Wednesday, August 10, 2016


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has announced the official launch of its new Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar, as part of a £300,000 refurbishment of its Edinburgh Queen Street venue.

More than 200 rare single malt whiskies and other spirits will be available at the bar each month, with the selection changing regularly throughout the year.

The new Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at SMWS Edinburgh Queen Street

The project saw the whole venue, which was first opened in 2004, transformed with a striking new look combining classic features with contemporary design created by Surface ID, the Glasgow designers behind renowned venues such as Stravaigan, Left Bank and Grosvenor Café.

In addition to the new bar, the Society has also unveiled a number of other changes including a shop selling over 100 bottles of its whisky, and, on the top floor, two new private lounges exclusively for its members.

Commenting on the news, Jan Damen, Operations Director for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “Transforming our venue with this top-to-toe makeover and opening our new Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar is a hugely exciting step in the history of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.”

He went on to say: “Kaleidoscope is open to all types of visitors, from local whisky fans to international visitors who are just starting out on their whisky journey. The Society is all about exploring the spectrum of flavours within the whisky category and we’ll have one of the biggest selections of rare single malt whisky in the country. More importantly, our selection will change constantly as we release new whiskies each month, providing guests with new flavours of whisky to discover each time they visit.”

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, releases a new selection of single cask single malt whiskies every month, providing Kaleidoscope with a constantly changing menu of choices to explore. A limited range of extremely rare proprietary whiskies carefully selected for the Society by a special guest curator will also be available at the bar.

Posted by Steve Rush