Dewar’s Discovery Gift Set

Hey kids, It’s a early Scotchmas idea….

The specially designed gift set consists of three 200-millileter bottles of Dewar’s top scotches, including the Dewar’s 18 Founder’s Reserve, currently being released for the first time in the United States in limited quantities. Dewar’s 18 is flanked by Dewar’s 12 and Signature, the top-shelf luxury scotch.

The custom- sized bottles come in a genuine leather case that can later be used to hold small items and even cigars.

The Dewar’s Discovery Gift Set retails for $100 and is available nationwide at local spirits outlets.

12 Days of Scotchmas – Michael Collins Golf Set

Michael Collins ultra-premium Irish whiskey is offered this holiday season in a high-value golf gift set. The set includes a 750ml bottle of Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey, a gorgeous stainless steel Michael Collins flask, and a genuine leather flask holder that is perfect for golfers. The handsome leather holder includes four golf tees, two ball markers and a divot repair tool. Delicious Michael Collins cocktail recipes are printed on the back of the box.

Michael Collins Irish Whiskey is made at the award-winning, only independent Irish-owned distillery in Ireland. Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey has an aroma of honey, citrus, and malt notes, and a taste that is clean and sweet with a fresh oak finish. The whiskeys are aged for a minimum of four to over twelve years in small bourbon seasoned casks to ensure a rich, smooth taste.

Named for the legendary Irish hero, Michael Collins is affectionately known as “The Big Fellow”. Collins was the spearhead of Ireland’s struggle for independence and the architect of the Treaty of 1921, from which modern Ireland emerged. The elegant bottle for Michael Collins Whiskey is inspired by the crystal of Ireland. The signature on the neck of the bottle is a replica of Collins’ signature on the actual Treaty of 1921, which he signed with his Irish name.

Michael Collins Irish Whiskey and gift sets are available throughout the United States at local retailer stores. Suggested retail price is $27-$29.

12 Days of Scotchmas – Distillery eCards

Visitors to Diageo’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky website have been given a chance to bring delight to Scots and whisky-lovers around the world – and save expensive postage – by emailing images of newly-commissioned distillery paintings by Scottish artists to their friends this Christmas and New Year.

As a seasonal gift to Friends of the Classic Malts™ (FoCM), Diageo commissioned a series of original paintings of 13 of their most famous Scotch Whisky distilleries. The paintings, each by a different contemporary Scottish artist, have been converted into festive eCards, all displayed on the website. Membership of FoCM is free but you don’t have to join to enjoy and send the eCards; and visitors can send as many as they like.

As a further bonus, the art can also be downloaded as a screensaver that offers a dynamic slideshow of all the art works, and a number of desktop wallpapers that can be used to brighten up any computer.
The intention was to select artists living and working throughout Scotland and who also feel genuine empathy with the countryside surrounding the distilleries and who would create art evocative of The Classic Malts™ and the landscapes in which the distilleries are set.

The distilleries featured are: Speyside – Cardhu, Cragganmore, Glen Elgin and Knockando; Highland – Clynelish, Dalwhinnie, Glen Ord and Royal Lochnagar; West Coast – Oban; Lowland – Glenkinchie; Islands – Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Talisker.

All 13 distillery pictures are available as wallpapers and screensavers, but only 6 as eCards. The 6 available as eCards are: Caol Ila, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie, Lagavulin, Oban and Talisker.

The 13 Scottish artists were chosen through the Scottish Art Circle. With their guidance, a long list of artists was drawn up, from which a shortlist was developed, based on the suitability of artists’ work for each of the thirteen Whiskies and Distilleries. Approaches were then made directly to the artists, with the blessing of the SAC. Artist support for the project was overwhelming and the company was quickly able to successfully pair artist and distillery.

The result is a remarkable variety of original pieces, each reflective of the character of the relevant Distillery and, in some cases, the flavour of the Whisky as well.

12 days of Scotchmas – Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience, the five-star visitor attraction located in the heart of Edinburgh, has launched a unique personal shopping service as part of its new online shop The complimentary service, which is the first of its kind in the industry, will enable whisky novices to select the perfect malt blend or liqueur through expert advice on an extensive range of Scotch whisky.

Julie Trevisan-Hunter, Marketing Manager of The Scotch Whisky Experience, said:

“We are extremely excited about this new facility, which we hope will broaden the appeal of Scotch whisky as a whole. Our shop contains over 300 varieties of whisky, which can make choosing one a daunting task. Through providing expert advice we can tailor products to individuals whether they are buying for themselves or for other people.”

The online shop, which already receives a high volume of orders from throughout the UK, features regional malts, rare blends, whisky liqueurs and miniature gift sets. Mirroring the popular visitor attraction, which gives a unique insight into Scotch whisky past and present, the shop includes an informative history on Scotland’s whisky industry and the production process, as well as whisky cocktail recipes and tasting notes on selected bottles to help purchasers.

The Scotch Whisky Experience is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. The tour includes an informative film introducing the making of Scotch Whisky followed by a whisky nosing and guided tasting as well as a barrel ride through 300 years of whisky history. Situated at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile the attraction also has an award-winning fine dining restaurant, Amber, as well as corporate and meeting facilities.

12 days of Scotchmas – Emergency Dram

Looking for a stocking filler with a difference this Christmas?

Spencerfield Spirit has linked up with to create an emergency whisky gift box with its iconic Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose whisky.

Whatever the emergency, these fine quality vatted malt and blended whiskies will provide welcome relief, and a fast solution to your Christmas shopping dilemma!

The emergency whisky gift box costs £15.00 and is available to buy online at

12 days of Scotchmas: Scotch Whisky Review

And concluding our "12 days of Scotchmas" gift guide.

Hopefully something struck your fancy and you took advantage of some of the discounts these companies were kind enough to offer!

I have been reading the Scotch Whisky Review for some time – but only first wrote a story about it back in February 2007. In that story I said:

Wickedly smart. Bitingly funny. Loads of caustic wit.

These are just some of the terms that might be used to describe the
Scotch Whisky Review.


The bottom line is that The Scotch Whisky Review should be on the reading list of every serious whisky fan.

And to make sure that you read it, I’ve arranged for a discount:

Current subscription rates are:

UK £10.00
EUROPE £14.00

The SWR is published quarterly (4 times per year), but if you email them with 12 days of Scotchmas in the subject line, they’ll be happy to give you 5 issues for the regular subscription price of 4 issues.

And they are apparently working on that god-awful web site. The Scotch Whisky Review. 

This is NOT a paid promotion.

12 days of Scotchmas: Calendar

Continuing our "12 days of Scotchmas" gift guide.

Yes I originally talked about this one in October, but it IS a great gift…and there’s more…

Scotchcalendar 2008 "Malts of Scotland" Scotch Calendar.

Think of the calendar as a 12 month tasting notebook, as each month
features a large shot of the featured bottle along with tasting notes,
some information on the distillery, maps of the distillery and
factoids. The pictures are large, clear and attractive. The layout is
great and best of all it’s informative.

The calendar should make the whisky geek in your life (uh, I mean you) quite happy. 

Suggested retail is USD $12.99 (CDN $17.99; GBP £10.99) – though of course it’s available cheaper through Amazon: 2008 Scotch Calendar


Yep, I have another one to give away, which I will again give free of charge (that
includes postage) to the second person person to send in a picture of
themselves wearing the new The Scotch Blog or Free Scotland shirt.

This is NOT a paid promotion.

12 days of Scotchmas: Balvenie SherryOak

Continuing our "12 days of Scotchmas" gift guide.

Have you been collecting the 17 year old collection from Balvenie? To date there’s been an Islay 17 year old, a New Wood 17 year old, and the New Oak 17 year old.

Balvenie recently released the latest edition in the line – the SherryOak 17 year old.

Like all of the 17 year old Balvenie whiskies this one is limited,
and like all the 17 year old Balvenie whiskies, this one should be well

Take standard Balvenie, and mature it completely in Spanish oak
casks, which had previously held Sherry, for 17 years. What you get is
a sweet and smooth whisky – nicely balanced. It’s smooth, but also rich – and if you are a sherry-whisky fan, you’ll enjoy
it. A lot.

It has an interesting "2 pronged finish" –
the main flavors drop off, but a different, sherry-ishness (stewed
fruits and spice) lingers nicely.

It somehow seems very "Christmas-y" to me, eh, but maybe I’m
just in a Christmas-y mood.

Bottled at 43%,a really nice way to see an old Balvenie wearing a new outfit.

Should run you around $90 (USD).

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12 days of Scotchmas: Malt Advocate Magazine

Continuing our "12 days of Scotchmas" gift guide.
We’ve got gift ideas, discounts, and Free Stuff through the weekend and right up until Christmas Eve day (December 24th), so keep checking in!

Mam To close out our 12 Days of Scotchmas, here’s a discount on another must-read whisky publication – Malt Advocate.

Malt Advocate magazine is the United States’  leading whisky magazine.
It’s published quarterly and covers more than just Scotch – all the world’s finest whiskies grace the pages – Irish whiskey, bourbon
American, Japanese and Canadian whisky.

The magazine includes features,
columns, product reviews in their acclaimed Buyer’s Guide and up-to-date
whisky news.

Malt Advocate is offering a special rate of $3 off the normal subscription rate (The U.S. subscription is $18 <$18-$3=$15>).

The $3 USD discount extends to all non-U.S. orders as well.

The special super secret code for the discount is newsub07 which you will have to enter in the appropriate box when subscribing.

The offer is for
new subscribers only and is good until December 31st.

Subscribe here.

This is NOT a paid promotion.

12 days of Scotchmas: Classic Expressions


Ian Buxton & Neil Wilson want to offer The Scotch Blog readers a 10% on either (or both) of the 2 published Classic Expressions books:

Reminiscences of a Gauger
by Joseph Pacy (1873)

With a new introduction and commentary by Ian Buxton

Published price (copies 76 – 300) : £50 (plus carriage)

» More Information about ‘Reminiscences of a Gauger’

Smuggling in the Highlands
by Ian MacDonald (1914)

With a new introduction and commentary by Gavin D. Smith

Published price (copies 76 – 300) : £50 (plus carriage)

» More Information about ‘Smuggling in the Highlands’

To receive the discount:

  • You must pay using PayPal
  • Enter the promotional code FOKE when prompted on PayPal, which will give you the discount
    • Though the individual book pages say the price is £50, when you
      go to the payment box (PayPal) you will see the price reduced to £45.
  • The code will work until December 31st, so it’s a great way to spend your Christmas gift money.

This is NOT a paid promotion.