Fancy a 50 Year Old? 🥃 It’s Your Chance to Win… – Scotch Whisky News

It’s no joke – we bet you fancy this 50-Year-Old.

To celebrate the upcoming Glasgow International Comedy Festival next month, we’re giving you the chance to win a Grand Prize of a bottle of our highly coveted and rare 50-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky, as well as the chance to win a Runner-up Prize of pair of tickets to one of the many festival shows, including Jimmy Carr, Steve Martin, Janey Godley and more.

Entering is easy – just head on over to our Facebook page and tell us the best joke you’ve ever heard ‘over a dram.’ Terms and Conditions Apply. Competition closes 3.03.20.


Maltstock “Festival season is on!” – Whisky News

Festival season is on!

Hi relaxed Maltstockees!

We have got some good and exciting news for you! As you know we are hard (but relaxed) at work to provide you with a great program in September! So we can announce some old and new friends will attend Maltstock 2020!

Want to meet us? The first quarter of the year is usually a period of whisky festival bonanza! You can go to a festival every weekend, if you want. And we know you want to, because we keep on meeting you there. Which is relaxed! In a couple of days you can find us in Alkmaar at the Hielander festival. So if you have got any questions or suggestions, or just want to enjoy a relaxed dram we’ll meet you there!

So, see you at a festival nearby or in September at our 12th edition of Maltstock!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan and Teun

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a first, again!

Incredible but true, although we have seen numerous of their bottles on our sharing tables, the fine people of Teeling were never with us before. But we are stoked to be able to announce that 2020 is going to be the year Teeling is at Maltstock! And they are very happy to be with us and to be able to meet you people at the relaxed whisky weekend!

Billy Abbotts’ 10th appearance at Maltstock

Recognize the serious looking man in the picture above? It is a rare picture of Billy Abbott making a serious face during a whisky tasting. Amazing! After all the years Billy has been with us we thougth we’d seen it all, but he keeps amazing us! Billy is, judging by his Facebook profile picture, after all a man of colours!

So we are very proud and happy that Billy will be with us again in 2020 representing The Whisky Exchange! Undoubtedly bringing relaxed new whiskies and stories to Maltstock!

Where to find us?

Maltstock can be found at several whisky festivals. If you have any questions or suggestions, or just want to share a dram, please find us at:

– Hielander Whisky Festival (February 7 & 8, 2020)
– The Whisky Show – Old and Rare (Teun only – Feb 29th – Mar 1st)
– Whisky Festival Northern Netherlands (March 27, 28 & 29, 2020)
– Whisky in Leiden (4th of April)
– Spirit of Speyside festival (April 29th – May 4th)

Teun will work! (In London with Stirk)

Teun van Wel will be helping David Stirk at The Whisky Show – Old and Rare, later this month. That must be a precarious situation! Two such relaxed men behind one stand. Well, at least they are both an old and rare breed, so they will feel right at home!

Tickets are available

Make sure you don’t miss out on what again promises to be a very special edition of Maltstock!

So if you haven’t done so already, get relaxed and get your Maltstock ticket here

Click here to go to our webshop

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

Loch Lomond “Three 12s” Gift Pack – 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (1x750ml and 2x50ml) $29.99 View

2008 Glen Garioch 10 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View

Kentucky Owl 10 Year Old “Batch #3” Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml) $189.99 View

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San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA




Flaviar teams up with STXfilms’  The Gentlemen to create a special edition of Deer, Bear & Moose in celebration of the film’s release

24 January 2020, New York. Flaviar, the leading members club for fine spirits enthusiasts, has teamed up with STXfilms on their upcoming theatrical release The Gentlemen. In celebration of the film’s release on January 24, 2020 Flaviar will release just 420 bottles of Deer, Bear & Moose The Gentlemen, a special 23-year old Speyside Scotch distilled in 1996.

From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes The Gentlemen, a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. ‘The Gentlemen’ follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).

With plenty of shots in the film featuring whisky, it made perfect sense to create an ode to the film in whisky form.

Deer, Bear & Moose is a Flaviar exclusive brand which showcases rare, mysterious and elusive barrels for Flaviar’s membership of adventurous spirits enthusiasts. Established in 2015, Deer, Bear & Moose is a selection of exclusive private bottlings curated by Flaviar that makes great, typically inaccessible whisky accessible to those who love it. To date, there have been 17 coveted releases including Bunnahabhain 1989, Auchentoshan 1997, and Tamdhu 1999.

Deer, Bear & Moose is always released in very limited numbers and exclusively to Flaviar members; these precious bottles sell out quickly.

There are just 420 limited-edition bottles of Flaviar presents Deer, Bear & Moose The Gentlemen, a batch size chosen as a nod to the film’s storyline.

Stephanie Carpenter of Allied Global Marketing, STXfilms’ agency of record for partnerships, explained, “We reached out to Flaviar because we wanted to create a special whisky to celebrate the launch of The Gentlemen and help us reach a whisky enthusiast community.  We sought to find a partner that embodied the rogue, entrepreneurial spirit exemplified in the film – Flaviar fit the bill perfectly.”

For this star-studded edition of Deer, Bear & Moose, Flaviar went to Scotland to uncover something fresh, action-packed and absolutely fun. This tale of great wit is deserving of a stiff drink and the result is Deer, Bear & Moose The Gentlemen.

Commenting on Deer, Bear & Moose The Gentlemen, Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar said: “The juice from Deer, Bear & Moose The Gentlemen comes from the Glentauchers distillery in Speyside, Scotland, established way back in 1897. We cherry picked a very special expression to honor this London crime story: a 23-year-old Scotch finished in ex-Bourbon hogshead barrels and a first fill cask from Koval. We tried to capture the intrigue and excitement of The Gentlemen and we hope you can taste it in your glass.”

Flaviar hosted two exclusive screenings of The Gentlemen for Flaviar members in New York and Los Angeles on Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21 respectively.

Deer, Bear & Moose The Gentlemen by Flaviar is a 23-year old Speyside Scotch bottled at 47.2% ABV in 1996 and priced at $220. This cinematic quality offering is available at www.Flaviar.com.


Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the US and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits.

Flaviar members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, access to rare and original spirits available only to members, free shipping, over 200K member reviews and more.

Flaviar is here to help more people try more new things more often.

Flaviar membership is $300 per year, or $95 a quarter.

For more information visit www.flaviar.com

You’ve got to try this!


STX Entertainment is a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman and entrepreneur Robert Simonds. Investors include the global private investment firm TPG Growth; Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market. For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com. 


In business for over 30 years, Allied has built upon its roots in advertising and publicity for movie studios to become a global leader in entertainment, culture and lifestyle marketing. Allied’s global team of specialists, over 400 strong across 23 offices in North America and Europe, create campaigns that drive conversion for some of the world’s biggest brands and their diverse customers across film, TV, streaming, sports, gaming, live entertainment, cultural institutions, hospitality and consumer brands.

British team crowned winners of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019 – the ‘World’s Toughest Row’ – Scotch Whisky News

British team crowned winners of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019 – the ‘World’s Toughest Row’

  • British team, Fortitude IV, have been crowned winners of this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
  • The four-man boat completed the 3000-mile Atlantic crossing in 32 days 12 hours and 35 minutes from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean
  • The four long-time friends attest ‘some of the scariest moments of [our] life’ but ‘memories that will last a lifetime’
  • The team witnessed incredible wildlife, as well as extreme challenges including capsizes (72 hours from shore), sores and 12 metre waves
  • The winning team stormed into English Harbour at a phenomenal speed of 7 knots – more than double the average speed for the race
  • This year, Talisker will enjoy a double-celebration, with one of the winning rowers, Ollie Palmer, also a Diageo employee
  • The next boat is due to arrive into Antigua within 48 hours, with the remaining fleet following between 1-65 days behind
  • Talisker are excited to announce their renewed sponsorship of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge for the next two years

14th January, London: British four-boat, Fortitude IV have been crowned winners of this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest rowing race.

The four friends – Ollie Palmer, Tom Foley, Hugh Gillum and Max Breet – completed the 3000-mile rowing race in 32 days, 12 hours, 35 minutes, arriving into English Harbour, Antigua on 13 January 2020 – the first dry land the team have seen since departing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, over one month ago, on 12th December last year.

It was not an easy crossing for the winning team – this year’s weather conditions were tough and there was a close rivalry with Australian four-boat, Rowed Less Travelled, who are due to arrive in Antigua within the next 48 hours.

The team endured some of the strongest winds ever experienced by the race – causing waves up to 12 metres in height, broken oars, capsizing as well as sores and bruises.

But alongside extreme weather conditions, the participants have also experienced incredible wildlife sightings during their voyage – witnessing both highs and lows of mother nature during this elemental adventure. Whales, orca and repeat sightings of flying fish jumping over their boat and even hitting rowers’ heads – Fortitude IV reported a pod of dolphins and sea turtles circling around their boat on Christmas Day – such sightings lifting spirits on this epic journey. The natural wonders combined with the challenge of both mental and physical endurance result in a life-changing achievement – and affirm the rowers’ motivations for entering.

Elsewhere in the fleet, 9 boats are expected to finish within the next week, with some of the solo boats predicted to spend up to 8 more weeks at sea.

Talisker Whisky have sponsored the Atlantic Challenge for six years and share the same love for adventure and the world’s oceans. Talisker has a rich history with the sea – in 1830 Talisker Whisky was founded by the MacAskill brothers who rowed from Eigg to Skye to find the perfect spot for their distillery in Scotland. Just like the Talisker distillery, this row represents what it means to be made by the sea.

Talisker are excited to announce their continued sponsorship of the Atlantic Challenge and have renewed their partnership with the race for two years.

Speaking in Antigua after the race Ollie Palmer and Hugh Gillum of Fortitude IV said:

OP: “It feels amazing – words won’t be able to sum up how we feel, what we’ve just gone through and then seeing friends and family just now. The memories we have out there will last a lifetime. With all that time on the ocean, you definitely realise what is important to you. 

“The most amazing thing I saw was this incredible array of stars – all moving along in a line like a train – there must have been 200 or 300 stars. That for me was the most incredible thing I saw – along with lots of wildlife; dolphins, whales and turtles.”

HG: “Being on the ocean in quite an extreme context, strips back all the noise and makes you realise what is really important to you. You have a lot of time to think out there – with no distractions – and that inspires you in different ways. 

“It was an amazing thing to have done – we set off thinking it was a once in a lifetime thing and we can certainly maintain that position. The sum of all the parts is incredible – from seeing the shooting stars, to the arrival here tonight, and the support from all of our family and friends. There are tough times that we perhaps would wish away slightly but standing here now [in Antigua] we just think that the sum of all those parts is incredible.”

Natalia Montigny, Head of Global Marketing for Talisker commented: 

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Fortitude IV into English Harbour in Antigua as the winners of this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. I am personally proud of my dear friend and colleague, Ollie Palmer, for him and his teammates to have accomplished this unbelievable achievement, unthinkable to most. Talisker joins their family and friends in celebrating these Wild Spirits and know that their journey will inspire others to embrace their inner-adventurer and reconnect with nature and the things that matter most.”

CEO of Atlantic Campaigns, Carsten Heron Olsen said: 

“Our winning team – Fortitude lV with Tom, Ollie, Hugh and Max – have, from the beginning, done incredibly well. I salute them, and we are, as every year, blown away by our teams’ determination and capability to make what seems impossible, possible – rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. 

“The first team arriving into English Harbour, Antigua, is the greatest time of year. To see our rowers’ faces, their expressions, the way they have changed… as one of our rowers said in La Gomera ‘the journey is the start of a new beginning’ and it is.”



The TALISKER distillery is battered by the elements on the windswept coast of the Isle of Skye and is one of the most remote distilleries in Scotland. It was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, and the distillery has been in near-constant operation ever since. Talisker 10 year old, Talisker Skye and Talisker Storm are widely distributed while Talisker 18 year old, Talisker Distiller’s Edition and Talisker Port Ruighe can be found in specialist stores. See www.malts.com and www.facebook.com/Talisker for more information. The TALISKER, TALISKER STORM, TALISKER PORT RUIGHE, TALISKER SKYE words and associated logos are trademarks. © DIAGEO 2018.  Talisker 10 year old and Talisker Storm were recently awarded Double Gold at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Awards. Talisker 10 year old was also awarded Best in Category. Talisker has a heritage rooted in adventure, in 1830 its founders the MacAskill brothers crossed the Atlantic Ocean from the Isle of Eigg to establish the TALISKER distillery on the shores of Loch Harport on the Isle of Skye. It has remained there ever since, producing consistently fine whiskies for almost 200 years.

As a whisky Made By The Sea, we want to do our part to protect our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet. We believe the power for change lies in the hands of the consumer and brands and as such, Talisker is currently undertaking initiatives to improve its environmental performance.  To date, the Talisker distillery has reduced energy by 12%, improved water efficiency by 22%, achieved zero waste to landfill and is constantly exploring new innovative uses of natural resources, including using sea water for cooling water which can help reduce demand for freshwater during warmer months on Skye. Talisker is equally committed to improving the sustainability of its packaging, including opportunities to reduce weight of materials, increase the recycled content and ultimately, to remove plastic almost entirely from its primary packaging by 2020.  The initiatives currently underway to improve Talisker’s environmental performance are aligned with Diageo’s industry leading environmental targets for 2020 which include halving its carbon emissions and improving its water efficiency by 50% by 2020.


Talisker 10 Years Old is much-loved with a smooth and smoky finish. Double distilled to create a rich, deep character embodying maritime characteristics of a coastal whisky, it is one of the most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the world. This single malt has a sea-salty nose and famously rich and powerful peat-smoke flavour, leaving a warm peppery taste at the back of the mouth.


Talisker Skye pays homage to the Isle of Skye’s majestic landscape and coastline. The liquid has been made from a combination of hand selected toasted and refill American oak casks, that accentuate the sweet, citrus notes of Talisker. The result is a Talisker expression that opens with welcoming, smoky sweet notes, developing into deep maritime flavours and culminating in a powerful, spicy conclusion.


Talisker Storm is crafted to enhance the distillery’s signature smoky and briny flavours, Talisker Storm displays characteristics of the tempestuous seas of its home on the Isle of Skye. It is spicy on the nose, with a hint of struck matches, brine and an oily explosion of pepper. On the palate a deep, nutty smokiness is followed by a hit of wood and brine, finishing with a smooth aftertaste of peaty burnt embers.


Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.


Atlantic Campaigns is the official race organiser and the company behind the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  Without Atlantic Campaigns the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge would not be possible. Working alongside some of the planet’s best ocean rowing advisors, Atlantic Campaigns make dreams a reality and challenges conquerable.  The main goal for Atlantic Campaigns is to make The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge the best organised rowing event in the world. For more information please visit – taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com

The full list of teams competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019

1.                    TheSw2iss 1s

2.                   White Rows

3.                   Atlantic One

4.                   Team Doddle

5.                   Team Maktub

6.                   D7

7.                   Watering the Mind


1.                    Atventure

2.                   The Seablings

3.                   Hell or High  Water

4.                   Row Off the Wall

5.                   Atlantic Dream Challenge

6.                   Van Durme Brothers

7.                   Resilient:X


1.                    Broar

2.                   Team Margout

1.                   The  Atlantic Mavericks

2.                  Oarsome Foursome

3.                  Atlantic Ambition

4.                  Atlantic  Guardsman

5.                  All Oar Nothing

6.                  Bucks Buoys

7.                   Dora Bros

8.                  Fortitude  IV

9.                  RowHHome

10.               Ancient Mariners

11.                Rowe Less  Travelled

12.               Row For Life

13.               Swiss  Ocean Dancers

14.               Force Atlantic

15.                HM Oardacious

16.               Row for Veterans

17.                Fight or Die

18.                Ocean Five

19.                Felix Five



 A new year brings a new look for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society with the spirit of membership at its heart

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) have unveiled a new monogram badge across everything they do. The monogram represents their heritage at The Vaults, Edinburgh but also celebrates their role as a members’ club – a community across countries and cultures, united in their passion for sharing exceptional whisky and spirits.

The introduction of the new monogram goes much deeper than making a cosmetic change. In 2020, the SMWS are bringing the Society membership experience further to life with the opening of a new Members’ Room in Glasgow and a refurbishment and expansion of the Edinburgh Members’ Room at 28 Queen Street.

Last year ended on a high for the SMWS, with a third consecutive award as Independent Bottler of the Year in the Independent Bottlers’ Challenge competition

Head of Marketing & Membership at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Helen Stewart said: “We’re excited to launch our new monogram, representing our rich past but also our confidence in the future.

“Membership is at the heart of everything we do and we can’t wait to hear the reaction of our Society of kindred spirits and curious characters.

“As ever, we will continue to release the world’s most exceptional whiskies, but above and beyond that we want members to share the joy of belonging to the world’s most colourful whisky club.”

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was founded in 1983 through a spirit of friendship – a small group of people who used the discovery of single cask whisky as a reason to get together and enjoy each other’s company. The SMWS now has more than 26,000 members across the world.


About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see https://bit.ly/2uqKanT
  • For more information about the Society, visit https://bit.ly/2HHiNyC

Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Exclusive GlenAllachie single sherry cask 🥃 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

GlenAllachie 11 Year Old Sherry Cask

Glenallachie 2007 TWB Exclusive

Bottled at a whopping 61.3% abv and selected from the Signatory Vintage warehouses exclusively for TWB. Matured in a first fill sherry hogshead boasting flavours of stewed plums, chocolate raisins and spices. Glenallachie 11 Year Old 2007 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask first fill sherry hogshead #900169 bottled February 2019 by Signatory Vintage for the Un-Chillfiltered series. This is a specially selected release exclusive to The Whisky Barrel. 324 bottles at natural cask strength. Nose: Sweet and dry sherry. Hints of cereal and slightly burnt malt. Palate: On the palate stewed plums and milk chocolate coated raisins. A lovely note of nutmeg and a hint of bees wax. The finish is long, dry and sweet.

Glenallachie Distillery is a Speyside distillery sitting on the eastern edge of Ben Rinnes mountain where it is rather exposed to the elements and is often to be see sitting within the snowline. A modern building and its architect William Delmé-Evans created a distillery which is rather pleasing on the eye. Glenallachie was commissioned in 1967 with two stills which increased to four in 1989 in order to meet blenders ever increasing demand for Glenallachie malt whisky. Whilst official releases are few independent releases are more numerous with those from Signatory Vintage and Cadenheads proving popular.

Buy – GlenAllachie 11 Year Old – £73.99

Burns Night at the The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar – Whisky News

Burns Night at the The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar

Enjoy an evening of glamour and opulence at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar this Burns Night. Their current Interpreted Magic menu delves into the fabled history, dark drama and timeless romance embedded in the mysterious world of magic and boasts a refined signature offering, including a well-chosen, in-depth whisky selection. The bar’s enhanced roster of whiskies focuses on rare, valuable bottles and world whiskies, which are all found in the third section in the menu, entitled ‘The Prestige’. This segment is shaded with black and represents the end of the evening or, in this case, the finale. Expanding its representation of world whiskies, and offering small, rare batches, the whiskies at the Beaufort Bar range in style, age, region and complexity, pleasing both malt connoisseurs and curious neophytes. Lesser-known world whiskies to try in the Beaufort Bar, as recommended by Elon Soddu, Head Bartender of Beaufort Bar.

Kavalan Concertmaster:”Full of flavour and attitude, with a port cask finish affording a rich and decadent lingering smoothness”
Karnog Sauternes Cask: “A peated French single malt finished in sauternes casks with an amazing complexity delivered by competing sweetness and smoke”.
Starward 10th Anniversary: “Australian single malt finished in a variety of Australian wine casks, this one weighs in at 52% abv but you’d never know it, it’s stunningly smooth”

To make a reservation please call 020 7420 2111 or email savoy@fairmonth.com


Festive Whiskies at K&L California – Whisky News

2007 Dailuaine 12 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $64.99 View

Suntory “Hibiki Japanese Harmony” Japanese Whisky (750ml) $74.99 View

1991 Cameronbridge 27 Year Old “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $79.99 View

1998 Orkney (Highland Park) 20 Year Old “Thompson Bros.” K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View

Very Olde St. Nick “Summer Rye” Ancient Barrel Reserve Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (750ml)$199.99 View

1979 North British 40 Year Old “Old Particular” Single Refill Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View




The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has claimed a third consecutive top award in Whisky Magazine’s Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC) competition.

The award, which recognises the consistently outstanding quality of their whiskies, is an unprecedented three-in-a-row for the title and a remarkable seventh time they’ve picked up the accolade in the past 10 years.

The Society also won the regional awards for Independent Bottler of the Year for Lowlands, Islay, Speyside and American whiskies. Their partner bars also picked up several accolades, with Campbeltown’s Ardshiel Hotel winning Hotel Bar of the Year and Dornoch Castle being named Highly-commended, while the Glasgow partner bar the Bon Accord won Bar of the Year.

The Society, which is the world’s leading whisky club, specialises in single cask whisky and takes a unique approach to their bottlings by celebrating the flavours across whisky through 12 flavour profiles.

Kai Ivalo, Spirits Director at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “What a fantastic achievement for the Society, which we’re delighted to share with all of our members.

“Winning the overall title of Independent Bottler of the Year for the third time in a row is a huge endorsement for our ever-more creative approach to the whiskies we are able to offer our members, whether they are single cask bottlings, whiskies that we’ve additionally matured, or our experimental range of blended malt bottlings.

“We’re currently offering a wider range of whiskies than ever before, and this accolade demonstrates that we’re serving our membership well – and giving more and more whisky lovers good reason to join our ‘All Together Unique’ Society.

“Prospective members can look forward to even more amazing offerings in 2020, so it’s the perfect time to sign up and share our love for amazing whisky and good company.”

This Society’s latest award as Independent Bottler of the Year for 2019 comes on the back of a hugely impressive year of accolades, with a ‘best in show’ win in the recent Luxury Masters award as well as the Scotch Whisky Masters, along with top awards in the International Wine and Spirits Competition, the International Spirits Challenge, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

See below for the full list of SMWS winning bottles:


12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 93.119: Charcoal in a honeypot

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 93.111: Sea through the smoke

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 93.108: Earthy and masculine


Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 33.138: A thigh-slapping dram

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 10.162: Big wave sofa

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 10.181: Feast of St Columba

13 to 20 Years: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 29.260: A visceral elemental experience

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 29.258: Remembrance of fruits past

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 53.308: Let the Tempest tout an’ blaw!


12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 96.31: Poised and balanced

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 123.31: Death by florist

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 77.51: Flower shower

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 66.145: Flambe away


13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 4.249: The mermaid’s marmalade


Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 136.2: Paradise in a paradis

13 to 20 Years: Gold gold medal

Cask No. 5.71: Elbow patches and saucy librarians

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 50.109: Mangroves and marshmallows

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No 97.22: Emerald-masked triple thrill


Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 35.247: In a tabanco in Jerez

13 to 20 Years: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 46.84: Velvety complexity

13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 37.128: Big bold and boisterous

21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 1.212: Beeswax on barrels

21 Years & Over: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 9.169: Enthralling and enchanting


13 to 20 Years: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 51.11: Irish danger juice

13 to 20 Years: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 51.13: Fifty shades of lemon


21 Years & Over: Gold medal winner

Cask No. G1.18: Pyjamas for the soul

21 Years & Over: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. G7.15: Mind-altering hugs


No Age Statement: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 139.2: A tropical affair

No Age Statement: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 139.1: Chomping on a herbal cigar

12 Years & Under: Bronze medal winner

Cask No. 140.1: Cornography


Winner, Independent Bottler of the Year

12 Years & Under: Gold medal winner

Cask No. 140.2: Shotgun whirligig

12 Years & Under: Silver medal winner

Cask No. 140.3: Nik nak woody


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  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The SMWS bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 138 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages which can be tailored. Please see https://bit.ly/2uqKanT
  • For more information about the Society, visit https://bit.ly/2HHiNyC
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