BREAKING NEWS! BANK HOLIDAY Whisky Lounge SPECIAL! – Scotch Whisky News


A deal for you die-hard whisky festival-goers out there! Until Monday we are running a Bank Holiday special 2 for £50 deal. The deal is open to all customers, and for those who have already bought tickets, this is a chance to buy more, but it is limited to 2 pairs per person and to the first 75 customers to book! Quick, tell your friends!

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First up is Liverpool and our 4th year already in the home of The Beatles, The Grand National and not one, but two cathedrals. Talking of which…our festival this year has moved to one of them! 

With the new, historic and central location and more exhibitors than ever before, this is truly an event not to be missed. Where else can you, for the price, sample countless whiskies and have the alchemy of their creation described to you in many cases by the creators themselves. 

The event takes place from 12pm-5pm
Click HERE for 2 FOR £50 tickets HERE for half-day tickets.


This is where it all started folks! 13 years ago Eddie why he always had to travel down to London for whisky festivals and thought ‘why can’t I do one here in York?’

So that’s we he did, and who would have thought all these years later we would be ‘Bringing Whisky to the People‘ all over the UK?

York and Yorkshire events are always close to our heart (as well as our home) and we enjoy bringing events with ‘nowt farted about wi’ to the region. Coupled to the fact we have really pushed the boat out in order to make you feel ‘right special’ and are hosting it at York’s ‘world-famous’ Racecourse, this should be unmissable! 

The event takes place from 12pm-5pm
Click HERE for 2 FOR £50 tickets HERE for half-day tickets.


Our final (possibly…) Whisky Festival of the year sees us return to the lovely Bridgewater Hall in central Manchester. Along with Newcastle, this has become one of our largest events and is always packed to the gunnels with whiskies and punters. It always seems the good people of Manchester can never get enough of a good thing. All the usual Whisky Lounge regalia including classes, white and black token dram tokens and more whisky to sample than you can shake a fist at. This is your chance to taste the latest releases, some old favourites as well as some special bottlings that the exhibitors will be showing as ‘Under the Counter’ drams. Exhibitors old and new will be on hand to show you why everyone is talking about whisky.

Definitely the whisky event of the year in Manchester!
The event takes place from 12pm-5pm
Click HERE for 2 FOR £50 tickets  HERE for half-day tickets.



For those of you not based in the North, or unable to make it to any of these events, we do have our upcoming World Whisky Review series in September. Promising to be the best yet, you can have a look HERE for details…

Any road up, that’s it for now, but we hope you have a great bank holiday weekend, if you’re not working, and we look forward to seeing you in the not too distant. 

Eddie, Amanda and Joe
The Whisky Lounge Team

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Highland Park Cocktails with Nickolls & Perks September 11th, 2014 – Scotch Whisky News

Highland Park  Cocktails With The Master: Wayne Collins - Just £20.00


Price: £15.00
Date: Thursday 11th September
Time: 7:00PM
Location: NP Cellars

Enjoy whisky cocktails with the man who regularly consults on cocktail styling for the BAFTAS and Film Premieres, Wayne Collins! The Cocktail mastermind. Just £15.00 per ticket!

A rare opportunity to taste newly released Dark Origins from the Highland Park distillery and other special aged whiskies from their Orkney cellars, whilst learning how to mix Highland Park malts to achieve diverse flavour experiences, and perfectly balanced cocktails.

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The global hysteria of Bowmore’s Devils Casks is back with the second release in the series 

Bowmore , Islay’s first distillery, is proud to announce the  second release in its sell-out Devil’s Casks series.  

Matured exclusively – and unusually – in the finest first fill sherry casks, the second small batch release of Devil’s Casks is still mischievous. Having mellowed under a cloak of smooth velvet and sublime sherry cask indulgence, it reveals even more of Bowmore’s devilish dark side. This small batch release is, quite simply, devilishly good! The expression gets its name from a legend nearly as old as the distillery itself. It was claimed that the Devil was once spotted and chased through the town, eventually hiding away in the distillery. After searching, the Devil was nowhere to be seen, having made his escape in a whisky barrel. 

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender, Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said:

“The first edition of this expression was one of the most sought after whiskies of 2013. This second small batch release will no doubt emulate that success thanks to its devilishly tasty dark side, in debt to the first-fill sherry casks it has been carefully mellowed in.” 

Product details:

RRP: £60.00

Retailing: Available at specialist whisky retailers globally

Tasting notes:

Colour: Deep mahogany

Nose: Breathe in rich sherried sweetness with dates and sultanas smothered in the indulgence of treacle toffee, pecan and maple syrup.

Taste: Sip the sublime velvet taste of dark chocolate fudge infused with sherried dark fruit, sea-salt and walnut oil.

Finish: Savour the long-lasting finish with sun-dried raisins and salted treacle.



The best-balanced Islay Single Malt whisky is the perfect reward after your outdoor experience. Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the oldest Distillery on Islay, one of the Scottish isles, which make up the region known as the ‘Islands’ in the lexicon of Whisky. The other regions are the Highlands, Speyside and the Lowlands. Islay malts are famous for their characteristic smokiness and Bowmore is no exception; we carefully smoke our malt and use skills handed down from generation to generation to craft a perfectly balanced Single Malt.

Bowmore’s adherence to traditional production methods helps to shape the character of our Single Malts. We’re one of only a few distilleries anywhere which still produces its own floor malted barley, hand-turned by traditional wooden malt shovel and hand drawn machinery. For our whiskies we draw water from the Laggan River, with its rich peaty overtones, and it’s the same Islay peat that fires the malt-drying kiln.

Bowmore Distillery’s close proximity to the sea is also vital in determining the final character of our spirit. The legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults is where most of our whiskies spend their long lives resting quietly in the cool, dark, damp cellars below sea level, oblivious to the waves thrashing the Vault’s sea-facing wall.

They mature in oak casks, previously used for bourbon, sherry or claret, gradually developing rich and mellow flavours.

It’s this combination of peat, barley, sea breeze, water, wood, people and tradition that together create the perfectly balanced warm and smoky character of Bowmore Single Malt Whiskies.

The Bowmore domestic product range:

• Bowmore Small Batch

• Bowmore 12 Years Old

• Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’

• Bowmore 18 Years Old

• Bowmore 25 Years Old


Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, and is also known as “The Queen of the Hebrides.” Its mild climate and rich peaty soil make it ideal for creating whisky, and despite having a population of not much more than 3,000, it’s home to no fewer than eight distilleries.

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Single Malts Direct “Come and see us at the Lonach Highland Gathering” Saturday the 23rd August – Scotch Whisky News

Come and see us at the Lonach Highland Gathering on Saturday the 23rd August…. 

…..for a wee dram and buy your exclusive bottle of Lonach 2014 Single Malt.

We are hosting the “Whiskies Of Scotland” whisky marquee where you can taste free samples from distilleries such as Benriach, Benromach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh, Tomintoul Glencadam. Also exhibiting their portfollio of whiskies are Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, Black Bull Blended Whisky independant bottlers Dougas Laing.

And of course our own exclusive single malts label “Whiskies Of Scotland”.  

Slainte, Ronnie Routledge.


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New & Unique Springbank 21yo Single Cask ‘Renegade’ at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


The Springbank 21 year old single cask ‘Renegade’ is now available to order at The Whisky Shop. Only available while stocks last.

This spectacular Sprinbank has been specially selected and bottled by Mark Reynier, the former owner of Bruichladdich Distillery

Springbank fans will know that a 21 year old Springbank of any form is rare enough at the moment, but this incredibly unique bottling goes a step further and offers an opportunity to taste the influence of different maturation environments.

This single cask of Springbank was matured for 13 years at Springbank and then moved to the warehouses at Bruichladdich for the remaining 8 years of maturation. With Bruichladdich being much more exposed to prevailing Atlantic winds and foreshore influences than at Springbank’s warehouses in Campbeltown, some additional “maritime” influences have been imparted to this already exceptional whisky. Matured in Sherry Hogshead number 118.

One of only 219 bottles available. Bottled at 46% volume. Springbank whisky is widely classed as one of the most collectable single malts in the world and this limited edition offers collectors an exciting opportunity to add to their collection.

£250 Click here to buy

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Jolly Toper Edinburgh August Update – Scotch Whisky News

Jolly Toper’s whisky tastings normally take place on Thursday nights from 7:30pm until approximately 10pm at  The Kilderkin, 65/67 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, (they do a mean pizza). For more details on the tastings themselves please click here
P/O/U/R/S = Peaty, Old, Unusual, Rare and Sherry cask matured. Recently many people have requested the exact nature of the line up at the ‘pours’ tastings remain secret so a proper ‘blind’ tasting can be held. However I understand some attendees would be more comfortable knowing which drams were to be tasted before committing to attending. If  you don’t want to know the confirmed line up contact us before checking the details listed below.

* = £3 discount for first timers and members. Membership costs £10 for 13 months.

Walking Tour of Edinburgh Sunday 24th August meet at 3pm outside Thomson’s bar, Morrison St, Haymarket £28/25*

We’ll visit a few sites of past distilleries starting at Caledonian then continuing down the Water of Leith. The story of whisky in Edinburgh will accompany the walk and drams. An updated written history will be available.

Caledonian 30yo refill Bourbon barrel cask strength SMWS

Glenkinchie 24yo 49.2% Bourbon hogshead Cadenheads

EH10 blend 40%

Queen Anne blend bottled in the 1970s

North British 24yo 46% 1989 -2014 Bourbon barrel 192 bottles Cadenheads

+ an optional mystery dram for a donation towards Marie Curie


P/O/U/R/S 28th August 7.30pm Kilderkin, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh £to be confirmed

Spirit of Freedom 30yo 46% blend bottled to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn

Glenfarclas 105 60%

Something peaty

Springbank 14yo refill sherry butt local barley bottled for the 10th anniversary of The Springbank Society

Auchentoshan 24yo single cask cask strength Cadenheads


Future themed tastings: a vertical Glendronach tasting, Bottled at the Distillery No.3, sherry casks and Canadian whiskies.


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Springbank 21yo Single Cask “Renegade” at Loch Fyne Whiskies! – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank 21 year old single cask “Renegade” is now available to order at Loch Fyne Whiskies!

Specially selected and bottled by Mark Reynier, the former owner of Bruichladdich Distillery.

Springbank aficionados will know that a 21 year old Springbank of any form is rare enough at the moment, but this incredibly unique bottling goes a step further and offers an opportunity to taste the influence of different maturation environments.  This single cask of Springbank was matured for 13 years at Springbank and then moved to the warehouses at Bruichladdich for the remaining 8 years of maturation.  With Bruichladdich being much more exposed to prevailing Atlantic winds and foreshore influences than at Springbank’s warehouses in Campbeltown, some additional “maritime” influences have been imparted to this already exceptional whisky.  To add to its wonderfully complex style the whisky has been matured in a glorious sherry hogshead, resulting in a richly flavoured rare gem.

Springbank whisky is widely classed as one of the most collectable single malts in the world and this limited edition offers collectors an exciting opportunity to add to their collection.

One of only 219 bottles ever produced.
Drawn from sherry hogshead number 118.
Bottled at 46% volume, non-chillfiltered and with no added colouring. 

Click here to buy – £250

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BenRiach has today, 14 August, released the latest batch, its eleventh, of single cask bottlings. 

It comprises fourteen superb casks that were bottled in July and all are available as of today, ideal for leisurely summer tasting. 

Ranging from 37 to 9 years old, the much-anticipated release demonstrates a hugely eclectic range of expressions for which Elgin’s award-winning BenRiach is renowned, with astonishing variety across the fourteen casks. These include whiskies in the traditional, classic Speyside style, peated expressions and wood finishes such as Dark Rum, Tawny Port, Madeira, Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and a Marsala wood finish. 

All fourteen casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker who described them as “absolutely special” and added: 

“Wood Management is one of the most important factors in ensuring excellence of quality during maturation. The most important factor is to use top-quality casks – Bourbon barrels, Hogsheads and ex-Wine Seasoned casks – and there is a role in the maturation process for all of these casks. Getting the wood right can be expensive but it’s one of the things I’m most proud of since we took over BenRiach.” 

And what an amazing range there is in Batch Eleven. 

The oldest, 1976 #529, at 44.2% vol, is Sherry Cask Matured and finished in a Bourbon barrel. Fresh crisp oak and cereal combine with sweet plum syrup, developing to an elegant, soft tropical fruit and toasted coconut finish. 

Meanwhile the youngest, 2005 # 3781, at 58.7% vol, a Virgin American Oak Hogshead, offers floods of sweet peat reek in rich caramelised apple and pear, softening gently to dried apricot and desiccated coconut. 

And a third which suggests it will be much sought-after is the 1998 cask # 5171, at 57.9% vol, a triple-distilled Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish in which vibrant oak spice, orange bitters and dark chocolate give exceptional depth, with stewed barley and orchard fruits softly rolling though the long, ever-changing palate. 

Other expressions in the range boast the taste of “Demerara and boiled sweets”, “luxurious chocolate and roasted coffee beans”, “rich Tarte Tatin” and even “fairground candy apple”. 

The cask details are as follows:

1976 cask # 529 /  37 years old / Bourbon Barrel / Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish / 44.2% vol. 

1976 cask # 5463 /  37 years old / Bourbon Barrel / Peated, Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish / 51.9% vol.

1977 cask # 7114 / 37 years old / Hogshead / 48.3%vol. 

1977 cask # 1891 / 37 years old / Dark Rum Barrel / Dark Rum Finish / 43.2% vol.

1978 cask # 5469 / 36 years old / Bourbon Barrel / Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish / 41.7% vol. 

1984 cask # 488 / 29 years old / Hogshead / Peated / 51.1% vol. 

1984 cask # 4051 / 29 years old / Tawny Port Hogshead / Peated, Tawny Port Finish / 50.3% vol. 

1994 cask # 1703 / 20 years old / Tawny Port Hogshead / Tawny Port Finish / 55.6% vol. 

1994 cask # 5626 / 20 years old / Madeira Hogshead / Peated, Madeira Finish / 53.2% vol. 

1996 cask # 7176 / 18 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 52.4% vol. 

1997 cask # 4435 / 16 years old / Marsala Hogshead / Marsala finish / 56.1% vol. 

1998 cask # 5171 / 16 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximenez Sherry finish / 57.9% vol. 

2000 cask # 38131 / 14 years old / Bourbon Barrel / 59.3% vol. 

2005 cask # 3781 / 9 years old / Virgin American Oak Hogshead / Peated, Virgin American Oak finish / 58.7% vol. 

Keep an eye on our website,, and Facebook page over the coming weeks for more information on these new releases, tasting notes and exclusive product photography.

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The Scottish Government Becomes Official Title Sponsor for the inaugural Whisky L! Beijing – Scotch Whisky News


The Scottish Government Becomes Official Title Sponsor for the inaugural Whisky L! Beijing Whilst Stephen Notman Brings the Newly Rebranded Show back to Shanghai! 

After five years of successfully running Whisky Live Shanghai, Show Directors’ Winnie Wu Stephen Notman return to the China whisky festival scene under a new brand and city launch in the nation’s capital of Beijing! On the 22 23 August, the Scottish Government title sponsored Whisky L! Beijing will be the first whisky festival held in Beijing. The following week the show directors’ will be executing their sixth whisky festival in Shanghai held at Le Royal Meridien on the 29 30 August. 

Stephen Notman explains: ‘having successfully founded and ran Whisky Live Shanghai Taipei for five years, my contract with Whisky Magazine was complete. Notman continues ‘The decision to go independent has allowed us to use the franchise fee which we would pay to the magazine to attract world class whisky commentators and establish Whisky L! Beijing.’ 

This year, both shows have attracted some of the leading commentators in the industry which include Dave Broom, Steven Lin Charles Maclean along with receiving resounding support from the whisky industry. All of which will be heading up master classes. 

To commemorate the inaugural WhiskyL! Beijing and rebranding, seven of China’s leading Whisky Masters joined the Show Directors’ to select this year’s single cask release. Selected on a blind tasting basis Berry Brothers Rudd Auchentoshan 2000 Vintage was selected as the show bottling. The first taste of the cask strength release will be tasted from the Stephen Notman tasting glass designed for cask strength whisky and locally produced spirit Baijiu. 

Combined with brand launches, the largest showcasing of whisky ever in China and the creation of the first Whisky L! Whisky Chocolate in association with Austria’s established chocolatier Zotter, the show promises to be a fun, festive but yet educational experience.

Whisky L! stands for Love, Luxury Lifestyle 

Whisky L!



Whisky L! Beijing

22 -23 August 2014, 14:00 – 20:00pm

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang

7 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu, Chaoyang District

Tel: +86 10 5922 8888 

Whisky L! 北京

2014年8月23日, 14:00 – 20:00pm



电话:+86 10 5922 8888

Whisky L! Shanghai

29-30 August 2014, 14:00 – 20:00pm

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

789 Nanjing Lu (near Xizang Zhong Lu), Huangpu District

Tel: +86 21 3318 9999 

Whisky L! 上海

2014年8月29-30日, 14:00 – 20:00pm



电话: +86 21 3318 9999


Standard ticket: 200元

VIP ticket: 1,500元

Further information


WeChat: chinawhiskyguide

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New in Stock & Back in Stock at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News


New in stock…


Arran Devils Punch Bowl Chapter 3 53.4% | 70cl
“For Chapter 3 of the Devils Punch Bowl I have chosen a brooding selection of Arrans finest ages Oloroso Sherry Butts which set the scene for the final performance. Notes of distinctive dark chocolate and dried fruits give satisfying depth and provide the ideal foundation for this last dram with the Devil. The inclusion of French Oak Barriques add a rich layer of spice and toasted oak to proceedings while the Bourbon Barrels bring the sweetness of honey and vanilla. This final flourish of the Punch Bowl brings the curtain down in dramatic style”.

James MacTaggart
Master Distiller

Price: £74.99 ex VAT
£89.99 inc VAT


Old Pulteney Navigator 46% | 70cl
Old Pulteney Navigator is handcrafted using traditional methods of the 1800s. The unique shape of the copper pot stills, the time-honoured condensation method and the northern sea breeze of maturation all contribute to the distinctive style of the whisky with its smoothness, complexity and the unmistakeable coastal character.

Tasting Notes:
Appercance: Honeycomb

Aroma: Sweet crisp. Layers of tangy apples and dried fruit harmonise with subtle hints of dark chocolate fresh vanilla custard.

Taste: Full-bodied and rich in flavour. The palate delivers a burst of honey, cocoa and oranges, easing gently into a long-lasting, spicy finish with a maritime surprise.

Tasting notes from Pulteney distillery.

Price: £31.66 ex VAT
£37.99 inc VAT


Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Bourbon 50.5% | 70cl

This bourbon is made with Kentucky limestone purified water and the best ingredients available. Its a bourbon made the old-fashioned way; slowly distilled at a low proof and bottled high, so it retains its complete fuller flavour. Wild Turkey is aged to perfection in heavily-charred new white oak barrels and bottled when it reaches its full complexity with flavoured caramel and vanilla.

Price: £27.49 ex VAT
£32.99 inc VAT


Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength 53.9% | 70cl

Batch #3 of The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength has a combination of 5 First-Fill Sherry Butts, 13 Second-Fill Sherry Hogsheads and 31 Bourbon barrels which have been bottled at Natural Cask Strength. The influence of the Sherry Casks has enhanced the classic Arran characteristics of sweet fruit and spicy oak and the Bourbon casks give the vanilla smoothness to create a rich and powerful new edition of The Arran Malt.

Tasting Notes:
Nose: A sweet balance of dried tropical fruits and toasted oak

Palate: Complex and refined, notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate while a drop of water brings out fresh orange zest and roasted almonds

Finish: A lingering finish with a spicy twist which tempts another sip…

Tasting Notes by Arran Distillery

Price: £37.49 ex VAT
£44.99 inc VAT

Back in Stock…


Arran Robert Burns Single Malt 43% | 70cl
A single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, celebrating the famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This bottling is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, it is said that Burns held whisky in great regard.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Fresh, apple peels, some blossom and spice, vanilla cream and juicy pear.

Palate: Fruity, notes of custard and warm pastry, more orchard fruit, some tart citrus.

Finish: Apple peels and vanilla spice.

Price: £24.99 ex VAT
£29.99 inc VAT


Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky 40% | 70cl

“With the acclaimed Arran Single Malt at it`s heart, the Robert Burns Blend is a veritable breath of fresh air. Dry and light, with subtle hints of vanilla and sweet fruit, this whisky is a superb example of the Master Blender`s art and truly a dram worthy of the Bard himself.”

Price: £17.49 ex VAT
£20.99 inc VAT


Arran Amarone Cask Finish 50% | 70cl

Arran Amarone Cask Finish
Arran Single Malt is a Single Malt Scotch whisky distilled by the Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Scotland, the only distillery on the Isle of Arran. Arran Distillery was founded in 1995.

Tasting Notes
Colour Burnished Copper

Nose Poached pears and honey followed by toasted almonds and a subtle touch of cranberry. With water a coffee note appears together with chocolate orange and mellow butterscotch.

Palate Dark chocolate, cherry and turkish delights are evident as are stewed fruits and toffee. Mu scular notes of dark plum wrestle with bitter-sweet apricots and a hint of cinnamon.

Finish A well-balanced combination of the finesse of The Arran Malt and the restrained fruit and oak from the Amarone casks. Concentrated and elegant this malt delivers on all levels.

Price: £34.99 ex VAT
£41.99 inc VAT

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