the sought-after tickets to take part in the undiluted whisky magic of one of the most important whisky festivals in the world.

The 2012 Festival runs from Thursday, 3rd – Monday, 7th May when Speyside invites whisky lovers and aficionados everywhere to come and discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies. From whisky master-classes, guided walks, tours and tastings to ceilidhs, music and dance, poetry sessions and family events there’s something for everyone. There’s even a Whisky School for dedicated whisky enthusiasts and industry professionals who want to learn more about the process of whisky making.

Speyside boasts a higher concentration of whisky distilleries than any other region on earth, including Cardhu, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan and Benromach, and it’s not just the range of whiskies at the Festival’s 230 events which is staggering, but the diversity of locations is outstanding – Festival goers can enjoy a dram in a castle, in a village hall, on a train, on a landrover tour, at a world class distillery or even on top of a mountain.

Festival highlights include the opportunity to visit distilleries not normally open to the public, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Awards which is judged by Festival goers, and the popular opening Gala Dinner which will be held at The Macallan on Thursday, 3rd May.

Speyside whiskies are in a class of their own, and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival successfully blends together an exciting and enriching range of authentic Scottish experiences mixed with a spirited passion for all things whisky.

To find out more and book tickets (on sale from 16th January, 2012) go to, and keep up to date with the Festival programme on or


Notes for Editor:
– Next year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival runs from 3rd-7th May. Check out for up-to-date news.
– The Festival also runs several competitions and awards including the prestigious Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards as well as the Photographic Competition
– The Festival runs a subsidised dial-a-bus service and taxi voucher scheme
– Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has received funding from EventScotland and is also financially supported by many other private and public partners

The Whisky Shop Late December 2011 Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News


The Whisky Shop Newsletter – Late December 2011

Please find the latest headlines from The Whisky Shop website.

Balvenie 1401 Tun Now available to order via The Whisky Shop! The Whisky Shop has received a very limited amount…

The Whisky Shop | | Tel 0141 440 0600 |

Grant’s Scotch Whisky “Raising a glass to Don Ramsay” – Scotch Whisky News


Raising a glass to Don Ramsay

Hi all,

Our longest serving cooper, Don Ramsay, retires today(Dec 22nd) after 50 years’ service in Dufftown. I know he would have rather left without a fuss but I couldn’t help visiting our cooperage this morning for a chat.

Don started his apprenticeship aged 15 on Christmas Day 1961. As he explains: ‘I left school on my birthday…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


Kind regards,


Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review 239 2/3 – Scotch Whisky News


Ralfy settles down to reviewing a winter-warmer with Whisky Review 239 2/3 – draff & footballs at Glenfarclas Distillery.

Top Whisky Event Searches For ‘am dram’ fun – Scotch Whisky News


Top whisky event searches for ‘am dram’ fun

Aspirant actors and actresses are being invited to act in a ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery, as part of an exciting new event set to stir the whisky industry.

Organisers of the Whisky Stramash, which takes place for the first time at Edinburgh’s Surgeons’ Hall on 26th & 27th May, are on the search for an amateur dramatics group to act out the gruesome game, which is being sponsored by Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Colleges, universities and drama clubs are invited to audition and compete against other groups across the country for the chance to take part and win £1,000 cash prize. The winning group will be invited to the event to act out dramatic death scenes, plotting along the way and leaving clues to grip the unsuspecting audience, before helping to uncover the cunning culprit.

Darroch Ramsay, founding partner of the Whisky Stramash, said:

“This is an exciting time to be part of the event, particularly as this is the first. The atmosphere is set to be extraordinary, with the combination of the historical location at the Surgeons’ Hall and the weird and wonderful experiences we are offering, including the murder mystery.

“We are looking for a group of five keen drama enthusiasts to take part in our murder mystery. We are encouraging as many amateur dramatic groups as possible across Scotland’s central belt to enter. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in something that is truly unique!”

Auditionees are asked to send a three-minute video clip of their best performance to or by post, to Whisky Stramash Am Dram Auditions, threebrand, Boat 1502U, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW.

Willie Cochrane, Jura Distillery Manager; “Jura’s history is steeped in storytelling, intrigue and mystery. We are supporting the ‘am dram’ campaign because it is the perfect tie in with our brand and the island’s unique heritage. We are looking forward to seeing what unfolds at the event. Watch this space as we are hoping to bring something special to this unique experience.”

Videos will be uploaded onto a dedicated YouTube site, before the Whisky Stramash organisers narrow the entrants down to their favourite three. These three will be invited to audition in front of the judging panel at a location in Edinburgh, before the winner is announced and invited to perform at the event in May 2012.

Whisky Stramash will encounter many elements and experiences and will feature a huge array of whiskies from Scotland and abroad. As well as the murder mystery, visitors can expect to be entertained by a realistic barber surgeon, Heston Blumenthal style molecular experiments and bespoke whisky cocktails.

The Stramash will be held on three sessions over the 26th and 27th of May 2012: Saturday 26th of May 2012: 12pm – 4pm and 5pm – 9pm and Sunday 27th of May 2012: 1pm – 5pm.

Please note all participants must be over the age of 18 and proof of age is needed to apply.

For further information, visit the website: or follow on Facebook  and Twitter 

*Tickets for the event cost £25 and are available from several outlets including (online and via telephone 0844 395 4000) and at the SECC and The Hub box offices.
*As well as Jura, Dewar’s, Bunnahabhain, Finnieston, Isle of Mull and Arran Single Malt: Dalmore, Whyte & Mackay, Aberfeldy, Drambuie, Black Bottle, Tobermory, Ledaig, Deanston and Springbank whiskies have also signed up for stands at the event.
*Whisky Stramash is the brainchild of Scott Martin and Darroch Ramsay who have both been to whisky events all over the world and wanted to create a whisky event with a distinct point of difference.
*Scott and Darroch have a combined experience of 22 years in the drinks industry and both have a keen interest in whisky since working as bartenders. Scott currently works as a global Scotch ambassador and Darroch’s background in Scotch is in brand management.
*Whisky Stramash will give brands the opportunity to present their whiskies to a desirable group of consumers.
*To take part, applicants need to send off a three-minute video clip. For videos under 5mb these can be emailed to . For anything larger than this please send a disc to: Whisky Stramash Am Dram Auditions, threebrand, Boat 1502U, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW. Please remember to include the group’s name and contact details. Those who are chosen to take part in the next stage will be contacted directly.

The Whisky Tasting Company Ltd – Competition Winners – Scotch Whisky News


Competition – Winnners

Winner of our BBC Good Food Show Winter competition was Christopher Hurst of Milton Keynes, who wins the premium single malts whisky tasting set.

Rhona Sturgeon of Prestwick was the winner of the BBC Good Food Show Scotland competition, with our ‘Regions of Scotland’ whisky set, Glencairn glass and Ashers whisky cake.

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to both winners who have now received their prizes; we hope to run more competitions in the new year.

The Whisky Tasting Company Ltd
Hazelmere Wenlock Road
Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6LB

The Whisky Exchange Blog ‘Midleton Distillery Trip: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys Pt.2’ – Irish Whiskey News


Midleton Distillery Trip: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys Pt.2

[Following on the first part of Tim’s write-up of his trip to Midleton, we jump straight back in with talk of the new expressions from Irish Distillers.] We’re back in the Distillers Cottage at the Old Midleton distillery, where Irish Distillers’ … Continue reading >>


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