Scotch Malt Whisky Society “EASTER INDULGENCE FOR THE SENSES” – Scotch Whisky News

EASTER INDULGENCE FOR THE SENSES

Hunt carefully through the garden and under a broad, protective leaf you’ll catch a glittering glimpse of a BRAND NEW PEATY PAIR to complement the weekend’s feasting…

Easter Peaty Pair – £130

3.212 Anti-aphrodisiac

A peated, 19 year old whisky from Islay, matured in a refill ex-sherry butt

53.108 Espresso in a mechanic’s workshop

A peated, 20 year old whisky from Islay, matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead

BUY

The Bee’s Threes – £185

76.115 ‘Glamping in a yurt’

A spicy sweet, 18 year old whisky from Speyside (Spey), matured in a refill ex-sherry butt

9.82 Breathe in long!

An old dignified, 25 year old whisky from Speyside (Spey), matured in a refill ex-sherry butt

66.50 Weird but wonderful

A peated, 11 year old whisky from Highland (Eastern), matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY

Pollination Pair – £119

73.62 Magical, mellifluous marvelosity

An old dignified, 24 year old whisky from Speyside (Deveron), matured in a refill ex-sherry butt

66.50 Weird but wonderful

A peated, 11 year old whisky from Highland (Eastern), matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY

Browse all bottlings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/scotch-malt-whisky-society-easter-indulgence-for-the-senses-scotch-whisky-news/

Back in Stock at K&L California – Whisky News

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United States – Bourbon and Rye

  • Elijah Craig 12 year old KL Exclusive Single Barrel #387 Bourbon 750ml (ships as a 1.5L) ($26.99)
    This cask contained twice as much whiskey as #8446 (20 cases) and as expected it couldn’t be more different. This is definitely going to be very familiar to some readers, but it’s totally outside the flavor range of the other casks. Here we’ve got incredible freshness with aromas of spiced apple, subtle nuttiness, red apple skin, dried herbs, and a hint of maple syrup. Texturally, this is surprisingly rich considering it was the largest cask, which logically means it’s less concentrated, but apparently not. On the palate it’s definitely the feistiest of the three casks in this lot, showing strong oak spice, which dry the maple syrup quality on the front palate nicely. This has the longest finish of the three and moves into the fresh tobacco flavors with a building spice (cinnamon, clove, etc.) character. Crazy contrast between the relatively restrained nose and the powerful attack in the mouth.
  • Elijah Craig 12 year o ld KL Exclusive Single Barrel #434 Bourbon 750ml (ships as a 1.5L) ($26.99)
  • Elijah Craig 12 year old KL Exclusive Single Barrel #446 Bourbon 750ml (ships as a 1.5L) ($26.99)

Ireland – Irish and Blended Scotch

  • Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 750ml ($19.99)

Scotland – Single Malt Scotch

  • Aberlour – A’Bunadh Cask Strength Single Malt 750ml ($64.99)
  • Glenfiddich 15 year Single Malt Whisky 750ml ($39.99)

KL Wine Merchants
http://www.klwines.com/
Phone: 877-KLWines (toll free 877-559-4637)
Email: wine@klwines.com
San Francisco, Redwood City, Hollywood CA

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/back-in-stock-at-kl-california-whisky-news-4/

“Fae Dram tae Drum!” – Scotch Whisky News

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“Fae Dram tae Drum!”

Paul from MCLEANSCOTLAND sends a wee story;  Something really interesting, a good pal of mine has been working on this for years!

It is a snare drum, made from a Tullibardine whisky cask.  Basically, they can make snares from any distillery cask in a variety of ways, bespoke and standard, more of a very high class present, ornament rather than a working snare – though it does play like any snare drum! It is expensive, but – old adage; you get what you pay for.

Select a finish you want, clean and smooth, or dark and rustic, a variety of distillery casks and finishes. 

We have two on order already, these are totally exclusive; finished so the head of the snare comes off, revealing a cask shelf for a whisky bottle and two quaich vessels.

All have certificate of authentic cask stave used, from the distillery and the bespoke master drum maker.

Anyone interested, seriously, please drop me a line @ snare@mcleanscotland.com

http://angelswhiskyclub.com/awc/whiskysnare.asp

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/fae-dram-tae-drum-scotch-whisky-news/

World Whisky Day: One Month To Go – Whisky News

WWD 2014

Only One Month to Go

Start getting excited!

World Whisky Day – Saturday 17th May 2014 

With exactly one month until World Whisky Day, May 2014 certainly has plenty in store for whisky lovers.

With celebrations across Scotland and signature WWD events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, we are particularly excited about The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Clans and Drams Festival as it opens its doors to members and non-members alike with a month-long celebration of flavour.

Clans are famously associated with territorial battles and bloody skirmishes but the Society believes that the pleasure of exquisite whisky supersedes any family feud or clan dispute. So instead of battling over bloodlines, everyone (Scot or not) is invited into the Society’s members’ rooms in Edinburgh, Leith and London during May to ally themselves to a whisky clan.

The Society, which bottles single cask single malt whiskies from a huge range of distilleries, has created 12 special whisky clans based on flavour profiles. Every traditional family clan has a reputation that defines them, attributes such as bravery, honesty or dexterity. The Society have taken real clan mottos and personalities and attributed these to their flavour clans. Whether you’re the fiery ‘Spicy and Sweet’, or the majestic ‘Deep, Rich Dried Fruits’, there is a whisky clan for everyone.

As well as opening its doors to non-members throughout May and pairing 26 new single cask whiskies to the 12 flavour clans, The Society is hosting a number of events including the official signature event of World Whisky Day on Saturday 17th May.

Edinburgh Whisky Fest 2014 – 26 April 2014

Let Bottle Commence… Clan Whisky Feast – 1 May 2014

Clan Cocktails in the Society’s Secret Bothy – 2 May 2014

A Hauf ‘n’ Hauf – Beer and Whisky Tasting – 10 May 2014 

World Whisky Day – 17 May 2014

The Scottish Larder @ The Dining Room – 21 May 2014 

A Hauf ‘n’ Hauf – Beer and Whisky Tasting – 23 May 2014

Seafood And Whisky Tasting – 29 May 2014

Dunfermline Clans and Drams Tasting – 29 May 2014

Glasgow Clans and Drams tasting – 30 May 2014

Hopefully you can make it along to the Society to celebrate WWD or attend one some of their events, otherwise it sounds like a great opportunity to simply visit during this open-doors period to find your true kindred spirit and ally yourself with your whisky clan. 

Still time to register your World Whisky Day event

It only takes a few seconds to register your event.
Click here to register your event for free.

Event ideas:
Host at an event at your local bar.
Host an event in your own home.
Get your local whisky shop to arrange a special tasting.
It’s easy to get involved. 

Donate to Just a Drop and to help give people safe and clean drinking water.

We are proud to be supporting Just a Drop, an international water aid charity. We hope that you can help us raise money for them. Each time you have a whisky on World Whisky Day why not donate £1/$1/€1 to Just a Drop.

To learn more and donate to Just a Drop click here.

In other news

We are working hard on a few exciting things so stay tuned for the following…
World Whisky Day Whisky 2014 Edition
World Whisky Day Tshirts / Hoodys and more

We will also be introducing World Whisky Day Event Packs with everything you need to celebrate World Whisky Day. To register your interest click here.

Get in the spirit, mark the date in your diary and lets raise a dram to World Whisky Day 2014. 
 
In the meantime if you want to discuss your plans or find out more about getting involved then please email info@worldwhiskyday.com or call +44 (0)131 208 2582.

Kind regards,
Blair Bowman

Founder
World Whisky Day
www.worldwhiskyday.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/world-whisky-day-one-month-to-go-whisky-news/

LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY CROWNED WHISKY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR – Scotch Whisky News

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LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY CROWNED WHISKY VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR  

Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky, distributed by Maxxium UK, has been awarded the Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s global Icons of Whisky 2014 competition. 

The annual industry awards, organised by Whisky Magazine, recognise the very best people and places in the whisky industry around the world. The awards involve country heats to find the best companies in the leading whisky nations of the world, which then compete against each other for the overall Icons of Whisky. 

Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell said: “As the No.1 selling Islay single malt whisky we are thrilled to be recognised as one of Whisky Magazine’s prestigious global Icons of Whisky. For nearly 200 years, we’ve worked hard to ensure that the distillery reflects the same distinctiveness one would find in a bottle of Laphroaig. From guided tours to our Friends of Laphroaig loyalty program, we welcome visitors into the family by gifting a plot of Islay land they can call their own while offering a truly memorable experience.” 

The Whisky Magazine editorial panel noted that the Laphroaig Distillery “offers a warm welcome to visitors from across the world. From a walk through tour to owning your piece of Islay, Laphroaig has stamped its mark on the visitor [centre] experience.” 

The Laphroaig Distillery also won the Scottish Icons of Whisky last year and is the current holder of the Drammie award for best distillery tour in the world, which it has won for two consecutive years. 

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To find out more information about Laphroaig or how to become a Friend of Laphroaig please visit www.laphroaig.com. Please enjoy our brand responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk  

Notes 

  • Laphroaig is the No.1 selling Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky globally
  • Unmistakably peat-smoke flavours are delivered by burning local Islay peat, containing unique traces of seaweed and heather.
  • One of only a few distilleries that still uses traditional malting floors and dries and infuses its own malt with the thick blue smoke from old peat-fired kilns.
  • The Friends of Laphroaig programme keeps fans of the brand up to date with special offers and news from distillery manager, John Campbell. On signing up, members are allocated their own square foot of land on Islay, and their names are added to the members’ book in the friends lounge at the distillery. Members who visit the distillery are invited to collect their ‘rent’ – a dram of Laphraoig. The community comprises more than 540,000 like-minded Scotch fans from more than 190 countries.

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/laphroaig-distillery-crowned-whisky-visitor-attraction-of-the-year-scotch-whisky-news/

Arran 17 years

It’s just one year until the Arran 18 Year Old will be launched. It will form a trilogy with Arran 16 years and this Arran 17 years. It was matured in ex-sherry hogsheads and it is the oldest official release yet from this distillery (again).

 

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(46%, OB 2014, 9000 btl.)

Nose: fresh and fruity like we’ve come to expect from The Arran. More stewed fruits this time and definitely more spices. A cider apple sourness too, especially the first few minutes. Settles on cut apples, berries, candied orange peel and a little honey but overall its spiciness makes it seem drier than most Arrans. Aniseed and ginger, clove as well as soft pepper. A bit of dusty oak. Mouth: fairly spicy and sharp at first, with citrus and dry hints of tobacco leaves. Then honey and apricots on syrup with a chocolate sweetness in the background, before the spices move to the front again. Cardamom, clove, pepper. Really light sherry. Finish: medium long, on spiced apples, liquorice and soft oak.

This Arran 17 Year Old revolves around wood spices besides the typical, fairly light, easy-drinking character. Well-made whisky but I prefer the 16. Around € 75.

Score: 86/100

Article source: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/arran/arran-17-years/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “1st Friday Outturn Tasting” Friday May 2nd, 2014 Victoria BC – Scotch Whisky News

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Here are the details for the event:

Date: Friday May 2nd, 2014

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Please note we will start promptly right at 6:30; doors open 6:15pm

Location:   The Strath Ale Wine Spirit Merchants, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria

The Maple Room, above the Sticky Wicket Pub, entrance on Courtenay Street

Price: $35 each for Members Partners, $45 for Non-Members/Guests   

(Not a member? Here’s your chance! Click HERE)

REGISTRATION:   

Space is strictly limited, so you must register in advance.  Guests are welcome, but we now have to restrict it to one guest per member. Members will always have priority. To secure your place you need to pre-pay.

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY BOOKED, CONTACT US VERY SOON, as the event always sells out. 

The whiskies have already arrived in the store and they are another unique selection of cask strength drams. 

Please email, drop into the store or phone with credit card details (we do not keep card details on file) Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com  Phone: 250-370-9463 . Once your seat(s) are paid for by phone you will receive an email confirmation from me and this is your virtual Ticket.  If you pay in person in the store you will receive a receipt. We are also accepting bookings already for June, when First Friday falls on June 6thAs a heads –up, the August First Friday will NOT be on Friday August 1st as we are busy with monthly inventory.  An alternate date will be announced soon. 

IMPORTANT: 

Please remember these are cask strength whiskies, so you should not be driving home after the tasting. 

Sláinte!

Colin Southcombe
General Manager
The Strath Ale Wine Spirit Merchants
919 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2C2
Tel: 250-370-9463
Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/scotch-malt-whisky-society-1st-friday-outturn-tasting-friday-may-2nd-2014-victoria-bc-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “1st Friday Outtrun Tasting” Friday May 2nd, 2014 Victoria BC – Scotch Whisky News

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Here are the details for the event:

Date: Friday May 2nd, 2014

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Please note we will start promptly right at 6:30; doors open 6:15pm

Location:   The Strath Ale Wine Spirit Merchants, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria

The Maple Room, above the Sticky Wicket Pub, entrance on Courtenay Street

Price: $35 each for Members Partners, $45 for Non-Members/Guests   

(Not a member? Here’s your chance! Click HERE)

REGISTRATION:   

Space is strictly limited, so you must register in advance.  Guests are welcome, but we now have to restrict it to one guest per member. Members will always have priority. To secure your place you need to pre-pay.

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY BOOKED, CONTACT US VERY SOON, as the event always sells out. 

The whiskies have already arrived in the store and they are another unique selection of cask strength drams. 

Please email, drop into the store or phone with credit card details (we do not keep card details on file) Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com  Phone: 250-370-9463 . Once your seat(s) are paid for by phone you will receive an email confirmation from me and this is your virtual Ticket.  If you pay in person in the store you will receive a receipt. We are also accepting bookings already for June, when First Friday falls on June 6thAs a heads –up, the August First Friday will NOT be on Friday August 1st as we are busy with monthly inventory.  An alternate date will be announced soon. 

IMPORTANT: 

Please remember these are cask strength whiskies, so you should not be driving home after the tasting. 

Sláinte!

Colin Southcombe
General Manager
The Strath Ale Wine Spirit Merchants
919 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2C2
Tel: 250-370-9463
Email: whisky@strathconahotel.com

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/scotch-malt-whisky-society-1st-friday-outtrun-tasting-friday-may-2nd-2014-victoria-bc-scotch-whisky-news/

New Arrivals – Port Ellen, Arran, Springbank – Scotch Whisky News

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New Arrivals: Port Ellen Friends

Spring is upon us and Soho is coming out of hibernation. People are starting to mass outside the cafés and bars, the red lights are shining brighter, and, as I write this, the Square bustles with people escaping the office for lunch. If you need a reason to venture into the West End before sundown we have a host of exciting new releases all for your delectation!

Port Ellen 1982 – Mackillop’s Choice – £650
56.2%abv – Single Cask Yield of 306 Bottles

Closed in 1983, the Port Ellen distillery continues to hold its fans in rapture. As we inevitably inch closer to the bottling of the final cask, we have got our grubby mitts on this delicious little number. Bottled from Cask 1511 after 31 years and 10 months of cask ageing, this is classic Port Ellen. Plenty of lemon zest and chamois leather on the nose with additional driftwood and charcoal. A sweet syrupy mouth feel and a long briny finish. Simply superb.

The first person to buy one of these online will win a free sample of the whisky, because we’re good like that!

Springbank 21 Year Old – £195.95
46%abv – Strictly limited to 1 bottle per customer

This is the third release of the 21 Year Old that we’ve received in as many years. A fruit forward whisky with less of the oiliness of the noble 18 Year Old. Masses of nectarine and peach flavours with a stupendously long finish. This may be a whisky that will nestle comfortably into any collection but makes for an excellent drinking whisky if you’re looking for something that offers age and quality in tandem.

Arran 17 Year Old – £69.95
46%abv – Limited Release of 9000 bottles

Port Ellen may be the Knightsbridge of the whisky world: expensive and desirable in Louboutin heels, but the Isle of Arran distillery is the up-and-coming borough where people roll their trousers up and don’t wear socks. Established in 1995, Arran has gone on to produce a top quality single malt, and this year they have released their first 17 Year Old. This whisky is all about the orchard fruits: cox apple, conference pear followed by crème fraiche and a hint of parma violet. With a delicate mouth feel and a relaxed finish.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/new-arrivals-port-ellen-arran-springbank-scotch-whisky-news/

New Single Cask Whisky From Arran Distillery at Abbey Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Arran Single Cask #815
Spring 2014 Release / Vintage 1998

The 2014 Spring release from Arran distillery is single sherry cask #815. A limited edition release, distilled in 1998 and aged for 15 years.

Bottled in 2014 at 55.3% vol, 269 bottles filled.

£66.95
(£55.79 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Arran Single Cask #815

Arran 17 Year Old

A limited edition release from Arran distillery produced from un-peated malted barley and aged for 17 years in casks that previously held Spanish sherry.

This bottling is the second in a series marking the countdown to the launch of The Arran Malt 18 year old in Spring 2015.

£62.95
(£52.46 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Arran 17 Year Old

Arran Machrie Moor / Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of Machrie Moor from Arran distillery, named after a peat bog located on the west coast of the Isle of Arran where bronze age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across the terrain… Bottled at 46%, this fourth release has been released at a peating level of 14PPM.

£39.95
(£33.29 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Arran Machrie Moor 4th Edition

Arran Single Cask #538
Autumn 2013 Release / Vintage 1996

The 2013 Autumn release from Arran distillery is single bourbon cask #538. This limited edition release was distilled in 1996 and aged for 17 years before being bottled in 2013 with only 141 bottles filled.

£78.25
(£65.21 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Arran Single Cask #538

Arran Single Cask #1968
2013 Release / Vintage 1996

A single sherry cask from Arran Distillery, distilled in 1996 and aged for 15 years before being bottled in 2012.

Only 263 bottles filled from cask #1968.

£118.00
(£98.33 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Arran Single Cask #1968

Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl
Chapter II / Angels Devils

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a series of limited edition drams named after a stunning landmark on the Isle of Arran, the glacial hollow of Coire na Ciche (The Devils Punchbowl) whose sinister presence dominates the north-east coast of Arran.

The foundation of this release is two ex-oloroso Spanish oak casks from 1997 1998, blended along with barrels from 2002 and also some of Arran’s oldest ever peated casks from 2004.

£118.00
(£98.33 ex vat)

Click here to purchase Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter 2

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/04/new-single-cask-whisky-from-arran-distillery-at-abbey-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/