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Experts at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will help make finding the right whisky easy and fun


Christmas shoppers searching for a whisky to buy can now get expert advice thanks to The Christmas Whisky Concierge, a new service launched by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (

The Society is inviting shoppers searching for whisky to sign up and join a Christmas Whisky Concierge session at its Kaleidoscope Bar.

The weekly group sessions, which start on Tuesday 22 November, will be hosted by a Society Whisky Concierge, who will help make the often-tricky job of choosing a whisky to buy as a present easy and fun.

The Whisky Concierge will guide shoppers through the different flavours of whisky available, and give them the opportunity to sample some whiskies from the Society’s range of 12 different flavour profiles. The Society has released 60 new single cask whiskies for Christmas, which are now on sale.

For those who can’t visit one of the sessions at Kaleidoscope, the Society has also posted an ‘Ultimate Christmas whisky gift guide’ article on its website at

The Society’s online shop at also offers a live chat ‘Whisky Concierge’ service.

Jan Damen, Operations Director at the Society, said: “Whisky is top of many people’s Christmas wish-lists but with so many styles of whisky now available, we know that choosing the right one can be complicated.

“At the Society, we bottle whisky from different distilleries around Scotland and the world every year and we focus on the flavours of whisky. This makes it easier to understand and more fun for people who are often daunted by traditional regional classifications and distillery brand names.” 

To reserve a place at a Christmas Whisky Concierge session, visit 

The Christmas Whisky Concierge sessions, Kaleidoscope Bar, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX.

£15, 22 November, then every Tuesday and Wednesday 6-7pm, and every Saturday and Sunday 3-4pm, until Thursday 29 December 




About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club which bottles rare single cask whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society releases a new batch of around 20 single cask single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The Society bottles the finest single malt whisky from around 350 single casks every year and has bottled whisky from a range of more than 132 distilleries in its history.
  • The Society offers 3 levels of membership
  1. Membership Pioneer with gift box containing 3 samples, £122
  2. Member at £61.50 – without gift box
  3. Sample Subscription – free.

For more details, visit




When the auction started back in August, 1st December felt like an age away! But the end is in sight and with it comes a unique opportunity to own one of the very first bottles ever produced from this Perthshire distillery.

The first of a new generation of small distilleries, Strathearn ‘Probably Scotland’s Smallest Distillery’ produces single cask, single malt whisky using traditional methods. This, their inaugural release, has reached 3 years of age and can now legally be called Scotch whisky.


Limited to only 100 bottles, the lucky highest bidder on bottle 001 will have their whisky hand delivered by the distillery! Beautifully presented, the stylishly simple bottle and box will be accompanied by a Red Kite feather, a nod to the distillery’s emblem. The perfect Christmas present for your loved one we agree, but please be aware that there is no guarantee that the bottle will reach you before 25th December. We will do our very best though!

Our auction of Strathearn Distillery’s inaugural release will finish tomorrow night from 7pm (GMT). Once 7pm is reached activity on ANY ITEM will prolong the ENTIRE auction by a further two minutes. The ENTIRE auction will end when there has been no activity placed on ANY ITEM within the last two minutes after 7pm.

Happy bidding and good luck!


Our Special Extended December Auction is up next. If you have bottles that you are thinking of entering for auction then there is no better time to do it! We are currently offering free UK and EU* courier collections. To find out more and book your collection get in touch now!

*minimum of 6 bottles required. 


+441738 245576 /

Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – In Stores Now!

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Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – In Stores Now! 

The only Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar in the world. Independently bottled and selected just for our calendar. Designed to take you on a journey through the regions and styles that make Scotch the most sought after whisky in the world.

The vast majority of the scotches in this calendar have never been seen before and not be seen again. They are single barrel bottlings exclusive to our calendar and you.

Now releasing our 3rd edition of the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Secret Spirits has been forging a new category in the world of spirits that encompasses the three tenants that make up the foundation of their releases. Explore, Experience, Entertain.

Boasting a unique tasting glass each edition, a collector’s lapel pin, tasting booklet with background on all the independent bottler’s and room for your own notes the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar is truly unique.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar contains 25 x 50ml bottles that are filled by Secret Spirits direct from the cask or occasionally decanted from rare single cask bottling’s from years past.

Utilizing world class independent bottlers like A.D. Rattray, Wemyss Malts, Samaroli, Malt Whisky Company, Adelphi, Single Cask Nation, Ainneamh, and now our own Secret Spirits selections.

Limited to only 2000 calendars plus the gorgeous Collector’s Editions with solid rosewood and brass fittings of which only 100 are made.

Available for order throughout Canada the UK and EU in 2016 and the US in 2017.

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Whisky Hammer November Auction Now Live! – Auction Whisky News




(ends Sunday 4th December)

…place your bids at

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits in over 580 lots, there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy or gift this Christmas!

The auction ends on Sunday 4th December – so plenty time to get bottles delivered to your door ahead of Christmas!


The Whisky Shop “Whisky Wednesday: 24 hours of deals!” – Scotch Whisky News

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What are Whisky Wednesdays?

They’re a chance for members of The W Club to scoop up an outrageously good deal that can be delivered in time for the weekend. However, numbers are strictly limited, so you have to be quick off the mark!

How does it work?

We post a small number of bottles on the web that are discounted by up to 50% for a maximum of 24 hours or until stock runs out. At 10am on Wednesday morning members of The W Club receive an email with that week’s deals as soon as they are live.

How can I take part?

Only members of The W Club have access to Whisky Wednesdays, but don’t worry there’s still time to join if you want to take advantage of tomorrow’s deals.


For just £20 a year you’ll have access to a host of brilliant benefits, including: Exclusive members-only offers at The Whisky Shop Priority notice on rare and restricted releases A quarterly copy of Whiskeria magazine, delivered to your door Special W Club competitions Members-only bottlings and opportunities to join the tasting panel Behind the scenes news, reviews and Q&As

Here’s a sneak peak at todays deals


Mulberry Bank Auctions Winter Whisky Auction December 2nd, 2016 – Whisky Auction News


Mulberry Bank Auctions Winter Whisky Auction will take place on Friday 2nd December from 2pm.  The catalogue can be viewed at HERE  or through The Saleroom

Whisky Wednesday & Project XX – Scotch Whisky News


Hey guys and girls! This week we’re putting the biggest single malt distillery in Scotland under the microscope, but only one bottle in particular, the Project XX. As soon as this bottle was announced, a long with it’s sister bottle, the IPA Cask. I knew that I had to get my hands on it. Twenty global brand ambassadors from Glenfiddich have been given the keys to the warehouses and picked their favorite casks, resulting in this wonderful and limited expression. Seventeen bourbon barrels, two sherry casks and a port pipe have gone into it’s development and is one of my contenders for bottle of the year. Enjoy!






There’s already a sense of Christmas in the air but it will all become very real on Monday when The Famous Grouse is back on our screens with a brand new advert.

For over 20 years the famous bird has graced our TV screens, heralding the start of the festive season, and this year sees the brand’s icon return but in his natural habitat, in the Highlands of Scotland.

The UK’s No.1 whisky has created two new TV adverts communicating ‘perfectly balanced’ and ‘smooth’ – two key characteristics of The Famous Grouse – underpinning the quality of the nation’s favourite whisky.

The ‘Perfectly Balanced’ advert will air for the first time on 17 October on various channels and VOD with the second advert set to air in November.

“Our fans tell us they know Christmas is coming when they see our icon on TV” explained Johna Penman, Marketing Controller for The Famous Grouse. “This year he is back and can now be seen enjoying life in his natural habitat, whilst retaining his playful sense of humour.”  


About Maxxium UK

  • Maxxium is the distributor of The Famous Grouse in the UK.
  • The Famous Grouse portfolio includes: The Famous Grouse, The Famous Grouse Smoky Black, The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold, and The Naked Grouse.
  • Maxxium UK Ltd is part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Suntory and Edrington.
  • Its UK portfolio of premium brands includes: Blended Scotch (The Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Cutty Sark), malt whisky (Highland Park, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Auchentoshan, The Macallan, and Ardmore), imported whiskey (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Canadian Club, Red Stag) Japanese whiskey (Hibiki, Yamazaki, Hakashu), cognac (Courvoisier) vodka (Stolichnaya), rum (Brugal), liqueurs and specialities (Sourz, Midori, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, After Shock).

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “FLASH CASK SALE: 15% OFF ALL BOTTLINGS” – Scotch Whisky News



As we prepare for the most magical time of the year, we’ve not only released another batch of festive whisky flavours, we’re offering members a mouth-watering 15% saving on ALL whiskies online (some small t&c’s apply).  Fill your stockings with some outstanding whiskies this Christmas at a very special price but hurry, this extraordinary sale ends at midnight on Wednesday 30 November.


With less than 4 weeks until Christmas, let our Whisky Concierge service help you find the perfect whisky present.

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

Rabbit Hole Distilling Announces First Release of Bourbon and Rye Whiskey – American Whiskey News


Rabbit Hole Distilling Announces First Release of Bourbon and Rye Whiskey

The craft producer is releasing three whiskeys throughout Kentucky and Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky – October 20, 2016

Rabbit Hole Distilling announced today that their inaugural release is now available at restaurants and retail outlets throughout Kentucky and Illinois. The product line includes their signature Four Grain Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and a Straight Bourbon Finished in PX Sherry Casks.

Some consumers have already had an opportunity to sample the bourbon, which took home top honors at the Bourbon Mixer in August, being named “Fan Favorite” by the Whisky Chicks and Bourbon Brotherhood. The Beverage Tasting Institute recently awarded medals to each of the whiskeys, including a Gold Medal going to the Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.

CEO and Founder Kaveh Zamanian, along with his wife Heather Bass, began Rabbit Hole in 2012 to pursue his vision to craft unique spirits, with a focus on Bourbon, America’s native spirit. “For us, Bourbon is more than just a drink. It is a symbol of individualism, self-sufficiency and living life to the fullest. I started Rabbit Hole with a singular mission to make exceptional spirits.”

The outfit recently celebrated the groundbreaking at the site of their distillery in NuLu with Mayor Greg Fischer and Colleen Thomas, Bourbon Ambassador for the Kentucky Distillers Association, as guests of honor. The distillery, located at 711 E. Jefferson Street in Louisville, is slated to open Fall 2017. Approximately $12.5 million is going into the project, which will house a distillery operation producing 20,000 barrels per year. It will also include multiple tasting rooms, a restaurant, gift shop, as well as a 160+ person event space. Tours will be offered daily.

Rabbit Hole Distilling chose NuLu as the site for their distillery in order to be a part of what Zamanian calls “the Southern vibrancy of Downtown Louisville.” Award- winning architect Doug Pierson (, well known for designing Louisville’s Green Building, conceived this project as a way to join Market Street to Jefferson Street by way of a public walkway and civic gathering space.

The distillery operation will be overseen by Master Distiller Cameron Talley, a veteran of Wild Turkey and Brown Forman. Other collaborators in the project include Larry Ebersold, former master distiller at Seagram’s and Pernod-Ricard, Dave Scheurich formerly at Brown-Forman, and Randy Allender from Jim Beam.

Other planned releases include a London Dry Gin Finished in Rye Barrels and a High Rye Bourbon.

Distribution in Kentucky is through Republic National Distributing Company ( while Illinois distribution is being operated by Heritage Wine Cellars (

For more information, visit their website

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