Archive for May, 2018

PORT ASKAIG WELCOMES TWO NEW EXPRESSIONS IN THE US – Scotch Whisky News

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PORT ASKAIG WELCOMES TWO NEW EXPRESSIONS IN THE US

8 Year Old joins core range as a 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask limited edition is released 

Scotch whisky brand Port Askaig is extending its core range of Islay single malt whiskies available in the United States, with Port Askaig 8 Year Old aged in refill American oak casks, whilst also releasing a limited edition 14 Year Old aged in Bourbon barrels.

Port Askaig 8 Year Old

Having recently been awarded a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, alongside Port Askaig 110° Proof, the arrival of Port Askaig 8 Year Old in the US is hotly anticipated among spirits connoisseurs.

Port Askaig 8 Year Old, made in a beautifully sweet, smoky style, is an elegant and approachable expression that offers the perfect introduction to Islay single malts. Sourced from just north of the village of Port Askaig, the whisky is aged in refill American oak casks. This allows the character of the spirit to shine through, making for a gentle, smoky, moreish dram. This expression is an addition to the core range.

Tasting notes from whiskymaker Oliver Chilton:

Nose      Fresh, clean and vibrant with notes of lemon oil and sea spray. The smoke is gentle but alluring, reminiscent of wood embers and coal, cooling on a beach fire.

Palate   Rich citrus fruit and salt-baked mackerel. Classic Islay peat reek is mixed with a subtle honeysuckle sweetness while a background herbal character adds balance.

Finish    Barley sugar lingers as the soot and smoke dissipate, leaving the palate clean and ready for another sip. 

Port Askaig 8 Year Old is bottled at 45.8% ABV. Available at all good Scotch whisky retailers from early June at an RSP of $65.

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Port Askaig 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask – Limited Edition

The new limited edition, Port Askaig 14 Year Old Bourbon Cask, was distilled in 2004 and matured in 11 first-fill bourbon barrels. This rare peated version from a distillery in the north-east corner of Islay, better known for its unpeated expressions, balances robust smokiness and sweet spice. Its character, however, still hints at its signature rich, sweet style.

Tasting notes from whiskymaker Oliver Chilton:

Nose      Stewed fruits and barbecue coal with sea spray and coastal rocks. Sweet smoke dissipates as core flavours of fresh citrus and salted caramel come to the fore combining classic Islay flavours with refreshing fruity notes.

Palate   Burnt honeycomb and baked raisins infused with five-spice and peat smoke. Candied fruits and sherbet lemon build as an underlying earthy peat brings together a superbly rich and juicy mouthfeel, with crème-brûlée-like notes and a delicious peat-infused caramel layer.

Finish    Long and heavy with maple-cured bacon and liqueur-soaked sultanas. A beautifully fresh and peaty finish.

Port Askaig 14 Year Old is bottled at 45.8% ABV. Available at all good Scotch whisky retailers from early June at an RSP of $99.99. Only 420 bottles are available in the US.

Sam Filmus, President of the brand’s importer ImpEx Beverages, commented: “The 110° proof US exclusive of Port Askaig is now being joined by the 8 and 14 year old bottlings, and we’re delighted to see this brand grow in the US and offering more expressions to Islay connoisseurs. Elixir Distillers and ImpEx Beverages have been working together as partners to make the best of Islay available. There is lots of soul behind this brand and that transfers into every drop of the spirit.”

ABOUT PORT ASKAIG

Created from carefully selected casks from distilleries across Islay, all whiskies from Port Askaig are truly ‘small-batch’ with as few as two, and no more than 40, casks used for each bottling. Port Askaig whiskymaker Oliver Chilton selects, matures and marries casks from distilleries around Islay. He creates Port Askaig expressions that showcase the diversity of Islay while maintaining the elegance and approachability that epitomises Port Askaig.

Islay whisky creates a myriad of styles, displaying light honey and sea spray flavours, as well as crashing waves of smoke and peat. These characters are essential to creating an exceptional Islay Scotch whisky and so, in order to maintain the authenticity of the Port Askaig liquid, the creators do not use chill filtering and no colouring is added.

ImpEx has introduced the brand to the US market via distributors in CA, CO, FL, HI, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NM, NJ, NY, RI, TN and TX.

About Elixir Distillers - www.elixirdistillers.com

Elixir Distillers is a creator, blender and bottler of fine spirits. The team, led by whiskymaker Oliver Chilton, seeks to combine aesthetically beautiful design with delicious, characterful spirits. The core brands of the business are Port Askaig, Elements of Islay, Single Malts of Scotland and Black Tot. Every member of the Elixir Distillers team is a spirits enthusiast with immense product knowledge, looking to produce the world’s next great drink. Quite simply, this passion is why the company’s brands have become so popular around the world.

About ImpEx Beverages – www.impexbev.com

Founded in 2008, ImpEx is an acclaimed US importer of fine spirits with a focus on independent Scotch whiskies. Their portfolio includes Port Askaig, Kilchoman, Tamdhu, Isle of Skye, Exclusive Malts and Chapter 7 which they distribute nationally.

Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson “Tastings, Tastings, Tastings & Deals!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Malt Messenger Bulletin

Tastings, Tastings, Tastings & Deals!

Our 26th Birthday Sale was a big hit with some amazing bargains. But if you thought all the deals were behind us, you were mistaken. Many of our suppliers seem to be cleaning house this month, and we are passing the savings on. We have a selection of 14 whiskies listed below on which you can save between $5 and $65 a bottle. Some of these deals will be available for just a few days, others for a week or two. Here are a couple of examples from what you will find below, $65 off Balblair 1983, $15 off of Lagavulin 8 Year 200th Anniversary, $21 off of Royal Lochnagar 12 Year and $14 off of Glengoyne 18 Year. Act fast, quantities are limited and the clock is ticking!

Lots of cool tastings to tell you about, starting with this coming month’s Scotch Malt Whisky Society Outturn on Thursday and Friday. We always get cool whiskies from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, but even so this coming release stands out. We have two SMWS whiskies bottled for Feis Isle, the Islay Festival, and another for the Spirit of Speyside Festival. We also have an SMWS Canada first, a whisky from a distillery we have never previously seen in Canada in 6 1/2 years… You have to be a Member to buy SMWS bottles, but anyone can come to the tastings. Might be it convinces you to join!

Saturday is Ardbeg Day, and it looks like the weather will finally turn in its favour. Ardbegians from Calgary and Southern Alberta will be gathering at Provision in Central Memorial Park for a Festival of Peat and Love. The Festivities kick off with an Ardbeg Master Class at 11:30, $20, and carry on with the main event running from 1:00 until 3:30. Further details available below and by following this link.

A couple of in demand Japanese whiskies are back in stock, but not for long. Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, Nikka Coffey Malt and The Nikka 12 Year are all too popular for supply to keep up with demand, and they are now tightly allocated. We have a little stock of these three tasty whiskies, but not for long!

Finally, George Grant is coming to town, and there is a Glenfarclas tasting with him on Tuesday night. The cost is $75 for a range of 7 whiskies including Glenfarclas 17 Year, 21 Year, 25 Year, 25 Year KWM Cask Strength, 30 Year and a 1987 Family Cask. Send me an email if you would like more details.

In This Edition

  1. The Don’t Miss/Epic Scotch Malt Whisky Society June Outturn
  2. Ardbeg Day 2018 – The Sun Will Be Out for “Peat & Love”
  3. June Whisky Deals
  4. Three Nikka Whiskies Back in Stock!
  5. Georgefarclas is Coming to Town

Slainte!

Sincerely

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter:

@scotch_guy, Instagram: @thescotch_guy/

or @kwmwhisky and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1

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The Don’t Miss/Epic Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada June 2018 Outturn 

7 More Reasons to Check Out the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Whether you are already a member or not, you might want to consider registering for the June Scotch Malt Whisky Society Outturn tastings, which are open to both members and the general public. The tastings for the June Outturn take place tomorrow and Friday at KWM, with seatings both nights at 6 and 8 PM.. The cost is $40 for Members and $50 for the general public and guests. Every month we launch 7 new whiskies for our members, always single cask and cask strength. This month’s whiskies are especially notable as among them are two Feis Isle (Islay Festival) bottlings, as well as another from the Spirit of Speyside. One of this month’s whiskies is also a first for the Canadian branch… in the past 6 1/2 years we have never before had a whisky from the Speyside distillery in question! There is still room in 3 of the 4 Outturn Tastings, Members $40/Non-Members $50:

  • Thursday May 31 6PM
  • Thursday May 31 8PM
  • Friday June 1 6PM

Call 403-283-8000 to register or register online!

Three of These Whiskies Will Be Poured on Thursday and Friday_ but Which Ones_

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Ardbeg Day 2018 – This Saturday 

The Sun is Set to Shine on the Festival of Peat & Love

The Ardbeg Day theme this year is

“Peat & Love”, marking the release of Ardbeg Grooves. There will be a Master Class hosted by yours truly, followed by a 60s themed party including a live band. More details on the event can be found here!

Register for the Ardbeg Day Master Class – Saturday June 2 – 11:30-12:30 – $20

“An Ardbeg Master Class hosted by Andrew Ferguson of Kensington Wine Market, featuring this year’s Ardbeg Limited Release, the Ardbeg Grooves, along with select Ardbeg expressions.”

Register for the Ardbeg Day Main Event – Saturday June 2 – 13:00-15:30 – $20

“Come and be transported back to the 60’s era, expressed in a uniquely Ardbeggian way…with Peat and Love!! Tickets include one Ardbeg cocktail, a sampling of this year’s Limited Release, the Ardbeg Grooves and 60’s themed snacks provided by Provision at Central Memorial Park.”

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We are also taking pre-oders for the Ardbeg Day 2018 bottling, Ardbeg Grooves – $145.

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June Whisky Deals 

Save $5 – $65 a Bottle on 14 Whiskies

Who doesn’t love a good deal? As much as possible, when one of our suppliers offers us a good deal, we try to pass it on! We have some phenomenol savings available on 13 single malts and a beloved Canadian Rye. Some of the deals will only last a week, others a little longer, but not much… two products are limited by quantity. Please note if pricing on our website does not reflect the sale prices now it will shortly. Don’t doddle, act fast:

The Deals

  1. Balblair 1983 – Was $440 – Now $375 – Save $65
  2. Bowmore 15 Year Darkest – Was $95 – Now $90 – Save $5
  3. Glengoyne 18 Year – Was $130 – Now $116 – Save $14 – Only 6 bottles!
  4. Glenfarclas 12 Year – Was $70 – Now $65 – Save $5
  5. Glenfarclas 15 Year – Was $97 – Now $90 – Save $7
  6. Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength – Was $89 – Now $84 – Save $5
  7. Lagavulin 8 Year – Was $105 – Now $90 – Save $15
  8. Lot 40 – Was $49 – Now $36 – Save $13
  9. Macallan Rare Cask - Was $413 – Now $385 – Save $28 – Only 5 bottles! 
  10. Mortlach Rare Old – Was $105 – Now $82 – Save $23
  11. Port Askaig 100 Proof – Was $87 – Now $65 – Save $22
  12. Port Askaig 8 Year – Was $70 – Now $60 – Save $10
  13. Royal Lochnagar 12 Year – Was $97 – Now $76 – Save $21
  14. Tamdhu Batch Strength – Was $105 – Now $95 – Save $10

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Conditions

  1. These deals are on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability!
  2. These deals will not be applied retroactively or carried forward.
  3. We reserve the right to refuse service.

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Three Nikkas Back In-Stock 

One Each of Single Grain, Blend and Blended Malt

The glory days of Japanese whisky were about 8 years ago when KWM was swimming in Japanese single malts, belnds and blended malts. No one knew how good we had it… Japanese whisky now, if even available, is on extremely tight allocations. We have just received some Coffey Malt, Taketsuru Pure Malt and The Nikka 12 Year. They won’t last long:

  1. Nikka Coffey Malt – 45% – The originality of this 100% malt expression  lies in its unique distillation method. Malted barley is distilled in a “Coffey still”, a traditional continuous still which is normally used to produce grain whisky. Discover this whisky’s extraordinary texture, which Nikka has specially developed for whisky aficionados. – $98
  2. Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt – 43% – This is a blended malt named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky. He is the first Japanese who mastered whisky-making in Scotland and produced the genuine whisky in Japan. Masataka learned that the natural resources surrounding a distillery were essential for quality whisky. Based on his thought, he selected two places, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, and built two distilleries there. Its gentle malt flavor, fruitiness and extremely well-balanced taste make it a perfect entry point into the world of Nikka. – $96
  3. The Nikka 12 Year – 43% – There is nothing more suitable than a blended whisky to represent Nikka’s way of whisky making. The asymmetry design of the bottle is inspired by the neck of a “Kimono”, just as if the layers visualize all the passion and craftsmanship devoted in the history of Nikka. The honorable golden emblem engraved was designed by Masataka Taketsuru for his very first Nikka whisky bottle. Malty, soft and well-balanced, this expression portrays our gratitude to the heritage and our will to advance our tradition.- $166 (Just 6 Bottles) 

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Georgefarclas is Coming 

Glenfarclas Aged 15 to 30 Years with George Grant – June 5

We are putting on a private event with George Grant on Tuesday June 5, 6:30PM. The cost is $75 for George, Charcuterie and 7 whiskies 15-30 years of age (including a 1987 Family Cask. An evening with Mr. Grant is worth $75 all on its own… with or without whisky. Email me for more details!

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 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.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson ~ Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market ~ 403-283-8000

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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K&L Whisky News – Three Limited Releases from the Gorgeous Isle of Mull – Scotch Whisky News

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The small strange Isle of Mull is famous for its colorful village and unusual distillery. Licensed for legal production in 1798, the Tobermory distillery chugged along until the distillery ran out of warehouse space in the 1970s and was forced to stop production. Having an unplanned lack of warehouse space is a good sign that things weren’t going well for the distillery and indeed the entire industry took a hit in the early ‘80s when many famous distilleries were forced out of business. Tobermory survived that slaughter and became part of the Burn Stewart family in 1991 for less than £1 million.

Burn Stewart itself was acquired by South African drinks company Distell in 2013. Since then they’ve recommitted to the promise of making a traditional unchill-filtered Island malt, both peated and unpeated, at their gorgeous facility on the Western Coast of Scotland. They’re beginning to unearth some real treasures in the stocks as well as investing in high quality casks for extra maturation. Today we have three excellent and rare malts from this little distillery that represent some of the most unusual and exciting offerings to date.

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Tobermory 21 Year Old “Manzanilla Finish” Unfiltered Cask Strength Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($239.99)

A gorgeous example of Cask Strength fully aged unpeated malt from the Tobermory Distillery. It’s been finished in one of the rarest casks in scotland, Manzanilla Fino Sherry. The Manzanilla cask is unusual not only because of their rarity, but also because of the unique flavor profile it provides. You’d expect that ultra dry salty sherry to turn the briny side of the Tobermory malt up to eleven, but instead we see more nuttiness than brine. There’s tons of dried, maybe lightly salted stone fruits, and a dense, almost thick mouthfeel. I’m not sure if that comes from the sherry or simply the age of the whisky, but the oily texture and wild flavor profile make it one of the most unusual new whiskies this year. Considering the 15-year sells typically for an astonishing $140+, this cask strength full throttle and no holds barred version is a real treat for any adventurous drinker despite the price tag. While we’ve purchased every bottle we could, collectors have already cleaned out most of the east coast. With the lowest price in California by a healthy margins and no additional stock on the horizon this will be a fun yet fleeting experiment.

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1996 Ledaig 19 year old “Sherry Cask Finish” Isle Of Mull Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

Another well aged Sherry finished peated from the Tobermory distillery. These guys have really turned up the quality in the last several years, taking good aged stock and filling them into ultra high-end Sherry barrels to give them that extra little something. For those wanting that peat and Sherry combo there’s very little out there in the same range, particularly if you don’t want the sappy sweetness added by PX (I’m thinking Lagavulin DE). Yet the Ledaig has a ton of the same dark nuttiness that you’d expect from a fine Oloroso cask and just the right amount of stewed fruit to keep it from feeling hard edged. The last vintage was an absolute sleeper and I’ve had several customers come back asking for it. Now we’ve got the whisky back one year older and just as delicious. One of the most unusual and distinct offerings from any distillery to date.

Ledaig 19 year old “Marsala Cask Finish” Isle Of Mull Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($164.99)

One of the most unusual and distinct offerings from any distillery to date. I can’t remember the last time we saw peated Whisky in Marsala casks, but it may have been back in the good old days of Murray McDavid and their range of Ace’d malts. While I expected the Marsala to add tons of sweetness, we’ve actually moved much further into the sauvage quality that Ledaig is sometimes known for. Lamb drippings over smoking embers. Big smoldering spice sprinkled over a well aged gouda. Wild and structured on the palate with more of the savory stuff, green peppercorns, mulled wine, tart red fruit. This malt reminds me a bit of a Christmas dinner in London’s West End, maybe one to save for cool weather, but this is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and most arresting malts of the year.

That’s it for this week, but stay tuned for the next edition of the Whisk(e)y News!

David Othenin-Girard
SoCal Spirits Buyer
http://spiritsjournal.klwines.com
http://onthetrail.klwines.com

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The Macallan “A celebration of our past, present and future” – Scotch Whisky News

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW BRAND HOME

The new Macallan Distillery and Visitor experience marries our whisky making heritage with the innovative vision that sits at the heart of The Macallan and guides our future. As the first distillery in Speyside to be designed by an internationally acclaimed architect, our brand home opens a window onto the whisky making process like no other.

Doors open 2nd June 2018.

VISIT                  EXPLORE

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 204: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare – Scotch Whisky News

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Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 204: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare

Mark Dermul, Belgian whiskyblogger, tries the lastest Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare. Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the epitome of luxury (in the affordable range at least). It is very popular as a gift, hence the endless stream of special editions. Luckily it is also very good. But in 2017 Johnnie Walker launched a new, limited edition of their Blue: the Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare. The protagonist of the first release is Brora. But Pittyviach and Cambus – also closed distilleries – play an important part as well. The other whisky’s are Clynelish, Royal Lochnagar, Glenlossie, Glenkinchie and Cameronbridge. The result is a bottle of 250 EUR, albeit in an exquisite packaging. But is it worth it?

https://youtu.be/dV2cSxJVJ3o

Bourbon Tasting: Balcones Saturday, June 2, 2:30 – 5:30PM at The Whisky Shop #SFO – American Whiskey News

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Saturday, June 2, 2:30 – 5:30PM 

Bourbon Tasting: Balcones 

From humble beginnings an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco, Texas, Balcones distillery is now recognized worldwide for their bold and intense flavors. From blue corn grown in New Mexico to the first Texas-grown malted barley, they’ve taken pains to create a truly Texas spirit – which is then distilled in magnificent copper pot whisky stills designed by Forsyths of Scotland. The result is a decadent and densely flavorful whiskey.

Their Texas Single Malt was crowned “Best American Single Malt” at the 2016 whisky awards, plus numerous gold medals from Whiskies of the World and The San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

We’ll be pouring a variety of favorites and new releases, presented by distillery representatives and our own in-store whiskey experts.

Click Here for More Details and RSVP

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CHIVAS REGAL UNVEILS FRESH NEW LOOK FOR CHIVAS 18 – Scotch Whisky News

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CHIVAS REGAL UNVEILS FRESH NEW LOOK FOR CHIVAS 18

New global campaign reminds whisky drinkers that some things in life can’t be simplified

Chivas Regal, one of the world’s most iconic blended Scotch whiskies, has announced a new global campaign in celebration of the dedication, skill and time it takes to craft its award-winning Chivas 18.

Still expertly blended to the original recipe developed by Colin Scott, Custodian Master Blender at Chivas Regal, and one of the world’s most experienced Master Blenders, Chivas 18 is a distinctively rich and multi-layered blend, representing complexity at its very best. In an age that revolves around instant gratification, the new campaign encourages consumers to appreciate the more intricate things in life, which, like Chivas 18, take time and skill to create.

The campaign coincides with a new label and box design, featuring rich vibrant colours and luxurious textures, befitting of one of the world’s most loved blended Scotch whiskies. Refreshing the iconic Chivas 18 blue with a sophisticated new tone, used on both the pack and the label, will help it stand out on shelf and the back bar, while also better reflecting the brand’s ultra-premium credentials. Whisky fans need not worry though; the award-winning taste that consumers have come to know and love remains the same.

Richard Black, Global Marketing Director at Chivas Regal, commented: “Taking no less than 18 years in the making and with 85 flavour notes packed into every drop, Chivas 18 is the epitome of complexity. In celebration of this unrivalled spirit, our new campaign highlights its rich, multi-layered flavour whilst also honouring the expert blending process which leads to its creation. Through it, we want to remind consumers that some things in life can’t – and shouldn’t – be simplified.”

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About Chivas Regal

Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others. The Chivas Regal range includes: Chivas Regal 12, Chivas Regal Extra, Chivas Regal Mizunara, Chivas Regal 18, our first blended malt Chivas Regal Ultis, Chivas Regal 25, pinnacle of the range and ultra-prestige blend Chivas Regal The Icon, and the Global Travel Retail exclusive Chivas Brothers Blend. www.chivas.com

The Whisky Exchange “Sharing whisky – it’s better with friends” – Scotch Whisky News

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Sharing whisky – it’s better with friends

As someone who spends a lot of time writing tasting notes for whisky on his own, I sometimes forget that the true joy of a dram is sharing it with someone. Father’s Day is just around the corner and in the office, we’ve spent the past few weeks talking about which whiskies we’d share with our dads. Just the thing to give me a kick and remind me to share the whisky love, and not just with my dad.

When it comes to sharing a whisky or three, you have lots of options. While ‘sharing a dram’ almost always used to mean cracking open a bottle with friends at home, there are now loads more ways to taste great whiskies.

Get a tasting set

If you don’t feel like braving the outside world, then let the whisky come to you. Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in the number of companies that now offer samples of whisky for you to try at home, expanding way beyond the miniature bottles that fill hotel minibars.

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Five vintages of Lagavulin Distillers Edition, with tasting notes and a glass? That’ll do

For a one-off tasting, we have a range of Perfect Measure tasting sets – curated packs of whiskies complete with tasting notes from me and The Whisky Exchange team. If you can’t find the set you want, we also have lots of other samples, so you can create your own custom tasting. Each sample is 30ml – enough for a pair of tasters, or a big dram for yourself…

See The Perfect Measure range

There are also great ways of regularly receiving whisky without the effort. Folks like Whisky-Me and The Dram Team offer regular deliveries of whisky samples to your door.

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Just add a glass…

The idea is simple: they do the choosing and you get something tasty through the post. Whisky-Me sends out a large dram (enough for at least two) in a pouch that fits through your letterbox, and lets you share your thoughts online with everyone else – a virtual community drinking the same dram each month, all from the comfort of your sofa.

Go to a tasting

I started regularly going to whisky tastings about a decade ago. Even though I live in London, a city which caters for every interest from the popularist to the most niche, finding regular whisky meet-ups was difficult. Fortunately, I ran into a few like-minded souls attending monthly get togethers at The Whisky Exchange Shop, as well as occasional appearances by our friends at The Whisky Lounge.

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Ten years on, I now run a monthly whisky club (and some members have founded their own clubs), The Whisky Lounge does tastings all over the country and we run even more tastings than ever before.

See all of our upcoming events

Whether you want to meet other whisky fans or drag your dad out for a night of drams, keep an eye out for tastings – there will almost certainly be some near you.

Share your favourites

In the end, it doesn’t need to be about variety. Whisky fans often spend a lot of time seeking out the new, rare and different, but sometimes it’s nice to sit down with a dram that you love.

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On my shelf at home, I always have an open bottle of Clynelish and Laphroaig. When friends come to visit, they’re the first bottles I’ll reach for – reliable and tasty. We might dig into my box of cask samples later, but if you want to sit around, talk rubbish and drink whisky, then an old favourite is what you want.

And the best thing about a bottle of whisky? Stick the cork back in, and you can share the rest of it another day.

Ardbeg Friday at MusthaveMalts.com – Scotch Whisky News

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Ardbeg Friday at MusthaveMalts.com

One day before the official Ardbeg Day, we will be celebrating our own Ardbeg Friday at MusthaveMalts.com!

On Friday the 1st of June, not only Ardbeg Grooves will be available for purchase: ALL our peaty Ardbeg sweetness will sell at discount prices. Groovy! But please hold on to your Glencairn, because sale will only last one day… So, if you are a fan of seagull’s wingpits, granny’s medicine cabinet, sooty, sooty bonfires and licking the inside of oil drums, Friday the 1st of June will be your day!

The details of Ardbeg Friday

Our very own Ardbeg Friday will start 12.00PM CET (Amsterdam time). It will last until Saturday the 2nd of June at 12.00PM. ‘But what kind of Ardbeg do you have in stock?’, we can hear you ask. Good question! We have all kinds of collectible whisky from this fantastic distillery, like vintages, private bottlings, Feis Ile releases, discontinued Ardbeg and bottles that we could obtain only by selling our dear mother. Woa! Or, as a salty, peg legged sea captain from Islay would say: ‘Yarrr!’

Get notified

Want to get notified about the start Ardbeg Friday? Sign up to our newsletter!

https://www.musthavemalts.com/newsletter/

About MusthaveMalts.com

Musthavemalts.com – MHM for friends – is a website that specializes in collectible whiskies, whiskeys and bourbon. Our aim is to create a personal and easy shopping experience for everyone who would normally spend a lot of time on their passion: expanding their awesome collection of even more awesome drams. See Musthavemalts.com for all our collectible whiskies. For more information on our Ardbeg Friday, please contact us on info@musthavemalts.com.

SIA Scotch Whisky Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO June 8th, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News

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Friday, June 8th, 5-7 PM

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Two Scotches in one day! Stick around after our Glen Grant tasting to sample SIA blended scotch whiskey. Ever since it’s uniquely crowd-funded release, SIA’s reputation as a a smooth, distinctive scotch whisky has garnered praise from whisky newcomers and connoisseurs alike.  

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