Archive for March, 2013

Highland Park Valhalla Collection Loki 15 Year Old at Milroy’s of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Park Valhalla Collection:

Loki, 15 Year Old 

Due for release in April is the hotly anticipated 2nd edition of Highland Park’s Valhalla collection: Loki. As with the 1st edition, Thor, this release is again limited (only 21,000 bottles), and designed to echo the character of the Norse god:
The son of two giants, Loki’s position in Norse mythology is that of a trickster, often engaged in treachery and mischief. He revels in his role, causing problems for gods Odin and Thor as well as being responsible for the death of Thor’s brother, Baldr.

Like its namesake, this whisky is unpredictable and impulsive, echoing the formidable weather of the Orkney Islands. We are promised a single malt which is both dynamic and energetic; with constantly evolving flavours and a fiendish inner complexity. Bottled at 15 years old, this god will arrive in its longship-inspired wooden casing.

Expected arrival April 2013. In the meantime a limited number of the Highland Park Thor is available.

World Wide Whisky Design Awards “Compass Box & Glenrothes” – Scotch Whisky News

Compass Box, “The Entertainer” limited edition for Selfridges

The Entertainer limited edition blended Scotch whisky 700ml for Selfridges. Stranger & Stranger where commissioned to produce a limited edition scotch for the iconic London store Selfridges, the design was inspired by acclaimed English pop artist Sir Peter Blake and … Continue reading →

Glenrothes 1970 Extraordinary Collection Cask #10573

Glenrothes 1970 Extraordinary Cask #10573 in the The Extraordinary Cask Collection series. This distillery Bottling ia an impressive first entry in Glenrothes’s Extraordinary Casks series, intended to showcase some of the older bottlings that they have in their warehouses. The … Continue reading →

D&M Exclusive BenRiach Bottling – Scotch Whisky News

This whisky was aged for 18 years and finished in a Moscatel cask #4491. Reddish walnut color with thick legs. There is a slight hint of mint and pepper to the nose. Very pretty with soft malt, candied fruits- pineapple and cherries with heather notes. There is sweetness right before a fiercely hot finish. A couple of drops of water really tames the heat.

Special D&M pricing! $79.99

Springbank Society News Flash – Scotch Whisky News


Dear Society Members

The new Society Bottle is almost ready to go – sorry for the delay.   As I said in the Newsletter it is a Springbank 15 year old from a Madeira cask.   The cost for UK customers is £65 plus postage and packing.   The bottles can be sent to our Cadenhead shops in Europe, as far as I know there are dispatches going out to these shops early in April, so if you would like to order please let me know as soon as possible so that I can arrange to have them included with the next shipment.   If we miss this shipment it may mean waiting until about June or July.   We will also be shipping to the USA and hopefully Canada but I don’t have dates for these ones as yet.

We also have a little of the Society Springbank 14 year old @ £50 plus p&p and the Longrow 10 year old @ £45 plus p&p, so if anyone would like any of these two bottles please let me know.   For UK members the postage and packing is £8 per bottle but between 3 and 6 bottles it’s £20, so cheaper to buy more!!

Kiln Dinner

Mairi has a few places left for the Kiln Dinner on Wednesday 22nd May, so if you are going to be here and would like to be part of this unique experience please contact Mairi by emailing   Closing date for bookings has been extended to 5th April.

Open Day

There are only a few places left on the Masterclass for Frank & Gavin so if you would like to book, please be quick.   We do have some places left for all the other Masterclasses.   You can book by contacting

Society Open Golf Competition

If you wish to book places for the Open Golf competition please contact me – you don’t have to have a team of 4, we will team you up with others who are not entering full teams.   I am threatening to play in this year’s competition but I pity the team who get stuck with me.

That’s all the news for now, I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards from a very cold Campbeltown.


For the Springbank Society

Please contact Janet at for your chance to join the Springbank Society….

J & A Mitchell and Co Ltd, The Tasting Room, 9 Bolgam Street, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6HZ

Tel :   + 44(0) 1586 555492   Fax :  + 44(0) 1586 551393  website  



As the James Bond franchise celebrates 50 years, and SKYFALL becomes the highest-grossing Bond film ever, The Macallan has announced its intention to celebrate these achievements by donating a bottle of The Macallan 1962 from its Fine and Rare collection to be auctioned for charity.

The Macallan 1962 bottle will feature a unique signed label including signatures of Bond himself, Daniel Craig along with Javier Bardem and Bérénice Marlohe.

The auction is set to take place at Sotheby’s in London, as part of the company’s Finest & Rarest Wines sale on 17th April 2013.  All proceeds from the auction of this lot will benefit the Government Communications Fund (GC Fund) that support former and serving members of GCHQ facing hardship and distress.  At the request of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, this was one the charities that benefited from the SKYFALL world premiere held in October 2012.

1962 was the year of the first ever Bond film, Dr No, signalling the start of one of the world’s most recognised film franchises.   It was also the year that The Macallan 1962 was distilled on Speyside, Scotland.

Ken Grier, Director of Malts, Edrington, owners of The Macallan, said “Following on from The Macallan’s appearance in SKYFALL, we are delighted to further our association with the Bond franchise with this charity auction.  We are hopeful that the combination of the Bond link with the auction appeal of vintage Macallan will give us a great result.  The Government Communications fund is a very fitting recipient of the monies raised.”

Today The Macallan is one of the world’s most collectable whiskies, sitting at the top of the auction table and the owner of the current Guinness World Record™ for the most expensive whisky ever sold at auction. “The Macallan is a First Growth Malt, the tops, with all that this means in terms of excellence and excitement” comments Serena Sutcliffe MW, Sotheby’s International Head of Wine.


About The Macallan®

Founded in 1824, The Macallan® is one of the world’s most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. An obsession with quality has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding by Alexander Reid on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland. The distillery is surrounded by a 150 hectare estate, with Easter Elchies House, a Highland Manor built in 1700, at its heart.

Traditionally known for maturation in sherry seasoned oak casks, The Macallan’s range of outstanding single malts includes: Sherry Oak, matured in Spanish oak casks seasoned with sherry; Fine Oak, matured both in sherry casks of Spanish and American oak and in American oak casks seasoned with bourbon; the 1824 Collection, exclusive to Global Travel Retail and the 1824 Series built on the principle of natural colour. In addition, The Macallan is well known for its great range of vintage whiskies, dating back to 1926, and is considered the most sought after of all single malts among collectors and connoisseurs at auction.

In November 2010, The Macallan set a staggering new Guinness World RecordTM for the “most expensive whisky sold at auction”. The Macallan in Lalique 64 year old: Cire Perdue was sold for $460,000 and every single penny of this was donated to charity: water to help fund life changing clean water projects in the developing world. This was arguably the defining moment in the recent history of The Macallan, but one which reinforces its position as one of the world’s greatest whiskies.

About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Wine auctions in 2012 brought an overall global total of $64,462,965. Sotheby’s overall total of $88.27 million for global wine auctions in 2010 is the highest in the company’s forty-two years of wine auctions. 2011 brought an overall global total of US$85,467,096. The Lafite Ex Cellars sale – of First Growth Bordeaux directly from Château Lafite-Rothschild – held by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in October 2010 set a new record for a single standard sized bottle at auction when a bottle of Château Lafite 1869 sold for $232,692.  This means that Sotheby’s now holds the world records for a standard bottle, a bottle in any format – the Jeroboam of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 which fetched $310,700 in February 2007 in New York – and any wine lot at auction – 50 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 which sold for US$1,051,600 at Sotheby’s New York in 2006.

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744.  Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Highland Park Loki – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks: Highland Park Loki’

Highland Park Loki 48.7% abv

£120.00 inc vat
£100.00 ex vat

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies

Easter Goodies…From The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Scotch Whisky News

Easter Goodies
Looking for something sweet for the Easter Holidays? We’re recommending five mouth-watering drams…

1) 26.89 An exotic tearoom experience
        Highland Northern, £87.60

2) 44.57 Sea salted caramel pebbles
        Speyside Spey, £70.90

3) 35.84 J.K Rowling meets C.S Lewis
        Speyside Lossie, £49.40

4) 37.54 A contradictory dram
        Speyside Spey, £87.60

5) 29.129 Leather and lime in a smoky room
        Islay, £81.20

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.

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks “Ben Nevis Traditional (McDonald’s)” – Scotch Whisky News

Ben Nevis Traditional (McDonald’s)

46% abv £39.90 inc vat £33.25 ex vat

“A new version that has joined their list of standard expressions after the success of the limited edition version a couple of years ago…Ace!”

‘Ben Nevis Traditional (McDonald’s)’

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #351 – Scotch Whisky News casts a perspective over the whisky scandal of 2003 with  double-bottle Whisky Review 351Cardhu 12yo Single Malt & Pure Malt

International Whisky Day! TODAY!!

Today’s the day! It’s the 27th of March and that means only one thing to whisky lovers around the world. It’s International Whisky Day! 

For those that don’t know already, International Whisky Day is a global celebration of whisky originally set up to honour the late Michael Jackson: “On this date let every whisk(e)y lover annually raise a dram – wherever in the world he or she may be – to honour the many unsung heroes of the past and present, who have been crafting the King O’ Drinks for centuries and will hopefully continue to do so till the end of time.
International Whisky Day is entirely non-profit and exists through volunteers and donations from those who believe in the cause. Everyone is encouraged to get involved and together we hope to raise a lot of money for Parkinson’s UK and other charities which help people suffering with the disease as Michael did.
There are many events and competitions already in place that you’re welcome to join in with today if you can. If not, simply raise a glass and spread the word to anyone you meet today.
Some things to get involved in:

A special Twitter based auction in honour of the whisky writer to raise money for research into Parkinsons Disease.
Submit a name for your own unique whisky blend and you might just win it in this prize draw.
For just £1 a ticket you have the chance to win whiskies, signed books, glassware etc.
Beer and Whisky Tasting night at the bar: 3 beers, 3 whiskies and an expert guide to both.
A good old get together in a well stocked bar with some special bottles for those who donate.
A whisky tasting, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Parkinson Association of SA.
Wullie has personally blended a bottle of whisky that can be won by one lucky dinner-guest.
Loch Ness Brewery will be pouring some delicious beer and one or two special drams too.
…and much MUCH more! 
Whatever you do, have fun, drink responsibly, spare a thought (and some cash) for Parkinson’s charities, and make sure you share photos with Malt Maniacs.

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