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Heaven Hill Distillery Dedicates Largest Single-Site Bourbon Distillery in American Whiskey – American Whiskey News


Heaven Hill Distillery Dedicates Largest Single-Site Bourbon Distillery in American Whiskey

$25 million expansion of the historic Bernheim facility brings capacity to 400,000 barrels per year

BARDSTOWN, KY – Heaven Hill Distillery today dedicated the expansion of its Bernheim facility, creating the single largest Bourbon production site after a $25 million investment. Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) and Mayor Greg Fischer joined Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira and Master Distiller Denny Potter in a toast to the latest advancement in industry innovation.

Dating back to 1871, the historic site of Heaven Hill Distillery’s Bernheim facility, D.S.P. -KY 1, is a landmark for a broad range of iconic brands in the American Whiskey category. Acquired in 1999 by Heaven Hill, the site is now home to the Evan Williams Bourbon, the second largest selling Bourbon in the world, Larceny, Elijah Craig, and Henry McKenna, among others. The current expansion brings capacity to 400,000 barrels per year, marking Heaven Hill’s commitment to producing a full range of American Whiskey styles to meet current and future demand.

“As an American-owned and operated company, Heaven Hill Distillery is proud to be on the forefront of the American Whiskey movement and embark on the latest iteration of distillery technology and innovation,” said Shapira. “The Bourbon distillation project combines the latest of distilling techniques with the ability to produce our brands using traditional methods as we have for more than 80 years.”

Bernheim’s history as a leading distillery in experimentation, coupled with Heaven Hill’s commitment to quality, sets the stage for growth of both innovative and historic brands. Major components of the current expansion include four additional fermenters, another distillation set of a thumper and 66-inch beer column, a drop tub to increase number of mashes per day, a 50,000 pph boiler, a new grain handling and storage upgrade, a cooling capacity upgrade, and an operations software upgrade. Two prior expansions were completed at Bernheim since 2006, with the first bringing capacity to 200,000 barrels per year in 2007 and the second to 300,000 barrels per year in 2014. Since 2016, Heaven Hill has opened four warehouses at the new Cox’s Creek barrel warehouse location, where each warehouse holds almost 57,000 barrels of the more than 1.3 million barrels (approximately 25% of the world’s Bourbon supply) aging across Jefferson and Nelson Counties.

“This expansion is a truly monumental event for Heaven Hill, for the city of Louisville, and for the bourbon industry worldwide,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “This historic company has continued to distill some of the best American Whiskeys for nearly a century, and has helped lead the rebirth of bourbon as America’s native spirit. As co-chair of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus, I’m especially proud to now represent the largest bourbon production site in the world.”

In conjunction with Heaven Hill’s growing economic impact in the West Louisville community, Shapira also introduced a partnership with Dare to Care to support hunger relief within the area. A $10,000 donation will support a mobile pantry unit for West Louisville and purchase six freezers for partner agencies within the area to distribute fresh food and produce.

To celebrate the achievement, a commemorative barrel was signed by Heaven Hill employees and local dignitaries, and all shared a toast of Evan Williams Bourbon. The company remains true today to its original mission as a family-owned and operated, independent Kentucky company—the last remaining in the Bourbon business today. Lifting America’s spirit since 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues to be on the forefront of Bourbon as it has been through the last eight decades.

Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.3 million barrels aging in 54 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery previously held the titles of 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whiskey Advocate American Whiskey of the Year and 2016 Rye Whiskey of the Year from “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.” For more information, please visit

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely.  Drink Wisely.”


Kensington Calgary Malt Messenger No. 70 by Andrew Ferguson – Scotch & Whisky News


Malt Messenger No. 79 – New Whisky Galore

This might be the biggest Malt Messenger I’ve put out in years. It has been several busy months since my last full newsletter, and much has transpired since then. A boat load of new whiskies have flooded into the store, and some of them, though we have had them for weeks, have yet to be highlighted. This includes exciting news releases like the Highland Park Valkyrie, the Wyoming Outryder and Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Batch 7. More details on these below.

There is also the 15th Batch of single casks from Glendronach Distillery. These whiskies are the first batch of vintage single casks selected by the new Master Blender Rachel Barrie, and there are only 6 of them. The casks, filled between 1990 and 1995, range in age from 21 to 27 years of age. Only 12 bottles of each have come to Canada, exclusively to KWM and about half have sold! More details below.

A quick update on the Kensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar. Due to the late arrival of 4 of the whiskies in the Calendar we have had to delay the roll out. We expect to have the first calendars built and in-store by November 13. The balance should be produced by the 20th. We appreciate everyone’s patience, as these delays were out of our control! There are also fewer than 95 calendars available for purchase, with more than 290 of the 384 calendars already reserved.

I am most excited about the 4 new KWM exclusive single casks in this newsletter. The first of these to be launched was our Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask. It is not only our first ever Dutch whisky, but also our first ever single cask of 100% rye whisky. It was launched at a tasting with Partick van Zuidam, Millstone whisky maker, at the shop a little over 2 weeks ago. It has been a hit, with a third of the bottles sold in 3 weeks

The next two KWM exclusive single casks to arrive this fall are a pair of Gordon MacPhial Caol Ilas we will be launching this afternoon at an “insane” Gordon Macphail / Benromach tasting with Alastair Milligan. The Caol Ila samples Gordon Macphail sent us earlier in the year were too good to select just one casks, so we bottled two, a 2007 10 Year and a 2002 vintage 14 Year. We will be sampling these two whiskies as well as, Benromach 35 Year, Gordon MacPhail Brora 1982 and Littlemill 1991. The 4PM tasting costs just $80 which is a steal considering the whisky range is valued at more than 4000. More details on the Coal Ilas and the tasting below. Call the shop at 403-283-8000 to register.

The 4th new KWM exclusive cask to tell you about has been the most elusive. If you’ve followed me or read the Malt Messenger you’ll know I have a great fondness for Bowmore. I have wanted to bottle my own single cask of Bowmore for a decade, and we’ve finally managed to put our hands on a good one! We will be launching our Old Malt Cask Bowmore 21 Year KWM Cask on Thursday night at Kensington Wine Market with Andrew Laing. The tasting will be a mini festival featuring a wide range of whiskies from the Old Malt Cask and First Editions lines. The tasting costs $30 and includes a custom logo glass! More details on the new Bowmore and the tasting below!

We also have some exciting new whiskies from WM Cadenhead, established 1842, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. Cadenhead is celebrating their 175th Anniversary this year, and they have bottled some very interesting new whiskies. The details on a dozen new Cadenhead Small Batch whiskies from distilleries like Convalmore (closed), Caperdonich (demolished), Heaven Hill (burned down), Mortlach and others can be found below. Some have gotten great reviews from Serge at Whisky Fun.

There are also new whiskies to tell you about from Laphroaig, Caol Ila, Brora, Adelphi, Millstone and more. So lets get to it!

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Malt Messenger.


In This Edition

  1. Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1996 KWM Cask Release Party with Andrew LaingKensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar Update
  2. Two New KWM Exclusive Caol Ila Casks
  3. Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask
  4. Our First Ever Exclusive KWM Bowmore Single Cask
  5. Three Reasons for Canadians to Join the Springbank Society
  6. Introuducing Springbank 19 Year Bourbon Wood
  7. WM Cadenhead Small Batch 175th Anniversary Releases Batch 1
  8. Other Selected New Cadenhead Releases Coming Soon
  9. New Alberta Exclusive Millstone Cask
  10. My Tasting Notes on Two New Adelphi Whiskies
  11. Introducing Glendronach Batch 15
  12. Introducing Canadian Club 40 Year
  13. Introducing Highland Park Valkyrie
  14. Introducing Wyoming Outryder
  15. Introducing Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Batch 7
  16. Introducing: Caol Ila 18 Year Unpeated
  17. Introducing Laphroaig 27 Year
  18. Available for Order: Brora 34 Year
  19. We Have Some Michters 10 Year Bourbon

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1996 KWM Cask Release Party with Andrew Laing Thursday Nov 2, 7PM 

More than 12 plus whiskies to be sampled and a glass for $30

Andrew Laing is back for another special tasting on Thursday November 2, 7PM, this time to launch a KWM exclusive Bowmore single cask. Curiously, it is almost exactly 10 years since his father was here to help launch KWM’s only Port Ellen single cask in 2007. Coincidence? 10 years later we have another Laing, one of the sons here, with another KWM exclusive Islay single cask!

This is the Bowmore cask that I have been longing to bottle as long as I’ve been working for KWM. It has taken a decade of searching and countless samples tasted before we found a Bowmore we were excited to put our name on.

This mini-festival style tasting will feature a range of at least 12 whiskies from Hunter Laing’s Old Malt Cask and First Edition lines, and will include the first public tasting of our exciting new KWM exclusive Bowmore single cask. The event price includes a KWM/Old Malt Cask Logo Glencairn glass!

To Register: pop into the shop, call 403-283-8000 or register online! 


Kensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar Update 

Less than 95 of 384 Calendars left! 

Firstly, we are a little behind on building our Whisky Advent Calendar this year… A couple of products were delayed, and are expected to arrive in the next week. This should allow us to have the first batch of calendars built and ready for pickup between the 10th and 15th.

There are a lot of exciting details about the 2017 edition, including the fact that we succeeded in bringing the base retail price down by $25, to $375+gst. We also have 25 all new whiskies, never before featured in the KWM Advent Calendar. This includes 5 whiskies bottled exclusively for the Kensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar. While the bulk of the Calendar is still Single Malt Scotch Whisky, there are for the first time single malts from Canada, England and the Netherlands! This is our fourth straight year that we have designed and built our own exclusive Whisky Advent Calendar. It features  24 50ml premium whiskies, a 100ml Christmas Day bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (The Society) and a custom logo Glencairn glass.

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 of Advent. 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.

A deposit of $150 will be charged for each calendar requested. This helps KWM with the production costs. The balance of the payment will be taken a few days before delivery to our shop. ETA is mid-October!

Order a Kensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar!


Two New KWM Exclusive Caol Ila Casks 

The samples were so good we couldn’t just pick 1!

Who doesn’t love Caol Ila? For the second year in a row with were paralyzed with the inability to decide between two different Gordon Macphail casks of Caol Ila. So we did what any sane person would do. We bought both! These 2002 and 2007 vintage single casks were both matured in American oak, and they are very different. Both classic Islay, but stylistically miles apart. Here are my tasting notes on both!

G&M Caol Ila 2007 KWM Cask – 58.6% – 10 Year – Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel – My Tasting Note: “Nose: honey glazed ham with cloves; chewy British bacon dipped in maple syrup with orange rinds; clean wood smoke and a touch ashy with a salty maritime tones. Palate: round, chewy and sweet; more honey glazed ham with crisp spices: clove and fennel; buckwheat blueberry pancakes and chewy-salty British bacon with maple syrup; creamy vanilla with wood ash holding back layers of fruit: orange rinds, melon and banana. Finish: long, coating and classic Islay; very maritime, smoky and salty with glazed ham; bold but smooth and layered. Comment: I may have a slight preference for this younger bottling over the other cask we’ve bottled; it is very good for a 10 year old single cask!” – $122 – 224 Total Bottles 

G&M Caol Ila 2002 KWM Cask– 52.5% – 14 Year – 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon – My Tasting Note: “Nose: beeswax, apple crumble, peanut brittle and almond paste; oily, butter-poached scallops and lobster tail dipped in lemon-butter; lots of big, round vanilla notes, but also a trace of chunky malt and citrus tones. Palate: big, round, creamy and bold; still nutty, loads of vanilla and honey, building into thick dried-grassy-barley and soft peat smoke; more scallops and lobster follow with a generous helping of lemon-butter; citrus fruits and more exotic tropical far lie beneath a building tarry-earthiness. Finish: it settles into an oily, coating, smoky and drying finale; very long in the tooth, but also fresh. Comment: while the younger cask is a more unapologetic, bacon-y, and in your face malt, this older cask is more complex and leaning towards seafood and citrus tones; what a pair!” – $145 – Just 155 Bottles

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Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask 

A Big Jammy-Fruity-Spicy Dutch Rye… move 

over North America! 

Not just our first ever exclusive Dutch whisky, but also our first ever single cask of rye! Bottled at 53.2% from a mash of 50% malted and 50% unmalted rye grains, ground in windmills. The whisky has been matured in New American Oak. Only 144 bottles.

Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask – 53.2% – Matured in New American Oak – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: sweet, creamy and honeyed with fresh Jujubes and dill pickle juice; some orange sherbet and vanilla icing sugars; toasted oak and firm spices; doughy and fresh with a hint of licorice. Palate: big, round and earthy; perfumed and oily; more licorice and assorted fresh Jujubes; tangy citrus meets spicy-oily rye tones; juicy and toasty with Demerara sugars. Finish: big, rich, bold and lasting; fruits, liquorice and spices linger through a long creamy finish. Comment: the virgin oak has leant this whisky and maturity and richness beyond its years, also a silky back bone which tames the bold 100 rye spirit.  – $88

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Our First Ever KWM Exclusive Bowmore Single Cask 

A decade of longing and searching lead us to this 21 Year Old Old Malt Cask Bowmore!

If you read my newsletters or follow me on social media, it will become more than apparent that I have a soft spot for Bowmore. I have been searching for a Bowmore single cask for KWM for more than a decade now. The closest I came, or so I thought, was about 6-7 years ago when I was sent 4-6 samples of Bowmore by an independent bottler, I won’t say which, with a family connection to the distillery. They were all sherry casks and I had a vision of bottling my own Bowmore Laimrig… It wasn’t to be! The samples were dreadful. It was only just this summer that I finally found one I was excited to put my name and KWM’s brand on. The whisky was in a parcel of samples sent to me by Douglas Laing. It blew me away, it was exactly what I was looking for, and it was worth the wait. One last side note by bottling the whisky at 50% under the Old Malt Cask label, vs. a marginally higher cask strength in the First Editions packaging, we saved ourselves and our customers about 30%!

 Old Malt Cask Bowmore 21 Year– 50 % – Distilled March 1996 – Bottled June 2017 – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, floral and sweet; a touch of Parma Violets (sweet lavender candies) clotted cream, crème brule and salted caramel ice-cream; light-savoury-smoke, lemon and pear drops, vanilla bean Jelly Bellies and wine gums. Palate: creamy, buttery, oily and fruity; silky layers of honey and vanilla are rolled out with lots of soft fruits: guava, midori melon, green banana and lots of citrus; more wine gums; the smoke is delicate, floral and decadent, with more lavender and peppermint; the clotted cream caries through on a dry Brittish scone; more ice-cream too: a double scoop of salted caramel and Earl Grey tea. Finish: long, silky and creamy with layers of fruit, floral tones, elegant smoke and gentle toasted oak. Comment: this was worth the wait; a beautiful malt; my kind of Bowmore!” – $200 – 229 Bottles

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Three Reasons for Canadians to Join the Springbank Society 

Two new Society bottlings and special discounts…  

Kensington Wine Market is the only place in the world you can buy Sprinbank Society whiskies other than the distillery. You have to be a Springbank Society Member to buy them, but we can help you with that. The cost of membership is a onetime fee of £50, paid to the distillery. If you are not a member and would like to join the simplest process is to request a form from me by e-mail, complete it and return it to me. I will forward it on to the Distillery. Once you are a member you will be notified about the limited Springbank Society releases when they come to Canada, and have an opportunity to buy them.

So what are the three reasons to join the Springbank Society? The first two are a pair of new Society releases:

  1. Springbank Society Longrow 14 Year Fresh Sherry – 53.2% – Fresh Sherry Butt – Distilled: October 2001 – Bottled: October 2016 – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Rich walnut, pecan, notes of stewed fruits with woodiness and scent of worn leather. Taste: Stewed fruits remain, rhubarb, dunnage warehouse flavour and woody. Finish: Meaty and chewy, dry with menthol as the smokiness builds up.” – $140+gst                   
  2. Springbanks Society 9 Year Sauternes – 57.1% – Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads – Distilled: November 2007 – Bottled: May 2017 – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Dunnage warehouse; bruised fruits, sun dried raisins and treacle toffee with icing sugar and port notes appearing as the nose develops. Taste: Syrupy texture, with earthy and oaky notes, prunes, redcurrants and bramble jam. Finish: Chewy, sweet and rich like sticky toffee pudding and Christmas cake; hints of treacle, brown sugar and dark cherries.” – $120+gst

And the third reason? Springbank Society Members save 10% on non-Society Springbank whiskies, as well as those from their sister distillery Glengyle (aka Kilkerran), and Cadenheads. On the subject of Cadenheads, see below for the latest releases, including some exciting 175th Anniversary bottlings!

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Introducing Springbank 19 Year Bourbon Wood 

A stunning single cask of Springbank bottled exclusively for Alberta!

This single cask Springbank has been bottled exclusively for Springbank’s Alberta importer Gold Medal Marketing. Just 162 bottles of this 19-year-old, 1998 vintage single cask. Matured in a First Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel and bottled at a cask strength of 57.4%.  It is pricey, but it is spectacular!

Springbank 19 Year Bourbon Wood – 57.4% – 1998 Vintage – First Fill Ex-Bourbon – My Tasting Note: “Nose: salty, vanilla and peanut butter icing sugars, creamy, toasty and subtly oaky; oh wow, this is classic old Springbank… here come the apricots, fatty oils and soft doughy oak tones; a hint of peaty and juicy tropical fruits: mango and papaya. Palate: round, oily, creamy and decadent and malty; soft oily peat rolls over the palate like a wave; more vanilla and peanut butter icing; dried apricots with kiwi and mango; still salty (salted caramel) with some elegant smooth smoke and fatty-buttery oils; a touch of old engine oil just to round things out. Finish: big, round and low; it drips from the palate, coating it and leaving a creamy, decadent warming sensation. Comment: this is very well matured older Springbank; hard to believe it is just 19 years of age, it tastes much older! – $340


WM Cadenhead Small Batch 175th Anniversary Releases Batch 1 

5 Rare Closed Distillery Bottlings!

Cadenhead’s is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland, established 1842, and it is also one of the finest! Their whiskies have been exclusive to KWM for the last 3-4 years and we have been patiently waiting for their 175th Anniversary, and some very special bottlings…  Batch 1 of the Cadenhead’s Small Batch 175th Anniversary releases are going to be here next week. 4 single malts from seldom seen closed distilleries and one very rare old Bourbon!

  1. Cadenhead Small Batch Banff 1976 – 51.2% – 40 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Apple Tarte Tatin, aniseed, herbal with lots of waxy fruity notes. Palate: Peaches, lime zest, orange blossom  water, hints of oak, greengages and gooseberries. Finish: Very distant coal dust, polished oak and lingering tropical fruits.” – $1050 – Only 6 bottles! – SOLD OUT
  2. Cadenhead Small Batch Caperdonich 1977 – 50.5% – 39 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Rich sherry notes but also creamy, milk chocolate, toffee sauce, plums and nectarines. Palate:  Thick and chewy sherry with toffee, raisin butter, brown sugar and coffee creams. Finish: Chewy, hints of cloves and ground ginger along with figs, plums and treacle toffee.” – $1000 – 91pts Serge
  3. Cadenhead Small Batch Convalmore 1977 – 56.8% – 40 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Lemon thyme, soft earthy notes along with eucalyptus, peach stones and butterscotch. Palate: Faint coal dust, juicy apples, kiwi fruits and hints of liquorice, cumin powder and raspberries. Finish: Gently warming, very creamy with caramelised bananas , pears in syrup and more butterscotch.” – $1000 – 91pts Serge
  4. Cadenhead Small Batch Heaven Hill 1996 – 50.8% – 20 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Poppy seeds, orange marmalade, white chocolate, fudge and cinnamon. Palate: Soft wood spice, slightly drying with nutmeg, more fudge, beeswax and milk chocolate. Finish: Coffee beans, cinnamon and paprika.  drying oak with growing orange oils, cumin and star anise.” – $340 – Only 6 bottles! – 1 per customer
  5. Cadenhead Small Batch Rosebank 1991 – 50.5% – 25 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Vanilla, strawberry jam, satsumas, candy floss and golden syrup. Palate: Juicy and mouth coating with a trace of white pepper, unripe bananas and growing vanilla. Lychee, fennel, mint leaves, mangoes, raspberry ripple ice cream and faint chocolate notes. Finish: Juicy and mouth coating with a trace of white pepper, unripe bananas and growing vanilla.” – $540 – Only 6 bottles! – SOLD OUT

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Other Selected New Cadenhead Releases Coming Soon 

Exciting new Small Batch Releases Exclusive to KWM!

  1. Cadenhead Small Batch Blair Atholl 1988– 53.6% – 28 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Floral, with cut grass, dried apricots and sweet toffee. Palate: Chocolate eclairs, soft all spice, more toffee and whipped cream. Finish: Blueberries, hints of menthol with cherry cake and dark chocolate.” – $340 – Just 12 Bottles
  2. Cadenhead Small Batch Fettercairn 1988 – 55.4% – 28 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Autumnal forests, banana loaf, and soft ashy notes. Palate: Marzipan, icing sugar, crystallised oranges and soft oakiness. Finish: Red fruits, melted tablet, dunnage warehouses with a salty edge.” – $340 – Just 12 Bottles
  3. Cadenhead Small Batch Glentuachers 1990 – 52.6% – 26 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Grapefruit and lime, syrupy notes with vanilla and coconut. Palate: Blackcurrants, cherries, brown sugar, green apple skins and very chewy. Finish: Chocolate milkshake, cocoa butter and dry spice ” – $325 – Just 12 Bottles
  4. Cadenhead Small Batch Strathmill 1992– 45.9% – 25 Year – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Pineapples, mango, papaya and cocking chocolate. Palate: Cherry tomatoes, haricot beans, coconut, chocolate flakes and oranges. Finish: Green bananas, slate and wet leaves and a hint of ash.” – $225
  5. Cadenhead Small Batch Mortlach 1987 – 30 Year – 48.2% – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Creamy, minty, fruit coulis, hints of praline and toffee sauce. Palate: Leather, straw, maple syrup and condensed milk. Finish: Sweet, crispy cakes, syrup, vanilla and raspberries and white chocolate.” – $425 – Just 12 bottles!
  6. Cadenhead Creations 1991 Batch 3 Light Creamy Vanilla – 44.6% – 18 Year- Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Vanilla, granulated sugar, shortbread, grassy and fresh. Palate: Satsuma peel, milk chocolate, icing sugar and strawberries. Finish: Butterscotch, sweet, long and fruity with vanilla icing.” – $125
  7. Cadenhead Vatted Islay 1991 – 46% – 25 Year – Married in a Sherry Hogsheads – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Big and meaty, smoked meats with fig compote and lots of farmyard notes. Palate: More ashy notes come through on the palate breaking through red cherries, faint cinnamon and bloody oranges. Finish: Long and lingering interplay between, wet ash, creamy toffee notes and mincemeat pies.” – $290 – Only 6 Bottles – 1 Per Customer


New Alberta Exclusive Millstone Cask 

A Seductive new 1996 Vintage Virgin American Oak Cask!

The Alberta importers for Dutch whisky maker Millstone have selected a virgin oak cask to be bottled exclusively for the Alberta market. The cask was apparently a favourite of owner and whisky marker Patrick van Zuidam, offered by accident to Craftworks Spirits owners Greg and Jarka Winters. I would like to sample the whisky again, away from the aromas of a rich meal, however I was impressed with it. Here is my preliminary tasting note…

Millstone 1996 Virgin American Oak Cask 1376 – 51.45% – 20 Year – My Tasting Note: “Nose: bread and butter pudding with canned whip cream; dried apricots and peaches n cream; strawberry puff candies an cooked marshmallow; French bakery notes: fruit flan, croissants and other baked goods. Palate: waxy, tropical and creamy; toasty, oily and coating; more dried apricot, peaches and whip cream from a can; floral and spicy with toasted coconut, marmalade and some orange rind. Finish: warming, toasty and peppery; the fruits are all on the front end, but traces linger with a waxy oily grip. Comment: this is a lovely, layered and fruity malt; 20 years in virgin oak, has surprisingly not overwhelmed the spirit, but it has had a deft touch! – $285


My Tasting Notes on Two New Adelphi Whiskies 

A Big Bowmore and a Lovely Laphroaig!

Adelphi puts their hands on some superb single casks, and these two will just bolster that reputation. They are pricey, but this is a trend we’ve seen on both Laphroaig and Bowmore, across the spectrum of independent bottlers. Rumour has it they are no longer selling or trading their casks! Here are my tasting notes on the two:

  1.  Adelphi Bowmore 1997 – 57.2% – 19 Year – Sherry Butt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: polished oak and new Italian leather shoes; treacle sauce on warm sticky toffee pudding and Werther’s Orginal; some subtle smoke, candied orange and hints of lavender. Palate: big, round, fruity and smoky… surprisingly smoky; more polished oak and new leather notes; the lavender picks up with some cold Earl Grey tea and Demerara sugar; dark chocolate covered espresso beans, liquorice and treacle sauce. Finish: round, fruity and smoky; the fine leather, liquorice and chocolate tones linger long with floral lavender and cold tea. Comment: a surprising dram, at once more smoky than I would expect for a 19 year old Bowmore, and less sherried than the colour let on; a lovely older Bowmore, and a fine Cigar malt!” – $280 – Only 18 bottles. 
  2. Adelphi Laphroaig 1996 – 57.1 % – 20 Year – 2 Refill Ex-Sherry Hogsheads – My Tasting Note: “Nose: doughy, buttery, creamy, tropical and honeyed; some medicinal tones and juicy malt start to emerge, but where is the peat? this is a kitten. Palate: honeyed, creamy and doughy with some yeasty-washback tones; oily-smoky-chewy-barley; fresh cut green grass and tarry ropes; the peat is soft and round with some floral tones; a bit of orange peel, brown sugar and building earthy spices. Finish: warming, earthy and peaty; it is still doughy and malty; floral and peaty with firm but gentle salty smoke, its last flourish is bone dry. Comment:  this is a round, malty and fresh Laphroaig; age has softened some of its rougher Ileach edges, but it hasn’t lost any of its identity! – $375 – Only 16 bottles

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Introducing Glendronach Batch 15 

Only 6 Vintages Between 1990 & 1995!

Where once there were 12 vintage single cask per release, there are now just 6. This is the first release of single cask since Rachel Barrie took over as Whisky Maker for BenRiach Distillery Co. and therefore Glendronach as well. There are no exceptionally old releases anymore, no doubt a sign that there is less and less to be had from the distillery. Just 12 bottles of each are coming to KWM, and they are already nearly half sold. While they are pricey, keep in mind the last batch of the Glendronach Grandeur, Batch 8, at 25 years, sold for $850, and the 25 and 27 year olds here are much less than that!

From the Producer: The six whiskies released in Batch 15 from 21 to 27 years of age, and are drawn from either Pedro Ximenez or Oloroso sherry casks. The oldest cask released in Batch 15, cask number 7005, has the appearance of polished cherry wood, with notes of fresh mint leaves on the nose, together with touches of cigar box and cinnamon in rich plum juice on the palate. Toasted oak spice and roasted coffee beans can be found in the nose of the youngest cask in this batch, cask number 4418, while the palate offers crisp candied peel, with sweet figs and sugared dates dusted with cocoa.

Whisky Maker Rachel Barrie says: “Aficionados of the The Glendronach will not be disappointed with this latest Batch, picked from the richest and deepest casks in our earthen-floored warehouses. I am privileged and delighted to see them released from their slumber, for enjoyment by discerning connoisseurs around the world; as time slowly passes, I anticipate the unearthing of more hidden gems.”

  1.  Glendronach 1995 Cask 4418 – 52.6% – 21 Year – Perdo Ximenez Sherry Puncheon – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: dried prunes, toasted oak spices and coffee beans with hints of ginger biscuit and dark chocolate. Palate: crisp candied peel marries with sweet figs and sugared dates, dusted with cocoa and freshly ground barley. – $385
  2.  Glendronach 1994 Cask 3379 – 51.6% – 22 Year – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: sweet dates and a hint of cinnamon,enriched with plum sauce and white pepper spice. Palate: dark chocolate and rich orange marmalade drenched over stewed dark fruits, contrasting with a warming oak spice.” – $415
  3.  Glendronach 1993 Cask 43 – 59.2% – 24 Year – Sherry Butt – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: sour plums and dark marischino cherries combine with orange bitters, black pepper and rich espresso. Palate: Rich molasses poured over dark dried fruits balance perfectly with crisp, peppery oak spices. – $450
  4. Glendronach 1992 Cask 89 – 57% – 25 Year – Sherry Butt – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: rich date loaf, coffee beans with hints of orange peel and warm ginger. Palate: rich dates, dark prune syrup, stem ginger and black pepper corns, dark chocolate and hints of orange marmalade. – $490
  5. Glendronach 1992 Cask 52 – 58.5% – 25 Year – Sherry Butt – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: roasted coffee beans, sherry-soaked dark fruits, rich oak spices and a gentle herbal back note. Palate: cigar box spices infusing through rich prunes, dark treacle and orange zest.” – $490
  6. Glendronach 1990 Cask 7005 – 53.4% – 27 Year – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: gentle notes of fresh mint leaves, cloves held in a robust Muscavado sugar and spiced stewed prunes. Palate: touches of cigar box and cinnamon in rich plum juice, rounded by roasting coffee beans and chocolate raisins.”  – $590

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Introducing Canadian Club 40 Year 

The oldest Canadian whisky ever bottled!

Bottled to mark Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Canadian Club 40 Year is the oldest whisky ever bottled by the brand, and possibly in the history of Cnadian whisky! The whisky has been bottled at 45% and scored 96pts in Whisky Advocate.

Canadian Club 40 Year – 45% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: Walkers Shortbread, ginger snaps and cooked raisin; very grain forward, oily corn tones; because increasingly buttery and fruity; very jammy: Hero strawberry and bleuberry jams; pear drops and lemon bitters. Palate: creamy, floral and subtly woody; grain forward, more corn; soft and silky once it settles down, glentle-sweet oils, pineapple, papaya and kiwi fruit; mixed berry Hero jam and a touch of white pepper; begins to dry and becomes spicier. Finish: the finish is long, drying, floral and sweet with hints of earth and peppery spices. Comment: think old Scottish single grain, but on the lighter end of things; very pretty and interesting; it would not be hard to crush a bottle!” – $235

From the Produer: “Four decades ago, our craftsmen barreled this exceptional liquid, then let it rest in oak barrels, allowing time for it to absorb as much flavor as possible from the wood.  Our patience resulted in this definitive whisky experience.  The oldest aged expression in the history of Canadian Club, and quite possibly the oldest Canadian whisky in history.”

Whisky Advocate Tasting Note: “After 40 years in barrels, the trademark Canadian Club dark fruit is as rich as ever. Reminiscent of raisin tarts with sprinkles of sweet baking spices, then strawberries and black pepper. Warming but never hot. No tannins, no woodiness; silky barrel tones are the only hint of oak, while soaring floral esters speak loudly of time in the barrel. The glowing, never-ending finish is spectacular. Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebratory Release.” 96pts

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Introducing Highland Park Valkyrie 

A Smokier Highland Park!

We actually launched this in September, but until now it has escaped the attention of the Malt Messenger. The Valkyrie, bottled at 45.9% is the first in a series of the 3 Highland Park releases, with Valknut and Valhalla to follow in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Valkyrie is a smokier than typical expression of Highland Park, made with a higher proportion of Orkney peated malt than is typical in distillery bottlings. It has been matured in a mix of First Fill American oak and Ex-Sherry casks. Andrew sampled it at the distillery in May, tasting note coming soon!

Highland Park Valkyrie  – 45.9% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Green apples | Sun-ripened lemons | Oriental spices | Vanilla | Preserved ginger | Dark chocolate | Salty liquorice | Warm aromatic smoke.” – $105

87pts Whisky Advocate: “Valkyrie replaces the current Dark Origins expression and was matured in a combination of first-fill American oak sherry casks, American oak bourbon casks, and European oak sherry casks, along with some refill casks. Apricots and aromatic wood smoke on the nose; slightly oily, with raisins. Stewed fruits on the palate, with earthy peat, licorice, and black pepper. Aniseed, dark berry notes, and wood spice in the finish.”

From the Producer: “Plunging down from the dark heavens, the Valkyries would descend like avenging angels on horseback to comb the battlefields for the bravest of the fallen warriors, heroes fit to enter the great Norse god Odin’s hall, Valhalla. VALKYRIE celebrates our rich Nordic ancestry here on Orkney, where we were once part of a vast Viking kingdom, and its packaging was designed by internationally renowned designer and Viking Soul, Jim Lyngvild. Exquisitely balanced and delivering wave upon wave of warm aromatic smoke and richly ripened fruit, VALKYRIE is the first in a series of three special Viking Legend releases and has just been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy in the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, scoring 99 out of 100.

“The Valkyries go weaving with drawn swords, Hild and Hjorthrimul, Sanngrid and Svipul. Spears will shatter, shields will splinter, Swords will knaw like wolves through armour. Darraðarljóð (Song of Oarrador), Njal’s Saga”

Describing the fall of Brian Boru to Viking forces at the Battle of Clontarf, 1014

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Introducing Wyoming Outryder 

A Blended High Rye Content Bottled in Bond Whiskey!

This curious whiskey from Wyoming is a blend of high-rye American Whiskey and Bourbon. Even more curious is that it is Bottled in Bond. This means:

– All whiskey in the bottle must be produced by one distillery and by one distiller over the course of one distillation season.

– The whiskey must be at least four years old.

– It must be bottled at 100 proof / 50% ABV

– The whiskey must be aged in bonded warehouses under United States federal supervision.

– The label on the bottle has to state which distillery it comes from and also where it was bottled.

From the Producer: “It’s crafted from two distinct mash bills distilled in November of 2011.  The first mash bill contains 48% winter rye, 40% corn, and 12% malted barley and the second reflects a traditional bourbon mash bill of 68% corn, 20% winter rye, and 12% malted barley.  In keeping with Wyoming Whiskey’s tradition, these grains are all non-GMO and grown in Byron, Wyoming by Rageth Farms.”

Wyoming Whiskey Outryder Bottled in Bond – 50% – Evan’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Corn, menthol, mint candies, new leather, hay bales and grass with hints of damp earth, cinnamon, Mackintosh’s Toffee, Lucky Elephant Pink Candy Popcorn, orange marmalade, grilled lemons and spicy rye. Palate: Spicy and sweet with kettle corn, sweet chili sauce, a touch of black liquorice, strawberry jam, sour peach candies, light peppermint and a touch of citrus tang, oak and rye spices. Finish: Spicy and minty rye meets smooth and sweet corn. Comment: Adding a rye component the typically sweet and juicy Wyoming Distillery style lends earthy nuance plus a mint and menthol edge. This is a fun and out of the ordinary Bonded Whiskey. – $112

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Introducing Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Batch 7 

Only the 2nd Ever Peated Release! 

This is the 7th release from Two Brewers, which is as distillery within Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse, Yukon. Hearkening back to Release 03 – This release of Two Brewers Single Malt is Peated – in fact, it is a little bit more peated then that past release. Only 1750 bottles are in this release, only a portion of which will be coming to Alberta. 43% ABV

Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 7 Peated – 43% – Evan’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Candied bacon, chai tea with honey and cream, banana, nutmeg, hickory sticks, a barn – full of hay and set on fire, eucalyptus, vanilla bean, well-worn leather jacket, spicy and floral cigar smoke.  Palate: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, lemon custard pastries, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee candies, chai tea with cream again, mild spices, peppercorn bacon, poached pears and saltwater taffy. Finish: Oily and slightly creamy leading to fruit and spice on the fade. Comment: The peat adds depth. A peaty and seductive volume in the continuing Two Brewers’ repertoire.” – $100

About Two Brewers: “Yukon Brewing was formed by Bob Baxter and Alan Hansen in 1997, the result of a canoe trip conversation taken well beyond the campfire. After years of building a successful local craft brewery, they decided to expand into spirits and in 2009 invested in a small pot still. Hence came the birth of Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Whisky; made in small batches, with a variety of malted and roasted grains, using different fermentation techniques and a mix of barrels. The goal is that no two releases will be the same, so that as each expression emerges, it is layered and complex and probably never to be repeated.”

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Introducing: Caol 18 Year Unpeated  

The oldest yet bottling of unpeated Caol Ila!

The annual, unpeated release of Caol Ila is now 18 years of age, bottled at 59.8%.The oldest ever unpeated release of Caol Ila!

Caol Ila 18 Year Unpeated – 59.8% – Matured in American Oak – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Surprisingly weighty, with a meaty backbone that doesn’t rely on the distillery’s usual smoke for depth. First impression is of lemon flavours along with green-leaf herbs and soft spiciness. A dry mineral then builds in the glass to add a chalky flavour. Palate: A fine line taste between sweet, acidic and salty. It slips into sweet candied fruit, then into intense salted caramel and toffee. Hints of sea-spray dance between the three flavours until the fruit and char unite in triumph. Finish: Warming, soft and long with notes of vanilla. Succeeded by deep warmth which fades to soft spice and oak.” – $185

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Introducing Laphroaig 27 Year 

Not just your average 27 year old!

A curious new bottling of mature Laphroaig, bottled at a very low cask strength of 41.7%. This low strength is more easily understood when you consider the whisky was matured in both Ex-Bourbon Barrels and more crucially Quarter Casks, 125L barrels. These Quarter Casks increase the surface area exposure to the spirit, leading to a more rapid maturation and a much higher angel’s share.

Laphroaig 27 Year – 41.7% – Matured in Ex-Bourbon Barrels & Quarter Casks – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: A ripe, pulpy tropical fruit flan, topped with finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts and smothered with vanilla cream. Palate: the smoke is tempered by limes and nectarines, giving way to sea salt and mild chilli. Finish: Antique leather and green tobacco leaf.” – $1430

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Brora 34 Year 2017 

The Latest Limited Annual Release from this Formerly Closed Distillery!

That Diageo would put out yet another annual release of Brora was not a surprise, but the announcement a few weeks back that they would reopen the distillery certainly was. Along with Port Ellen and Rosebank, the long closed distillery is set to reopen. But of the three it has the greatest chance of someday reliving its past glory, as much of its equipment is still in place. Having said that, I will be in my mid-late 70’s by the time its whisky reaches this age!

Brora 1982 34 Year – 51.9% – Re-fill American Oak – Distiller’s Tasting Note: : “Nose: At first maritime and mineral, with dried seaweed. Then a wave of flavours suggest a cider farm’s workshop in springtime. Finally, sweet flavours roll in with green leaves, all on a faintly waxy base. Palate: The waxy texture for which Brora is renowned starts sharper than you expect, with fruit, chili and fresh-ground black pepper. As the heat subsides, fruity dark chocolate and soft barrel-char smoke appear. Finish: Some spice in the finish as aniseed slowly fade to leave sweet-spicy oak. With a final quick burst of black pepper and sweet fruit.” – $2200

Serge “Indeed, perhaps not Brora’s best vintage, but let’s see what gives… Colour: straw. Nose: it frankly is a Clynelishy Brora. Virtually, this is Clynelish, with this waxy style, the ripe fruits, the faint smokiness, this orange peel, and all the beeswax. And lamp oil, hay, a little clay… All very fine, all quite subtle, and yet rather fat and assertive. Class. Mouth: wonderful. This time, it’s more Brora than Clynelish, with more mineral notes, more chalk, a small mustardy side, more sea elements, and rather more lemons than tangerines. Also green bananas, ripe white currants, and some slightly smoky lemons. Some wulong tea as well, this is very complex. Finish: only medium, but beautifully waxy and citrusy. Totally love the saltier signature. Oysters? Comments: not a peat master, but in a higher league than that of several previous 1982s by G&M (CCs and such). It’s good that they had decided to keep this puncheon until the year 2015. Smart decision! SGP:553” – 92 points.

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We Have Some Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon 

But Just a Handful of Bottles!

There is a small amount of this rare collectible Bourbon available. Limited to 1 per customer!

Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon – 47.2% – From the Producer: “Mature in age and truly exceptional in quality, Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon has earned its place as an enduring favorite of the most discerning whiskey connoisseurs. The “Best American Whiskey” according to Food & Wine magazine, our 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon represents the culmination of over a decade of patient aging in our specially chosen, new charred American white oak barrels.” – $240

Whisky Advocate Tasting Note: “Released in the spring of 2016. True balance and consistency from nose to finish, showing toffee, saltwater taffy, cinnamon Jolly Rancher, crème brûlée, nutmeg, toasted pecan, chocolate, fruit, delicate spice. Hints of pear, peach, and apple. I love the coffee and hazelnut on the long finish. I wonder if the taste would improve in the 107 to 111 proof range. As it is now, this is a must-have sipper.” 91pts

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger! 

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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 and 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.


Andrew Ferguson

Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kensington Wine Market


Whisky Auctioneer October Auction Now Live – Scotch Whisky News



Our October Auction is now up and running and it is absolutely jam-packed with endless bounty to fill your trick-or-treat bags with! Here’s a sneak peak into some of the highlights…



Vintage Macallan truly is something special. As drinkers, collectors and investors it sits extremely high, if not the at top of the wish list. The ‘Fine and Rare’ bottlings have been described as the best Macallans out there with certain vintages gaining a mass appreciation and following amongst the whisky world. This month we are very excited to have 6 different vintages featured in our auction so don’t let this amazing opportunity go by you!



We love the presentation of this Bowmore and according to those that have been fortunate enough to try it, the quality of the spirit matches its luxury packaging. In 2008, this was a Travel Retail Exclusive available at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and as you can imagine, did not last long!


JOHN SCOTT’S Independent whisky retailer, ‘John Scott and Miller’ bottled a series of Highland Park casks purchased in the sixties. Up until 1955, the shop’s bottlings were labelled as ‘John Scott’ so this collection is in homage to that. Each release is extremely limited with some yielding under 100 bottles. Single cask Highland Park never fail to impress and we can guarantee these will too.



We have some great single cask releases from both of Nikka’s distilleries; Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Miyagikyo and Yoichi currently only produce NAS whisky so to feature their old single cask stock is something we find really exciting. Get a hold of these now because they won’t be around for much longer!

Our July Auction is live until Monday 6th November, there is no fee to register on our site, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

Springbank Society – October 2017 Bottling – Scotch Whisky News

Springbank Society

Springbank Society – October 2017 Bottling 

We trust this newsletter finds you in good health.  Here in Campbeltown the trees are shedding their leaves and the days getting shorter as we race through autumn into the depths of winter.  The perfect time to bring a bit of warmth to our lives with the release of our next society bottle!

Longrow 9yo Sauternes 56.3%

Available to order from 30th October 2018.

Please note we will not take pre-orders for this release. Only email orders from 30th October onwards will be accepted. 

An email will be sent on this date to signal when you can start ordering the bottle.

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information on the release and how to order it. You will receive a society newsflash on the release date to remind you when the bottles are available.

Springbank Society October 2017 Bottling

Longrow 9yo Sauternes

Cask type: Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads

Distilled: November 2007

Bottled: October 2017

Strength: 56.3%

Outturn: 1134 bottles

Tasting notes:

Nose :  Light smokiness, fresh plums, honeycomb, chocolate peppermints, walnuts, almonds, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate crepes, sugarcane, dark chocolate.

Palate : Cocoa powder, spice, pepper, dates and prunes. Raspberry coulis, caramel, ripe bananas, cherries and a mineral note. Slightly dry with a sticky mouthfeel.

Finish : Cherries, dry smoke, soot, raisins, burnt embers, baked apples, poached pears, biscuit base, shortbread, caramel shortcake, ginger and crushed black pepper.

For the avoidance of doubt: the bottles are not available yet and we will not be taking pre-orders.

Purchasing and delivery/collection

Please read this section carefully to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible.

The bottle shall be available for £45.00 and initially it will be 1 per person however, once it becomes clear what the level of interest is, then it is possible you could get a second. 2 bottles per member will be the maximum. When you order a bottle next week, please state if you would be interested in a second bottle.

We will only process email orders. No phone orders.

When you first order a bottle, please tell us if any of the following things apply to you.

  •  If you would like a second bottle
  •  If you would like to collect it from one of our Cadenhead shops
  •  If you are based in Canada
  •  If you have any other delivery preferences (not covered by the points above) then it may be helpful, but not essential, if you would include them in your original email too.

Once you place your order you will receive an email back, letting you know that your order has been received and that a bottle has been reserved for you.  As is usual with a Society release, this may take several days. Please do not be alarmed if you do not hear back immediately.

Again, as is standard practice with Society bottles, if you wish for your Society bottle(s) to be sent to a Cadenhead shop on mainland Europe (now Baden, Cologne and Odense) you will pay for them upon collection. We have processes in place to make sure these bottles arrive much faster than they have done for previous releases.
In previous years we have been able to send Society bottles to Cadenhead shops in Berlin and Salzburg however, Springbank Distillery does not have another shipment bound for these shops and soon neither of them shall be Cadenhead stores. As such it is no longer an option to send the bottles to these shops.

Please note that if you want your order sent to Berlin or Salzburg shops you must let us know, no later than November 8th.

If you plan to have your Society bottle(s) sent to the Edinburgh or London shops then, as with the previous release, deliveries to these shops will be handled in a similar way to when Society bottles are sent to the other Cadenhead shops. Instead of charging £2 per bottle and delivering them individually, we will not charge anything for delivery and they will be sent as part of the scheduled Cadenhead shipments.

Once again and finally, we will only process email orders from 30th October 2017 (Campbeltown time). No phone orders.

We will send out an email on 30th October to let you know when you can start ordering.

To join the Springbank Society please email Springbank Society 

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2005 Old Malt Cask #14095 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

TWB Glenrothes

Glenrothes 12 Year Old 2005 Old Malt Cask #14095

Just-in! A sumptuous single cask sherry butt bottled August 2017 by Hunter Laing & Co. Flavours of ripe figs, dark chocolate, caramel and sweet oranges. Nose: Ripe figs, dark chocolate and caramel. Palate: Sweet with oranges, caramel and white pepper. Finish: Long with gentle spices, a hint of oak and oranges. Glenrothes Distillery was established in the narrow valley of the Rothes Burn on the west side of Rothes in the Speyside whiskey region by James Stuart & Co. in 1878. This is a large malt whiskey distillery owned by Berry Bros & Rudd of London, with eighteen washbacks, ten copper stills singing in their own mighty cathedral and has retained its traditional pagoda roof. Popular distillery releases include Glenrothes 1995, 1998 and Glenrothes Peated.

Shop – £46.75

TWB 10 Yrs

Van Winkle Bourbon Coming Soon – American Whiskey News

Old Rip Van Winkle

Van Winkle Bourbon Coming Soon

Barrels yield slightly more of some, but no Rye whiskey for 2017

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Oct. 26, 2017) – This is the favorite time of the year for bourbon fans, the annual release of the Van Winkle Bourbons is near. Yields are a bit higher for the 10, 15 and 23 year old whiskies, but the 13-Year-Old Van Winkle Reserve Rye will not be released this year. “We have a one year gap in barrel inventory for the Van Winkle Rye. Our current barrels are 12 years old. So rather than compromise on quality or remove the age statement, we decided it would be best to hold off this year and bottle them next year as the 13 Year Old Rye Whiskey fans have come to expect,” said Kris Comstock, senior marketing director.

Known for their smoother and sweeter flavor due to their wheat recipe vs a traditional rye recipe found in most bourbons, Van Winkle bourbons are aged years longer than most others and garner an impeccable reputation among connoisseurs. Although the bourbons have become increasingly popular worldwide in recent years, very little is sold overseas, so that most of these coveted bottles are available in the United States.

The Van Winkle collection consists of several whiskeys. Suggested retail prices are as follows:

• $59.99 – Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 proof

• $69.99 – Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12 Year Old

• $99.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

• $169.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

• $269.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old

“Unfortunately we do not control the pricing retailers charge, so many retailers mark it up, even though we ask them not to,” said Julian Van Winkle, president, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. “We have not raised prices and do not intend to do so drastically in the future. We are committed to our quality and our pricing and hope retailers will honor what we suggest as retail pricing.”

Upon release of the Van Winkle bourbon this fall, Buffalo Trace warns consumers to be wary of online resellers such as Craigslist and other online marketplaces, especially private Facebook groups.

“Some bottles they are selling might be counterfeit, filled with lesser whiskey, or worse, something that’s not even whiskey and potentially dangerous,” added Comstock. “At the bare minimum, it’s illegal to buy and resell whiskey if you are not a licensed retailer, and we’re not afraid to take action if we find out.”

The Van Winkle line of whiskeys has won a multitude of awards through the years, including the 20-year-old receiving a gold medal at the 2016 World Whiskies Awards; the 15-year-old being named Overall Winner, Best Age Statement Bourbon at the 2016 World Whiskies Awards; and the 12-year-old achieving 96 points at the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

The Van Winkle Whiskeys will be available starting in November, but please be mindful that supply is quite limited and bottles shall be hard to find in stores, bars and restaurants. They will be packed three bottles per case.

About Van Winkle Bourbon

The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery has a four generation history. The Van Winkle family’s involvement in the bourbon industry began in the late 1800s with Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr. He was a traveling salesman for the W.L. Weller and Sons wholesale house in Louisville. Pappy and a friend, Alex Farnsley, eventually bought the wholesale house and also partnered with Mr. A. Ph. Stitzel on the purchase of Mr. Stitzel’s distillery. The three of them merged the two companies and became the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. In May of 1935 at the age of 61, Pappy opened the newly completed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in South Louisville. Its prominent brands were W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still. Pappy had a heavy influence on the operations there until his death at the age of 91. His son, Julian, Jr. took over operations until he was forced by stockholders to sell the distillery in 1972. The rights to all of their brands were sold to Norton Simon, Inc. Later, United Distillers, who eventually ended up with the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, sold off all of the original labels around 1999. After selling the distillery, Julian Jr. resurrected a pre-Prohibition label, the only one to which the Van Winkles kept the rights, called Old Rip Van Winkle. He used whiskey stocks from the old distillery to supply his brand. Julian Jr.’s son, Julian, III took over in 1981 when Julian, Jr. passed away. Julian III has continued with the Van Winkle tradition of producing high-quality wheated bourbon. His son, Preston, joined the company in 2001 and the Van Winkles look to continue that tradition for generations to come. In 2002 the Van Winkles entered into a joint venture with Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Frankfort, Ky. All of the Van Winkle’s whiskey production now takes place at Buffalo Trace Distillery under the same strict guidelines the family has always followed


Duncan Tait hi res



Excitement surrounding GlenWyvis Distillery in Dingwall has reached a whole new level, this week, as the appointment of the very first distillery manager is confirmed and the first target of £250,000 is achieved on the second share offer campaign.

Announcing the new distillery manager appointment, David O’Connor, chairman of GlenWyvis Distillery said: “This is a particularly special appointment as it is the lynch-pin to the next stage of our development, as we move from construction to distilling and production. We had a lot of good interest in this post – but there was one outstanding candidate.

“So we are delighted to bring Duncan Tait on board as our very first distillery manager. Currently distillery manager at Mortlach Distillery, Duncan brings with him a wealth of distilling experience and in-depth knowledge of the whisky and tourism industry.

“He has many years of experience in distillery growth and team development and this is vital to us, as we prepare to open our doors, start our distilling operation and look to develop the GlenWyvis visitor experience. He also has a great knowledge of the local area and local whisky history, and along with his great character and personality, he will most definitely help to make the GlenWyvis brand a success in the global whisky arena.”

Commenting on his new role, Duncan Tait, GlenWyvis Distillery’s very first distillery manager, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of a distilling journey at the very start, and amazing to become the very first distillery manager here at GlenWyvis.

Duncan added: “I have a strong affiliation with the Easter Ross area, having started my career at Teaninich Distillery in Alness, and I’m delighted to be coming back. There is such a wealth of Highland heritage linked to the distillery and I am particularly interested in how that interlinks with our community development aspirations as we welcome our first tours to GlenWyvis in due course.

“I have enjoyed many years whisky distilling in Speyside and see this as a fantastic career move to join the GlenWyvis team in the creation of the first 100% community owned distillery.”

The now five strong team at GlenWyvis has been working round the clock to make their second share offer a success with gin tastings, promotions, attendance at local and national events and numerous media and TV appearances.

David O’Connor added: “Coincidentally, as we appoint Duncan, we are also seeing a continued surge of active share offer investors and this has pushed our target over the quarter million pound mark this week, showing we still have a popular ongoing investor proposition.”

Hitting the first ‘whisky magic’ rung of £250,000 is the first step towards the distillery’s overall aim of raising an additional £750,000 on its second share offer. The funds raised will be used to accelerate the GlenWyvis brand development, to bring gin distilling to Dingwall and to reduce commercial lending costs.

 James Proctor, Programme Manager at Community Shares Scotland said: “We are delighted to see this ambitious project hit its initial investment target so quickly and also congratulate them on this important appointment of the first distillery manager.

“The growing numbers of GlenWyvis members is testament to the power of the idea of a community-owned distillery. It’s a great example of how a Community Shares offer can involve people and has expanded the idea of what a community business is. We look forward to the opening of the distillery and seeing more people take the opportunity to invest in this pioneering enterprise.”

The GlenWyvis Distillery, which will be entirely powered by green energy, is nearing completion at the Heights of Dochcarty by Dingwall and is on-schedule to open next month.


Duncan Tait Distillery Manager Biography – newly appointed to GlenWyvis

Duncan has worked for Diageo across all aspects of distillery and distilling management with an impressive track-record with over 26 years in the industry. Working mainly in Speyside – but also with Lothians and West Coast distillery experience.

He brings with him an impressive knowledge of all aspects of distillery, production development and retail management including overseeing the upgrade and expansion work of numerous distilleries. In addition, he has a wealth of Scottish tourism, event management and heritage experience and has worked with many international visitors and markets.

Second Share offer investment

GlenWyvis already had some 2,600 members who invested £2.6 million in the original share offer in 2016 and this new open share offer has already added a further 400 members in just two months. The share issue was launched to capitalise on continued interest from locals and visitors alike. The minimum investment is £250 for all investors, and supporters are also able pay extra to have their name added to the distillery wall or the “path to the stills”. 

Full details of the open share offer available on the GlenWyvis Distillery website at

Investment can be made online via or

Distillery build links can be found here: and

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 2018 – Scotch Whisky News


The Whisky Shop Dufftown Autumn Festival 1018

Keep the date and start making your plans for our Autumn Festival in 2018.

The Programme
We are already scheduling events in to our programme. The following masterclasses are already confirmed:
• Adelphi
• Berry Bros & Rudd
• Creative Whisky Company
• Douglas Laing
• Morrison & MacKay
We will keep you posted on our events page for the Festival



Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 183 : Glenmorangie Dornoch – Scotch Whisky News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 183 : Glenmorangie Dornoch

Mark Dermul, Belgian Whisky blogger, tries a limited edition from Glenmorangie. The distillery can be found in Tain, on the shores of the sea estuary Dornoch Firth. This estuary is in need on conservation and the distillery partnered with the Marine Conservation Society to raise awareness and money for this cause. Hence they released the Glenmorangie Dornoch, a classic Glenmorangie finished on Amontillado sherry casks.

Benromach and Gordon & Macphail Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO Wednesday November 1st – Scotch Whsky News


Wednesday, November 1st, 5-7PM:

Benromach and Gordon & Macphail

Join us for an evening of traditional single malt whisky! Brand ambassador Joseph McCluskey presents a tasting of Benromach and Gordon and Macphail’s award-winning lineup. Established in 1898 and 1895 respectively, both are well known throughout the whisky world for their rare and highly sought-after releases.


Tormore Cote Rotie

Benromach 15 Year

Glen Grant 10 Year

Caol Ila 2005 11 Year, Cask Strength (54.4%)


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