Light in the darkness

Is it really November already? Judging by the fact that it’s now way too gloomy to take a relaxing walk around my local park after work, it would seem so.

We’re into the darkest time of the year, and the unavoidable approach to Christmas – but don’t worry, we’re continuing to look on the bright side as much as possible.

That means getting ready to mix up some fantastic festive cocktails, courtesy of some of our bar staff in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Get your cocktail shakers out of the cupboard and have a go at home.

Our social media guru Mads Schmoll has some tips for making the most of the season, from warming whisky pairings to finding other forms of entertainment to settle down with – she’s even compiled a Coorie-In with the SMWS playlist to soothe the spirits.

Ambassador John McCheyne has a masterclass in how to nose and taste Society whiskies like a Tasting Panel pro, and Fred Minnick reports from the other side of the pond on the remarkable renaissance of rye whiskey.

We have all that and lots more to explore. You’ve earned the right to pour yourself a dram. Relax, and dive in. Cheers Slàinte,