Archive for June, 2014

Old Pulteney Launches Limited Edition 35 Year Old Single Malt – Scotch Whisky News

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Old Pulteney Launches Limited Edition

35 Year Old Single Malt 

Multi award-winning Old Pulteney Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has added a new, exceptionally rare whisky to its distinguished range, the limited edition Old Pulteney 35 Year Old. Only 450 cases of this outstanding single malt will be rolled out to global markets with a retail price of £500 per bottle. 

The embodiment of Pulteney Distillery’s exceptional craftsmanship, this new expression is matured in American ex-bourbon and Spanish ex-sherry casks which have been expertly hand selected by Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring. Each striking 700ml bottle is non-chill filtered at 42.5% ABV. On the palate this full bodied expression is sweet and spicy to start then quickly develops a range of signature Old Pulteney flavours from honey, rum soaked raisins and oranges to the heavier notes of seasoned leather, pralines and a touch of the salty North Sea air. A truly indulgent, perfectly balanced whisky, it has a long slow finish and is light amber in colour. 

The eye catching detail and design of the limited edition reflects the brand’s rich maritime heritage, which includes a stunning wooden box with porthole revealing the unique Old Pulteney bottle which carries the classic herring drifter, which has become a symbol of the brand. 

Founded in 1826 at the height of Wick’s herring boom, Pulteney Distillery is one of the most Northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland. It is this unique maritime heritage that gives the whisky its identity as the ‘Maritime Malt’. A long-held favourite tipple for whisky enthusiasts, many say they can taste a faint hint of the sea in Old Pulteney maltsthanks to the Distillery’s windswept location and close proximity to the North Sea. 

The launch of the 35 Year Old follows the success of Old Pulteney’s 40 Year Old single malt which was released in 2012, Old Pulteney Senior Brand Manager, Margaret Mary Clarke commented:  

“Old Pulteney 35 Year Old is a world class expression and we are delighted to add another high age, limited edition to our existing portfolio. 

From its eye catching packaging to its superior taste, the new malt is a true reflection of Old Pulteney’s outstanding quality and craftsmanship. We are confident that it will take its place amongst the best luxury whiskies available today and cement our position as one of the UK’s top ten single malts.”  

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About Old Pulteney

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour.

Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney distillery team continue to craft their whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Matured in hand-selected oak casks, the resulting whisky has been acclaimed for its excellence, its smooth drinking style and faint hint of the sea. Old Pulteney holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the industry’s highest accolades. The whisky also achieved top ten status in the UK single malt market in 2012 and is flourishing in many other countries around the world.

Old Pulteney continues to celebrate all things related to its maritime heritage and is renowned for its long standing support of sailing adventure across the globe.

Malt Messenger Bulletin – The Ardbeg Tractour & KWM’s Summer Tasting Schedule – Scotch Whisky News

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Malt Messenger Bulletin – The Ardbeg Tractour & KWM’s Summer Tasting Schedule

Dear Malt Messenger Subscribers,

Summer is here, the days are long, and as the song says, the living is easy. Take advantage of those longer days to check out some of our new summer tastings, just posted online today! The theme is “Quickies and Afternoon Delights”, and these fun 1 hour tastings (starting at 6PM) will get you in and out in enough time for dinner or drinks on the patio. Pop in on your way home from work or before heading out on the town. We have a wide range of wine, whisky, beer and cocktail classes with which to delight you. More details below and on our tasting registration page.

One of the most exciting events coming up in the next few months is the visit of the Ardbeg Tractour to Calgary. The Gateway to the Rockies is the only stop in Canada for this marvel of farming machinery, and it will be parked out in front of Kensington Wine Market on Friday July 11 while two back to back Ardbeg Master Classes hosted by Ruaraidh McIntyre take place in side. The tastings are a bargain at just $20, and will take place from 5-7 and 7-8PM. More details below and on our tasting registration page.

One of the most exciting new whiskies to come into KWM recently is the Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 1994. Very few bottlings are seen from this elusive Speyside distillery, and this one caught our attention when it scored 96.5pts in the Whisky Bible. It is a KWM exclusive and sells for the very reasonable $115. More details on the Glentauchers can be found below, drop in for a sample!

Finally, Glenfarclas’ long awaited 60 Year Old whisky is to be launched in Canada this fall, and is available for special order. It is expected to retail at $22,000.00. Details on the whisky can be found below. Anyone looking for a bottle before Christmas needs to special order it by Thursday July 3rd, 2014. Pricing in Alberta is very competitive with the Global list.

I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin, and I hope we’ll see you in store at one of our exciting new tastings.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
Kensington Wine Market

PS- PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/scotch_guy and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1 .
www.fergusonwhiskytours.com

 

Our Summer Tasting Schedule is Open for Registraion!

Tantalize Your Taste Buds!

Drop in to the store, call 403-283-8000, or better yet register online for our summer tastings!

The Ardbeg Tractour is Coming!

And Calgary is its only stop in Canada!

Just in time for the Calgary Stampede, the Ardbeg Tractor is coming to Calgary, and specifically to the Kensington Wine Market, North America’s first Ardbeg Embassy. The Ardbeg Tractor will be parked out in front of Kensington Wine Market on Friday July 11 to give our customers a chance to see it and sample some whisky. We have two back to back Ardbeg Master Classes (5-6 and 7-8PM), to be hosted by Ruaraidh McIntyre. These tastings will feature 5 Ardbeg expressions including Galileo and the new Auriverdes for the bargain price of just $20. Call the store to register, or Register Online.

On Saturday July 12 the Ardbeg Tractor is rolling into the National on 10th Ave (341 10th Avenue SW) for an event from 3 to 7PM. The complimentary event (RSVP to katy@bondpr.ca) will give guest the opportunity to sample Ardbeg-inspired appetizers and complimentary Ardbeg cocktails created by National’s mixologists Stephen Phipps and Alex Newman.

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Whisky of the Summer? Drop in and sample Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 1994 and decide for yourself!

Exclusive to KWM, 96.5pts Whisky Bible!

Glentauchers distillery was built in 1898 at the height of what became known as a the Pattison Whisky Crash, the devasting bursting of a late 19th century industry bubble. Unlike many of the distilleries founded around that time it survived and has been in production for the most part ever since. From the bottler: ” The Glentauchers Distillery Company started as a joint venture between James Buchanan, the creator of the “Black & White” and “Buchanan” blends and WP Lowrie. The distillery was designed by local architect John Alcock.”

The distillery is currently owned by Pernod Ricard, and there are virtually no official bottlings. The closest thing available are those released by Gordon & MacPhail, such as this 1994 vintage which scored 96.5pts in the last edition of the Whisky Bible. On a recent visit to Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin, Scotland, I had a chance to sample it. My tasting note from that visit is below. The whisky is available exclusively from KWM in Alberta, and is a lovely summer dram!

G&M Glentauchers 1994 – 43% – Refill Sherry Butts & Recharred American Oak Hogsheads – My Tasting Note: “Nose: melons, pinapple and kiwi fruit; lots of honey, beeswax and citrus, subtle honey and soft floral tones; Palate: creamy, honeyed and still floral with smooth decadent oak and gentle spices; more melon and pineapple with a building creamy oakyness; Finish: long, clean and sweet, still fruity, soft and decadent.” - $114.99

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Glenfarclas 60 Year 1954

Pre-Order by Thursday July 3rd

If the price of the whisky has caught you off guard, you can console yourself in the knowledge it could have been much higher. Demand for this highly collectible whisky was such that one Asian market apparently tried to buy it all and was prepared to pay to do so. Glenfarclas is a global brand, and they weren’t prepared to see it all go to one jurisdiction. Of the 360 bottles produced, 13 are slated to come to Canada. KWM is offering the whisky at pre-order price of $22,000.00, which is quite competitive considering the distillery is projecting a Global list price of more than $26,000.00 (£14,500.00).

Please find below the distillery’s press release. If you would like to order a bottle please contact us ASAP! From the Distillery:

“Ballindalloch, 6th of May 2014

J & G Grant launch 60 Year Old Glenfarclas

J & G Grant are delighted to announce the launch of a new 60 Year Old Glenfarclas. Only 360 bottles of this incredibly desira ble, rare single malt whisky will be produced offering a unique opportunity to acquire one of the oldest bottles ever released by this iconic family owned distillery.

Officially launched on the 3rd of April 2014 at the Nth Whisky Show in Las Vegas by George Grant, Glenfarclas’ Sales Director and 6th generation of the family, it will be rolled out across other key markets over the coming months.

George Grant says, ‘At a time when more and more distilleries are going down the no age statement route for their super premium products, we are delighted to be able to release this magnificent 60 year old Glenfarclas. My grandfather started laying down stocks for the future way back in the 50s, so it is thanks to his incredible foresight that we are able to bottle this today. I’m sure he would have been as impressed by it as I am.

Matured in a first fill sherry butt, it has an incredibly dark, rich mahogany colour. It is surprisingly vibrant with lots of dried fruits, demerara sugar and spice coming through on the nose as well as the rich, oaky tannins that one would expect from a whisky of this venerable age. The sherry influence really comes through on the palate, with rich treacle, bitter coffee and espresso notes all making an appearance. The finish is the longest I have ever experienced – 20 minutes later you will still be able to taste the subtle nuances of this incredible dram.’

The long family history and heritage is reflected in the packaging; a bespoke cut crystal decanter mirrors the shape of the classic Glenfarclas bottle while each side of the hexagonal presentation box represents one of the 6 generations of the Grant family to own and manage the distillery since 1865.

This is a truly exceptional bottle that will be sure to delight whisky aficionados around the globe. It is expected to retail for around £14,500.00.”

To pre-order a bottle send reply to this email or order it through our website!

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger!

Contact & Disclaimers

If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store.

All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change, don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson
Manager & Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
403-283-8000
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

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WHISKY AUCTIONEER’S LATEST AUCTION DRAWING TO A CLOSE – Scotch Whisky News

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WHISKY AUCTIONEER’S LATEST AUCTION DRAWING TO A CLOSE

Whisky Auctioneer’s current auction will finish from 19:00 Monday 30th June (Tonight).  It’s absolutely FREE to register and start bidding. Head over to http://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/ to take a look at the current lots. 

There are lots of interesting whiskies on offer in the June auction, including these two pieces of liquid history; Mortlach 1936 and Glenlivet 1940 from Gordon and Macphail. 

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There are many other goodies in this auction including this famous Macallan1948

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The auction will end Monday 30th June, 2014!

From 19:00, activity on any item will prolong the entire auction by a further five minutes; the auction will end when there has been no activity on any item for five minutes. 

International Shipping 

Whisky Auctioneer has a successful record in shipping whiskies internationally, including to the USA. To find out more information on our very competitive shipping charges, take a look at the delivery page: 

http://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/shipping 

Future Auctions

Entries for future auctions are always invited. Whisky Auctioneer makes selling whisky online easy!

With a low sellers’ commission rate of 5% and competitive listing and reserve fees, there is no better place to sell your bottle(s) or collection. 

The deadline for the next auction will be July 16th; the auction will begin on July 25th

Happy Bidding!

Scotch Whisky Auctions 39th Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News

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In there usual garrulous fashion the folks at Scotch Whisky Auctions have let us know that the 39th Auction is now live….

“We are now live, folks. Enjoy.”

The 39th auction 

 

Whiskies of the World San Francisco, March 28, 2015 – TICKETS NOW ON SALE – Whisky News

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WoW SF, March 28, 2015 – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

WoW San Francisco (March 28, 2015) has been a must-go for whisky enthusiasts for the past fifteen years. It’s an occasion to see the newest happenings in the world of whisky, meet and learn from interesting whisky personalities, sample new expressionism, and overall have a great time. WoW SF greets many whisky devotees each year, and spotlights so many whisky stars, from the Whisky Wordsmiths, to renowned celebrity critics such as Michael Jackson and Jim Murray. Not to mention the iconic distillery founders and master distillers, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Tom Bullet, Jim Ruthledge, Chip Tate, et al.

Each growing year we see new faces, new whiskies, and new features that create…WOW!

The Early Bird Sale ends on September 30.

 WoW Austin, September 27. The Early Bird sale ends THIS MONDAY June 30.
WoW Atlanta, November 8. The Early Bird sale ends on July 31.

Canadian Whisky News by Davin de Kergommeaux – Canadian Whisky News

Canadian Whisky for 2013

Canadian Whisky News
Vol. 3 No. 3 – June 25, 2014

She’s A Canadian Whisky Icon!

Tish Harcus, brand ambassador for Canadian Club whisky and manager of the Canadian Club Heritage Centre, was named an Icon of Whisky at the World Whisky Awards held recently in London, England. The Canadian Club Heritage Centre is located at the distillery complex on Riverside Drive, in Windsor, Ontario, in the replica Florentine palace that was Hiram Walker’s office.

As well as learning the ins and outs of whisky making, visitors to the centre enter the subterranean speakeasy where Al Capone finalized many a whisky deal – some at gunpoint. More cerebral types may prefer the art gallery featuring some of Canada’s most renowned painters. All will learn the history of Canadian whisky while enjoying a fine dram (or two).

Congratulations to Harcus, Beam Canada, and Canadian Club brand owner, Suntory.

Whisky: The Manual

Dave Broom has been a whisky thought leader and taste maker for several decades. He was the first international writer ever to include well-researched and comprehensive coverage of Canadian whisky in his work. His most recent book, Whisky: The Manual provides new insights into the real joy of whisky – its myriad flavours. After delving into its history and how whisky is made, Broom sets us on a most enjoyable journey: teasing out the richest and most subtle of these flavours.

While he’s a Scot, who knows his Scotch, Broom emphasizes the pleasures of many whisky styles, illustrating his genuine enthusiasm for Canadian whisky with examples of how best to enjoy his favourites. Drinking customs he has picked up in his journeys around the world reveal just how much more there is to whisky than the serious contemplation of a neat dram.

Introducing five mixers used by whisky connoisseurs from around the world, Broom shows us which whiskies they work best with, and how. His highest accolades go, among others, to Seagram’s VO with coconut water and CC Premium with unsweetened green tea. With a page devoted to each of 102 whiskies from around the world, blends and single malts alike, Whisky: The Manual becomes a check list and a guide for those seeking an in-depth understanding of whisky flavours. Very highly recommended.

Available here on Amazon

Spammers Beware!

On July 1, it will become illegal to send spam in Canada. Yippee! It’s about time. There has been extensive discussion though, about how newsletters such as this one might be affected. It looks like Canadian Whisky News is exempt because most of our subscribers have added themselves to the mailing list. The rest are people with whom I have corresponded or exchanged business cards at whisky, cocktail and spirits events. As well, since this newsletter originates in the USA the whole discussion is likely moot.

Single Distillery Whisky

The cachet of whisky made in a single distillery is one of the special virtues often pointed to by lovers of single malt Scotch. But did you know that almost all single malts are really blends? Blends that is, of various malt whiskies, all distilled in one distillery and then aged for different periods of time in different types of barrels. Once they are ready, these diverse whiskies are brought together according to a deliberate recipe to create the consistent flavours we’ve come to expect from the brands we love.

For the most part, Canadian whisky is very much the same as single malt Scotch. The various component whiskies of an individual Canadian whisky brand are almost always made in a single distillery. While the pressures caused recently by growing demand for Canadian whisky have meant that, at least temporarily, a few brands currently include some whisky purchased from other distilleries, the overwhelming majority of Canadian whiskies are single distillery whiskies – just as single malt Scotch is.

Tasting Whiskey
A book by Lew Bryson

I feel as though I just spent an afternoon with a patient and kindly uncle who regaled me with stories and anecdotes while explaining the mysteries of whisky. Lew Bryson, Managing Editor of Whisky Advocate Magazine has written one of the most original and entertaining whisky books I’ve read yet. It’s a book, not about Scotch, bourbon or rye, but about whisky writ large and written to inform and engage the reader. A wealth of easy to understand colour illustrations ensure the lessons are mastered effortlessly. Best of all, for readers of this newsletter, Bryson really “gets” Canadian whisky.

“Tasting Canadian blended whiskies both before and after I fully understood how they were made and what they were intended to be has led me to reconsider some long-held prejudices about Canadian whisky, blended Scotch, and grain whisky. The frustrating thing now is encountering whisky drinkers who clearly still have those prejudices and not being able to get through to them with my newfound enlightenment.”

It’s complete, it’s comprehensive, and with its conversational style, Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits is just so engaging. Very highly recommended.

On sale October 21, Tasting Whiskey is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

From Newfoundland to New Orleans we’re tasting Canadian whisky

Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans 2013

If you’re planning to be in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, July 16 to 20, master blender and mad scientist, Dr. Don Livermore and I will be pouring Corby and Wiser’s whiskies at a Pernod Ricard USA® spirited dinner, Thursday. I’ll be signing books Friday morning at Octavia Books, and Sunday will present Just A Little Bit: The Secret Hidden Additives of Spirits, a SED Talk about the subtleties of rum and whisky flavours.

And if you happen to be in St. John’s Newfoundland tonight – June 25, why not drop down to the Underbelly Speakeasy on Water St. (right below the Yellowbelly Brew Pub on George St.) at 9:00, for a tutoured whisky tasting.

Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

The world’s first in-depth book about Canada’s national spirit.

WINNER, GOURMAND BOOK AWARDS
BEST SPIRITS BOOK CANADA 2012

WINNER, 2013 IACP BOOK AWARDS
WINE, BEER AND SIRITS

Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert is published by McClelland & Stewart and distributed by Penguin Random House. It is available from most book shops and on-line book sellers. On Amazon

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY WINS SEVEN MEDALS AT THE 2014 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION – American Whiskey News

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BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY WINS SEVEN MEDALS AT THE 2014 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (June 24, 2014) – The results from the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition are in, and the whiskies from Buffalo Trace Distillery had an excellent showing, with each entry receiving at least one medal, for a total of two gold, four silver and one bronze.

Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskies earning medals include:

  • Gold Medal
    • Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Silver Medal
    • Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • E. H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
    • Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
    • Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Bronze Medal
    • Pappy Van Winkle 15 year

Buffalo Trace Distillery also won a gold medal in the Packaging Competition:

  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

“Having won medals in the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition with each of the whiskies we entered is an honor,” Harlen Wheatley, master distiller, said. “We are proud of our accomplishments in such a highly regarded competition.”

The Los Angeles International Wine & 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, Aug. 29-Sept. 28, 2014 in “The Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace.” 

Complete results of the 2012 LAIWSC are available at http://www.laspiritscomp.com/

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic

Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “JULY PREVIEWS: FEAST ON RARE, EXOTIC FLAVOURS” – Scotch Whisky News

 

JULY PREVIEWS: FEAST ON RARE, EXOTIC FLAVOURS

Picture market stalls overflowing with tropical fruits, walk through them and let the exotic aromas excite your senses. Tucked away in the corner, you come across a fruit so rare you can’t identify it but comparisons start coming to mind: “Hubba-bubba!” you think, “Or maybe mango? No. Monstera…”

Sweet, fruity & mellow

117.3 Hubba-bubba, mango and Monstera

VERY RARE IRISH SINGLE CASK!

The palate had an amusing, mouth-tickling effect like tiny leprechauns River-dancing on our tongues; sherbet, Monstera, mango, rhubarb and blackcurrant jam on toast – a sunny, honeyed, Sunday afternoon feel…

Age: 25 years old
Cask: First fill ex-bourbon barrel

BUY £335.00

Sweet, fruity & mellow

76.116 Tangier market

Exotic spices like saffron, cinnamon, turmeric and fennel next to jasmine make the first impression on the nose neat, followed by more meaty and hearty notes. Medium rare steak with peppercorn sauce, roast duck breast with lemon grass sauce

Age: 26 years old
Cask: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

BUY £117.70

Browse June Outturn

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JUNE & JULY EVENTS

 
July Preview Tasting, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Wed 2 July
World Cup Quiz Tasting, The Vaults, Leith – Fri 4 July
New List Open Tasting, 19 Greville St, London – Sat 5 July
Irish Whisky Tasting, 19 Greville St, London – Wed 16 July
Old and Rare Whisky Tasting, The Sign of the Don Restaurant, London – Fri 18 July
Haggis & Whisky Tasting, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Fri 18 July 
Steak & Chips Tasting, The Vaults, Leith – Sat 19 July

Browse all events

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

William Grant’s Rare Cask Reserve at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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William Grant’s Rare Cask Reserves
Now available to order – £250 

On 10th March this year whisky writer and historian Charlie Maclean, Darren Leitch and Scott Dunn of The Whisky Shop accompanied two W Club members to hand select three incredible whiskies to be bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop. 

A truly rare and unique combination of some of the finest whiskies available from the William Grant’s rare cask reserves were selected and blended. The pack includes a blended malt scotch whisky, a blended Scotch whisky and a blended grain whisky. All bottled at 47% volume.

Click here to learn more about their fantastic journey in the latest edition of our Whiskeria magazine.

 

‘Master blenders’ for the day with one of the chosen casks.

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky over 25 years old
Bottled at 47%Vol 35cl
Deep amber. Slight nose prickle, but generally nose cooling. A light mossy note to start, with some baked apple and burnt toffee. With a little water, it still remains dense, then comes an artificial lavender scent. The taste is sweet then dry and slightly bitter, with a surprising spiciness; with water the taste is less sweet/dry, with a very light smokiness in the finish.

Blended Grain Scotch Whisky over 25 years old
Bottled at 47%Vol 35cl
Full gold in colour, with bigger body than most grain whiskies. A sweet, lightly cereal nose (vanilla sponge), faintly herbaceous, and even lighter with water, with a hint of oaky spice. A sweet, cooling mouthfeel, then drying; a light sweetness, with violets, then a tart oakiness; still some spice (nutmeg, white pepper).

Blended Scotch Whisky over 25 years old
Bottled at 47%Vol 35cl
This incredible whisky has been blended using some of the finest whiskies not only from William Grant’s own distilleries but also from key distilleries in the Highlands and on Islay.
Deep amber colour, and a relatively gentle nose-feel. The nose clearly indicates American oak – sawdust, oak shavings, bourbon. Behind this, fresh red apples, with a touch of cinnamon, and buttery vanilla sponge. A pleasant texture and a sweet taste to start (with clover flowers), becoming drier, with oak notes in the middle.

Tasting notes by Charlie Maclean

Simply click here to purchase this stunning set of whiskies

Lismore “a refreshing value in quality single-malts” – Scotch Whisky News

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Lismore
a refreshing value in quality single-malts

Lismore is an independent bottler of single-malts from Speyside. Today I present two bottlings: Lismore 15 year old and Lismore 18 year old. That’s all I really know, and beyond it I can only speculate. Since they are single-malts we know that the contents of each bottle came from a single distillery, but I don’t even know if they both came from the same distillery (I think not). There is no explanation of how this bottler came to acquire these casks (there rarely is), but again I have my theories.

What I do know is that I have tasted them and they are both very nice. Finding a nice single-malt isn’t hard of course, it’s finding one at a great price that is increasingly challenging. Now and then, little mystery can be a price worth paying for such extraordinary value. Wherever these Lismores come from, the whisky is a real treat, and deals like this don’t last long.

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Lismore 15 year old 40% The color of a 15 year old copper still. The nose is majestic, elegant, and living up to all expectations. Heather honey tones and orange peel are topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. $54.99

Lismore 18 year old 40% Smooth, polished oak appearance. Sherried aroma with light cinnamon undertones. Notes of toffee, butterscotch and cotton candy. $74.99

Joe Howell
Federal Wine & Spirits
Email: joe@federalwine.com
Phone: 617-367-8605
Web: http://www.federalwine.com/


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