Monday, October 24, 2016


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, has announced the launch of a new guest whisky list, curated by industry expert Charles MacLean, at its recently refurbished Queen Street venue in Edinburgh.
The whiskies will be available in the Kaleidoscope Bar, which was a new addition to the society's Edinburgh venue, following a £300,000 refurbishment in August.

Charles Maclean raising a glass to his new SMWS guest whisky list

The new whisky list, which is comprised of 30 old and rare bottles, includes 21 Scotch whiskies that MacLean sourced from a whisky auction, including a Dufftown-Glenlivet 12 Year Old distilled in the 1960s, The Balvenie Founder’s Reserve, distilled in the early 1970s and a Mortlach ‘Flora & Fauna 16 Year Old.
A further nine whiskies were drawn from MacLean’s personal collection, which include: Hakushu 18 Year Old Japanese single malt whisky and Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Cask from Taiwan, which was named “Best New World Single Malt” at the 2012 World Whisky Awards.

Commenting on the news, Charles MacLean, Whisky expert of 35 Years and star of the 2012 film The Angel’s Share, said “The Scotch Malt Whisky Society looks at whisky through the lens of flavour, and my idea for this guest selection is to encourage everyone to explore how whisky flavours have evolved over the past decades.”

He went on to say: “All of these expressions are discontinued so there are very few places in the world you can taste them, making a visit to Kaleidoscope a unique experience for whisky fans. I recommend a visit soon before all of the drams are gone!”

Charles MacLean’s guest curated whisky list, the first at the recently refurbished venue, will complement the society’s already extensive monthly outturn of single cask offerings, available at the Kaleidoscope Bar.

Posted by Steve Rush