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SOCIETY NEWS • 5


New year, new look


EDINBURGH AND LONDON


Members visiting The Vaults in Leith and 19 Greville Street in London will no doubt already have noticed some rather striking decoration and refurbishment work taking place. At The Vaults, the reception area has been opened out with a more welcoming front desk and a brighter wall colour palette, while the Tasting Room has luxurious textured new carpets and wall coverings (see right). Greville Street is getting a major update to its Members’ Rooms, with stylish new décor, furniture and fl ooring. A launch party for the new-look rooms is planned for early in the new year – pop in or call and ask for more details.


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A whisky wizard in Oz


AUSTRALIA CHRIS RENTON


Fab photos in the park with Dr Whisky (p14).


African stars SOUTH AFRICA


The branch in South Africa held a special re-launch event on 1 December with an outdoor tasting at Inanda Polo Club in Sandton, Johannesburg. The branch has teamed up with new business partners in the region – fi ne wine and spirits merchants Norman Goodfellows. The new-look Society will include a dedicated stock and tasting room at the fl agship Norman Goodfellows store in Illovo, in the heart of Sandton.


BLATANT BLOWING OF OUR OWN TRUMPET!


IAN MILNE


The former exciseman provided a great story for this issue (p10).


We are pleased to report that Unfi ltered was highly commended in the ‘Member Magazine of the Year’ category at the PPA (Professional Publishers Association) Scotland Awards event in November.


THE SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY


PATRIK AXELSSON Huge thanks to our man from SMWS Sweden for helping with our article (p18).


In October, Australian members were invited to indulge in an adventure in peat during a special tasting with Laphroaig’s master blender Robert Hicks (pictured). Featuring no fewer than seven of the distillery’s more unusual bottlings, the evening included a talk and tasting from Robert, as well as a “virtual tour” of the distillery by Society whisky manager Andrew Derbidge. “Robert and I tag-teamed through the night, swapping jokes, stories, tales and experiences at the distillery,” said Andrew. “He was a very entertaining and amusing presenter.”


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