Scotch Malt Whisky Society “June Outturn: We Scream for Ice Cream” – Scotch Whisky News

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We’re making whisky cool this summer. We’ve created our own range of Society ice creams using whisky from our 12 flavour profiles. Members can scoop up our unique creations at each of our three Members’ Rooms or at our Queen Street Garden Party. Get scooping!


June sees the release of our first-ever Islay festival bottling, 3.243 – ‘Dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy’. Each bottle comes with a cool flamenco label – grab your bottle before they dance off into the sunset.

Young spritely

39.106 Deliciously sweet but feisty £44.00

Sweet, fruity mellow

30.85 Citric and sweet duality £77.60

Spicy sweet

4.205 A riddle wrapped in a mystery £58.20

121.78 Dinner time! £49.20

Spicy dry

41.65 Sweet couscous with Argan oil £146.20

Old dignified

7.117 Mouth-coating, viscous and weighty £101.60

Light delicate

17.39 Relax, take it easy £54.70

Limited availability**

Juicy, oak vanilla

64.61 The Angel and the Devil £47.10

48.56 Popcorn in a sauna £49.00

7.118 Long johns and velveteen smoking jackets* More

Oily coastal

27.109 Guns on the grouse moor £60.60


3.243 Dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy £80.00

Limited availability**

Heavily peated

29.161 A bodega is burning £53.00

53.220 Flirting with Florence Nightingale £66.80

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**Limited availability: One bottle per member available by phone only from 9am, Friday 5 June (0131 555 2929 9am-4.45pm)

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

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Ardbeg Perpetuum

On the occasion of 200 years of the Ardbeg distillery, they launched Perpetuum. It’s a mix of “very old” and young Ardbeg, from both bourbon barrels and sherry casks.

There has been a Distillery release at 49,2% but we’re trying the wider release at 47,4%.



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(47,4%, OB 2015)

Nose: quite warm, with deep sooty notes and some simmering ashes. Hints of wet tarmac. On the other side there is enough honey, vanilla and chocolate to make it rounder. Some candied lemon, as well as a few floral notes. It’s not very complex and seemingly less intense than the standard 10, but I love its balance. Mouth: oily but less elegant, it comes through instantly, showing raw peat smoke, chili pepper and oak. Ginger. Settles down after a while. Still a chocolate coating and some youngish pear drops underneath. Hints of grapefruit and dried seaweed towards the end. Finish: long, full of saltwater, herbal notes and tequila.

It’s good. Not eternally good, but one of the better Ardbeg Day releases, I think. It combines a balanced nose and plenty of strong smoke on the palate. Around € 100.

Score: 87/100

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada “June Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News

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With notes of fruits, berries and a bit of barbecue smoke, the June Outturn sings the song of summer.  Enjoy the bottle notes below and visit for the full tasting notes.

Cask No. 35.74  Sophisticated, heavenly decadent

20 years old; 2nd fill dump hogshead; 58.4%; Sweet, fruity mellow

The nose is sweetly fruity (sangria, peach schnapps, plum, limes) with scented candles, leather books and polished oak – old-fashioned ice-cream parlours later. The fabulous palate has pomegranate, lychee, orange oil, chocolate, coffee, toffee and gooey rum baba – heavenly and decadent.

Cask No. 48.46  Exploding flower

12 years old; 1st fill barrel; 57.4%; Sweet, fruity mellow

The nose opens like a flower – vanilla, Danish pastries, toffee, fruits, rosewater and gorse – fresh and intriguing with water (green fruits, lemonade, menthol). The palate explodes with bitter-sweet orange, jelly beans, honey, gunpowder and spice – eventually becoming juicy, sweet and refreshing.

Cask No. 7.94  Silk sarong seduction

27 years old; refill hogshead; 55.6%; Old dignified

Aromas of caramel and seduction, banana apricot jam in a leather purse left on a barstool by a perfumed woman. Palate offers Caribbean rum notes and candied oranges in a silk sarong. Finishes with nutty sweetness and fresh rain.

Cask No. 24.126  The artist’s lounge

23 years old; refill sherry hogshead; 56.1%; Old dignified

A still life of dried fruits, and spiced plums. An artist’s palette of paint, linseed rags, leather books. Blackcurrant and dark chocolate held caramelized pork crackling in check. Smoked duck with a sticky orange and onion chutney completed the rich molten experience.

Cask No. 53.206  Ooh matron!

18 years old; refill hogshead; 56.6%; Peated

Freshly laundered Matron’s uniform and kissing lavender lips. First Aid boxes and carbolic soap. Downing an oyster before a coal hearth. Newly opened gauze and Arm and Hammer mouthwash. Temperatures suitably raised, the panel dreamt all the way home.

Cask No. R3.5  Marmite XO

11 years old; refill butt; 74.8%; Oily coastal

Dish washing liquid to start turning quickly into salmon sushi and tuna sashimi followed by sweet potato tempura. With water, on the nose Chai tea, caraway seeds and Rollmops. To taste neat only for the brave, with water, sweet dumplings and blue cheese and onion chutney pizza.

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Celebrate 200 Years of Islay Whiskies with D&M Calirfornia – Scotch Whisky News

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“The Queen of the Hebrides” Islay, home to Ardbeg and Laphroaig Distilleries. 1815 marks the beginning of these two iconic peaty whiskies. So grab a bottle and toast to their 200 Year Anniversaries.


Ardbeg Perpetuum Single Malt Scotch Whisky Ardbeg’s past, present, future – in a bottle.$99.99

Ardbeg 10 Year Old, Distillery Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky Stupendous spices add an extra dimension to the already complex story unfolding on the palate.$44.99

Ardbeg Auriverdes Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Leaner than some Ardbegs, but lusciously spicy all the same. ****(4 Stars)/Highly Recommended, Spirit Journal September 2014$92.99

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky Smoky and accented with hints of coconut and banana aromas.$59.99

Laphroaig Cairdeas Single Malt Scotch Whisky Finishes long, smoky, delicately sweet. ****(4 Stars)/Highly Recommended Spirit Journal December 2014 $81.99

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Finishing very long and warming leaving a distinct tang of Islay.$499.99

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #539 – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #539 – Scotch Whisky News

Ralfy_zpsf0666f22 considers how peat influences traditional blended scotch with Whisky Review 539 – 12yo Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Early June 2015 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News


Early June Outturn Offerings 

Cask No. 3.221                       $160

Starry, starry night


Childhood memories of airfix paint, Scalextric tyres, linseed oil and Caramac. Smoked duck breast and grilled oyster on the barbeque. To taste the panel found red licorice laces and burnt marshmallows. A big puff of peat, tarry rope and chorizo on the tongue. With water, we found it became fresher with aromas of menthol and English lavender. A crisp mineralic quality smoothed out the peat. It reminded one of ‘sooking spoots’ (sucking razor clams) from the shell. A clean and spritely finish of black pepper and sparkling water make this a perfect nightcap.

Drinking tip: For a romantic liaison by the seaside

Colour: Red panda

Cask: Refill butt

Age: 19 years

Date distilled: April 1994

Alcohol: 54.2%

USA allocation: 180 bottles

Flavour profile: Oily coastal 

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Cask No. 66.54                       $115 

A chameleon coat of many colours

Highland, Eastern

An ever changing character if ever there was one! The nose neat was perfumed with lavender, bay leaf and dried petals. Damp dunnage warehouse, dried fruit pie developed with creamier notes of bechamel sauce emerging. To taste, the panel found bresaola and wild boar carpaccio with an oily finish. The addition of water catapulted them into a Spring walk through the woods with breezy pollen, mint and eucalyptus. The reduced taste reminded them of the toasty crust of a pizza with grilled mushrooms alongside dried apricots and figs. The sweet and savoury flavours finally united for the turn coat.

Drinking tip: When you feel contrary

Colour: Faded polished penny

Cask: Refill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date distilled: October 2002

Alcohol: 55.7%

USA allocation: 120 bottles

Flavour profile: Young spritely

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Cask No. 123.10                             $100

Sweet treats on deck

Highland, Southern

The panel were whisked into a flurry of fresh linen on board a freshly varnished yacht. They found sliced pear with angelica, vanilla ice cream and wafers. The taste delivered flavours of continental bakeries heavy with butter icing, French fancies, amaretto cantucci, iced gems, butterscotch and honey. Water released elderflower cordial, lemon and lime jelly sweets while reclining on warm, newly polished decking with elements of hessian rope. It had a fizzy quality that reminded the panel of champagne tea with bread and butter pudding, chocolate truffles. Kick back and relax!

Drinking tip: A good holiday dram

Colour: Shiny doorbell

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 9 years

Date distilled: May 2005

Alcohol: 57.6%

USA allocation: 60 bottles

Flavour profile: Sweet, fruity mellow 

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Cask No. 64.60                               $115

Hemingway Daiquiri

Speyside, Lossie

The aromas neat were an enticing combination of sweet and fruity aromas. Fresh apples, mangos and bananas as well as cherry limeade, syrup sponge and creamy peach cranachan lured us to have a taste. We were not disappointed. Initially lively like Space Dust popping candy and chilli chocolate, calming down to caramel apple lollipops, foamy bananas and gooseberry candy with a mouth drying finish of cracked black pepper Ryvita crisp bread. Water released Peach Melba with sugar roasted doughnuts and vanilla ice cream sprinkled with a lemon vanilla chilli hot sauce and an ‘El Floridita’ Hemingway Daiquiri on the side.

Drinking tip: Awakening the senses

Colour: Dim candle-light

Cask: First-fill barrel

Age: 11 years

Date distilled: June 2003

Alcohol: 62.3%

USA allocation: 150 bottles

Flavour profile: Spicy sweet

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Cask No. G8.5                                $145

Body surfing at Bondi Beach


The panel were transported to a nautical scene of newly sanded, then polished, teak yacht in warm sun. With new shoes, they stretched out on deck and enjoyed an herbal cigarette and Greek grappa. Our Australians friends captured the surfing moment along with salted caramel chocolate, with Nepalese tea and candy floss on the stick. Redcurrant jelly and pomegranate dryness relented with water to reveal Arctic Roll, wine gums and plum pudding. Floral rose and cut pine mingled with herbal flavours of cardamon, bison grass and pistachio nut. Sweet Mr Kipling raspberry tart concluded this curious and eclectic dram.

Drinking tip: A perfect digestif after a barbeque

Colour: Polished rollocks

Cask: Refill hogshead

Age: 25 years

Date distilled: June 1989

Alcohol: 59.6%

USA allocation: 60 bottles

Flavour profile: Juicy, oak vanilla

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Cult Whisky Ardbeg Unveils the Art of Distilling – Scotch Whisky News

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Artbeg exhibition evokes 200 years “Past, Present and Future” of Ardbeg’s untamed single malt.

200 years of Ardbeg whisky are to be celebrated in an exhibition which captures the untamed spirit of the world’s smokiest, peatiest single malt. Artbeg, which draws on the Distillery’s past, present and future, comprises a series of complex, layered artworks that evoke the intriguing heritage and unorthodox personality of Ardbeg and its homeland, the small Scottish island of Islay.

The Artbeg exhibition, which can be viewed on the walls of the Distillery and on, marks Ardbeg Day (30th May), a global, annual celebration of all things Ardbeg. This year’s festivities, themed “Past, Present and Future”, are particularly special, celebrating the Distillery’s 200th anniversary.

Artbeg consists of 20 inspiring digital collages created by photographer Peter Heaton, himself an ardent fan of Ardbeg single malt. Heaton found inspiration for his unusual works on a visit to Islay in 2014. By layering photographs of the Distillery and surroundings with material from Ardbeg’s archives, his exhibits encourage the viewer to take a deeper look at the single malt’s heritage and island home.

In one work a striking image of the 9th Century Kildalton Cross, which stands near the Distillery, is layered with a vintage map of Islay and a press clipping alluding to Ardbeg’s renaissance in 1997. In another, the buildings of Ardbeg appear to rise out of archived, handwritten letters sent to the Distillery, as the artist engages with the whisky’s past and present, while hinting at its future.

The exhibition will be displayed on the outer wall of the Distillery’s West Maltings building and a selection of works will also feature on Distillery visitors will be able to share their impressions of the Distillery on the website by uploading their own photographs.

Peter Heaton said: “I have always had a fascination with Islay and its single malts, particularly Ardbeg. The exhibition interprets the Distillery over time and I wanted to create layered, complex imagery which would encourage people to give the work some time and think about the theme of past, present and future.”

Mickey Heads, award-winning Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: “This exhibition provides an intriguing twist on the story of Ardbeg – and contains more than a few surprises. The complexity of these remarkable images makes you stop and think about the whisky’s heritage and its future”.

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Bowmore Gold Reef

Bowmore Gold Reef is a travel retail expression, launched alongside Bowmore Black Rock and White Sands. It’s a No Age Statement whisky that was matured predominantly in first fill ex-bourbon casks.



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(43%, OB 2014, travel retail)

Nose: quite a coastal expression, with dried seaweed and a sea breeze. Salted butter. Peat and a hint of antiseptic. A fresh and fruity base, mainly lemon and oranges, even peaches if you dig a little deeper. Mouth: smoky and oily, with some pretty sharp peat and a gingery heat. Chalky and zesty notes. A little salt. There’s also a more rounded, vanilla-infused side but I’m only getting a small glimpse of the tropical fruits the distillery is promising. Finish: medium long, thanks to the peat and spiced honey.

Bowmore Gold Reef is quite okay, but it’s around € 85 in the UK, which I find pretty heavy for a 43% NAS whisky that’s not very special. Mind that you can find it as low as € 50 in other countries (1 litre bottle).

Score: 80/100

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Longrow 18 Year Old 2015 Edition – Scotch Whisky News


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Longrow 18 Year Old 2015 Edition

New 2015 edition of the peated Campbeltown spirit distilled at Springbank. As always this is a very limited annual release!

Longrow 18 Year Old $107.70

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society “JUNE PREVIEWS: DARK, SMOULDERING INTENSITY” – Scotch Whisky News

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‘Viscous and weighty’, ‘dark and smouldering’ – or perhaps you fancy a dram with ‘an entire meal on one plate?’ Today’s previews are deep, intense and rich with vibrant flavours we can’t get enough of. Judging by the popularity of our special Feis Ile bottling, neither can you! It’s been a smash on Islay this week and the wait is nearly over on the mainland too: get yours from 9am tomorrow, if you’re quick…



Dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy


The nose contains sherry, smoke, dates, figs, roasted chestnuts, Christmas spices, egg custard, maple-glazed pork and wellies by a dying bonfire. The palate, with meats roasting over embers, toasted almonds, toffee, coffee, chocolate and oloroso, has a smouldering flamenco gypsy personality.17 years old Refill ex-sherry butt. One bottle per member available by phone only from 9am, Friday 29 May. (0131 555 2929 9am-4.45pm)

Old dignified


Mouth-coating, viscous and weighty


The nose is interesting, earthy and attractive – peanut cookies, garibaldis, pumpkin seed oil, stroop waffles, cinder toffee and something slightly medicinal. The palate has a weighty, mouth-coating presence (manuka, malt extract, caramel, ginger, coconut) but also watermelon, apple and citrus zing. 24 years old.  Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

Spicy sweet


Dinner time!


This dram has a sweet-savoury duality. On the nose, brown sugar-glazed ham and sticky toffee pudding. On the palate, roast beef gravy and honey-roasted parsnips with Danish pastries and marshmallows. The palate also provides pleasant spice (cinnamon toast, sweet chilli crisps). 15 years old. Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

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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

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