Ice Cream….whisky….a good film…..comfy deckchairs…..popcorn……beanbags……more whisky and more ice cream = happy boys eating Scotland!
The big question about this blog post was whether or not we should be sharing it with you as we don’t want to let the secret out of the bag. We feel like keeping the news and the ice creams to ourselves, but that wouldn’t be very fair…would it?
So in the interests of public service we are going to let the secret out of the bag – but only now that we have made a reservation for our next film showing and booked our beanbag….whisky and ice cream!
The Scottish Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) on Queen Street, once a members only venue is permanently opening it’s doors to the public to come and enjoy the wonderful building, delicious food and the UKs largest selection of Single Cask Malt whiskies. To celebrate the occasion the 12 Tub Cinema Club has been launched showing 7 Whisky related films over the next few weeks. The question as to why it’s the 12 tub cinema club is easily answered. A trip to the cinema isn’t complete without an ice cream so 12 Ice Dream Drams have been created by Luca Ice Cream from Society Single Malt Whiskies.
We couldn’t wait to try the ice creams as we made our way along Queen Street. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts around about 8pm – it’s all quite casual and we really liked that. On arrival at 28 Queen Street we were shown up the stairs to the viewing room which was all set out with comfy bean bags and deckchairs. Each deckchair had a bag of popcorn waiting, and the ice cream man provided the ice cream menu with excellent descriptions of each new flavour. I went for Cherry Poppers 4.4%Alc – “Let’s get fruity with this cherry, chocolate and deep, rich and dried fruit ice cream”. Raymond decided to try the Salty Sea Dog 4.1%Alc -“Anchors aweigh! Set sail across waves of salted caramel with an oily and coastal whisky ice cream”. Both ice creams were really lovely and you can certainly taste the whisky flavours.
After you choose your ice cream you also get your matched whisky to enjoy with it. We found both the ice cream and the whisky menu really well presented and easy to follow. The society works by cask numbers rather than names so it was 117.5 that was paired with my Cherry Popper ice cream.
The matched whiskies range from 10yo through to 30yo with some limited edition labels for good measure. Prices per bottle of the matched drams can be up to £146 so you have the opportunity to try some very special drams for your £5 film ticket.
We were there to see The Angels Share and Charles MacLean, writer, whisky connoisseur and star of the film provided an interesting introduction to the film.
Regardless of how exciting or interesting a film is, I sometimes struggle to stay awake (especially you would think after ice cream and whisky!) so the 20 minute interval halfway through was an excellent idea. It also provides plenty of time to wander down to the bar and top up your whisky and ice creams. With the promise of ice cream and whisky I managed to stay awake the whole way through, now that’s a first. We missed The Angel’s Share when it originally came out so this was an ideal opportunity to catch it. – Great film!
At £5 per ticket (plus booking fee) this is an amazing deal and we would thoroughly recommend popping along if there’s a film you fancy watching.
Coming up over the next few weeks:
26th June – Whisky Galore
27th June – Lost in Translation
2nd July – Inglourious Basterds
3rd July – Barfly
10th July – Withnail and I
11th July – Casablanca
The Scottish Malt Whisky Society
28 Queen Street
Tel: 0131 220 2044