The Balmoral launches Scotch whisky club with Macallan

The Balmoral hotel has unveiled its new Scotch Club in collaboration with The Macallan, offering a personalised membership experience to whisky connoisseurs around the world.

Published 23rd Aug 2021
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The Balmoral whisky club offers bottle residence in one of the sought after, personally engraved whisky keeps that don the entrance to SCOTCH, The Balmoral’s renowned whisky bar.

The Balmoral’s expert Whisky Ambassadors will offer Scotch Club members a whisky concierge service ensuring each visit to the world-renowned whisky bar is bespoke and memorable.

Members of the Scotch Club will be served their selected dram of The Macallan in a Lalique glass, created by the prestigious French crystal maker.

Whisky Ambassadors will be on hand to create a cocktail or suggest a perfect serve.

A range of exclusive benefits mean members can entertain in style with an annual complimentary whisky tasting for two with exclusive use of the elegant surroundings of SCOTCH for two hours, hosted by a Whisky Ambassador.

Members also receive advance invitations to whisky masterclasses and special rates to turn their visit into a holiday.

The Balmoral will be accepting 12 members of the Scotch Club this summer, with a waiting list opening for the remaining 23 keeps which will be released later this year.

The exclusive offering starts from £710 for a 12 month membership, where guests will be able to access their own bottle of The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old.

The top level of Scotch Club membership priced at £17,700 includes a bottle of The Macallan Red Collection 40 Years Old, which sits at the heart of the Macallan’s limited edition Red Collection.

The Red Collection is a range of rare single malt Scotch whiskies created from some of the world’s oldest and rarest casks.

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Cameron Ewen, Whisky Ambassador and Manager of SCOTCH said: “Together with The Macallan we have created a unique membership experience in an iconic Scottish location.

"To have your name engraved on one of only 35 whisky keeps in the heart of The Balmoral is really special and something which we hope will be coveted by whisky fans around the world.

“Our members will experience an entirely bespoke service. We want to get to know them as individuals and deliver an outstanding, memorable occasion on each and every visit to SCOTCH.

"We have some rare and extraordinary expressions from The Macallan available for the Scotch Club and I hope that they allow each member to join with their family and friends in the comfortable surroundings of Scotch and keep the conversations about whisky going for generations to come.”

The Macallan: Chris Anderson, head of Edrington brands in the UK added: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with The Balmoral, to offer such an exceptional opportunity to whisky fans worldwide.

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"The membership is a fantastic way for members to experience The Macallan and some of our most distinguished expressions in a completely different way and continues our prestige journey within the most exceptional venues around the world.”

The Balmoral’s whisky bar, SCOTCH, pays homage to the art of whisky in Edinburgh, and this is reflected in the subtle lighting and visual depth of the bar’s interior, designed by Olga Polizzi, which echo an aged spirit.

New additions to the whisky bar include limited edition artwork from The Macallan’s Red Collection and a beautiful back bar installation featuring The Macallan Red Collection 40 Years Old.

To find out more information on Scotch Club please visit their website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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