The Whisky Lounge “SMWS Series 2013 – Review” – Scotch Whisky News

After the runaway success of our first Edinburgh Whisky Festival in conjunction with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s 30th anniversary, we thought it fitting to take some of their bottlings on tour around the UK to help spread the word on what is simply one of the best Indie bottlers going.

So we set out to all our usual haunts London, Brighton, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, York and Sheffield. The series saw a fantastic uptake from you all with Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield all selling out. This in my mind shows just how keen people were to try these elusive single cask beauties.

Before we look at the results, its worth quickly explaining the SMWS, so if nothing else this review makes some sense to people other than those in the know.

The SMWS have been bottling single-cask whiskies exclusively for their members for three decades, and have a collection of slinky venues for members to kick-back in all over the world. Unlike other independent bottlers the SMWS never disclose the distillery of origin on their labels. Instead you get a quirky title which gives a suggestive nod to the whisky’s style and a mysterious code which (with a little research) reveals the whisky’s origin and release within the SMWS archive.

The beauty of single cask bottlings like these is that they are selected and bottled under their own merits and offer a one-off snap shot of the distillery in question. They will often display characteristics which are unique to that individual cask – characteristics which can be lost when casks are vatted together to iron out differences and create consistency in regular distillery bottlings.

Make sense? No? Well you should have booked onto one of these tastings! Never mind, the opportunity to taste single cask whiskies with us will no doubt come up again.

Now being single cask is both a strength and a weakness depending on how you look at it. The merits of bottling an individual cask which shines with unique and delicious character is a given, but what if you want to drink that dram for weeks, months, years to come? Well then quite simply, you’re scuppered, unless of course you had the foresight (and cash) to buy a case or two of the whisky in question. Indeed the whiskies that were featured on this flight of tastings might have already been lost to the pages of whisky history never to be repeated. So like I say strengths and weaknesses….

Here was the line-up

4.167 Perfumed and Sultry, 21yo, 53.7%

35.87 Exuberant, Confident, Energetic, Vivacious, 9yo, 60.1%

G7.3 Fresh Toffee and Glossy Magazines, 27yo, 59.4%

73.52 Speakeasy Perkiness, 23yo, 57.5%

3.193 Baby-Faced Arsonist, 14yo, 57.7%

53.176 Pain is So Close to Pleasure, 20yo, 56.6%

Just look at that lot, you know you’re in for a good a tasting when you kick off with a 21yo Highland Park. Apologies if you’re looking at this and thinking “what the hell does that all mean?” that’s ok, there was a day when I would have thought the same too. If you quickly search any of the codes and their titles on line you’ll soon find out which distilleries they’re from.

So with such an unusual and incredibly strong line-up like this is not surprising that everyone fortunate to taste this lot were blown away. I’ve worked with some strong line-ups over the years but this is probably one of the strongest and a real roller-coaster ride with sherried twists and peaty turns. Here’s some of the high lights from twitter, you can see what various people thought by searching the hashtag #scstunners

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It’s often the case that single cask whiskies can display characteristics a far cry from their regular off the shelf counterparts and this lot was no exception. Whisky #2 was for me absolutely mind blowing, after having tried several releases from this distillery, including some rather old and expensive releases. This particular cask left all of these other examples in its dust. It also came in as the second favourite of the tour. Proof beyond any doubt yet again that you can never condemn a distillery as you never know when a little gem like this might appear to surprise and delight you.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that if you like whisky and are always on the hunt for interesting things to try you can do a lot worse than getting on board and becoming a member with the SMWS.

Check out http://www.smws.co.uk/ for more info on this cracking organisation!

See you next time!

Cheers, Joe

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Wings Transport Tasting II

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

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door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
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This and That at K&L California – Whisky News

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Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 3rd Edition Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml – 7 available ($84.99)

United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Lock Stock Barrel 13 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (one bottle limit) ($119.99)
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon 750ml – 5 available ($36.99)
  • Tuthilltown Hudson Maple Cask Rye (375ml) – 7 available ($49.99)

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New Arrivals and Old Favorites Back in Stock at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits (E. Setauket, New York) – Scotch Whisky News

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New Arrivals and Old Favorites Back in Stock at Mora’s Fine Wine Spirits (E. Setauket, New York)

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The Arran Malt Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II Single Malt Scotch 106.2 Proof – $134.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Glen Grant Five Decades Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof – $137.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof – $55.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest Single Malt Scotch 86 Proof – $69.95 (3 bottles in stock)

Mora’s Fine Wine Spirits

www.moraswines.com

631-941-4458

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’ – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S 12 FINDS THE PERFECT ‘BALLANCE’  

Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, has partnered with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.

Ballance features a series of handcrafted objects which appear suspended in mid-air, creating a super premium design collectible. Comprising five essential items to create the perfect serve of Ballantine’s 12, the sculpture is inspired by the delicate balance of flavours of this popular whisky and the artistry of Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.

The foundation of the Ballance sculpture is a solid oak coaster, inspired by the oak casks used to mature Ballantine’s whiskies. A contemporary, elegant whisky glass balances a trio of pieces; a copper ice bowl, in a tribute to the stills used in the distillery, a square shaped water jug, whose shape mirrors the silhouette of the Ballantine’s 12 bottle, and – precariously balanced at the sculpture’s summit – a copper spoon.

Each element of Ballance has the Ballantine’s 12 by FRONT design collaboration burned, etched or stamped onto it so that they also stand alone as collectibles.

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Sofia Lagerkvist of FRONT explains the design inspiration for Ballance: “We spent time with Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in Scotland and we learned that his craft is a highly skilled balancing act: first in channeling the influences of nature in ageing this particular Scotch whisky for a minimum of 12 years. Then, in blending Ballantine’s 12, the flavours of an extensive collection of single malts and grains have to be precisely balanced to achieve a consistently smooth finish every time.

“Our design objects often communicate a story about process and, with Ballance, we were inspired by the materials involved in crafting Ballantine’s 12 to create our serving ritual.  We also like to prompt curiosity and challenge perception. The magical elements of the sculpture are a stylish, fun and very modern tribute to the alchemic transformation conducted by the Master Blender, whose unique skills have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, commented: “It was fascinating spending time with FRONT and exploring our shared passion for excellence. Ballance is as beautiful as it is functional – lending elegance and theatre to the serving ritual. With Ballance, the ultimate aim is for whisky connoisseurs to discover their own perfect balance in enjoying Ballantine’s 12.”

Only 150 units of Ballance will be released. Each set will have a recommended retail selling price of £350 or equivalent (currency dependent). Stockist information can be found at www.ballantines.com. 

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About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No. 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

For further information please visit http://www.chivasbrothers.com/

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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 9th Release

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 8th Release

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 Wilson & Morgan

Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul vr, september 27, 2013 07:22:28

Bottelaar: Douglas Laing
Regio: Schotland
Fles: Double Barrel 10 Year Old Ardbeg Glenrothes, Douglas Laing
Kleur: zonlicht
ABV: 46%

Double
Trouble

Douglas Laing bracht enkele jaren geleden de reeks
Double Barrel op de markt, een speciale vatting van twee verschillende single
malts. De combinaties lijken mij op het eerste zicht een beetje vergezocht en
ik vraag me af of ze wel zullen werken. Of wat dacht u van Talisker
Craigellachie, Bowmore Glenallachie, Caol Ila Tamdhu, Ledaig
Bowmore, Mortlach Laphroaig, Laphroaig Macallan. Ik bedoel maar.
Laat ik het eens proberen met deze Ardbeg Glenrothes. Gaat de brute
Ardbeg de zachte Glenrothes niet totaal wegdrukken? Ik hou mijn hart vast.

Euh, nee dus. Hoewel de turf van Ardbeg zeker
prominent is en zich vertaalt in gras, mos en natte aarde, komt de subtiele
Glenrothes al snel tevoorschijn. Butterscotch en vanille, maar ook gist en
graan. En flink wat citroenjus, een beetje zest incluis. Dit valt goed mee.

Euh, ja dus. De aanzet is niet echt krachtig,
maar wel kruidig. Fris met opnieuw flink wat turf. Mooie rokerigheid. Assen en
dovend vreugdevuur. Dit is puur Islay. De citrus en vanille hebben moeite hier
doorheen te priemen. Eens dat lukt, krijg je een redelijke mix met de vanille
en honing. Amandelspijs? Zilt versus zoet. Licht drogend. Beetje streng, wel. De neus deed zoeter
vermoeden.

Het drogende, bittere effect zet zich vooral door
in de lange finish, die me toch een beetje doet grimassen.

Op de neus was het nog een feest, maar op het
palate en zeker in de astringente finish vind ik de combinatie toch minder
geslaagd. Leuk experiment, maar weinig meer.

82/100

Geproefd
door Mark Dermul op 30-06-2013
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Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting Vancouver, BC Wednesday, the 16th of October – Scotch Whisky News

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request the pleasure of your company

at our Premium Series

Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting

Wednesday, the 16th of October

two thousand and thirteen, at seven thirty pm

A Veritable Vertical

Sample five 20-year old + Bruichladdich whiskies

Cuvee 640 Eroica

Cuvee 382 La Berenice

Cuvee 407 PX

20 year old Bourbon Cask

22 year old Laddie

 Venue

Legacy Liquor Store

1633 Manitoba St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B8

• Seating limited to 25 guests •

RSVP  

Companions of the Quaich
140-6751 Graybar Road,
Richmond, V6W 1H3
email info@vanquaich.com

 Programme

Whisky tasting: 7:30 pm
Casual attire
Quaich Members: $65
Non-members: $75

(Payment must be received by cheque or cash in advance of the event)

 The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit society dedicated to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky.

A ‘Quaich’ is the traditional Scots drinking vessel for whisky.The name comes from the Gaelic ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’.

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Exclusive Abbey Whisky Gift Sets at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Abbey Whisky Glass Gift Sets

A selection of our own label malts now available in these charming 10cl bottles, complete with Abbey Whisky tasting glass. These unique whisky gift sets are ideal for anniversaries, birthdays or weddings. The pocket sized bottle fits snugly into most sporrans!

Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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This 50 year old single malt whisky from Speyside is the oldest and rarest in ‘The Secret Casks’ series. To think this whisky has been slumbering in casks for as long as 50 years is truly amazing, the involvement of the flavours combined, produce a stunning dram.

£67.50 (£56.25 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 50 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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The 40 year old whisky is a stunning example of an aged single malt Scotch whisky. 40 years of age, a dram that has beautiful deep flavours that have not been over powered from the long rest in cask. This is a dram that you just can’t get enough of.

£44.50 (£37.08 ex vat)

Click here to buy Abbey Whisky 40 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

Abbey Whisky 30 Year Old / Glass Gift Set

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This beautiful 30 year old single malt distilled at secret distillery in Speyside is the youngest dram in our Secret Casks Series. Lots of sweet wonderful flavours combined with ripe golden delicious apples. The flavours get deeper and more intense when the dram warms up a little. It’s not in any way over sweetened; it’s perfectly balanced with great complexity. A dram you could nose all day, lovely!

£28.50 (£23.75 ex vat)

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Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old / The Rare Casks

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A wonderful dram (if we do say so ourselves). The natural cask strength of 44% is surprising given its age but once explored it reveals a delicate but perfectly balanced depth of flavour. Warning! This is a very moreish, easy drinking dram that displays all the wonderful characteristics you would expect from a peated Islay malt whisky.

£18.50 (£15.42 ex vat)

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Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks

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This magnificent Caperdonich 17 year old was the 1st release in ‘The Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky. This limited edition release was distilled in 1995 and left to rest for 17 years before being bottled in 2012.

£16.50  (£13.75 ex vat)

Click here to buy Caperdonich 17 Year Old / The Rare Casks/ Whisky Gift Set

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