Palatial surroundings for whiskey by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND Whisky Tours

Palatial surroundings for whiskey

The Palace Bar in the heart of Dublin City, Ireland. The Bar is long and narrow inside you need to be slim! This wee pub has been the haunt of some of the best writers in the country for generations. The Irish Times is the best paper in the country and it is a stones throw away. For years journalists and writers of the Times have come to the bar for beer’s, ales, whiskey’s and wines. Charles Acton, Brendan Behan, John Banville, Liam MacGabhann, Maeve Binchy, Vincent Browne, Garret Fitzgerald. All of these names passed through the corridors of the Times, and Palace bar.

Nae loud music or dancing here, just drinking and conversation. The Victorian pub built in 1823, and in the mid 1940s was sold for an extortionate amount of money. Many questioned if  Bill Aherne the buyer at the time, was off his head, considering the astronomical fee for the little pub. But Aherne believed he was getting a bargain. So it was, in 1946 Bill Aherne shelled out the £27,000 for pub and became Palace Bar’s new owner. If you go into the Pub today you won’t see Bill Aherne, you will see his grandson William and his father Liam. It was from the 1930s to the 1960s that some of Ireland’s most talented writers, poets and journalists were regulars. They drank at the Palace largely because Robert M. Smyllie drank there. Smyllie was editor of the Irish Times from 1934 to 1954. So he stopped in often, and the city’s literary talent followed, hoping to get a piece commissioned. Four bronze plaques set in stone on the ground outside depict regulars: Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien and Con Houlihan. Liam Aherne, can remember a certain Mr Kernoff putting up his art pieces. His studio was off the South Circular Road, on Stamer Street. Kernoff’s work was under appreciated until his later years. But over the decades, dozens of his paintings were sold at the Palace, usually for £10 to £20, if you were lucky. The Palace’s decor is the same today as it was when it first opened. When in Dublin I usually am to be found in here at least once a day, so if you want some grand chat, talk or just listen, and you can actually get in, then do so.  They have a huge selection of every imaginable Irish whiskey behind the bar.

Once in, look and listen, locals and tourists alike are here, when I was in last time it was fun. Sat sittin at the bar was an old guy with a dram and half pint chaser, he was chatting to two pals. All three looked like they could do with a good meal, and a shave. Sliding up a bit to get a better listen, their conversations made me laugh, women, drinks, friends, but most of all, horses. Now I know a wee bit about horses – my grand dad bred them doon in Kilkenny, and I worked on an equestrian magazine for a while. They were talking about racehorses, they knew stable boys and jockey’s that much was clear. All talking about how horse racing is a big con, fixed, the boys and jockeys know, now I had a better understanding. My grand dad had told us this years ago. One old timer saw me listening and nodding to myself, he wagged a finger callin me over. As you do, I turned round to see who he was calling, it was myself. I pointed to my own chest, he nodded, I went over. Asked if I knew anything about horses, I told him what I knew. They ordered drinks and a Coleraine for me. We talked for at least an hour before one had to go. I bought a round or two of the turf style, was enjoying this. Turns out one used to be a jockey, one a journalist – horse racing – and the other a writer of novels. One of my best ever nights in Dublin.  Paul McLean aka Sean Daley


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M Black evolves the highly expressive aesthetic of Fabien Baron’s creative vision that makes its statement in M, in black crystal form. An evolution of the iconic M Decanter, this new step into lustrous black crystal from Lalique was crafted to reflect the diverse history of The Macallan single malt – a striking complement to a subtly smoky Macallan, The Macallan M Black is the latest and most complex release in the range. Designed specifically to celebrate a deep and smoky Macallan than its founding relation, the crystal that houses this precious spirit was also pushed into new territories. Requiring detailed research, prototyping and experimentation, the development of the M Black decanter was an adventure in crystal that produced an end product as unique as the whisky itself.

A rich pecan coloured M lies in wait inside this lustrous black decanter. Dried fruit and orange move to an intense, long peat smoke finish.

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The Hive is a malt whisky carefully created from a selection of high quality casks from Scottish distilleries, with a predominant focus on Speyside malt whiskies.

Over 50 single malt distilleries can be found in Speyside and whilst the most famous whiskies from this region are know for their estery fruit character, there are indeed many different styles of malt whisky that can be found in the region, from light and delicate, oily, meaty and even smoky.

It is from this diverse selection of malt whiskies that we select casks to create a subtle yet complex blend with the ultimate aim of creating luscious honey like sweetness. Additional notes of flower blossom, malty spice and orange oil can also be detected on the nose and palate.


Cheese: A soft and fresh goats cheese or even a lighter cream cheese.

Meat: Honey and clove roast ham works perfectly when paired The Hive. The whisky refreshes the palate from the saltiness of the meat, whilst maintaining the honey flavours.

Dessert: A creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta or the richer caramlised sugar flavours from a Crème Brûlée work well against The Hive’s medium sweetness.

Beer: Innis and Gun Original. Both The Hive and Innis and Gunn Original impart sweet honey, vanilla and malty characteristics making an intense and indulgent pairing although the orange notes in the whisky and citrus notes from the hops in the beer should stop it from being to cloying.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Your online Members’ Room” – Scotch Whisky News

In these difficult times, it’s important to keep our spirits high. We’ve now set up our virtual Members’ Room where we plan to entertain members with daily whisky-related articles, news and guidance on how we can survive this period of isolation together. We’ll also be hosting live whisky reviews and tastings, more details to follow.

Now is the time to expand your whisky know-how, click over to our blog now to discover more and make sure you follow us #alltogethersmws


Our online shop is open with our virtual shelves well stocked with some exceptional whiskies for you to explore. What’s more, we’ve just released this month’s preview bottlings from April Outturn.

Enjoy five new casks that are sure to keep the senses entertained. Limited in numbers, be among the first members to get your hands on these wonderful whiskies. Our courier service is running as normal so you can expect your delivery ahead of the full Outturn release on Friday, 3 April.

Join us on our YouTube channel next week, as our ambassadors host a series of live tasting reviews – including our new preview bottles along with some of their favourite Society bottles. Tune in to SMWSSilverscreen to watch.

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


New Arrivals and Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml)  $74.99 View  90 points Whisky Advocate   Poised and complex, with typically lifted fruitiness: strawberry ice cream, pineapple, peach, balanced by delicate oak, bamboo shoot-like delicacy, then lemon. The palate is more rounded than that very forward nose, with toffee notes adding some weight. A touch of smoke comes along in the mid-palate, before fruits and caramelized coffee biscuits. Water allows the flavors to flood the palate. Exemplary blending skills and classically Hibiki. (DB, Winter 2015)   (12/2015)

Springbank 15 Year Old Rum Cask Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $179.99 View  92 points Whisky Advocate.   The nose is complex, with almonds, coconut, soft leather, tropical fruits, and stewed black tea. Hints of brine and peat appear. The palate is rounded and rich, with more tropical fruits, sherry, caramel, pipe tobacco, wood smoke, and spicy tannins. The finish is relatively long and creamy, with lingering smokiness. All the classic Springbank elements merge nicely here. (GS, spring 2018) 

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Loch Fyne Whiskies “More savings and free UK delivery! 🥃🚚” – Japanese Whisky News

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We’ve added more bottles to The Loch Fyne Sale. Order today for free UK delivery on all orders over £25. Let our couriers delivery your whisky straight to your door!

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D&M California “CoVid-19 shelter in place”

Hello Dear Customers,

We wanted to reach out and let you know what we here at D&M are doing during the California shelter in place. We do have a license that would allow us to open for pickups. At this point in time in an abundance of caution, and to follow the spirit of the shelter in place, we are going to remain closed. Our online store at remains open, and one of us will be going in once or twice a week to pack and ship any online orders that are placed. We love seeing you all, but to break the chain of potential transmission, we want to do our small part. People before profits in this time of need. We are in a good place to immediately reopen and resume normal operations once the shelter in place is lifted, and look forward to seeing you all on the other side of the CoVid-19 shelter in place.

Stay Safe and be well,

Mike and Karen Politz and the Staff at D&M

Hard to Find Whisky Covid-19 Service Update

Covid-19 Service Update

As the Coronavirus / Covid 19 situation continues to develop, we will be following government guidelines and are taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our staff, families, customers, and suppliers whose welfare is of the utmost importance to us.

Where possible, our staff are working remotely to ensure that our customer support remains unaffected.

Our Birmingham store remains open for business and we can offer a contactless purchase option if you require. We have parking right outside our store and can bring any product to your vehicle to minimise your contact with us.

We continue to ship parcels domestically and to international destinations. Please be patient with our couriers as they are currently shipping very high volumes of parcels.

Our distribution warehouse is located on a different site, and our retail and distribution teams have been isolated from one another. We have taken additional steps to ensure that all parcels leaving our warehouse have been handled under World Health Organisation guidelines.

Hard To Find Whisky thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes and good health,

Hard To Find Whisky


Scotch Blasts From The Past – Highland Park, Laphroaig, Ben Nevis… – Scotch Whisky News

Signatory Vintage
30th Anniversary Scotch

Ben Nevis, Laphroaig, Highland Park, Blair Athol and more!

Blasts From The Past

Signatory Vintage celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. They released an amazing array of old, rare and big vintage whiskies to celebrate. We’re delighted to have secured some more of these highly sought after whiskies.

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New Arrivals and Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

New Arrivals and Back in Stock

For our whiskey drinkers, we have a ridiculous value in the form of the Spirits of the Apocalypse “The Walking Dead” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Regularly priced at $40, we have it for only $12.99. This is a lot of whiskey for the price. With a profile that places it alongside Bulleit Bourbon, but at half the price, it is the perfect go-to for all your whiskey cocktails. We are also pleased to announce the arrival of two New Riff bottlings. When we first introduced this label, it became an instant hit, and we fully expect this enthusiasm to carry through to these releases. Crafted by whiskey luminary Larry Ebersold, they have a pedigree that far surpasses their modest prices.

Spirits of the Apocalypse “The Walking Dead” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $40) $12.99 View

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $44.99 View

New Riff “Single Barrel” Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $49.99 View

1994 Auchroisk 25 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

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