Archive for July, 2014




200 lots of rare and collectable Japanese whisky take centre stage

Bonhams Hong Kong, pioneer of whisky auctions in the city, is offering the largest sale of Japanese whisky in Asia.  The Rare Single Malt Whisky Auction will take place on 15th August 2014 at 7pm at the new Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery located at Suite 2001 in One Pacific Place, Admiralty.

With global appreciation and demand for rare Japanese single malts at an all-time high, Bonhams Hong Kong is offering 200 lots including legendary collections from the Japanese distilleries of Karuizawa and Hanyu which ceased production in 2001 and 2000 respectively.  A comprehensive range of over 170 bottles of Karuizawa whisky will be presented, including the impressive collection of Karuizawa – Non distilled in years 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1994 and 1999; the Karuizawa Geisha series; Karuizawa vertical years ranging from year 1969 to 1995; the Karuizawa black and white series and the extremely rare Karuizawa-1965-21 year old in a crystal decanter.

The renowned and award-winning Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Playing Card Series’ is highly sought after by Japanese whisky enthusiasts around the world, with the ‘full deck’ collection rarely seen on the market.  For this sale, Bonhams offers the most comprehensive collection of Hanyu Ichiro’s Playing Cards whisky in the auction history of Hong Kong. Highlights include Six Full House with Six of Hearts, Six of Diamonds, Six of Spades, Five of Hearts and Five of Diamonds, and a set of Royal Flush with Ace of Clubs, Two of Clubs, Three of Clubs, Four of Clubs and Five of Clubs.

Building on the success of the whisky sale in May 2014, Bonhams once again presents the highly collectible Yamazaki 50 year old. With only 150 bottles released worldwide, the Yamazaki 50 year old is the rarest and oldest Japanese single malt whisky.


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News from The Whisky Belle – Scotch Whisky News

The Whisky Belle

Things have been as busy as ever with The Whisky Belle over the last few weeks. But rather than looking back, I am looking forward. I have been working with some great businesses to create some really interesting events combining whisky and food – my two passions!

I’ve also had great help improving the website so I here’s the link so you can read up about these events coming up. Click on and treat yourself!

Enjoy the summer.


The Whisky Belle

Fancy A Bit of the World’s Best Single Malt Over Dinner? – Australian Whisky News

Sullivans Cove

Fancy a bit of the world’s best single malt over dinner?

Then join us at Glass Brasserie in Sydney on Tuesday the 5th of August, 6:30pm, for a 5-course degustation dinner hosted by Bert Cason, who will be flying up from the distillery in Tasmania especially for the event.

The dinner features 5 courses, matched with Sullivans Cove’s whiskies and single malt liqueurs, including the world’s best single malt, Sullivans Cove French Oak.

This is a unique and rare opportunity to taste the world’s best single malt whisky, don’t miss out!

Tickets are 140pp. Please contact Therese Grasa immediately to book your place. Spaces are very limited.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “AUGUST PREVIEWS: HEIDI’S HOLIDAY TO ISLAY” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Whiskytwitcher


Isn’t she a lucky lady? In this beautiful weather, a fresh, floral Alpine breeze blowing over a peat-infused Islay barbecue sounds like a pretty good stab at the perfect evening…

Lightly peated

29.157 Heidi’s Holiday to Islay

This invigorating dram was fresh faced and light of heel. In Heidi’s basket was Black Forest ham, sea salt and balsamic crisps and red liquorice. As she skipped along the shore of seashells, aromas of Pears soap and alpine flowers emerged…

17yo; Refill ex-sherry butt

BUY £62.40

Browse July Outturn

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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 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

Whisky Auctioneer July Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News

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Our July auction is live from Friday 25th July 2014!

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Macallan Sir Peter Blake

This stunning presentation art piece from Macallan was created in partnership with Sir Peter Blake to commemorate his 80th birthday.

Sir Peter Blake has worked with Macallan on numerous projects. This art piece follows Sir Peter’s designs for eight labels representing each of his eight decades. He worked with a team of highly skilled specialists to create a true celebration of his life and the Macallan.

Alongside this stunning art piece we have many fantastic bottles this month including a Karuizawa 1969 42 Year Old, Springbank 1966 Local Barley and Dalmore Ceti 30 year old.

We also have a bottle of the Glenlivet Atlantic, a very rare 40 year old Glenlivet distilled in 1965 and released exclusively for the Guardians of Glenlivet. Alongside this there is a bottle of Macallan 1964 (and many other Macallans) and the legendary Bowmore 1968 32 year old, all available in this month’s auction.

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The Macallan single malt whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has reported strong consumer engagement and sampling figures after the launch of The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge experience in the windows of Harrods.

The luxury whisky brand took over windows five and six on Brompton Road from 2nd – 10th July and created a gentleman’s lounge in the window display of the world’s most famous luxury department store.  The sampling activity kicked off with an exclusive event showcasing some essential skills every gentleman should master led by Maxxium’s Mixxit team; including a master class by Wayne Collins in the art of creating a classic whisky cocktail, The Macallan Old Fashioned, and a tutored session from David Miles on how to expertly nose and taste a whisky.

The space was created to celebrate the award winning The Macallan 1824 Series, with over 1,000 consumers sampling the Series’ four expressions; Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby over the course of nine days. Consumers explored the whiskies via style pillars, each perfectly designed to represent the four single malts through the world of fashion, grooming and lifestyle.  To complete the experience The Refinery, London’s luxury Grooming Emporium for men, was on hand to offer complimentary treatments such as wet shaves, hairstyling and massages.

Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director at Maxxium UK, commented: “We wanted to create an experience for consumers to engage with The Macallan in a very different environment and one that reflected the brand’s luxury credentials.  With Harrods as the perfect host, The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge achieved great stand out, intrigue and interaction with consumers passing through.  With a high trial to conversion rate it’s important we allow people to taste The Macallan for themselves. Sampling is therefore a key part of The Macallan’s investment plan, which will allow us to grow the brand’s popularity and introduce new consumers to whisky. Venturing into the world of men’s lifestyle through The Macallan Lifestyle Lounge provided us with an excellent platform to do just that.”  


Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship. From its founding, through the subsequent owners of The Macallan distillery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the present century, The Macallan has been recognised for its outstanding quality above all else. Today this remains the foundation for the worldwide fame of The Macallan and is such that it is truly “The Last Word” in luxury and at the heart of those special moments brought alive over a glass of The Macallan.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Commemorative Glenturret 28yo at Royal Mile Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

GLENTURRET Commonwealth Games 2014

Proudly celebrate Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games with this official commemorative Glenturret 28 year old Single Malt. This is not a blended whisky, this is a single malt whisky from the home distillery of the Famous Grouse. Very special, very rare (limited to just 1800 bottles), very well aged. Glenturret cask strength single malt, at a very tempting price. Champion!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Late July Outturn – Scotch Whisky News


July 2014 Outturn Offerings

Cask No. 53.194                                $145

A Calmac ferry dram


The nose gave us fruit salad chews, sherbet lemons, blackberries, lime and oysters, but mainly it was smoke, melting tar, brine, Germolene, coal-tar soap, seaweed, cigar ash, rubber tyres and exhaust fumes (like a Calmac ferry). The palate delivered loads of ash, soot and sweet smoke – chilli-roasted nuts and a charcoal barbeque with smoked mackerel and charred prawns. The reduced nose offered first aid boxes, canvas, burnt mackerel skin and something earthy (terracotta plant pots, grow-bags). The taste was sweeter – peanut M&Ms and sugar-coated fennel seeds – a fine sweet-salty balance with lots of heat, from the biggest distillery on Islay.

Drinking tip: Chill out with this, sitting on the harbour wall watching the boats

Colour: Moonlight Chardonnay
Cask: Refill butt
Age: 17 years
Date distilled: August 1995
Alcohol: 60.1%
USA allocation: 150 bottles

Cask No. 1.176                                $140

Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler

Speyside, Spey

The initial nose neat has the freshness of green saplings and cut grass soon followed by fruity notes of apricots and peaches. With time deeper aromas of old fashioned rose water perfume are taking centre stage. The taste starts off similar to the nose; green and grassy, slightly cereal (Weetabix) and then fruity (now apple slices). The medium length finish is refreshing like a ‘Zesty Ginger-Lime Cooler’. With water we are preparing a fruit punch with strawberries, pineapple, peaches and cherries. The taste is now clean and fresh like minty grapefruit sorbet and Jasmine iced tea – a well-balanced sample from the distillery established in 1836 on the Recherlich Farm at Ballindalloch.

Drinking tip: Looking at a blue sky and the shapes of white clouds weaving imaginary stories

Colour: Citrine gold
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 16 years
Date distilled: March 1997
Alcohol: 55.4%
USA allocation: 84 bottles

Cask No. 2.85                                        $95

Vibrant and tongue-dancing

Speyside, Spey

From the nose flowed fountains of fruit (green apple, mandarin, lime sorbet, pink grapefruit, lemon puffs, pineapple); we also found bubble gum, pickled ginger, toffee, honey, oiled wood and Formica – vibrant and complex. The palate had treacle toffee, butterscotch, peanut brittle and vanilla sweetness, with chilli and eucalyptus heat and some citric bitterness – lively and tongue- dancing. The reduced nose still majored on light, effervescent apple, but deepened by eucalyptus. The palate gave us fresh apple and pear, Mr Kiplings apple pies and fizzy lemon rock –further interest coming from mint, hops and Radox. Distillery founded by a pistol-totin’ mountain man.

Drinking tip: So much apple – one a day might keep the doctor away!

Colour: Winter sunrise
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 9 years
Date distilled: November 2003
Alcohol: 61.4%
USA allocation: 102 bottles

Cask No. 30.80                                $180

A wicker basket full of dark pleasures

Speyside, Spey

The basket opened and the picnic began with cheesecake of Mirabelle plum and marmalade. But underneath lay deeper notes of dark cherries, chocolate brazils, manuka honey and ripe dates. As the panel delved in they were reminded of leather school bags with crushed tobacco – an errant youthful experience. Brambles, raisins and cranberry were dominant, with a whiff of licorish and mint. A careful hand with water is recommended but coaxed out some softer flavours. The panel found the bottom of the basket lined in hessian scented with eucalyptus. Toasted brioche with Nutella and salted caramel to finish.

Drinking tip: A reward after a hard days gardening

Colour: Golden syrup pudding
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 23 years
Date distilled: September 1990
Alcohol: 54.9%
USA allocation: 114 bottles

Cask No. 77.33                                $110

Orange Grove at spring time

Highland, Northern

A very clean and slightly spirity nose to start with but give it some time and you will be rewarded with aromas of lemon sherbet, orange zest, pink grapefruit juice and stewed plums. The taste neat to begin with is again very clean and citric (Bitter Lemon), but at the same time nippy like chilli flavoured peanuts. Herbal notes of aniseed and fennel and lemon curd cheesecake arrive after the initial wave of heat. Water turns the aroma into a fizzy sweetness, pineapple cubes and lemon sherbet but also the intoxicating smell of an orange grove in spring time. The taste leaves you with a fresh mouth-feel of a lemon and mint sorbet.

Drinking tip: A palate cleanser in between courses

Colour: Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cask: Refill barrel
Age: 11 years
Date distilled: April 2002
Alcohol: 58.0%
USA allocation: 108 bottles

Cask No. G8.3                        $180

Surprise Me…


Even at this age the spirit is still spirited; the aroma is of golden syrup and toffee popcorn, with juicy green apples and pears behind; very slightly woody and dusty: ‘a cupboard shelf covered in Fablon’. The taste is sweet and sour – kiwi fruits, lime cordial, Seville orange, sour cherry, stewed tea – with a short finish. Reduced, the aroma initially becomes more oaky (a musty sea chest, a brush shop), then sweeter – lemon puffs, lemon meringue pie. A soft mouthfeel; a sweetish start (‘white jelly babies’), then bitter lemon, with a very short finish. This large grain distillery near Alloa, built 1806, closed in 1993.

Drinking tip: Frozen, as an aperitif

Colour: Harvest wheat
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 23 years
Date distilled: June 1989
Alcohol: 59.0%
USA allocation: 36 bottles

The Glenlivet Gallow Hill at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


The Glenlivet Gallow Hill

The Whisky Shop Exclusive

Nose: Bursting with concentrated fruit flavours. Sweet clementine orange and fruity pear complemented perfectly with a sensation of toasted almonds and moist gingerbread. Palate: Coats the mouth with wonderful sweet orange flavours intermingled with rich milk chocolate and a hint of sweet treacle toffee. Finish: Long and refreshing. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 51.8% volume.

Click here to buy £235

Scotch Whisky Auctions “40th Auction” – Scotch Whisky News

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We are now live, folks. Enjoy.

The 40th Auction

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The SWA Team

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