Archive for January, 2012

Southern Comfort ‘Mardi Gras Food & Drink Recipes’ – American Whiskey News

Mardi Gras is celebrated with good friends, great beverages, and a lively spirit. And nowhere is Mardi Gras recognized more than in New Orleans, where a local bartender founded Southern Comfort (SoCo) in 1874. This year, Mardi Gras celebrations ranging from small groups of friends to large city-wide celebrations will take place throughout the U.S., from New Orleans to St. Louis to Buffalo to San Diego, among other great cities. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.” Fat Tuesday always precedes Ash Wednesday, but can fall anywhere from February 3 to March 9. The floating date is always 47 days before Easter, which falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 21.

Below are some great food and drink recipes to share with friends and let the good times roll!

Southern Hurricane

In a shaker with ice add
1½ oz. Southern Comfort®
1½ oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
1½ oz. Orange Juice
1½ oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Strain into hurricane glass and garnish with cherry and orange

SoCo Fiery Pepper Bloody Mary (a spicy twist to a favorite cocktail)

2 oz. Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper
6 oz. Bloody Mary mix
Squeeze of lime
Combine ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Stir cautiously. Garnish with a celery stick.

Cajun Shrimp and Cucumber

1 pound raw shrimp, peeled, tail off (45-50 count)
2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (one of your favorites)
4 teaspoon Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper
1 English (seedless) cucumber, sliced into rounds
½ cup sour cream

Marinate the shrimp in the olive oil, Cajun seasoning, Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper for 10 minutes. Sauté in a hot pan until cooked through and just pink / opaque in color. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Prepare cucumber by slicing it into thin rounds. Place a dollop of sour cream on the cucumber and top with a cooked shrimp. Garnish with a dusting of paprika. Serves 10 – 12.

Southern Comfort Cake

1 (18 1/2 oz.) box yellow cake mix
1 (3 1/4 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup Southern Comfort
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

4 tbsp. butter
1/8 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Southern Comfort

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Combine cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch tube or 12-cup bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. To make glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in Southern Comfort. Invert cake on serving plate; prick top with fork and drizzle half of glaze evenly over top and sides. After cake has cooled, reheat remainder of glaze and brush evenly over cake. Dust with sifted powdered sugar just before serving. Makes 12 servings.

Happy New Year. Happy New Arrivals. From Park Avenue New York – Whisky News

Happy New Year!
Happy New Arrivals!
From the Park Avenue Liquor Shop.  

Jonathan & Eric

Park Avenue Liquor Shop
292 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212-685-2442 – PH
212-689-6247 – FAX 

Tomatin: Decades

This unique Single Malt has been crafted to celebrate Master Distiller Douglas Campbell’s ‘decades’ spanning dedication to the Tomatin Distillery. In recognition of his 50+ years at Tomatin, this single malt was created using casks from each of the 5 decades he has worked at the distillery. This single malt-marriage of maturity and youth includes: 1967 Refill Sherry Hogshead. 1976 Oloroso Sherry Butts. 1984 Refill Sherry Hogsheads.1990 First fill Bourbon Barrels, 2005 First fill Bourbon Barrels, The aroma is a lovely sweet maltiness that gives way to many juicy fruit scents. Delicate flowery notes sit atop rich pine and oak.

On the palate tropical fruit abounds along with rich Christmas cake, spice and chocolate. The finish is mellow with a nutty edge. 

Our Price: $105

Black Maple Hill: 16 Year Old, Bourbon

Black Maple Hill 16 year old is a nice smooth bourbon. At 95-proof, it expectedly has a bit of heat but it’s met with a surprisingly mellow and dry finish with hints of butterscotch and oak. From F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: “…this nose shows bittersweet traces of brown sugar, molasses – a  beguiling, sophisticated, bouquet; emits cocoa bean and dark toffee. A mesmerizing bouquet of the first rank; the palate entry is lush, oily, creamy and more semi-sweet than flat out sweet-lovely even stately tastes of nougat, honey, brown sugar, marzipan and old sweet oak; finishes round, chewy, creamy and succulent..”


Our Price: $165

Bruichladdich: DNA, 1985

Another Ultra-Rare Bruichladdich: MCMLXXXV Is edition three in the definitive Bruichladdich DNA Series.  For this rare limited-edition release, Master Distiller Jim McEwan has married together some of the greatest casks in the Bruichladdich warehouses from the mid-80s. The traditional American-oak bourbon casks, lend classic creamy, vanilla notes, and among the very last of their fantastic sherry butts – the end of an era.

Multiple sensory impressions: Opening with classic Oloroso overtones of sultanas, dates, raisins, sweet barley sugar and a hint of tangerine. Later, beautiful drifts of vanilla and nutty nougat. The fruitiness of guava, melon and pear all add to the anticipation of tasting a rare whisky.

Magical on the palate; the flavors lie deep in the spirit of this 30 year-old. They spread gently over the taste buds with peat fire warmth, then without hesitation, the sherry takes the lead. Enjoy the company of this rare and handsome Laddie – the last two sherry butts of 1985.

A lingering finish, so gentle and soft, as though it does not want to leave. 

Our Price: $525

Bruichladdich: Islay Barley, 2004

Bruichladdich has a passionate belief in their barley. To these Scotch makers it is a living organic expression of the land that gave birth to it. This is the first Islay-grown barley to be distilled in recent times. The 2004 is the inaugural bottling of Bruichladdich’s ‘Islay Barley Series’, a unique and fascinating exploration of the influence of terroir on artisanal single malt whisky. 

The nose is a study in directness and purity. First, lemon juice sprinkled over crushed barley. Then, tropical fruits – grapefruit, pineapple, mango, guava – even sherbet arrive. A fabulous combination of vanilla-rich oak and sweet malt join the excitement as well. Hints of honeysuckle, brine, and finally oak rise to embrace the more delicate scents. 

The first thing you notice on the palate is amazing creaminess, the silkiness of a much older spirit. It glides over the palate – warm, sweet and fruity. Then, this oak-fire heat spreads evenly over the taste buds. You can really taste the light, vanilla notes from the toasted staves. The multi-layering complexity of flavors is absolutely amazing for such a young malt. 

Our Price: $68 

High West: Son of Bourye (“S.O.B.”)

The Son of Bourye gets its name from High West’s original Bourye, a blend of straight Bourbon and Rye whiskies. As you might expect, Son of Bourye is made from younger whiskies than the original. Not chill filtered, not carbon treated. 

The mashbill is as follows:

Whiskey #1: 5yr Old Bourbon- 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley malt, Whiskey #2: 3yr Old Rye – 95% rye, 5% barley malt. The ratios of whiskies are top secret! However, no bourbon today has more rye in the final product!

According to High West…”Son of Bourye is best enjoyed around a campfire while looking at the Milky Way. Important! Jackalopes will attack if cornered or provoked. To avoid injury, quickly fall to the ground, remain calm and still, while humming the Roy Rogers song, ‘Happy Trails to You.’ If there are multiple Jackalopes, they will begin singing in the round with you. Make your escape after the second verse!

Our Price: $46

Loch Fyne Whiskies stocks ‘Abhainn Dearg 5cl Miniature’ – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies stocks  ‘Abhainn Dearg 5cl Miniature’

 Abhainn Dearg 5cl Miniature
 46% abv
 £7.90 inc vat
 £6.58 ex vat

 This is the first whisky from new distillery on the Isle of Lewis. Distilled in 2008 and bottled when it reached 3 years old.

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies

The Whisky Exchange ‘Balvenie’s Craftsman’s Reserve #1 – The Cooper’ – Scotch Whisky News

Balvenie’s Craftsman’s Reserve #1 – The Cooper

We look forward to new releases at TWE Towers just like everyone else and when Balvenie announced an online unveiling of their newest dram, along with tasting packs for us to follow on at home, me and Tim of this … Continue reading >>

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “February Previews PLUS Pay-weekend Parcel” – Scotch Whisky News

February Previews PLUS Pay-weekend Parcel

Hip, hip hooray…its pay-weekend! And just in time, we’re not only releasing two fine preview bottlings from our February Outturn but there’s also our very limited Pay-weekend Parcel.

26.83 Cosmo with perfume samples
Highland Northern
Exclusive to our preview pair
Milk chocolate and refreshers, something meaty and savoury (biltong?) sharp fruits (kiwi, star-fruit), light smoke and salt

123.7 Unusual and highly enjoyable
Highland Southern
£42.30 inc. free p&p*
Totally magnificent nose – plentiful plum jam, candy floss, toffee crisp, fudge, jammy dodgers and port wine, but with deeper layers of tobacco, liquorice and Eastern spices. (Mmm…Pink whisky)

February Preview Pair: 26.83 & 123
Highland Northern & Southern
Only £79.00 inc. free p&p*

January Pay-weekend Parcel: Only £105 inc. free p&p*
In celebration of this fabulous pay-weekend, we have put together a very limited edition parcel. Only 60 available online (and on a first-come-first-served basis) this mystery parcel contains three 70cl single cask from a mixture of ex-bourbon & ex-sherry casks.

Some examples of the bottlings that may be included in your parcel…

30.64 Sunday high tea (18 years old)
44.44 Continental brunch (15 years old)
5.27 Coconut & vanilla (11 years old)
35.45 Stollen (10 years old)
7.64 School tuck-shop fantasy (7 years old)

Buy Now

Pay-weekend Parcel offer ends Mon 30 Jan (or when we run out!)

January Outturn & Previews
Browse all bottlings
(60 single casks online)

Society VALENTINE Tastings & Events
Make at least one HOT date this February…
Vaults Valentine Celebration: Love, Songs & Whisky, Tue 14 Feb
Valentine Champagne or Whisky Tasting: Queen Street Tue 14 Feb
Valentine Dinner: The Dining Room, 28 Queen Street, Tue 14 Feb

Dining Room Offer: For those booking an á la carte meal quote ‘Romance’ (0131 220 2044) and we’ll welcome you and your guests with a glass of sparking wine. In the QS Members’ Room, there’s free dessert with two-courses from the bar menu (just bring this email).
From Mon 13–Sat 18 Feb

Click HERE for more Society tastings around the UK

A Valentine Private Soiree: For couples wanting to celebrate their passion for malt whisky and one another, why not try a ‘Love is Blind’ whisky tasting – a romantic, blindfolded whisky tasting experience and sensory adventure; or a SMWS Taster Menu. Call our events team on 0131 555 2266 to discuss you’re heart’s desire

2012 Independent Bottler of the Year 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ
Contact: or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm).

Visit the Society at for your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers.

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Kensington Wine Market Super Year End Sale! – Whisky News

Dear Malt Messenger Subscribers,

Happy belated Burns Day! Today through Sunday Kensington Wine Market is holding its Super Year End Sale. All of our single malts will be sale at least 7%, with the sole exception of our brand new Glenfarclas Cask (more in the next Malt Messenger, and a teaser below), and selected others 10, 15 and 25% off. The Sale is in store and online this weekend only, Friday-Sunday.

Sale rules:

1. Applies only to in stock items, with the exception of exclusives.

2. No further discounts will be available.

3. Items must be paid for at time of purchase, or will not be set aside.

4. No phone orders will be taken.

You will find below all the items discounted more than 7%.

In the meantime a bit of a teaser… We are launching our own Glenfarclas cask tonight at our 7th Annual Robbie Burns Supper with George Grant. This is the first private bottling of Glenfarclas ever sold to Canada! It is a 1997 vintage sherry cask bottled at cask strength, and is retailing for $109.99+GST (it won’t be on sale this weekend). The whisky is available for sale now and for sampling in store.

Hope to hear from you or see you this weekend! There are also some great deals on wine and beer!


Andrew Ferguson

Save 10%

1. Amrut Fusion – $75.99

2. Amrut Cask Strength – $77.49

3. Amrut Intermediate Sherry – $114.99

4. Ardbeg Corryvreckan – $109.99

5. Armorik Classic Breton Single Malt – $62.99

6. Auchentoshan 1975 – $468.99

7. Auchentoshan 1977 – $506.99

8. Auchentoshan 1978 – $543.99

9. Balvenie 40 Year – $4,633.99

10. BenRiach 1978 Virgin Oak – $313.99

11. Big Peat Santa – $88.99

12. Edradour 10 Year Unchilfiltered – $88.99

13. Edradour Bourbon Matured – $106.99

14. Edradour Natural Strength – $129.99

15. Edradour SFTC Chateau Neuf du Pape – $99.99

16. G&M Conn Choice Glen Keith 1968 – $247.99

17. Glen Garioch 1978 – $448.99

18. Glendronach 1972 KWM Cask 711 – $439.99

19. Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman’s Reserve – $703.99

20. Kilchoman KWM Sherry Cask – $114.99

21. Laphroaig 10 Year – $57.49

22. Nikka Yoichi 10 Year – $88.99

23. Nikka Yoichi 15 Year – $143.99

24. OMC Littlemill 19 Year – $156.49

25. OMC Talisker 10 Year – $130.49

26. Signatory Glen Mhor 1982 – $234.99

27. Signatory Glenisla 1977 – $264.99

28. Signatory Glenlochy 1980 – $265.49

29. Signatory Rare Ayrshire 1975 – $263.99

30. The Ballechin Bourbon Cask (Peated Edradour) – $121.49

Save 15%

1. Arran 100 Proof – $74.99

2. Balblair 1978 – $318.99

3. BenRiach 15 Year Madeira – $82.49

4. Berry’s Own Selection Bowmore 1994 – $95.59

5. Berry’s Own Selection Dailuaine 1973 – $286.99

6. Berry’s Own Selection Teaninich 1973 – $246.99

7. Bowmore Tempest Cask Strength Batch I – $81.99

8. Duthies Auchentoshan 11 Year – $77.99

9. Duthies Auchroisk 20 Year – $96.99

10. Duthies Longrow 9 Year – $73.99

11. G&M Cask Strength Imperial 1997 – $114.99

12. G&M Generations Glenlivet 70 Year 700ml – $21,999.99

13. G&M Generations Glenlivet 70 Year 200ml – $5,999.99

14. G&M Private Collection Glenlivet Decades (5 Bottle Set) – $4,999.99

15. Glenglassaugh Manager’s Legacy 1967 – $828.99

16. Old & Rare Probably Speyside’s Finest Distillery 45 Year – $499.99

17. OMC Rosebank 20 Year – $189.99

18. Signatory Bowmore 1970 40 Year 43.2% – $1136.99

19. Writer’s Tears Cask Strength Gift Set – $142.99

Save 25%

1. A.D.Rattray Arran 1996 – $106.49

2. A.D. Rattray Caol Ila 13 Year – $123.99

3. Arran Malt Moscatel Cask – $77.49

4. Cask 94 (Ardbeg) – $77.99

5. Duthies Hazelburn 9 Year – $84.99

6. G&M Glen Grant 1966 – $449.99 – ONLY 4 LEFT!

7. Glenfidich 50 Year (original bottling) 50ml – $1,390.99 – ONLY 1 LEFT!

Save on Other Whiskies

1. Crown Royal Hockey Canada – 15% – $28.99

2. Forty Creek John’s Private Cask – 15% – $65.99


If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store. Feel free to forward me any whisky news you feel should be included in a future issue of The Malt Messenger; it might just get included.

All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at … All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change!

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger!


Andrew Ferguson
KWM Scotchguy

1257 Kensington Rd. NW
Calgary, AB, Canada
T2N 3P8

The Whisky Lounge January 2012 Update – Scotch Whisky News

Greetings (again) whisky drinkers,

Hi again!

Now we’re not in the business of peppering your inbox with constant emails – it just ain’t our style.

But we thought we’d better let you all know that due to technical difficulties, the HQ tasting, scheduled for this Friday (27th), regrettably has been postponed until the 17th of February. Apologies for this and we hope that any of you that had planned to come along will be able to make it to the new date – we are probably more disappointed than all of you put together! Tickets will be on sale soon, so watch this space.

Newcastle Whisky Fest Masterclasses and stuff!

- Beginner’s Class at 12.45pm with Joe Clark of the Whisky Lounge. Tickets £5
– Six of the Best – Diageo Workshop at 1pm with Colin Dunn. Tickets £10.
– The Whisky Lounge ‘Speakeasy’ – with Eddie, from 2pm-4pm (see details below)
– Balvenie – Tasting Workshop at 3.30pm. Tickets £7.50

Tickets and further info for the above can be found here. Book asap to avoid dissapointment on the day!

Introducing – The Whisky Lounge ‘Speakeasy’

This is an experimental private seated area away from the hustle and bustle of the festival, where you can come and enjoy some seriously impressive drams.

How do you get a place in this much sort after area?

Well if you’re in possesion of a Whisky Lounge membership then you can swan in, pick up three free poker chips with which to swap for fine whiskies not available in the hall, and enjoy all that the Speakeasy has to offer.

However if you’re not a member, you can still come in, but this privilege will cost you £10 – which also includes three poker chips. Now as you’re well aware, tokens in exchange for drams is not the norm for us, and just to be clear these will only be in place in the Speakeasy, not in the rest of the festival. The drams in the Speakeasy are over and above what you will find in the rest of the festival. Additional poker chips will be available in the Speakeasy at the cost of £3 for one or £5 for two.

Food (or drams) for thought.

We look forward to seeing you soon.






Eddie Ludlow
Whisky Evangelist

IWSC Spirit Panel Judge 2009-present

For Scotch Lovers Whisky Selection: Glenmorangie Artein – Scotch Whisky News

FSL Whisky Selectionl: Glenmorangie Artein

Hello Fellow Scotch Lovers –    

I have a real treat for you this week: the opportunity to be the first on your block to own a really exciting new whisky from one of Scotlands truly great distilleries.

Glenmorangie Artein is the third release in its award winning Private Edition range. Scots Gaelic for stone, ‘Artein’ is an intriguing assemblage of 15 and 21YO Glenmorangie, extra matured in ‘Super Tuscan’ wine casks.

Stone has always been at the heart of the making of Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky. Its own unique hard water source – the Tarlogie Spring – slowly filters through layers of limestone, adding rich minerals that eventually give Glenmorangie its complex fruity aromas. Close to Glenmorangie Distillery in the Scottish Highlands an ancient stone of symbolic significance was uncovered – the Hilton of Cadboll Stone – which Glenmorangie proudly adopted as its brand emblem.

A pioneer in extra maturation and with a true passion for innovation, Dr Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation for Glenmorangie felt strong affinity with a highly talented group of ‘Super Tuscan’ wine producers. The rugged Tuscan coastal hills, built on stony foundations, are a seemingly improbable area for vineyards. However, the stones play an important role in the development of these fine wines. The vines are forced to delve deep into the soil seeking nourishment; as a result the grapes claim intense flavour from this unique terroir.

Dr Lumsden told us “Wine is one of my huge passions and I was fascinated by the role stony ground played in cultivating the vines – therefore influencing the flavour profile of the infamous ‘Super-Tuscan’ wines. I was inspired to experiment with extra maturing Glenmorangie in these wine casks and was thrilled with the result – a rich, outstandingly fragrant whisky – born of stone.”

Bottled at a strength of 46%, Glenmorangie Artein’s recipe has two thirds hand selected 15yo whisky with a special additional third of 21 year old whisky.  The spirit started its maturation in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before individually spending a period of extra maturation in Super Tuscan wine casks.

As with all of Glenmorangie’s Private Edition whiskies (Sonnalta and Finealta being the first two), this is an extremely limited production whisky, with less than 3,000 bottles coming into the US. So we sent our man “The Neck” to have a chat with the friendly folk who run Glenmorangie’s US distribution, and back he returned with our fair share of a very limited inventory. 

So its’ with great excitement that we can offer you the opportunity to pre-order your own bottle of Artein now for $84.50/ bottle. The whisky will ship in early February, so act now…as always, once its gone, its gone.

Until next Wednesday….

Doug Stone



Nose: sweet and heady bouquet of ripe red berries, honeysuckle and fresh mint

Taste: sun soaked baked fruits such as ripe apricots, peaches and plums harmonize gracefully with hints of spearmint and cherries in milk chocolate.

Finish: high notes of zesty, lemon sherbet and a flourish of creamy cappuccino.

NEW MURRAY & McDAVID WHISKIES From Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky


Independent Specialists in Premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Murray McDavid Ltd is an independent bottler. Independent bottlers offer consumers the opportunity to try well known and widely available brands at a different age, a different strength, and possibly even a different type of barrel than the distillery bottled product. The tradition of independent bottling goes back 150 years and until the practice of distilleries bottling their own malts started in the 60’s, it was the only source for many of Scotland’s finest malts. Murray McDavid takes great care in its selection of its malts. They only select for bottling those casks that they feel represent the best the distillery can produce. Murray McDavid provides the drinker with the chance to sample Scotch in its most natural form.

Ardbeg 17 Year Old                  
£121.99 inc VAT               

Ardbeg 18 Year Old       
£129.98 inc VAT

Bowmore 16 Year Old
£52.99 inv VAT

Highland Park 21Year Old         
£70.00 inc VAT             

Linlithgow 25 Year Old              
£89.99 inc VAT     

Macallan 20 Year Old
£85.99 inc VAT

Mortlach 21 Year Old
£70.00 inc VAT

Rosebank 21 Year Old     
£105.00 inc VAT

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Ralfy Publishes Whisky Review #245 – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky Review #245 – Black & White . . . gives a helping hand to a decent Blended Scotch ( a wee change from malts!)

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