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Charles MacLean curates SMWS bar collection

Whisky expert Charles MacLean has curated a list of 30 discontinued whiskies for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s new Kaleidoscope bar in Edinburgh.

Charles MacLean’s new whisky collection marks the first time the SMWS has stocked non-society-bottled whiskies at its bar

Marking the first time the SMWS has offered non-society-bottled whiskies at its bar, the list consists of expressions sourced from both auctions and MacLean’s own personal collection.

A total of 21 whiskies – including a Dufftown-Glenlivet 12-year-old distilled in the 1960s – were sourced by MacLean from auction. Nine international whiskies are from the expert’s own personal collection – including a Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Cask from Taiwan.

“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,” said MacLean.

“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.”

SMWS – which which bottles single cask single malt whisky – opened its Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar in August this year following a £300,000 refurbishment.

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