Archive for December, 2012

The Latest From Old Pulteney – Scotch Whisky News

A note from Malcolm Waring from Old Pulteney;

Better safe than sorry
Here at Old Pulteney, the spirit safe is something that always stands out when we are showing people around. Gleaming like a ship’s bell, with crystal-clear spirit pouring into it, perhaps it isn’t surprising.

As well as looking impressive, the spirit safe does an essential job. It ensures we get exactly the right cut of spirit, and that’s a major part of making a great whisky.

However, the time has come for our spirit safe to be replaced. If you look closely, you can see that years of constant use have left their mark. In fact, I sometimes joke that the metal is wearing so thin, we’ll soon be afraid to polish it!

Because we never take chances with Old Pulteney, we decided on a replacement that’s tried and tested. That’s why, instead of getting a new one, we’ll soon be taking delivery of a spirit safe that has only had one careful owner. Look out for more about this in the New Year.

Life begins at forty
I have been delighted at the way our oldest-ever bottling has been received, since it was launched in October. Matured in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, and with an unmistakable Pulteney character, our 40 Year Old has a very long finish indeed.

That’s all our news for now. Best wishes from everyone here at the distillery – we hope you have a merry Christmas, and a good start to 2013.

All the best,

Malcolm Waring
Distillery Manager

Scotch Whisky Auctions “21st Auction” – Scotch Whisky News

A quick message from our friends at Scotch Whisky Auctions;

Hi folks. We are now live with the 21st auction. We trust there will be something for everyone.

Happy bidding.

Best wishes from Glasgow,

Bill, Tam & Mick

Glann ar Mor Distillery Appoints Importer for Singapore and Taiwan – Breton Whisky News

Glann ar Mor Distillery appoints importer for Singapore and Taiwan

December 2012

Glann ar Mor, the artisan distillery from Brittany is delighted to announce it has appointed The Auld Alliance in Singapore for the distribution of its whiskies in Singapore and in Taiwan.

Jean Donnay who owns Glann ar Mor, the “No Compromise” distillery which he fully designed, said “We are very happy to have our whiskies in such good hands for their new life in South East Asia”.

Beside being the importer for both markets, The Auld Alliance is also a wonderful bar offering the largest selection of whiskies in South East Asia with over 1000 references.

Glann ar Mor is a craft distillery producing its whiskies by the seaside on the Northern coast of Brittany in pure Celtic tradition, doing it the old fashion way with live flame heating for its two pot stills, worm tub condensers, wooden washbacks and ultra slow distillation.

The first two pallets of the un-peated Glann ar Mor and of the peated Kornog are now being flown to their remote destinations. Both single malts are already well established within the whisky community, having benefited from multiple awards and tasting reviews, including in particular a “Liquid Gold Award” for Kornog in the three latest editions of Jim Murray’s “Whisky Bible”.

For more information contact:


The Auld Alliance Pte Ltd.

Contact : Emmanuel Dron

Email :

Phone : +65 8126 0520


The Auld Alliance Ltd.

Contact : Mr Lin

Email :

Phone : +886 2 25418999

The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival February 23rd, 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival

by Sylvain Bouffard

We’ve all been solicited to give to Charities. Charitable organisations rely on fund raising events such as Galas, Dinners, Baked Goods Sales, Silent Auctions and etcetera. The Museum of Military Communications and Electronics is offering a refreshing change: a Whisky Festival! Why not try something new!!

Picture yourself in February 2013. Winter is lingering. The February Blues are bringing you down. Why not attend

The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival? Bring a friend. The Spirits of Kingston Whisky also a great gift for that hard to buy for person.

On Saturday evening, February 23rd 2013, between 7 and 10 pm, the Museum will be transformed into a whisky exhibition hall and over twenty Vendors will be dispersed amidst the museum’s displays. With your compli-mentary crystal glass, especially designed for whisking tasting and imported from Scotland, stroll through the Museum and discover which eau de vie tickles your fancies: Scotch, Irish, Canadian or American whiskies.

The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival is proud to offer you, with your general admission, an opportunity to enjoy Light Finger Food, which will consist of a great selection of bite-sized dishes prepared by Cordon Bleu Chef, Justin Hazlett. Experience Whisky-Food pairing, where the flavours of the whiskies compliment the taste of the food and vice versa!

It is the perfect occasion for novices, and enthusiasts alike, to experiment and avoid having to purchase a bottle of undesirable whisky that will forever sit on a dusty book shelf. Connoisseurs will be able to appreciate the premium whiskies served in Master Classes and the presence of one of the only two Canadian coopers.

The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival promises to be a fantastic Night Out: Sample whiskies, visit a local Museum and support a local charity!

In the end, I very much look forward to share with the 300 ticket holders to The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival the passion and enthusiasm that I have towards discovering, learning, sampling and enjoying whiskies and whisky making. A passion which started several years ago, after my wife told me to get a hobby to lessen the stressors of a busy life. When I mentioned that I could join a Scotch Whisky Club, I was pleasantly surprised by her response that it sounded like a great idea. Little did I know then that my dabbling in Whisky would take me to so many places throughout Canada and introduce me to so many interesting people. As the saying goes “People who love Whiskies, love people who love Whiskies” and with good reason. There are just as many interesting and complex Whiskies as there are people. Each with their own unique blend of characteristics which when paired with a complimentary joie de vivre makes for a great friendship.

Please visit for additional information and tickets.

1975 DALLAS DHU Very Rare Avaialble in Ontario – Scotch Whisky News

The Claymore Times
~ All The News That’s Fit To Drink ~

1975 DALLAS DHU Very rare (LCBO # 2081603)
A second running for the LCBO, but this time only 26 bottles in 4 stores. Check this link for locations

This is a very rare 1975 Dallas Dhu bottled at 40% from a distillery that went silent in 1983, this particular barrel was bottled 2007 giving it a distillation period of 32 years and is on the shelves at $409.95. Certainly one that could be squirreled away by a collector or to be shared at a special event e.g. this Christmas.

Dallas Dhu Distillery was built 6 miles from Dallas by Wright & Greig Ltd, a Glasgow based blending company. Construction was completed in April 1899. The distillery changed hands twice before it was taken over by the DCL in 1929. In April 1939 the distillery went on fire causing £7000 worth of damage.

During the second World War the distillery remained closed. In 1950 the distillery was connected to the national grid. Up until 1971 the wash still rummager was powered by a water wheel. Dallas Dhu stopped production in 1983. In 1988 it was bought by Scotland’s Historic Buildings and Monuments Directorate, it is now a museum and part of Speyside’s Whisky trail.

The old distillery buildings of Dallas Dhu are now used to house a museum. Dallas Dhu was one of the first distilleries with a pagoda roof. It was designed by the company of Charles Doig and his two sons who were involved with the design of more than a hundred distilleries in Scotland and Ireland. Dozens of them have been active until this day – like Glenfarclas, Highland Park, Lagavulin, Talisker and Bushmills (in Ireland).

The most popular blended whisky of Wright & Grieg Ltd. at the end of the 19th century was “Roderick Dhu”.

Between 1921 and 1929 Dallas Dhu distillery was owned by Benmore Distillers Ltd., an English consortium that also owned the Benmore and Lochhead whisky distilleries in Campbeltown and the Lochindaal distillery on Islay.

Even though the Dallas Dhu distillery was closed in 1983, warehousing continued at the premises until the distilling license was cancelled in 1992.

The name “Dallas Dhu” has sometimes been spelled as “Dallasdhu” in the past.

Tasting Notes:

• AROMA without water
Fruity notes present – fresh pear and peaches. Subtle ester influences, a delicate malty edge is present. A complex aroma.
• TASTE without water
Mouth watering, remains fresh – peach elements, a subtle vanilla comes to the forefront.
• AROMA with water
Prominent malty note with more subtle influences if fresh and ripe water melons. A subtle chocolate coffee note becomes apparent.
• TASTE with water Heavy tropical fruits initially, retains a certain freshness and becomes mouth drying.

Locations for Dallas Dhu (LCBO # 2081603)


Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘Parcels” – Scotch Whisky News

Let us plan your 2013 whisky calender for you with our Whisky for a Year…

Special Offer:
Buy Whisky for a Year – 6 bottles and receive a set of Society Tasting Glasses

Buy Whisky for a Year – 12 bottles and receive a 13th bottle of the highest quality and intrigue

Whisky for a Year – 4 bottles

Over the course of the year we will send you 4 SMWS bottlings, hand-picked by The Tasting Panel and of the highest quality and intrigue. That’s one bottle, delivered straight to your doorstep, every three months.


Whisky for a Year – 6 bottles
Over the course of the year we will send you 6 SMWS bottlings, hand-picked by The Tasting Panel, and of the highest quality and intrigue. That’s one bottle, delivered straight to your doorstep, every two months.


Whisky for a Year – 12 bottles
Over the course of the year we will send you 12 SMWS bottlings, hand-picked by The Tasting Panel, and of the highest quality and intrigue. That’s one bottle, delivered straight to your doorstep, every month.


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.



DECEMBER 2012 – Sharing the same underlying values of quality, tradition and the desire to celebrate Scottish culture, Bowmore and the Caledonian Club make perfect partners.

The Caledonian Club was founded in 1891 and is a private members’ Club situated in the heart of Belgravia, London.  The club occupies five floors and members enjoy a busy calendar of events including classical music evenings and club traditions such as the St Andrew’s Day Dinner.

In “The Bowmore Room”, guests can look forward to being taken on a sensory journey of discovery to Bowmore’s charming island home of Islay. From whisky pairing events to magical ‘A Taste of Islay’ evenings; from Burns Suppers to the innovative Caledonia Lectures; “The Bowmore Room” will play host to a range of exciting and unique events for members and guests alike.

Cara Laing, Bowmore Marketing Manager, said “We are very excited to bring a little taste of our special island of Islay to the Caledonian Club in London. Islay is a tough place to get to so we hope The Bowmore Room will truly bring to life the essence of Islay as well as our award winning Single Malt”.

David Coughtrie, Chairman of the Caledonian Club, commented “The new association between Morrison Bowmore Distillers and The Caledonian Club is a very welcome addition to the range of malts our home and overseas members enjoy. The depth and variety of expressions from this respected distiller will be available in the Bar and in the Dining Room where we will serve the Bowmore 15 years old Darkest as a perfect accompaniment to our haggis”.

Founded over two centuries ago in 1779, Bowmore is the first recorded distillery on the island of Islay and one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. Using time-honoured traditions little has changed in the way the exceptional Single Malts are produced; the malt is still carefully smoked in a peat-fired kiln just as it was over 200 years ago and the water is still drawn from the Laggan River. Bowmore whiskies then spend their long live resting in the legendary No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturation warehouse in Scotland.

Located just off the West Coast of Scotland, Islay is famed for its peat, which is still used as fuel by many of the islanders, and together with salt from the Atlantic Ocean adds to the strong character and peaty smokiness of Islay malt whisky. Bowmore is no exception, however with its unique location on the shores of Loch Indaal, Bowmore Single Malt is widely acknowledged to be among the finest and most perfectly-balanced in the world.

And so we ask you to come on in to “The Bowmore Room”, experience the magical island of Islay and take in a dram of Bowmore, in the heart of London’s only Scottish private members club.

For more information, please visit and

UK Distributor: Cellar Trends on 01283 217703 or

Isle of Arran 12 years old Cask Strength Has Now Arrived In The U.S. – Scotch Whisky News

We are pleased to announce

Arran 12 years old, Cask Strength

has now arrived in the U.S.

This whisky is the newest single malt release from the award winning Arran distillery.  The 12 years old Cask Strength is planned to be released in batches at regular intervals

and will complement the regular core range from the distillery.

This particular batch has more of a Sherry influence than the previous batch, which is preferred by many whisky connoisseurs.

It is priced very reasonably which adds a great value to this high quality whisky.

RRP:  $ 69.99



This holiday season, we are honoured to share with you news of a very special and limited gem from Glenfiddich that is now available in Canada – the Canadian Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Limited Edition.

Canada is very fortunate to be one of only four countries in the world who will have the Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams available, and this very special bottling is here now, just in time for the Holidays!

This product has a unique Canadian connection, as this year Glenfiddich made History, launching the Canadian tour, rolling Whisky barrels from coast to coast. Through our travels with these barrels, thousands of Whisky enthusiasts from all over Canada were able to inscribe their hopes and dreams directly onto our touring Glenfiddich casks, beginning with the phrase “One day I will…”.

These barrels were then sent to Scotland, where our Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, married together Glenfiddich whiskies taken from a hand–picked selection of American oak casks, no younger than 14 Years Old, and this whisky was then decanted into the Cask of Dreams whisky barrels and left to finish for 3 months.

The one–time–only, Glenfiddich Single Malt Cask of Dreams Limited Edition is now available for a very limited time in select Provinces and stores. Be sure to check your local liquor store to get your Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams bottles before they sell out. Provinces where the Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams is now available:
• Alberta
• British Columbia
• Manitoba
• New Brunswick
• Newfoundland
• Nova Scotia
• Ontario
• Saskatchewan

´Tis a perfect gift this Holiday Season for you or someone very special!

Cheers to dreams coming true!

Glenfiddich Canada

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Boxing Day Sale: 15% Savings” – Scotch Whisky News

Boxing Day Sale: 15% Bottle Savings
Merry Christmas to all members, we hope you had a wonderful day.  Keeping the festive spirit, we’re having a Boxing Day Sale, save 15% on all bottles online today.

Get along to our Edinburgh Members’ Rooms today and tomorrow and you’ll also save 15% on all bottles.  Or the London Members’ Rooms at 19 Greville Street on Fri 28 Dec

15% Savings Schedule….
Online:    Today, Wed 26 Dec
Queen Street:     Wed 26 & Thu 27 Dec
The Vaults:  Thu 27 Dec
London Members’ Rooms:    Fri 28 Dec

Browse all bottlings

Members’ Room opening hours

*Excludes pairs, parcels, whisky for a year, mini packs or any other generously discounted bottlings

* Please note: we will not be able to dispatch bottles via mail order until after Mon 7 Jan

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.

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