SMWS Ambassadors Choice Tasting 2018

Join us on January 6 at 14:00

Come and join Thomas, our ambassador from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society here in Denmark, for one of the highlights of the new year.

This is THE event that we look forward to every year, each year we are surprised by the selection of whisky that Thomas finds for this tasting.

Thomas will take you through a journey of 8 hand picked whisky’s from the SMWS vaults in vejle. Each whisky from the society is a single malt single barrel cask strength whisky from the society. These whisky’s are bottled by the SMWS and outside partner bars, they are generally not available for sale to the public.


Often, SMWS events are restricted to members of the society, not this one – once a year we open the doors to everyone to join in with this tasting. Every year this tasting brings some fantastic examples of the whisky available from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, so come along and try some of the great SMWS whiskys.

You do not need to be an SMWS member to enjoy this great tasting …. everyone is welcome 🙂

After the event you will be able to talk to Thomas about the benefits of becoming a member of the SMWS.

There are just 30 places available, and it makes a great christmas gift, so this year we are putting it on sale a little earlier than usual..

Tickets can be purchased online, here

Details of the bottles for the tasting will be announced on our facebook event page and in our mailing list once the final details are known – but dont let that stop you buying a ticket before they are all gone !

Whisky|Sound – Tasting 6. July at the Dome Of Visions, Aarhus

What does your dram sound like ?

Whisky|Sound - what does your dram sound like ?

Its not really anything I had though about until now, but the answer may be closer than expected Niels Dalum (composer) and Nikolaj Kynde (sound artist) have been hard at work figuring it out, together they form Whisky|Sound. 

Just as each whisky has its own special fragrance, taste and color these guys have figured out a tune that it goes with. This is taking the sensations behind a whisky tasting one step further. The concept is simple, whilst you drink the whisky, they play the music that goes with the dram. 

In just a few days time Niels & Nikolaj are coming to Aarhus to perform, and you still have the chance to come and experience what may be the first of many visits that they will be making to our fine little town. 

Tickets for the upcoming tasting on 6. July, kl. 19:30-21:30 at “The Dome of Visions”, Inge Lehmanns Gade, Pier 2, 8000 Aarhus C are on sale, here – Price is 350kr per ticket, or if you are a student, just 250kr.

Though it has not been publicized as yet, I have had a sneak preview of the line-up for the tasting – and without giving too much away, if they happened to break into a chorus of Smoke on the Water it might be fitting too 🙂 

After the tasting, the duo will be retiring to Highlanders Bar, where we will have the opportunity for a drink and chat – once we have finalized the details in a day or two I will let you all know. 

If you are still not sure, check out the video on facebook –

Award winning Indian whisky from Paul John & Amrut

Whisky from india

After whisky, driving risky – Himalayan road sign !

Of recent times India has been producing a number of award winning whisky’s, for the last 3 years we have had a number of them available at Highlanders. Just this week we have received a couple so we thought we would share a little about them.

Paul John Single Malt Whisky

Not that we take much note of what Jim Murray has to say here at Highlanders Bar, but in this instance we cant deny the fact the Paul John deserved a mention from him. He was kind enough to give them his “Liquid Gold Award” for 2016.

Paul John whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalays, it is double distilled in locally made copper pots and then matured in American white oak barrels. They are filled at around 63.5% and left to mature. The warmer temperatures around the Goa coast help the maturation process go by more quickly than in colder climates.

You can associate flavors such as subtle hints of spice, marmalade, chocolate, coconut, dry fruit, vanilla and honey with whisky from Paul John.

At Highlanders you will find a couple of different bottles to choose:

“Brilliance” which is a 46%. Brilliance is matured in ex-bourbon casks to give a warm golden/copper finish. It has won a number of gold and silver medals over the last couple of years.

“Peated Single Cask no. 784”, this is bottled at 57,3%. This has a good balance of sweet and peat, which Paul John peat their own barley with peat imported from Scotland. It’s not-chill filtered so retains a lot more of the flavours it developed whilst maturing in ex-bourbon casks.


Not to far from Paul John, you can find the distillery of Amrut. Amrut has been around since around 1948, but its not really until the early 2000’s that we heard much about them in europe. 

On offer at Highlanders, we have Amrut Fusion:

Fusion in the name comes from their use of both Indian and Scottish peated barley. Fusion has been drawing attention since it was introduced in 2009. Its another in the “sweet” and “peat” style of whisky, offering a soft smokey flavour, with the sweetness coming from the barley. Hints of vanilla, and maybe a little sherry along with some spice and something chocolatey and sweet. 


A taste of India…

Why not drop by Highlanders this month and try our “Taste of India” – you get a 2cl taste of each of Paul John Brilliance, Amrut Fusion & Paul John Peated Single Cask no 784. 

Ask at the bar for our specially priced “Taste of India”, available whilst stocks last.

New whisky from the SMWS

Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles at Highlanders Aarhus

Whisky from the SMWS at Highlanders Bar, Aarhus – contact us for whisky tastings.

For those of you who dont know the SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society), they are an independent (originally just whisky) bottler that operates with a membership. Usually, only members and especially appointed bars & restaurants have access to these single cask – single malt whisky bottles.

Being a partner bar for the SMWS here in denmark, Highlanders has an ever changing selection of around 20 different bottles. 

Unique bottles of whisky…

As a single cask of whisky from any given distillery may be very different from the usual bottlings offered by that distillery, giving you the name of the distillery would not always do justice for the unique qualities found in each whisky cask – so the bottles are all numbered.

The numbering system leaves you to focus on the wonderfully poetic descriptions from the SMWS tasting panel.

Here is a selection of the recently added whisky bottles:

11.33 Mouth-watering Melon Medley – 8 yo – 61,0 %

This was like a melon medley salad using Cantaloupe, Galia, honeydew and watermelon mixed with papaya and mango, chopped fresh mint and a refreshing, citrusy, tangy ginger syrup dressing drizzled on top – a mouth-watering proposition and wait until you’ve tasted it! How about nibbling on a strawberry, lime and black pepper ice lolly or having a spoonful of chilled Bloody Mary soup? Water added the creaminess of rose and lemon fondant fancies, macarons and mini chocolate eclairs and on the palate, a passion fruit Pavlova using mango, pineapple and strawberries dusted with icing sugar and a few mint leaves.

64.90 Love at first sniff – 26 yo – 54,1 %

The nose was ‘love at first sniff’ – spun sugar, golden meringues and manuka, dried mango and marmalade; toasted coconut, hazelnut and shea butter, polished antique furniture and lastly, rose-petals and nasturtiums. The silky smooth palate was ‘comfort in a glass’ –ginger fudge, brandy snaps, strawberry jam, acacia honey, salted caramel, sandalwood and chocolate florentines. The reduced nose had orange oil, sichuan pepper, marzipan, scented candles and aromatherapy sessions. The palate – well, we had so many words (amazing, heavenly, integrated) but agreed that none did it justice. After 26 years in ex-bourbon wood this was transferred to a virgin oak hogshead.

35.173 Falling in love in an instant – 14 yo – 57,9 %

Fresh, lively, sweet, charming, attractive and very engaging,’ might even be love at first nose’. Aromas of custard caramel doughnuts, vanilla Chantilly cream, honey poached peaches and fresh strawberries with mint ice cream – we really wanted to get to know this one. Beautiful mouthfeel; like a tropical fruit medley underneath the palm trees at sunset with sweet crunchy honeycomb covered in slightly bitter dark chocolate melting in your mouth. Let’s discover this further with a drop of water; even sweeter, even smoother, even more succulent – if that is at all possible! – and a teasing little spice tingled our taste buds.

31.34 Muted Hebridean smoke – 28 yo – 48,3 %

The nose was immediately promising – gentle smoke drifting over Hebridean beaches, apricot jam, blossom honey, whin-scented soap, menthol tobacco and a comforting leather sofa. The sweet, viscous palate had toffee, sweet coconut and mussels, with fantastically muted smoke (wood smoke and aromatic cigars) – the finish and odd mixture of sherry vinegar and lemon zest. On the reduced nose – jam sponge, splashes of citrus and enjoying Coquilles St Jacques among the gorse bushes. The palate now – lemon squeezed on calamari, key lime pie and salty Twiglets. After 27 years in ex-bourbon wood this was transferred to a first-fill charred red wine hogshead.

3.294 Hebredian dreams – 20 yo – 56,5 %

We were transported on to the deck of a coal fired steam puffer feeling the cold salty sea breeze across our faces and warming our hands on a mug of Gaelic coffee or mulled wine spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Lunch was served and we enjoyed griddled scallops with smoked, sweet chilli sauce and smoked salmon crabmeat salad. With a drop of water we went ashore on a now beautiful sunny late afternoon at a sandy beach on the western shores of the Outer Hebrides with the machair in full bloom and watched the sunset with sweet, slightly smoky, creamy lavender lobster bisque.

29.205 Two wheeled beach cruiser – 17 yo – 58,8 %

Cycling along the beach we passed an old shipwreck with its weathered and tar-covered timbers that sat amongst the glistening rock pools and dried seaweed. The sweet smell of sticky pork ribs on a bbq hung in the air along with smoked rhubarb crumble with whipped cream and roasted limes. Suddenly my tire punctured on the sharp edge of an oyster shell, releasing a sweet innertube aroma. We sat down on a rock and opened a packet of salted almonds and some sweet smoked salmon, and as a rain shower started we relaxed whilst watching patterns being made by the raindrops in the sand.


If you would like to know more about the SMWS, about the concept, about membership or if you would like to just try one or two – our staff are available to help, or you can read more about SMWS membership here in denmark by visiting their website.