The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is opening its members-only venue in Edinburgh to everyone, including its large collection of single malt whiskies.
Opened 11 years ago in a Georgian house in Queen Street, it has been accessible to non-members only on a temporary trial basis in the past.
Covering four storeys, it has a restaurant on the ground floor and a whisky bar on the first floor, offering what is described as the largest collection of single malt whisky in the UK. There are event and meeting spaces on the second and third floors.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an award-winning whisky bottler and international membership club which each month releases more than 20 single-cask whiskies. Since it was founded in 1983 in Edinburgh, it has bottled whisky from more than 130 different distilleries in Scotland and around the world in addition to other spirits such as rum and bourbon.
The Society’s other venue in Edinburgh, The Vaults in Leith, will continue to operate as a members-only venue as will its venue in London in Greville Street, Farringdon.
Managing director Paul Miles said: “Members have already discovered the joys of the Society and opening 28 Queen Street permanently for everyone is a great opportunity for others to enjoy the unrivalled array of whisky we have on offer.
“These are very exciting times for the whisky industry and the Society. With exceptional new whiskies and other spirits released monthly, there has never been a better time to visit 28 Queen Street or join the Society.”
To celebrate opening 28 Queen Street to non-members, the Society is running 12 Tub Cinema Club, a series of intimate film screenings. They will serve a range of 12 whisky ice creams, dubbed “Ice Dream Drams”, created specially by renowned Edinburgh ice cream makers S Luca.
Each of the classic films showing at the 12 Tub Cinema Club from Friday June 19 to Saturday July 11 will have a whisky link, such as The Angels’ Share and Whisky Galore. Tickets are £5 including the film and one serving of whisky ice cream and whisky.
The ice creams reflect the Society’s approach to whisky, categorising them by flavour, rather than by conventional whisky regions, using 12 unique whisky flavour profiles such as Oily & Coastal, Spicy & Sweet, and Young & Spritely.
The ice creams include Maple Bacon Crunch – sweet syrup and smoky bacon flavours combined with Peated whisky – and Banana-Dram-A, which is banana and marshmallow ice cream made with a Sweet, Fruity and Mellow whisky
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