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Eva Longoria and Trevor Noah announce winners of Chivas' The Venture $1m Fund


Conceptos Plásticos (Colombia) and WeFarm (UK) announced as standout winners of Chivas’ The Venture 2016.

The Venture, luxury whisky Chivas Regal’s search to find and support the most innovative startups from across the world, rewarded five social enterprises the remaining share of their $1million annual fund at their Final Event in New York City.  The winners were announced after five grand finalists pitched in front of a live audience and judging panel that included actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria.

The event was the culmination of the second year of Chivas’ The Venture, which received over 2,500 applications from scalable and sustainable social entrepreneurs. The evening was hosted by The Daily Show presenter, Trevor Noah who applauded all five entrepreneurs that pitched on their commitment to using business as a force for good. The judging panel which included Eva Longoria, Sonal Shah, Joe Huff and Alexandre Ricard, assessed each business based on their ability to create sustainable change through a viable business model and potential to scale.

Social startup Conceptos Plásticos from Colombia was awarded the largest contribution from The Venture fund, receiving $300,000. Focusing on transforming plastic waste into construction material for permanent housing, Conceptos Plásticos creates much needed building materials for communities to establish a physical infrastructure. The additional finalists to receive funding and recognition were; WeFarm ($200k) – a pioneering knowledge-sharing platform for small scale farmers, EyeControl ($100k) – a mobile communication device for “locked-in” patients, Wakami ($100k) – producer of handmade fashion accessories that support community businesses across Guatemala, and Coolar ($50k) – an innovative healthcare cooling system enabling doctors to preserve lifesaving medicine in off-grid regions.

Eva Longoria congratulated each of the winners on the night:

“I was really inspired by the finalists tonight – I’m so grateful there are people in the world who can figure out solutions to complex global problems. We all live in a global community and I absolutely believe social entrepreneurship is the only way we can create positive change. The caliber of the 27 finalists, their business ideas and fresh thinking was amazing.”

The Final Event was attended by a range of high profile entrepreneurs, business leaders and influencers from New York City and beyond. Also in the audience was Golden Globe nominated actor Oscar Isaac who starred in Chivas Regal’s Win The Right Way film, which was aired to the 300-strong audience at the beginning of the night.

Pernod Ricard’s Chairman and CEO, and The Venture judge, Alexandre Ricard, said:

“It was truly a privilege to be part of the judging panel and watch the five finalists pitch for the remaining $750,000 of funding. Businesses like Conceptos Plásticos and WeFarm are great examples of how innovative, passionate and forward-thinking the social entrepreneurship movement is. Chivas is proud to support the global community of businesses that are on a mission to make a positive change in the world – I look forward to seeing the impact of these projects in the future.­­­”

Chivas’ The Venture launched in September 2014 and has already seen the 16 finalists from the first year of the competition thrive and have an increased impact on a range of social and environmental issues. The 16 Alumni social enterprises are now supporting more than 200,000 beneficiaries in over 50 countries around the world.

Continuing Chivas’ commitment to inspire and support future generations of entrepreneurs, social enterprises from across the world are invited to apply for $1 million in funding as The Venture Year 3 kicks off from 5th September 2016, visit www.theventure.com for further details.


The Venture

The Venture is Chivas’ global search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. With over $1 million in funding and resources, The Venture will enable social entrepreneurs from around the world realise their potential and gain exposure for their business.

With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, inspiring modern gentlemen in more than 60 countries around the world to succeed in the right way.

About Chivas Regal                                                                                                                 

Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. The Chivas Regal range includes Chivas 12, Chivas 18, Chivas 25 and the Global Travel Retail exclusive, Chivas Brothers Blend. In October 2014, Chivas Regal announced the addition of a fifth permanent expression in the Chivas Regal family, Chivas Regal Extra, a new blend with a unique richness derived from selective maturation in rare ex-sherry casks. In 2015, the iconic brand welcomed the pinnacle of the range with the introduction of the new ultra-prestige blend, Chivas Regal The Icon.

The Whisky Shop Paris: Johnnie Walker Collection – Scotch Whisky News

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Johnnie Walker Salon Privé

With the launch ofthe website for The Whisky Shop Paris, we can’t help but rave about our French store’s incredible range. Today we take a look at the Johnnie Walker range available in the luxurious and elegant Salon Privé, hosted by the iconic brand.

Worldwide delivery available from whiskyshop.fr

Blue Label Willow The Whisky Shop Paris Exclusive


This exceptional expression embodies the know-how of the Walker House. Presented in a porcelain bottle, the limited edition Willow pack features a finely detailed illustration in blue ink by Good Wives and Warriors artists.

Stretching around the four sides of the bottle, the work celebrates the unique adventure of the Johnnie Walker blend, pioneering whisky from Scotland to conquer the world. On the front, the Striding Man tees off at Gleneagles, inviting us to relive the adventure by discovering every continent, portrayed with originality by the two artists.

The prestigious Blue Label, the gem of the Walker House is presented here at Cask Strength. Bottled at 55.8% abv, the limited edition Willow offers a powerful and intense taste. Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a big flavoured whisky that reflects the Walker family’s belief that neither whisky age alone, nor whisky from a single location, is enough to achieve the creation of an unrivalled masterpiece today.

€460 Buy Now

Private Collection 2015


The second in the series of annual, limited releases, from John Walker & Sons. The Private Collection 2015 Edition showcases the craftsmanship and innovation of John Walker & Sons blended Scotch Whisky. Master Blender Jim Beveridge handpicked just 29 casks from irreplaceable bespoke and experimental stocks to create this unique blend.

Only 8,888 decanters of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2015 Edition were made. Each of these striking dark red glass decanters is individually numbered, with a distinctively bold design that echoes the famous Johnnie Walker slanted label.

€809 Buy Now

Blue Label ‘Year of the Monkey’ Limited Edition


With only 750 individually numbered bottles produced of this limited edition, Johnnie Walker celebrates the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Monkey. Blue Label is one of the best blends and certainly the most famous in the world. This bottle is full of character, delivering a powerful bouquet in several strata, a deep richness on the palate and the smoke, which combines honey and fruit, before a gentle finish.

€225 Buy Now

Rye Cask Finish


Johnnie Walker has not finished surprising us! Jim Beveridge has carefully selected first fill American oak barrels and at least 10 years, which are added a finishing cask Rye Whisky. The result, bottled at an unusual strength of 46% abv, is different from other Johnnie Walker expressions, finding a power approaching a single malt. This expression is available exclusively at The Whisky Shop.

The nose is decidedly exotic: vanilla, rum and brown sugar. The palate is frank and direct, with notes of candied papaya and mango, but also sweet spices to finish with white chocolate. The Rye has really left its mark on this whisky! The finish is long and straight, revealing spicy and sweet touches, between fruit and caramel.

€60 Buy Now

Whisky Lounge News – Scotch Whisky News


Hi all! We hope you are managing to find some shade in which to dram in this record heat (well, record for this year!)

There is plenty going on here at TWL HQ at the moment. Joe has taken a cracking team down to the crazy and funky The Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire to help bring more whisky to even more people. If you happen to be there, please pop in to say hi! He is hoping the weather is not too hot for all of the potential whisky-converts at the festival.

Amanda and Eddie had a baby boy in May (their second child) and are skilfully (ahem) juggling nappy-changing duties with their never-ending Whisky mission. Yes, another whisky-baby!

In this summer update, we have some fantastic new tastings for you on the website, including a superb Rum vs Whisky series and the return of Blind Islay Fury. Further tickets for our autumn festivals are available (York and Birmingham still have early-birds left!) as well as Whisky Schools and our October Backstage Islay trip.

We are pretty sure that there is something for everyone here so do please read on…

A quick note to members: We must apologies to our faithful members for the lack of activity of late. We are planning on sending out the first 6 cask samples in the next few weeks and we think that you will be extremely happy with the whiskies and the mechanic we have come up with. We are also looking at running our first members events in the autumn, possibly at the one or two of the remaining festivals. We appreciate your patience and this will be more than rewarded!


Good folk of Birmingham! We are delighted to announce our latest partner venue and that we are finally coming to Birmingham on a regular basis.

The Edgbaston is a treasure trove of whiskies with an incredible selection plus a tremendous reputation for cocktails. Darren, the owner, and Eddie have been friends a long time and have been trying to get these up and running for a while now. We are finally there! Check the individual tasting listings on our website for further details and don’t forget to visit their website too.



On our distillery visits to Speyside we came across a veritable plethora of great drams and thought we would bring some home with us for you to taste! This tasting focuses on slightly lesser known gems from this massively important area of production,that perhaps don’t get the attention they deserve…

11th October: Sheffield BUY TICKETS

12th October: Liverpool BUY TICKETS

13th October: Leeds BUY TICKETS

19th October: London BUY TICKETS

28th October: Newcastle BUY TICKETS

29th October: York BUY TICKETS



Back for another year! We travelled to Islay back in May and have returned with the finest limited release bottlings for you! These whiskies were strictly limited at the time, and many are already fetching serious money at auction, so it’s your chance to taste them before they become true collector’s items and therefore far less attainable!

18th November: Manchester BUY TICKETS

18th November: Newcastle BUY TICKETS

22nd November: Sheffield BUY TICKETS

23rd November: London BUY TICKETS

24th November: Leeds BUY TICKETS

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30th November: Liverpool BUY TICKETS

1st December: Birmingham BUY TICKETS

3rd December: York BUY TICKETS



Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime… It cannot be emphasised enough what a life-changing and incredible journey of discovery this is. Trips to distilleries, warehouses, casks, beautiful scenery, amazing food, whisky, more whisky and for good measure, some more whisky! BOOK NOW

Last Call for the Suntory Hibiki 12 Year From K&L – Japanese Whisky News


Since its original debut in the U.S., the Hibiki 12 has symbolized excellence in not just Japanese whisky, but whisky as a whole. Blended to a seamless perfection, the flavors of vanilla, sweet malt, and butterscotch have enticed drinkers around the world like a siren, hypnotizing whisky fans with its haunting beauty. A perfectly assembled blend of malt whiskeys matured 12 years or longer and mellow grain whiskies of the same age; it also includes some whisky from casks formerly used in long-term aging of Japanese plum liqueur – this helps bring out the sweet floral notes on the nose and palate for which Suntory whisky is known. Adding venerable malt aged more than 30 years further brings out the bouquet and adds body to the palate. Unfortunately for those of us who value its quality, the demand for the 12 year has become unsustainable and in 2015 Suntory announced it would be discontinuing the expression, replacing it with a younger blend called the “Harmony,” (which are also excited to present in today’s offer). We were lucky enough to grab one last curtain call before they pulled the plug on the 12 and we don’t expect it to last long. If you like the Hibiki 12 year as much as we do, it’s time to load up your reinforcements.

Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old Japanese Whiskey (750ml)$99.99 View

Suntory Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky (750ml)$62.99 View

K&L Wine Merchants http://www.klwines.com/

Phone: (877) KL-WINES (Toll Free 877.559.4637)

Email: wine@klwines.com

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Glengoyne 15yo – Scotch Whisky News

Joe Ellis

This week Joe Ellis reviews Glengoyne 15 Year Old Single Malt.




Two Sazerac Canadian Whiskies awarded medals at 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition – Canadian Whisky News



Two Sazerac Canadian Whiskies awarded medals at 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

NEW ORLEANS, lA.  (July 19, 2016) – Two of Sazerac’s Canadian Whiskies were awarded medals at the 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky received a silver medal and Legacy Canadian Whisky received a bronze medal.

These spirits were ranked among 401 spirits that were submitted from a total of 29 countries.

The Los Angeles International Spirits Competition was formed in 2007, with an esteemed panel of judges using a blind-tasting method to award medals to the best distilled spirits from around the world.  The award-winning entries will be displayed during the Los Angeles County Fair, Sept. 2 – 25, in “The Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace.”

            Complete results of the 2016 LAISC are available at www.laspiritscomp.com/.

About the Sazerac Company

            Sazerac is one of New Orleans’ oldest American family owned, privately held companies and has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Frankfort, Bardstown, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Carson, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Lewiston, Maine; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Montreal Canada. For more information on Sazerac, please visit www.sazerac.com/.

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Summer Tasting Schedule & New Whiskies – Whisky News


Calgary Area Retailer of the Year

Alberta Liquor Store Association

Runner-Up 2015 & 2016

Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky: Rest of the World

Retailer Single Outlet “Highly Commended”

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Malt Messenger Bulletin – Summer Tasting Schedule & New Whiskies

Wherever you are, whether it be on the dock at the cottage, toiling in the office or travelling the world, I hope that this email finds you well! The 2016 Calgary Stampede is now just a memory, and the city is returning to normal after one of the wettest, stormiest starts to summer I can ever recall. Stampede is a slow time for us in Kensington, but rest assured we keep busy. I often regard the week as an opportunity to catch up and catch up we did. I have a full Malt Messenger going out later this or early next week, and we’ve put together an amazing little summer tasting schedule.

Our summer 2016 tasting schedule includes some great whisky, wine, beer and cocktail events, highlighting our best and most exciting new products in store. We get rolling tomorrow night on the whisky side of things with a very cool tasting featuring whiskies from the First Edition and Author’s Series ranges. For just $45 our guests will enjoy 7 whiskies from: Littlemill, Springbank, BenRiach, Laphroaig, Highland Park, Bunnahabhain and Auchroisk distilleries. This tasting with a range of whiskies worth $3000 would be a bargain at twice the price.

This is not the only super cool whisky tasting this Summer! We have other great events highlighting Wilson & Morgan single cask single malts, new Signatory single casks and the big daddy, the Glendronach Batch 13 Vertical. The full range of 9 Batch 13 Glendronach vintage single casks is worth nearly $8,000, and at $200 this tasting is a steal. We sincerely hope we are wrong, but this will almost certainly be the last Glendronach vertical tasting at Kensington Wine Market, and possibly in Canada. A change of ownership at the distillery will eventually mean Glendronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh will fall under the Brown Forman umbrella. We fear this will not be good for Alberta fans of these distilleries. Say what you will about the number 13… this will be an incredible tasting!

Details on all of our Summer Whisky Tastings can be found on-line and below.

We have only just finalized the details on our Kensington Wine Market 2016 Whisky Advent Calendar, and it is now open for pre-orders! I am especially excited about this year’s Calendar, as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has bottled a special single cask for it… we even had the opportunity to name it! Order before September 15 and save $35 off the $400+GST retail price. Many more details included below.

We have some exciting new whiskies both in stock and on the way. Over the next two weeks we are expecting the first ever release from the Wolfburn Distillery, Scotland’s new northernmost distillery. It will be exclusive to KWM in Alberta for the first little while! Kensington Wine Market is also going to be getting the first ever release of whisky from the Shelter Point Distillery on Vancouver Island. The Shelter Point Inaugural Run Single Malt will be exclusively available in Alberta from KWM! More details below.

There are a pair of huge Malt Messengers coming out over the next month chalk full of of new whiskies from Signatory, Wilson & Morgan, Glendronach, Chichibu, Edition Spirits, Cadenhead, Adelphi and more. But there are two new whiskies, which deserve a bit of special attention beforehand however. Firstly, there is the new Lagavaulin 8 Year, marking the distillery’s 200th Anniversary this year. It is getting great reviews, and has been flying off the shelves… it won’t be around for long! There is also a new Canada exclusive single cask from Amrut, a peated Port Pipe at 59%. It is in all respects the most massive Amrut I’ve ever sampled, and one hell of a dram. More details below.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger Bulletin!

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

In this Edition

  1. Summer 2016 Tasting Schedule
  2. Kensington Wine Market 2016 Whisky Advent Calendar
  3. COMING SOON: Wolfburn Single Malt First Release
  4. COMING SOON: Shelter Point Inaugural Run Single Malt
  5. Introducing Lagavulin 8 Year 200th Anniversary
  6. Introducing Amrut Peated Port Pipe 2011 Cask 2712

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Summer 2016 Whisky Tasting Schedule

We have more than a few ways for you to stay cool this summer!

Our summer tasting schedule, including wine, whisky, beer and cocktail sessions run now through the end of August. All of our summer tastings start promptly at 6PM and are located at the Kensington Wine Market. Space is limited to book early!

  1. New Wilson & Morgan Whiskies – We have an exciting range of Wilson & Morgan single malt whiskies coming including: Clynelish, Mortlach, Bunnahabhain, Tobermory and more. We’ll be sampling all six as well as the award winning Home Blend 35 Year. – Thursday July 28 – $45
  2. New Signatory Single Casks – Signatory is one of our favourite independent bottlers, and they manage to put their hands on some stellar single casks. We’ll sample 7 whiskies including pairs of both Clynelish and Fettercairn as well as Bunnahabhain, Glen Keith and Imperial. – Thursday August 4, 6PM – $60
  3. Glendronach Batch 13 Vertical – Could this be the last ever batch of Glendronach single casks to come to Canada? Lucky 13 may be a double edged sword… We’ll sample all 9 single casks up to and including the 1968 Cask 5837 ($5500), the oldest Glendronach ever bottled. – Tuesday August 9, 6PM – $200
  4. Maltbarn & The Whisky Agency – We’ve got some really cool new single casks in from German independent bottlers Maltbarn and The Whisky Agency, and we’re opening 7 of them up for a sizzling summer tasting. – Thursday August 11, 6PM – $25
  5. Classic Summer Cocktails – Is there anything more refreshing than a perfectly balanced summer cocktail? We’ll show you some of the tricks of the trade! – Tuesday August 16, 6PM – $25
  6. Boutique Bourbons – Sure the big guys hog all the attention, but does that mean they make the best whiskey? Evan wants to introduce you to some of his favourite, truly small batch Bourbons! – Thursday August 18, 6PM – $35

You can register online, in store or by phone 403-283-8000.


2016 KWM Whisky Advent Calendar 

We are taking pre-orders for October delivery!

For the 3rd year in a row, Kensington Wine Market is producing its own Whisky Advent Calendar. 2014 and 2015’s editions were a huge hit, and sold out well before the start of Advent. Save $35 by pre-ordering your calendar before September 15.

We are really excited about our 2016 KWM Whisky Advent Calendar. For the third straight year we have designed and built our own exclusive Whisky Advent Calendar, featuring a custom logo Glencairn glass, 24 50ml whiskies and a 100ml Christmas Day bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (The Society). The Society is the world’s largest whisky club, and bottles whiskies exclusively for its members. This year’s Calendar has a single cask from the Society that has been selected and bottled exclusively for the Calendar and Canadian Society members (750ml bottles will be made available to Society members in January!). In collaboration with the Society’s Canadian branch, we were even given the opportunity to name the whisky… Since Society whiskies are exclusively available to Society members, this is an opportunity for non-members to get their hands on a Society whisky. Recipients of the KWM Whisky Advent Calendar will be the first people to sample this exciting new whisky!

The Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar is more than just a product for us, it is a way for us to share and connect with other whisky lovers in Calgary, Alberta and across Canada. Details on the whiskies released and their distillery will be posted on the KWM Blog each day. Recipients of the Calendar are encouraged to share their thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The KWM Whisky Advent Calendar also comes with a 10% discount card, good for any of the whiskies in the Calendar (excepting the Society whisky), subject to availability.

Save $35 by ordering before September 15. A $150 deposit will be taken per calendar requested starting on August 1st. The balance will be charged when the calendar is ready for pickup!

Pre-Order a Kensington Wine Market 2016 Whisky Advent Calendar $364.99+GST (until September 15).


COMING SOON: The Wolfburn Single Malt First Release

The first ever whisky release from the new northern-most distillery in Scotland, is coming first to the Kensington Wine Market!

Kensington Wine Market is thrilled to be the first store in Canada to launch the new Wolfburn single malt. It has been bottled at 46% after just three years in Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry quarter casks which previously held Islay whiskies. The early reviews are pretty good, considering the spirit is still young, just 3 years old. $85

In May of 2011 a team went in search of the long lost distillery of Wolfburn, which closed for ever some 150 years ago. Nothing of the original distillery survived except the cold clean water they used to produce their spirit. The following year, again in May, work began to rebuild what would supplant Old Pulteney as the northernmost mainland distillery. Construction was completed with impressive speed in just 7 months, and on Robbie Burns Day 2013 (January 25th) spirit began to flow off the stills for the first time.

Although the original Wolfburn was in its heyday one of the largest distilleries in the Highlands, all of the whisky it produced would have been consumed in the surrounding area, and there are no surviving bottles or traces of its whisky. The owners of the new Wolfburn distillery have a blank slate from which to craft the new whisky. At the moment they are primarily producing unpeated malt.

Tasting Note by Serge at whiskyfun.org 85pts: “The very first official whisky by Thurso’s Wolfburn Distillery! Some trustworthy sources say they’ve bottled no less than 62.000 bottles of this new baby, that’ll be out a little later this month. It’s a 3 years old, obviously. We already tried a 20 month old last year, and found it good. Colour: white wine. Nose: Very fresh, with white asparagus and green apples (not the other way ’round), then a welcome touch of ink, ‘new magazine’, a smidgen of curry and caraway, and damp chalk. That’s all very nice, it seems that there’s some texture. That was the case with the 20 mo, but that one was ex-Islay cask. No roughness in this genuine whisky. Mouth: there’s an unexpected smokiness in the arrival, some branches and grass, a touch of blond tobacco, a little pepper, traces of soot, and again, maybe, some sweet white asparagus (which I simply adore). At the fruit department, rather plums than pears. Ripe greengages, I’d say. Very nice texture, slightly oily. Finish: medium, fresh, with fresh almonds and more greengages. Rather pink grapefruits in the aftertaste. Comments: thank you Alexander aus Aarau in der Schweiz! I find this little baby extremely good, and am so pleased that they didn’t decide to bury it under various heavy oaks and wines. The natural ones will win! Worth a very high score in my book, despite its very young age. SGP:551 – 85 points.”

Whisky Advocate Tasting Note 83pts: “The first release from Wolfburn distillery is 3 years old. Matured in a mix of Spanish and American oak quarter casks previously used by an Islay distillery. The nose is soft and belies its youth, offering vanilla, lemon, ginger, and light smoke. The early palate is grassy. Sweeter fruit notes soon develop with more vanilla and ginger, plus white pepper. The finish is quite long and slightly smoky. Much to look forward to as this ages!” (Summer 2016) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith 

Pre-Order Wolfburn Single Malt First Release – $85+GST


COMING SOON: Shelter Point Inaugural Run Single Malt 

The first ever release from the Vancouver Island distillery is exclusive to KWM in Alberta!


The first ever release from the Shelter Point distillery on Vancouver island is exclusive in Alberta to KWM. Bottled at 46%, the whisky is made from two row barley, grown on the distillery’s farm, doubled distilled in copper pot stills and matured in American oak.

Originally this first ever release of single malt whisky from a new Canadian distillery was not supposed to come to Alberta or the rest of Canada at all! But we weren’t prepared to let that be the final word, especially after sampling it. So we begged and pleaded and the distillery agreed to give us exclusivity on the whisky in Alberta!

Shelter Point Inaugural Run Single Malt – 46% – American Oak – Andrew’s Tasting Note:

“Nose: fresh, floral and fruity, honey and loads of malt; very doughy, dried orange cubes, very sugary and baked apples with cinnamon. Palate: thick, honeyed and malty with prominent licorice and loads of sugars including white, brown sugar and darker Demerara; still floral and vegetal with crisp toasty oak. Finish: long, coating and malty with touches of spice, oak, white fruit, sugars and spice. Comment: if this is a hint of things to come, then Shelter Point is on the right track, young but balanced and complex.” – $80

Pre-order Shelter Point Inaugural Run Single Malt – $80+GST

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Introducing Lagavulin 8 Year 200th Anniversary 

The latest Islay whisky to turn 200 marks its anniversary with a bold new limited edition expression! 

It’s not every year that an iconic distillery turns 200 years old. Last year we celebrated Ardbeg and Laphroaig, this year it is Lagavulin’s turn! The distillery has been congratulated for its transperency, putting an age statement under 10 years on the label. Some early reviews are very favourable. The whisky is in part a tribute to the most famous whisky writer of the Victorian age, Alfred Barnard, who visited the distillery in the 1880s:

“In the late 1880s, Alfred Barnard, the first ever whisky journalist and traveller, sampled an 8 Year Old Lagavulin during a visit to Islay, describing it as “exceptionally fine” and ‘held in high repute’. He went on the declare Lagavulin to be “one of the most prominent” of the few Scotch Distillers that can turn our spirit for use as single [Malt] Whiskies.”

Great Review from Serge at whiskyfun.org 90pts!  “I think it’s very smart that whilst the whisky’s quite young, they have decided to disclose its age, and to go ‘transparent’. That’s true modern luxury if you ask me (relation plus story plus DETAILS), while other, ach, erm, brands are issuing innumerable new NAS bottlings with only stories these days, and are really starting to blur their image and reputation (which are tomorrow’s sales, remember). As always, my humble opinion, and after all, we’re here for the whisky. So… Colour: white wine. Nose: precision, that’s the first word that springs to mind. Bandages, cane juice, hay, and marzipan, then seaweed, oysters, and diesel oil, then ink, mezcal, grist, and wet wool. Plus one blueberry. Mouth: this is where it kills the IB. This is much better chiselled, purer, better focused, much more distillate-driven, and sharp. And it’s very ashy, sooty, smoky, you’d almost believe you just ate the ashtray. It surprises me a bit that they didn’t decide on a rounder and sweeter style, but for obvious reasons, I won’t complain. Love this style! It’s actually very dry. Also fresh walnuts. Salted fresh walnuts. Strength and body are perfect. Finish: long and austere, on pretty much the same flavours, but drops of orange juice are playing it a little sexier in the aftertaste. Perhaps a little ginger tonic? Comments: it’s really the words purity and precision that rule here, there’s no make-up, no Botox, no dye, and no silicone. Some pure, totally crystalline Lagavulinity (what?) that makes you want to take the next flight(s) to Islay and to go kiss the Distillery Manager on both cheeks. Huge quality/age ratio. Happy 200th, Lagavulin! SGP:358 – 90 points.”

Lagavulin 8 Year 200th Anniversary – 48% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Immediately quite soft with clean, fresh notes, faint hints of milk chocolate and lemon and then developing fragrant tea-scented smoke alongside nose-drying, maritime aromas, with subtle cereal. A prickliness seen earlier now develops, while the trademark Lagavulin dryness emerges as fresh newsprint. Softly sooty. Softer, fuller and more rounded with water: it’s not hugely fruity but there’s just a trace of red berry preserve, perhaps, beneath the smokiness, which comes sharply into focus. Body: Light, growing pleasantly oily. Palate: A soothing light texture, with a magnificently full on Lagavulin taste that’s somehow even bigger than you expect; sweet, smoky and warming, with a growing, smoky pungency, then dry, with more smoke. Charred, with minty, dark chocolate. Beautifully balanced midpalate then salty, oven-charred baked potato skins and smoke. Water rounds things, the taste still mighty yet more succulent, sweeter, spicier and now tongue-tingling, mint-fresh and warming. Finish: Lovely; clean, very long and smoky. Smoothly, subtle minted smoke surrounds chocolate tannins, leaving a late drying note to emerge in time. It’s warming, soft and still smoky with water, not as long or intense now, yet still leaving the palate dry as sweet smoke lingers on the breath.” – $100


Introducing Amrut Peated Port Pipe 2011 Cask 2712 

A new single cask of Amrut bottled exclusively for Canada! 

Bottled from a single port pipe at 59% the entirity of this peated Indian single malt cask, is coming to Canada. Cask 2712 is a monster, made of peated malt and matured a little over 5 years, but in Bangalore India, so it drinks much older! Distilled in January 2011 and bottled in February 2016, 660 Bottles.

Amut Peated Port Pipe 2011 Cask 2712 – 59% – 5 Year – Peated Malt – Port Pipe Finish – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: smoky bbq sauce and salsa; Dutch licorice, sea salt, cayenne infused dark chocolate, lightly burnt bacon, grilled prosciutto wrapped dates and figs; musty old wood, Late Bottle Vintage port wine and black tarry smoke. Palate: a pleasant but powerful assault of smoke, sea salt, malt, Dutch licorice and burnt bacon; leather and sharp tobacco make way for pineapple, melon and mango; more smoky bbq sauce and salsa; bacon infused dark chocolate, grilled figs and dates and firm wine tannins. Finish: long drying, coating and anesthetizing with a mild numbing sensation; the bbq notes, salt, fruit, smoke and leather linger long. Comment: this is the biggest, badest Amrut I’ve ever had, a monster; fans of Islay single malts like Supernova and Octomore will love this! – $155

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Glenfarclas 1981 Port Cask IV – Scotch Whisky News

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J. & G. Grant are proud to release the Glenfarclas 1981 Port Cask IV, the fourth limited edition bottling from the Family Collector Series. Full maturation in a Port Cask, as opposed to the more typically used Oloroso Sherry Casks, promises an excitingly different Glenfarclas single malt. With only 521 bottles available worldwide, this rarity is set to stir intrigue among Glenfarclas enthusiasts.

The last distillery bottling matured in Port Casks dates back to 2012, which at the time was a limited edition 31 Years Old, making the current 1981 Port Cask IV the oldest Port Cask matured whisky to be released by J. & G. Grant. At 35 years old and bottled at cask strength (47.9%), this single cask whisky reveals a distinctive character accentuated by a sweet port influence.

The packaging ties in with the previous Family Collector Series designs; a black leather box featuring a silver emblem of the Grant family’s 4th generation, George S. Grant. This was the current Director of Sales, George Grant’s grandfather, who was custodian of Glenfarclas for 52 years. Future generations can now appreciate this unique whisky, laid down in the family warehouses during George S. Grant’s tenure.

George Grant, 6th generation, comments: “We wanted to make an innovative Family Collector Series, which incorporates bottlings from Fino Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, and now, Port Cask matured whisky. I believe this truly showcases the variety and skill that Glenfarclas has to offer to our valued customers around the world.”

Email: info@glenfarclas.co.uk
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Tel: +44 (0) 1807 500257
Fax: +44 (0) 1807 500234
Address: Glenfarclas Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9BD, UK

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