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


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



Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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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_


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.”


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


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



  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.


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) 


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 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 ~ 403-283-8000

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kensington Wine Market

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