Archive for July, 2018




The Scotch Malt Whisky Society won a total of 11 awards for their single cask whiskies 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) ( has won Cask Strength, Scotch Whisky of the Year for their bottle Cask 3.305 – The scents of perfection at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018 (IWSC).

The 28-year-old Islay whisky, which was released in December 2017 with only 209 bottles available to SMWS members, also won a Gold Outstanding award. Listed under the SMWS flavour profile of Old & Dignified, the whisky spent 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a 1st fill Pedro Ximinez hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

The taste of the whisky is described by the Society’s Tasting Panel as “dark fruits soaked in port followed with chocolate-covered brazil nuts and banoffee pie” with a nose of a “heavenly reek of smoked bacon mingled with coffee ice cream, butterscotch and lemon thyme on the finish”.

10 other awards

The SMWS achieved an impressive haul of awards for an independent bottler, winning 10 other awards including a Gold for Cask 4.239 – High sea rebellion and Silver Outstanding for Cask 36.138 – Fruit baskets in a painted room and Cask 42.43 – Smoky spiced red rye ale.

As with all Society releases, they are limited edition and members have snapped up most of the awarded whiskies, but Cask 35.203 – Feria de Jerez is still available in the UK/EU ( The Society’s Tasting Panel described this Speyside whisky as having a “full aroma of sweet potatoes with dried figs, caramelised apples and Chantilly cream” and a “lively taste of dark chocolate covered figs and Sherry soaked Medjool dates”.

The Society releases an outturn of new whisky every month and still has exciting plans for the rest of the year, including a range of new single cask whiskies in their August outturn along with the release of a rum, Armagnac and cognac under their Single Cask Spirits collection.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine & Spirit Competition awards excellence in wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging recognition for quality products. 90 countries worldwide enter the competition and each sample is treated with the same care and consideration in the IWSC’s dedicated tasting premises.

Commenting on the win, Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at the SMWS said: “This year we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and we’re delighted to mark this by winning Cask Strength Scotch Whisky of the Year, along with an array of other awards.

These awards acknowledge the best spirits in the world and follow on from taking home seven awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in May earlier this year. It’s the perfect way to mark our 35th anniversary.”

Full awards listed below:


Cask 3.305 – The scents of perfection

Cask Strength Scotch Whisky 2018

Cask 3.305 – The scents of perfection

Gold Outstanding 2018


Cask 36.138 – Fruit baskets in a painted room

Silver Outstanding 2018

Cask 42.43 – Smoky spiced red rye ale

Silver Outstanding 2018

Cask 50.96 – A day trip to heaven

Silver 2018

Cask 52.21 – Tropical breezes fill the sails

Silver 2018

Cask 35.203 – Feria de Jerez / Available here:

Bronze 2018

Cask 29.240 – Seventh heaven

Bronze 2018

Cask 4.239 – High sea rebellion

Gold 2018

Cask 9.133 – Elixir of the gods

Silver 2018

Cask 29.225 – Slapped by a kipper

Silver 2018
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About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club that bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The Society only ever bottles single casks – each cask is unique, making every Society bottling a limited edition
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 135 distilleries in its history
  • The Society releases a new batch of around 30 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar and Shop in Edinburgh has over 200 whiskies on offer and is open to everybody
  • The Society offers a variety of membership’s packages which can be tailored. Please see
  • For more information about the Society, visit

What’s going on at The Glenrothes this summer? – Scotch Whisky News


Distillery News


We’ve been basking in some unusually high temperatures at The Glenrothes Distillery this month.  It’s perfect weather for enjoying the beautiful countryside that surrounds us, but sometimes hot and dry conditions can be problematic for whisky production. Some nearby distilleries have had to start their Silent Season a bit earlier this year to save water. Luckily, as we’re blessed with our own abundant source of water right here on the estate, we’ve been able to keep up production until the very last minute.

Now, however, it’s time for us to take a break, close the distillery and begin our own Silent Season. That’s the time of the year when we carry out essential maintenance at our production facilities. Tasks like cleaning out the washbacks and rinsing out the stills, as well as giving everyone who works here a well-earned break for summer. We’ll be back in August, rested, perhaps a little bit tanned and ready to get back to what we do best: making one of Speyside’s finest Single Malts.


A new era is on the horizon.  As a friend of The Glenrothes we wanted you to be the first to know that September is going to arrive with some very exciting news at our distillery. Stay tuned.

The Glenrothes Distillery Team.


The Glenrothes
Highland Distillers Ltd
100 Queen Street
Glasgow, G1 3DN
United Kingdom


Morrison & MacKay Laphroaig 7 Year Old 2010 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


Laphroaig 7 Year Old 2010 Strictly Limited

ABV: 46.0%
Age: 7 Year Old
Vintage: 2010
Cask Type: Sherry Butt
Bottler: Morrison & MacKay
Region: Islay

Laphroaig Williamson 7 Year Old 2010 vintage single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask sherry butt bottled 2018 by Morrison & MacKay for the Strictly Limited series. Williamson is a name given to Laphroaig. 885 bottles.

Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 on the rocky south coast of the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. This malt whiskey distillery continues to malt barley using its traditional malting floors and malt kiln. In 1994 the distiiley was awarded the Royal Warrant. The core range is quite extensive and supplemented by limited releases including a 21 year old was issued in 2015 to celebrate 21 years of Friends of Laphroaig. Independent bottlings are also available from Signatory, Cooper’s Choice and Hunter Laing. Laphroaig distillery also participates in Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “The 1920 summer Olympics” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS 66.114

66.114 – The 1920 summer Olympics

“Aromas hurdled out of the glass with the scintillating energy of a gold medallist clad in fur and smoking a cigar. The intensity became a sprint through clouds of hickory smoke and Pedro Ximenez sherry vapourising on hot coals. “

Age: 16 years

Price: £69.00


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


Scotch Whisky Auctions 88th Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News


Hi folks, that’s us live with the 88th auction! Happy bidding!

Happy Bidding!

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 “I know one thing which never dies: the reputation of each dead man.”

Poetic Edda, Hávamál, verse 77 

Highland Park is excited to introduce you to VALKNUT Special Edition single malt Scotch whisky.

In partnership with renowned Danish designer Jim Lynvgild, Highland Park VALKNUT is the second in a series of three VIKING LEGEND releases inspired by our rich Viking history and mythology.

Jason Craig, Highland Park brand director, commented: “Valknut is an intensely balanced whisky with an ABV of 46.8%.  It’s been matured predominantly in American sherry seasoned oak casks with a slightly higher phenolic level, compared to Valkyrie.  We’ve also used a small amount of Orkney grown Tartan barley which adds to its smokier edge and lingering sweet, spicy finish.”

Designer, Jim Lyngvild commented:  “The story of the Valknut is compelling and I wanted to ensure that the design feature of this packaging was a fitting match to the whisky created by Master Whisky Maker Gordon Motion.

“Also, as VALKNUT is part of a series of three expressions, I made sure that there is continuity in style of the packaging – for example, the frieze design at top is consistent in look but the story of the symbol has been brought to the front panel.”

Jim’s inspiration came from two important Nordic sources in Gotland, Sweden – the first of the four Stora Hammars stones and the picture stone at Tängelgårda.

VALKNUT means ‘knot of those killed in battle’ and its symbol of three interlinked triangles is closely associated with the Norse god Odin who guided the spirits of the dead to Valhalla.

Norse mythology tells of the VALKYRIES, Odin’s female servants, who combed the battlefields for the bravest fallen warriors. Vikings who met an honourable death were marked out by the symbol of the VALKNUT and spirited away to VALHALLA to join Odin’s mighty army and prepare for RAGNAROK, the battle of the end of the world.


Highland Park Valknut will launch in over 15 markets from June 2018.

RSP:  £58.00 (70cl and 75cl)

Valknut is the second in a series of three Viking Legend releases. It will be followed by Valfather in 2019.

Jim Lyngvild biography

Jim is a Danish designer and a true Viking.  His Viking lineage includes his 36th great grandfather Ragnvald Eysteinsson who was the 1st Earl of the Orkney Islands.   He can trace back his family tree all the way back to the 8th century.

Today, Jim lives in a Viking inspired castle which he designed himself in the Danish village of Faaborg. He is well-known for his creativity and vivid imagination.

A successful businessman and designer of many things including part ownership of with Frejdahl, a Danish Brewery.  

Tasting notes – 46.8%.

Appearance:   Natural colour, light gold

Nose:  Toasted vanilla pods, cracked black pepper, oak shavings, cloves, aniseed, aromatic smoke

Palate: Sweet, aromatic cloves join forces with tangy hints of aniseed

Finish: Intensely balanced, bold and courageous, leaves a lingering memory of aromatic peat smoke and sweet spices

For further information, please contact:




Cotswolds Distillery has launched its inaugural travel retail proposition at Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands Airports. Introduced exclusively into the sector in World Duty Free stores at the beginning of April, the offering has already seen strong success and has had a significant impact on sales. This is Cotswolds Distillery’s first foray into travel retail and increases opportunities for international travellers to try its award-winning range of whisky products.

Customers are able to purchase Cotswolds Distillery’s three flagship products; Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky and Cotswolds Cream Liqueur, all in 70cl size. For those unfamiliar with the selection, customers can ‘try before they fly’ with Cotswolds Distillery staff on hand to provide discerning travellers with samples, further insight into the brand, its products and their origins at the heart of the Cotswolds.

Product sampling at Birmingham Airport is complemented by a film about the products, their heritage and the production process, broadcast on a large HD display. The impact of this bespoke area has been extremely positive, with sales of Cotswolds Distillery products doubling since its launch.

This exciting launch follows the recent announcement that Cotswolds Distillery has raised £3million of equity through crowdfunding, further demonstrating its commitment to expanding and developing the business to meet growing demand for its award-winning products around the globe.

For more information, please visit 


The Cotswolds Distillery:

Located in Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, the distillery has become a premier local attraction, offering tours and tastings daily, and now receives 30,000 visitors a year.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017. It has been aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine barriques. It is bottled non-chill filtered, with no added colour and at 46% ABV. RRP £44.95. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm it was grown on.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is available nationally and in 12 countries across the world. Key UK retailers include Majestic Wine, The Whisky Exchange and Laithwaites.

For more information, visit

Arran Brodick Bay 20 Year Old Limited Edition at Milroys of Soho – Scotch Whisky News

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Arran Brodick Bay 20 Year Old Limited Edition 49.8%


Buy Brodick Bay

Arran Brodick Bay 20 Year Old Limited Edition 49.8%

Isle of Arran distillery is releasing a Sherried single malt called Brodick Bay as part of its new limited edition Explorers Series, which pays homage to the island’s natural charms.

A 20-year-old single malt, Brodick Bay has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and ex-Sherry hogsheads before being finished in oloroso Sherry butts from Bodegas Tradición in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Bottled at a cask strength of 49.8% abv, the whisky is said to contain notes of ‘creamy toffee’ and ‘treacle-laced fudge’, resulting in ‘a memorable sweetness with rich layers of intense fruit’.

Brodick Bay is named for the picturesque bay on Arran’s east coast, located around 12 miles from the Isle of Arran distillery at Lochranza, and overlooked by Arran’s tallest mountain, Goatfell.

Limited Stock


UK Delivery £7.95

(Customers outside the UK please contact the shop for shipping costs)






Macallan 26 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


Special Whisky for Special Occasions

We’ve all been there: a big celebration is coming up but we have no idea what gift to give. That’s the beauty of whisky – as long as the recipient enjoys the water of life – there are so many new and wonderful whiskies to try!

Whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, retirement, birthday or new baby, you’ll find the perfect whisky to help celebrate at The Whisky Shop.

International shipping available

Macallan 26 Year Old Platinum Old & Rare

One of only 60 bottles filled from a single sherry butt on 25th May 2018 – the day the new distillery opened – this Speyside single malt was distilled at the original Macallan distillery in June 1991. Matured for almost three decades, this cask strength release from independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co. is presented at 55.2% abv.

Mellow on the nose with dried fruits and a clear sherry influence. The palate is smooth and sweet, with creamy sherried notes before a dry finish with a touch of oak spice.

£1,840 Buy Now


Scotch Malt Whisky Society “August Previews: Preparing for launch” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Aug 2018


For those feeling bold, we recommend exploring 30.102 Not easy – but worth it! More a journey than a drink, this whisky constantly changes in the glass. Spend some time with this one and your patience will be rewarded. Only a limited number of preview bottles are available, the full August Outturn will be released on Friday, 3 August at 9am, order now before they’re gone.


SMWS 30.102

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


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