Scotch Malt Whisky Society and The Whisky Lounge – A New Partnership

Last night ( Tuesday 26th March ) at the Queen Street Venue of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society the launch of the partnership with The Whisky Lounge was held with an insight into some of the special events that will be happening on Saturday 27th April, which is the date of the first venture into Scotland by The Whisky Lounge.

One of the main attractions at the festival will be the presentations by Rachel Barrie ( Master Distiller with Morrison Bowmore and Mark Greenaway ( owner and chef at the very prestigious Mark Greenaway Restaurant in North Castle Street Edinburgh ) together they will be marrying food and Single Malt Whisky and letting everyone appreciate the sound, aroma and and tasting of this marriage.

At Queen Street last night some special guests were given a chance to experience some of these pairings, Rachel let us all taste an Auchentoshan Three Wood with some dark chocolate, this was followed by a Glen Garioch 12 year old with some French cheese, finally a Bowmore 12 year old with some excellent 12 day smoked salmon. Rachel had chosen well, every dram was enjoyed and the pairings worked extremely well.

SMWS - Whisky Lounge

Following Rachel and Mark’s presentation The Scotch Malt Whisky Society had laid on some special drams with a selection of canapés, this was once again to show off the marriage of foods with Single Malts. These were two Highland, one Speyside, one Orkney and one Islay, like all SMWS bottling’s these were all Single Cask and Cask Strength. The chef ( James Freeman ) at the Dining Room in the SMWS Queen Street venue produced some fantastic canapés which ideally complimented some of the finest drams that money can buy.

Saturday 27th April 2013

The above date should now be in every Whisky lovers diary, this is the date of the first Whisky Lounge festival to visit north of the border.

Here are some details from our friends at The Whisky Lounge.

Edinburgh Whisky Fest 2013
Saturday April 27th 2013, 12.00pm
The Hub 348-350 Castlehill, EH1 2NE

It was only a matter of time till we brought one of our shows to the Whisky motherland and here we are. We know how much Edinburgh likes a dram, so we’re setting up a five star show for this first time event in partnership with our friends at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Jaw dropping drams from all over Scotland and some of the best Whiskies from around the world will be on show to taste and enjoy in the superb surroundings of the Hub.

Here’s what each full day ticket includes…

Glencairn tasting glass
A bottle of water (for obvious purposes)
The Festival Guide
Two ‘under the counter dram’ tokens. These can be redeemed at a select few exhibitor stands for a rather special dram. (Members, both TWL and SMWS get an extra two tokens)
A voucher for something to eat.
Access to special free workshops (first come, first served)
ALL WHISKIES SAMPLED IN MAIN HALL (not including ‘under the counter’ drams)

If this is your first time to one of our whisky festivals here’s how it works…

Simply approach any of the exhibitor stands, ask politely for a dram and you shall receive a tasty glass of whisky (it really is that simple) Every exhibitor should know their whiskies inside out and it’s well worth taking advantage of this knowledge. They’ll be able to answer all and any whisky related questions you may have and will happily explain why their whisky is so damn tasty. This year we’re running two workshops which can be attended within your ticket price (plus two that cannot) – these cannot be booked in advance but are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. We will announce these via our Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks.

And you get all this for only £35.00

Now all you need to do now is log onto to find out more and to book your tickets, be quick this is sure to be a sell out festival.

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