BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh Friday, May 31st at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, May 31st 5-7PM: 

 BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh 

One of our most popular scotch tastings returns! BenRiach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaugh will be tasted at this event, presented by whisky expert Rory Glasgow. With a wide pourlist of new and rare scotches to share, both scotch connoisseurs and newcomers to the the world of traditional single malt are sure to enjoy this tasting.

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The Whisky Exchange Kilkerran Tasting June 18th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


Kilkerran Whisky Tasting With Ranald Watson 

Tuesday 18 June
 Tickets on sale now.

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At the turn of the 20th century Campbeltown was a thriving malt whisky region of no fewer than 34 distilleries, and highly prized for its distinctive whisky character. Today, just three distilleries remain and our next tasting will focus on one that, since its 2004 resurrection, has caught the attention of whisky drinkers around the world – Glengyle, maker of Kilkerran single malt whisky.

 Kilkerran 12 Year Old
Kilkerran 8 Year Old Cask Strength
Kilkerran Heavily Peated
Kilkerran Triple Distilled – Cask Sample
Kilkerran 15 Year Old Port Cask – Cask Sample
Kilkerran 15 Year Old Rum Cask – Exclusive Distillery Bottling



 Having worked for Glengyle owner J&A Mitchell for more than 10 years and played a key role in every new release, it’s safe to say that nobody knows Campbeltown whisky more than our host Ranald Watson. This is a special occasion to meet and share a dram with someone who has first-hand experience of the peaks and troughs of Scotland’s cult whisky region.


The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


The Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle

Thursday 30th May 2019

1200 – 1700 hrs

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore


We are pleased to announce that Islay’s inaugural Independent Bottlers’ festival within the Fèis Ìle will take place in The Bowmore Hall on 30th May 2019 from 12pm to 5pm. The event will showcase Independent Bottlers’ vast array of Islay and Jura whiskies for the first time with the blessing of the Fèis Ìle Committee.

Visitors will be charged £25 for entry via tickets on the official Fèis Ìle website;

All paying visitors will be provided with a Glencairn glass to keep and use to receive their drams, and will be able to purchase bottles of whisky direct from the exhibitors.

Dramfool will be releasing an official Fèis Ìle bottling for purchase at the event, a 14 year old first fill sherry hogshead of Port Charlotte.

Stovies, oatcakes & Scottish cheddar, Clootie Dumpling, Shortbread, Cranachan and other refreshments will be available to purchase from the adjoining kitchen run by the Ladies from St. John’s Church.



Several masterclasses will also be hosted at the festival and will be announced on the Islay Festival website in the run up to the event. The first announced is a Wemyss Malts masterclass in which several of their peaty malt whiskies and new single casks releases will be tasted. Attendees will also help produce a limited edition Peat Chimney malt whisky live at the tasting to bottle and take home.



Confirmed Exhibitors are;

  • Dramfool
  • Elixir Distillers
  • Islay Boys
  • Islay Mist
  • Lady of the Glen
  • That Boutique-y Whisky Company
  • The Single Cask
  • Vintage Malt Whisky
  • Wemyss Malts


Tickets available now!

Tickets are available for purchase directly from the Islay Festival website: BOOK NOW 

For any further information regarding the Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle please email or visit

Bowmore Hall, Main Street, Bowmore, Scotland


Campbeltown Malts Festival Schedule – Scotch Whisky News

Campbeltown Malts

Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019

Full Schedule

The Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 will commence in a few days time and staff here at J&A Mitchell & Co are looking forward to welcoming our visitors from across the globe to our distilleries next week. Preparations are well underway in Campbeltown as all hands are on deck to get the place looking its best ahead of all the fun which will take place.

As well as the events which will be held by Springbank, Glengyle and Cadenhead’s, a wide range of other local businesses will also be hosting events. The below information aims to include all events which will be taking place over the festival week. Please see the day to day break-down below:

Monday 20th May 2019

11am & 2pm: Historic Walking Tours

Campbeltown Heritage Trail Group will be conducting historic walking tours of the town as part of the Campbeltown Malts Festival celebrations on Monday and Tuesday next week. These tours give a great insight into Campbeltown’s fascinating history and rich heritage. The tours will be free of charge and conducted by local volunteers, Alex McKinven and John Bakes. Lasting approximately 1 hour, the tours finish off with a wee dram at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop. Booking in advance is essential – please email to book your place asap.

5:30pm: Whisky Impressions Davaar Island Dramble (FULLY BOOKED)

Tuesday 21st May 2019

11am & 2pm: Historic Walking Tours

As mentioned above, Campbeltown Heritage Trail Group will be conducting historic walking tours of the town in collaboration with the Campbeltown Malts Festival celebrations on Monday and Tuesday next week. These tours give a great insight into Campbeltown’s fascinating history and rich heritage. The tours will be free of charge and conducted by local volunteers, Alex McKinven and John Bakes. Lasting approximately 1 hour, the tours finish off with a wee dram at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop. Booking in advance is essential – please email to book your place asap.

4pm: Whisky Impressions Liquid History Tour

Discover Campbeltown’s distilling past and present on this guided walking tour around the town. There will be pit stops at a local hostelry or two for some liquid refreshment along the way! There are limited places left for this tour so be quick in booking your place by following this link – whisky impressions

5:30pm: Cadenhead Club Member Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery (FULLY BOOKED)

8pm: Campbeltown Picture House presents the film ‘Scotch: The Golden Dram’

To celebrate the Campbeltown Malts Festival, Campbeltown Picture house are showing “Scotch: The Golden Dram” on Tuesday. A member of the Springbank & Kilkerran Sales Team will be on hand from 7:15pm to serve some complementary drams from both distilleries before the film starts. A great way to round off your Tuesday evening! For the film synopsis and booking information, please click here

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

10am – 6pm: Glen Scotia Open Day

Glen Scotia Distillery will be hosting their annual Open Day at the distillery on Wednesday and will also be hosting other events throughout the week. For the most up to date information of events taking place, visit

11:30am: Springbank Society Member Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank  Distillery (FULLY BOOKED)

7pm: The Glengyle Distillery Dinner (FULLY BOOKED)

Evening: Hotel Dinners & Whisky Tastings

Those of you who missed out on a place at our Distillery Dinner on Wednesday evening may be interested to learn that we have teamed up with the Craigard House Hotel and the Ardshiel Hotel to offer a special whisky dinners and tastings on Wednesday evening. As you may know, people at our Distillery Dinner each receive a bottle of whisky chosen from a selection of casks by the guests themselves. While we can’t offer all attendees at the hotel dinners a bottle, a member of the Springbank/Kilkerran Sales & Marketing Team will be on hand to let you taste the same whiskies that are being enjoyed at the distillery. As a further bonus, all attendees at both hotels will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky person at each dinner will win a bottle of the whisky chosen by the group at the Glengyle Dinner, making these a very interesting alternative option.

Spaces at both dinners are limited so if you would like to book a place please call them ASAP on the below telephone numbers:

Craigard House Hotel: +44 (0) 1586 554242

Ardshiel Hotel: +44 (0) 1586 552133

Thursday 23rd May 2019

The Springbank Open Day will take place on Thursday 23rd May. Events begin at 10:30am when the sale of our special Open Day bottles will commence and the day will feature a range of attractions including:

  • Free tours of Springbank at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
  • Free tours of Glengyle at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm
  • A selection of over 20 stalls from local businesses
  • Food from Argyll Bakeries, Food For Thought, Ifferdale Lamb & Kintyre Smokehouse
  • Delicious cakes from Muneroy
  • Three special Springbank Open Day bottlings (more information below)
  • Warehouse Whisky Bar & Festival Bar
  • Fyne Ales Bar
  • Live music
  • Various Tastings, including some only bookable on the day (more information below)

From 4pm-9pm, we will have a range of local musical artists performing in the yard. This will kick off at 4pm with Hope Strang followed by young local band Western Sound who will play from 4:30pm-6pm. Around 6pm, Kintyre Schools Pipe Band will entertain the crowd with their talent and then to finish proceedings from 7pm-9pm, Rhuvaal will perform. In addition to the music, from 6:45pm, we will see the return of the ever popular Spooks Tour through the haunted warehouses at Springbank! Food and drink will also be available throughout the evening. Events at Springbank will conclude at 9pm.

Bookable on the Day Tastings  

Unfortunately all our advance booking tastings are already fully booked but please don’t fret! We will be hosting 3 events which will be bookable on the day, details of which can be found below:

12:30pm & 2:45pm: Malting Demonstrations – Free

Watch a member of our production team demonstrate our traditional malting process while enjoying a dram of one of our most popular whiskies. These free events serve as an excellent opportunity to learn about Springbank and maybe even try turning the barley yourself! Tickets are only available to book on the day so make sure you head straight for the ticket point (located in our main marquee) to book and collect your tickets.

1pm: Springbank Tasting – £30.00

Only available to book on the day, you can join one of our Sales Team in enjoying a selection of drams from across the Springbank range, from old favourites to the most recent releases. Whether you are new to Springbank or an old hand, this tasting has something for everyone. Tickets can be purchased from our ticket point (located in our main marquee) on the day.

Information on Pre-Booked Tastings – Venues and Times

If you were successful in purchasing tickets via Eventbrite, please bring proof of purchase with you (print the information or show confirmation email on your phone). Below is a reminder of the tastings with their start time, venue and entry time. Please take note of this so that you know where to go on the day.

Time Event Name Location Venue Entry Time
11:30am The Hazelburn Breakfast Tasting Springbank Malt Barns From 11:15am
11:30am The Art (and Science) of Maturation Warehouse 4 From 11:25am
12:30pm Springbank Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 3 From 12:15pm
1:30pm The Directors’ Cut (or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) – The Sequel Springbank Malt Barns From 1:15pm
2:30pm Springbank Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 3 From 2:15pm
2:30pm Springbank Distillers Single Cask Tasting Warehouse 4 From 2:25pm
3:30pm Springbank; New and Forthcoming Releases Springbank Malt Barns From 3:15pm
4pm Springbank Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 3 From 3:45pm

*** Warehouses 3 and 4 are located just behind the main distillery office at Springbank. There will be signs to direct you to both warehouses on the day.

Springbank Open Day Bottlings

As mentioned above, we will have three bottlings which will be bottled especially for the Springbank Open Day 2019.

The first is a very special Hazelburn 21 year old which has been matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead. This will be bottled at 46% ABV with only 222 bottles available. This will retail at £250.00 on the day and will be limited to 1 bottle per transaction.

The next is a Springbank 8 year old which has been matured in Fresh Sherry casks. This will be bottled at 56.8% ABV and there will be 1100 bottles available. This will retail at £65.00 and will be limited to 2 bottles per transaction.

Our third special Open Day bottling is a Longrow 15 year old which has been matured exclusively in First Fill Rum casks. This will be bottled at 52.4% ABV, with 911 bottles available. The retail price will be £75.00 and will be limited to 2 bottles per transaction.

Campbeltown Picture House Tours

In addition to our busy schedule on Thursday, Campbeltown Picture House will also be hosting free tours of the cinema on Thursday morning at 10am and 11:30am. If you’ve not seen it before, this is a great chance to see the refurbishment work that has been carried out on the cinema (back before its reopening in 2017).

Friday 24th May 2019

The final day of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2019 will be dedicated to Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery, home of Kilkerran Single Malt, and Wm Cadenhead’s Independent Bottler.

Our Friday events will mainly take place at Glengyle Distillery where the gates will open at 10:30am when the sale of our Kilkerran Open Day bottling will begin. This special bottle is a 15 year old Kilkerran which has been matured in Refill Bourbon casks. This will be bottled at 57.1% ABV with only 630 bottles available. This will retail at £75.00 and will be limited to 2 bottles per transaction. Throughout the day there will be:

  • Free tours of Glengyle at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm
  • A selection of craft and food stalls from local businesses
  • Activities from Wee Toon Warriors from 12:30pm
  • The famous Cadenhead Lucky Dip Bar
  • Cocktail Bar & Festival Bar
  • Live music
  • Various Tastings (tickets still available for The Evolution of Kilkerran Tasting – more information below)

Events at Glengyle will conclude around 5pm.


Most of our advance booking tastings are already fully booked but there are still some limited spaces left on our Evolution of Kilkerran Tasting at 11:30am.

During this tasting you will get the opportunity to experience the evolution of Kilkerran. Be part of the journey, sampling some of the earliest Work in Progress bottlings, present day releases and a glimpse into the future with the headline Kilkerran event of the day.

Tickets for this are £30.00 and can be purchased from our ticket stand in the yard on Friday. They will also be available to buy in advance on Thursday from the Springbank marquee ticket point.

Information on Pre-Booked Tastings – Venues and Times

If you were successful in purchasing tickets via Eventbrite, please bring proof of purchase with you (print out your ticket or show the confirmation email on your phone). Below is a reminder of the tastings with their start time, venue and entry time. Please take note of this so that you know where to go on the day.

TIme Event Name Location Venue Entry Time
10am Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 7 From 9:45am
10:15am Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 9 From 10am
10:30am Cadenhead Alternative Tasting Glengyle Filling Store From 10:20am
11:30am The Evolution of Kilkerran Tasting   Glengyle Bottle Store From 11:15am
12pm The “Wee” Cadenhead Tasting Glengyle Filling Store From 11:50am
1:30pm Kilkerran Alternative Tasting Glengyle Filling Store From 1:20pm
2:30pm Cadenhead Masterclass Glengyle Bottle Store From 2:15pm
2:30pm Kilkerran Warehouse Tasting Glengyle Malt Barns From 2:15pm
3:30pm Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 7 From 3:15pm
3:45pm Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting Warehouse 9 From 3:30pm
4pm Kilkerran Warehouse Tasting Glengyle Malt Barns From 3:45pm

 *** Warehouses 7 and 9 are located at Springbank Distillery. Please meet at the Springbank Distillery Office and a member of staff will guide you to the warehouses.

*** For tastings taking place in the Glengyle Filling Store, Glengyle Bottle Store and Glengyle Malt Barns, signs will help direct you on the day.

Other Notable Information

Traffic Delays

We know that many of you will be travelling to the town by road over the next 7 days.

Please be aware that there are roadworks scheduled to be taking place during this time so please consult the Traffic Scotland website for full details. However, at the time of writing it appears that all works that may affect visitors travelling south to Campbeltown are minor in nature and are unlikely to cause any great delay. Specifically, there are minor works planned at Inverary, (just south of) Lochgilphead and between Clachan and Tayinloan – none of these are expected to significantly add to your journey time, however please continue to check with Traffic Scotland in case this changes. Nevertheless, it is advisable that you leave a little extra time to account for unforeseen delays – we don’t want you to miss out on anything!

Collecting bottles from the Cadenhead Shop

The staff at the Cadenhead Shop have asked that if you have bottles stored with them, then please make an effort to collect them as soon as possible – preferably as soon as you arrive.

As the shop will be incredibly busy at times throughout the festival, the team would like to do what they can to make everyone’s festival experience enjoyable and this includes any time you spend in the Cadenhead shop. We appreciate your cooperation.

Collecting Society and Cadenhead Club bottles

Members that have Society or Cadenhead Club bottles to collect can pick them up from the Distillery Shop (not the Cadenhead shop on Union Street). Please let us know if you intend to collect your bottle(s) so we can make sure they are ready for you!



Whiskyopolis Exhibition

Campbeltown Heritage Centre will be open Monday – Friday from around 11am-4pm each day (times may vary slightly). Following the launch of their special Whiskyopolis exhibition last year, they would love to welcome visitors to see their display and teach people about the history of distilling in Campbeltown.

Doors Open Day

The Lorne & Lowland Church are having an Open Doors Day on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May and all visitors to the town are welcome to pop in.

We think that is all for now…anyone who managed to read that deserves to pour themselves a large dram!

For more information on any of the above events, please email or call +44 (0) 1586 552009.


The J&A Mitchell Team

Glen Grant Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO May 24th, 2019 – Scotch Whisky News


Friday May 24th 5-7PM: 

Glen Grant 

with Robin Coupar 

Join us for a tasting of Glen Grant single malt scotch, presented by global brand ambassador and whisky expert Robin Coupar! Established in 1840, this centuries-old Speyside malt remains one of the biggest selling single malts in the world.

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Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger Bulletin – Birthday WHISKY SALE! – Whisky Sale News

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It is the second happiest time of the year… our Birthday SALE Weekend! The sale begins this morning (Friday) and runs through midnight Sunday in-store and online. There are sale rules and terms, please refer to these below.

Please forward your requests to, (Please Do not call the store)

As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct. PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR RETROACTIVE PRICING ON ANY PURCHASES, WE WILL NOT ENTERTAIN ANY SUCH REQUESTS!

I hope you all have a great weekend!



Year End Inventory Sale Rules

The sale is this weekend only, now through midnight Sunday May 19th, 2019.

All in stock Whiskies*, with a few exceptions (most noted below) are at least 10% off. Many other selected whiskies and other spirits are discounted 15 to 50% and are listed in the attached document.

  1. We have 25 Scotch Malt Whisky Society Whiskies on for 20-30% off. All other SMWS whiskies and Membership Kits are not on sale! You still need to be a member to buy SMWS whiskies, and SMWS bottles on sale cannot be applied towards the “Membership with Bottle Purchase” option.
  2. Orders should be submitted to Please do not email other staff!
  3. Web and drop in orders are ok too as of today (Friday). Sale is in store and online only. Our staff will be busy at the shop so no phone orders please!
  4. Payment must be provided at the time of purchase for online and email orders. No layaways.
  5. Sale is on in stock items only, with the exception of KWM exclusives (including SMWS on sale), on which we will honour the discount, should we run out (provided we still have stock).
  6. No additional discounts or promotions can be applied to these discounts.
  7. In the event of a discrepancy in price or discount the Point of Sale at Kensington Wine Market will be taken as correct.
  8. Prices quoted below are regular retail, before discounts, and do not include GST.

Most in Stock Bourbon at least 10% off!*

All in Stock Canadian Whiskies at least 10% off!

Most in Stock Single Malt Whiskies between 10-50% off!*

All in Stock 50ml Whiskies are 10-50% off!

Most other World Whisky Styles  at least 10% off!* 

*Most Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies, Membership Kits and a few other selected whiskies are not on sale!

Andrew Ferguson
Owner & Scotch Expert
Kensington Wine Market
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada Ambassador
1257 Kensington Road NW Calgary Alberta T2N3P8
403.283-8000 Toll Free. 888.283.9004

All Whisk(e)y – SAVE 15%* Retail Discount Sale Price
Adelphi Aultmore 1992 $354.99 15% $301.74
Amrut KWM Jaggery Rum Cask 317 60% $189.99 15% $161.49
Arran 1996 KWM Cask 56 22 Year $199.99 15% $169.99
Berry’s 40 Year KWM Blended Scotch $439.99 15% $373.99
Bruichladdich Octomore 9.1 $139.99 15% $118.99
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte MC:01 $139.99 15% $118.99
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte MRC:01 $154.99 15% $131.74
Cadenhead Creations Blend 1973 $421.99 15% $358.69
Cadenhead Linkwood 2006 KWM Cask $109.99 15% $93.49
Cadenhead Ord 2005 Quaich Cask $124.99 15% $106.24
Cadenhead Small Batch Bunnahabhain 1989 $343.99 15% $292.39
Compass Box Flaming Heart 2018 Magnums $379.99 15% $322.99
Cooperstown BeanBall Bourbon $95.99 15% $81.59
Douglas & Todd Bourbon $71.99 15% $61.19
Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Cambus 25 Year $259.99 15% $220.99
Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Invergordon 29Yr $249.99 15% $212.49
Finlaggan Old Islay Res Cask Strength $74.99 15% $63.74
G&M MacPhail’s 1949 68 Year Single Malt $10,500.00 15% $8,925.00
Game of Thrones Lagavulin HouseLannister $115.99 15% $98.59
Glenrothes 12 Year $69.99 15% $59.49
Glenrothes 18 Year $174.99 15% $148.74
Glenrothes Whisky Makers Cut $94.99 15% $80.74
Jack Wiebers Invergordon 1972 $349.99 15% $297.49
Jack Wiebers Pirate 17 Year Orkney $249.99 15% $212.49
Kilchoman 100% Islay KWM Cask 10 Year $194.99 15% $165.74
Lot 40 Rye Whisky $35.99 15% $30.59
Macallan Classic Cut 51.2% $144.99 15% $123.24
Millstone 1996 Virgin Oak Cask 1376 $284.99 15% $242.24
Old & Rare Caol Ila 30 Year $749.99 15% $637.49
Pikesville Rye 6 Year $95.99 15% $81.59
Sansibar Ben Nevis 1996 $289.99 15% $246.49
Sansibar Blair Athol 1988 $439.99 15% $373.99
Sansibar Tormore 1988 $354.99 15% $301.74
Signatory Auchentoshan 1992 50.4% $319.99 15% $271.99
Signatory Bruichladdich 1990 55.5% $434.99 15% $369.74
Signatory Glenburgie 1995 55.2% $239.99 15% $203.99
Signatory Glentauchers 1997 49.4% $214.99 15% $182.74
Signatory Glenturret 1989 42.4% $309.99 15% $263.49
Signatory Tormore 1988 45.8% $274.99 15% $233.74
Spey 18 Year $192.99 15% $164.04
Spey Fumare Single Malt $89.99 15% $76.49
Spey Trutina Single Malt $81.99 15% $69.69
Thompson Brothers Bunnahabhain 1989 $374.99 15% $318.74
Thompson Brothers Islay 2005 Single Malt $229.99 15% $195.49
Whisky Agency 10th Annv Longrow 1996 $759.99 15% $645.99
Whisky Agency Blair Athol 1988 $359.99 15% $305.99
Whisky Fassle Tennesse Whiskey 2003 $329.99 15% $280.49
All Whisk(e)y – SAVE 20%* Retail Discount Sale Price
Adelphi The E & K $224.99 20% $179.99
Adelphi The Winter Queen $199.99 20% $159.99
Arran 1996 KWM Cask 559 21 Year $199.99 20% $159.99
Balvenie 30 Year $1,199.99 20% $959.99
Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4 $584.99 20% $467.99
Bruichladdich Black Art 4 $354.99 20% $283.99
Bruichladdich Black Art 5.1 200ml $86.99 20% $69.59
Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 $354.99 20% $283.99
Bull Run 9 Year American Whiskey $74.99 20% $59.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Strathclyde 1989 $234.99 20% $187.99
Canadian Club 20 Year $67.99 20% $54.39
Canadian Club 41 Year $299.99 20% $239.99
Canadian Club Barley Batch $51.99 20% $41.59
Celebration of the Cask Benrinnes 22 Yea $254.99 20% $203.99
Compass Box Delilah’s XXV 25th Annv $169.99 20% $135.99
Compass Box Hedonism Muse $374.99 20% $299.99
Cooper’s Choice Ardmore 2008 $81.99 20% $65.59
Cooper’s Choice North British 1987 30 Yr $184.99 20% $147.99
Cooper’s Choice Williamson 2005 $226.99 20% $181.59
Duncan Taylor Octave Highland Park 2008 $139.99 20% $111.99
Flatnose Blended Malt Scotch Whisky $61.99 20% $49.59
G&M Cask Strength Ardmore 1998 $224.99 20% $179.99
G&M CC Glen Spey 1995 $244.99 20% $195.99
G&M CC Strathmill 2004 $149.99 20% $119.99
Glann Ar Mor Single Malt Whisky $135.99 20% $108.79
GlenAllachie 1978 Cask 10296 50th Annv $1,449.99 20% $1,159.99
GlenAllachie 1989 Cask 2587 50th Annv $479.99 20% $383.99
GlenAllachie 1990 Cask 2515 50th Annv $449.99 20% $359.99
GlenAllachie 1990 Cask 2517 50th Annv $449.99 20% $359.99
Glenmorangie Private Edition Spios $124.99 20% $99.99
Highland Park The Dark 17 Year $449.99 20% $359.99
Highland Park The Light 17 Year $449.99 20% $359.99
Ileach Cask Strength $79.99 20% $63.99
Johnnie Walker White Walker GOT $54.99 20% $43.99
Kirkwall Bay Blended Malt $87.99 20% $70.39
Kornog Coteaux du Layon Single Malt $194.99 20% $155.99
Kornog Oloroso Single Malt Whisky $149.99 20% $119.99
Kornog Roc’h Hir Single Malt Whisky $124.99 20% $99.99
Kornog Sant Ivy Single Malt Whisky $199.99 20% $159.99
Kornog Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky $169.99 20% $135.99
Kujira 20 Year Bourbon Cask Whisky $344.99 20% $275.99
Kujira 8 Year Japanese Whisky $164.99 20% $131.99
Laphroaig 27 Year $1,429.99 20% $1,143.99
Laphroaig 30 Year $1,449.99 20% $1,159.99
Lismore 15 Year $89.99 20% $71.99
Lismore 18 Year $99.99 20% $79.99
Maltbarn Bruichladdich 2006 $229.99 20% $183.99
Maltbarn Epitome Blended Malt 1993 $264.99 20% $211.99
New York Distilling Ragtime Rye $65.99 20% $52.79
Osokye French Single Malt #54 $89.99 20% $71.99
Port Askaig 15 Year $141.99 20% $113.59
Port Askaig 19 Year $195.99 20% $156.79
Rock Town Arkansas Rye Whiskey $84.99 20% $67.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 36.135** $193.99 20% $155.19
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 41.95** $139.99 20% $111.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 44.86** $142.99 20% $114.39
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 64.81** $139.99 20% $111.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.184** $149.99 20% $119.99
Shelter Point Rye KWM Cask $119.99 20% $95.99
Shelter Point Single Malt KWM Cask $115.99 20% $92.79


Signatory Clynelish 2008 $114.99 20% $91.99
Signatory Fettercairn 1997 $159.99 20% $127.99
Signatory Glen Keith 1991 48.2% $284.99 20% $227.99
Signatory Glen Keith 1991 51.6% $289.99 20% $231.99
Signatory Unnamed Speyside 2005 $124.99 20% $99.99
Spey Byron’s Choice $234.99 20% $187.99
Stalk & Barrel Canadian Single Malt $69.99 20% $55.99
Teeling Brabazon Single Malt Series 2 $94.99 20% $75.99
Teeling Small Batch Tumbler Gift Tin $55.99 20% $44.79
The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition $99.99 20% $79.99
The Exceptional Grain 3rd Edition $99.99 20% $79.99
The Whisky Agency Ben Nevis 1996 $259.99 20% $207.99
Xtra Old Particular Caledonian 40 Year $549.99 20% $439.99
Yamazakura Blended Japanese Whisky $69.99 20% $55.99
Yamazakura Pure Malt Whisky $184.99 20% $147.99
All Whisk(e)y – SAVE 25%* Retail Discount Sale Price
A.D. Rattray Glenrothes 1996 $199.99 25% $149.99
Adelphi Ardnamurchan Spirit 2017 AD $89.99 25% $67.49
Adelphi Breath of Speyside 2006 $134.99 25% $101.24
Adelphi Caol Ila 2003 $144.99 25% $108.74
Adelphi Glenborrodale Batch 5 $97.99 25% $73.49
Adelphi Kincardine 7 Year $209.99 25% $157.49
Ardbeg 10 Year Ultimate Pack $85.99 25% $64.49
Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series 1984 $1,249.99 25% $937.49
Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series 1985 $1,249.99 25% $937.49
Bull Run Whiskey 10yr Pinot Noir Finish $81.99 25% $61.49
Cadenhead Dailuaine 2004 KWM Cask $119.99 25% $89.99
Cadenhead Glen Moray 1992 KWM Cask $204.99 25% $153.74
Cadenhead Small Batch Auchentoshan 1999 $205.99 25% $154.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Dailuaine 2004 $109.99 25% $82.49
Cadenhead Small Batch North British1985 $267.99 25% $200.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Ord 2006 $96.99 25% $72.74
Cadenhead Small Batch Port Dundas 1988 $229.99 25% $172.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Speyburn 2008 $117.99 25% $88.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Strathmill 1993 $234.99 25% $176.24
Cadenhead Small Batch Tomatin 2008 $114.99 25% $86.24
Cadenhead Small Batch Tomintoul 2006 $115.99 25% $86.99
Carn Mor Benrinnes 8 Year $90.99 25% $68.24
Carsebridge 48 Year $1,749.99 25% $1,312.49
Celebration of the Cask Ledaig 1998 $224.99 25% $168.74
Compass Box Phenomenology $229.99 25% $172.49
Cooper’s Choice Benrinnes 2001 15 Year $135.99 25% $101.99
Cooper’s Choice Glen Grant 1996 20 Year $199.99 25% $149.99
Cooper’s Choice Glentauchers 2009 $88.99 25% $66.74
Cooper’s Choice Miltonduff 2009 $81.99 25% $61.49
Cooper’s Choice North British 1991 26Yr $139.99 25% $104.99
Cooper’s Choice Tomintoul 1996 20 Year $199.99 25% $149.99
Cooperstown Classic American Legacy $100.99 25% $75.74
Duncan Taylor Octave Craigellachie 2008 $114.99 25% $86.24
Duncan Taylor Octave Drumblade 2008 $115.99 25% $86.99
Duncan Taylor Octave Glentauchers 2008 $114.99 25% $86.24
Duncan Taylor Octaves North British 2007 $94.99 25% $71.24
Edradour / Ballechin Cuvee 2009 8 Year $117.99 25% $88.49
Edradour 21 Year Oloroso Finish $584.99 25% $438.74
Edradour SFTC Burgundy 56.9% $134.99 25% $101.24
Edradour SFTC Madeira 2006 $139.99 25% $104.99
Eiling Lim Older Than Old 46.5% $274.99 25% $206.24
Elements of Islay Bw7 $184.99 25% $138.74
Elements of Islay Lp8 $279.99 25% $209.99
First Edition Glen Grant 1992 25 Year $179.99 25% $134.99
Four Roses 80 Proof $39.99 25% $29.99
G&M Ardmore 1996 $199.99 25% $149.99
G&M Ardmore 1998 $159.99 25% $119.99
Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Glass Gift $69.99 25% $52.49
Highland Park Fire $439.99 25% $329.99
Highland Park Ice Edition $434.99 25% $326.24
Jack Wiebers Glenrothes 1996 $319.99 25% $239.99
Lismore 21 Year $149.99 25% $112.49
North of Scotland 50 Year $1,599.99 25% $1,199.99
Old & Rare Port Ellen Sherry $3,999.99 25% $2,999.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 36.118** $138.99 25% $104.24
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 37.87** $144.99 25% $108.74
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 4.233** $165.99 25% $124.49
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 4.236** $189.99 25% $142.49
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 41.99** $124.99 25% $93.74
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 48.82** $131.99 25% $98.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 48.84** $119.99 25% $89.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 50.62** $235.99 25% $176.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 7.157** $145.99 25% $109.49
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9.119** $236.99 25% $177.74
Scotch Malt Whisky Society G9.3** $141.99 25% $106.49
Second Glance American Whiskey $94.99 25% $71.24
Signatory Auchentoshan 1992 49.6% $314.99 25% $236.24
Signatory Bruichladdich 1990 58.0% $359.99 25% $269.99
Signatory Carsebridge 1982 34 Year $514.99 25% $386.24
Sovereign Invergordon 50 Year $1,099.99 25% $824.99
Teeling Whiskey Galway Bay Stout Finsh $57.99 25% $43.49
The Burning Chair Bourbon $114.99 25% $86.24
Valinch & Mallet Tobermory 1995 $289.99 25% $217.49
Wolfburn Langskip Single Malt 58% $104.99 25% $78.74
All Whisk(e)y – SAVE 30%* Retail Discount Sale Price
Black Mountain Selection N1 $88.99 30% $62.29
Black Mountain Selection N2 $68.99 30% $48.29
Cadenhead Creations 1998 Batch 3 Light $124.99 30% $87.49
Cadenhead Small Auchroisk 2006 $104.99 30% $73.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Benrinnes 1997 $204.99 30% $143.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Dufftown 2007 $129.99 30% $90.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Grant 1992 $234.99 30% $164.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Moray 1992 $224.99 30% $157.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Spey 1995 $209.99 30% $146.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Glenburgie 2004 $139.99 30% $97.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Linkwood 1997 $187.99 30% $131.59
Cadenhead Small Batch Macduff 2006 $109.99 30% $76.99
Cadenhead Small Batch North British 1985 $259.99 30% $181.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Ord 2005 $124.99 30% $87.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Speyside 1991 $244.99 30% $171.49
Cadenhead Small Batch Strathclyde 1989 $199.99 30% $139.99
Cadenhead Small Batch Strathmill 1992 $224.99 30% $157.49


Celebration of Cask Glen Spey 1991 $204.99 30% $143.49
Cooper’s Choice Ardmore 2001 16 Year $144.99 30% $101.49
Cooper’s Choice Port Dundas 1999 $119.99 30% $83.99
Cooper’s Choice Skara Brae 2005 12 Year $109.99 30% $76.99
Duncan Taylor Dimensions Glen Spey 23 Yr $199.99 30% $139.99
Duncan Taylor Octaves The Huntly 1997 $209.99 30% $146.99
Jack Wiebers Glen Moray 1988 $369.99 30% $258.99
KWM 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar $374.99 30% $262.49
Maltbarn Glen Garioch 1993 $289.99 30% $202.99
Nikka Gift Pack Grain Malt Gin Vodka $364.99 30% $255.49
Old Malt Cask Braeval 15 Year $151.99 30% $106.39
Old Malt Cask Tamnavulin 1994 22 Year $187.99 30% $131.59
Old Perth Blended Malt Sherry $55.99 30% $39.19
Old Perth Blended Malt Wine Finish $90.99 30% $63.69
Rock Town Hickory Smoked Whiskey $74.99 30% $52.49
Sansibar Islay Malt 2008 $169.99 30% $118.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 36.113** $148.99 30% $104.29
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 41.85** $122.99 30% $86.09
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 44.84** $119.99 30% $83.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 48.83** $149.99 30% $104.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 55.46** $169.99 30% $118.99
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 71.47** $128.99 30% $90.29
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 73.84** $146.99 30% $102.89
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 9.126** $137.99 30% $96.59
Secret Spirits Speyside 18 Year $177.99 30% $124.59
Signatory Auchentoshan 2000 $159.99 30% $111.99
Signatory Glen Keith 1997 $169.99 30% $118.99
Spirit of Hven Seven Stars Alioth $164.99 30% $115.49
Wicklow Rare Blend Irish Whiskey $79.99 30% $55.99
All Whisk(e)y – SAVE 50%* Retail Discount Sale Price
Hudson New York Corn Spirit $51.99 50% $26.00
Sonoma 2nd Chance Wheat Whiskey $90.99 50% $45.50
Mapleshade Repose Aged Spirit $35.99 50% $18.00
Masterson’s Hungarian Oak Whiskey $171.99 50% $86.00
Johnnie Walker Odyssey $2,099.99 50% $1,050.00
Miniature Whisk(e)y Bottles* Retail Discount Sale Price
Kilkerran 10 Year Visitor Center 50ml $12.99 10% $11.69
Springbank 10 Year Visitor Center 50mL $12.99 10% $11.69
Super Nikka 50mL $9.99 10% $8.99
Arran 10 year 50mL $9.99 15% $8.49
Beinn Dubh Ruby Black Flying Scot 50mL $12.99 15% $11.04
Compass Box Peat Monster 50mL Mini $10.99 15% $9.34
Compass Box Story of the Spaniard 50mL $10.99 15% $9.34
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky 50mL $13.99 15% $11.89
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 50ml $7.99 15% $6.79
Kilchoman 100% Islay KWM Cask 10yr 50mL $31.99 15% $27.19
Shelter Point Single Malt KWM Cask 50mL $12.99 15% $11.04
Wolfburn Morven 50mL $13.99 15% $11.89
GlenAllachie 10yr Cask Strength B2 50mL $11.99 20% $9.59
GlenAllachie 12 Year 50mL $11.49 20% $9.19
Bunnahabhain 12 Year 50ml $9.99 25% $7.49
Cadenhead Advent Miltonduff 2006 50mL $9.99 25% $7.49
Cadenhead Balmenach 2005 50mL $10.99 25% $8.24
Cadenhead Dailuaine KWM 50ml $14.99 25% $11.24


Cadenhead Glen Spey 2001 50ml $11.99 25% $8.99
Cadenhead Glenrothes 2001 16 Year 50ml $11.99 25% $8.99
Cadenhead Linkwood 2006 KWM Cask 50ml $9.99 25% $7.49
Cadenhead Ord 13yr Quaich Cask 50mL $9.99 25% $7.49
Cadenhead Tomintoul-Glenlivet 12 Yr 50ml $10.99 25% $8.24
Deanston 12 Year 50ml $7.99 25% $5.99
Glenfiddich 15 Year 50ml $7.99 25% $5.99
Glenfiddich 18 Year 50ml $12.99 25% $9.74
Shelter Point Single Malt 50ml $11.99 25% $8.99
Ardbeg Corryvreckan 50ml $14.99 30% $10.49
Black Mountain Notes Fumees 50mL $9.99 30% $6.99
English Whisky Company Smoky 50ml $14.99 30% $10.49
First Editions Aberlour 1995 KWM 50ml $16.99 30% $11.89
Glenglassaugh Torfa 50ml $9.99 30% $6.99
Hyde 1938 No. 6 Presidents Reserve 50ml $11.99 30% $8.39
Kilchoman 2007 KWM 10 Year 50ml $29.99 30% $20.99
Millstone Oloroso Sherry 40ml $11.99 30% $8.39
Old Malt Cask Mortlach 11Y KWM Cask 50ml $11.99 30% $8.39
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 72.65 – 100mL ** $27.99 30% $19.59
Tullibardine Sovereign 50ml $8.99 30% $6.29
Benriach 10 Year Curiositas 50ml $9.99 50% $5.00
Glendronach 8 Year Hielan 50ml $9.99 50% $5.00

KWM 1992

Irish Pot Still Whiskey Tasting May 18th, 2019: Teeling at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Irish Whiskey News


Saturday, May 18th 2-5PM: 

Irish Pot Still Whiskey: Teeling 

For over 230 years, independent bottler Teeling Whiskey has brought choice and breadth to the Irish whiskey category through their small batch releases. Each small batch bottling is the product of hundred year old family traditions and modern innovation, melded together to create flavorsome, interesting, and consistently award-winning whiskeys.

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Malt Messenger No. 98 by Andrew Ferguson – The Spring is Finally Here Edition! – Whisky News


Malt Messenger No. 98 – The Spring is Finally Here Edition


I am off to Japan in a few days, and safe to say there will be some time spent hunting for and learning about Japanese whisky. A big chunk of it is vacation though, so if you are accustomed to emailing me to place orders, between May 15 and June 14 you will want to place your orders online, or by emailing Until then though, for the next 3 days, I am still your man. Before I pack up and board my flight, there is a lot to fill you in on at Kensington Wine Market. We have loads of new products, news and special offers to tell you about.

We are just 5 days away from the 27th Birthday Whisky Festival, the kickoff to our Birthday Sale Weekend. The day before on Wednesday, May 15, we are hosting the Cadenhead Small Batch Blowout tasting, which will feature 7 Cadenhead Small Batch single malts, aged 20-24 years, all of which will be 30% off. Best of all, the cost to attend is just $30. At the time of writing there are still 5 tickets available.Tickets are also selling fast for the following night’s 27th Birthday Whisky Festival. We will have 100 odd whiskies open for tasting, the vast majority of which will be 10-35% off. Some of the weekend’s best deals are at risk of selling out before the sale at the Festival on Thursday.

Demand for the Ardbeg Day Master Classes at KWM surpassed our expectations, and so we have added a 3rd Master Class to take place at 11AM, before the 1PM and 3PM seatings. All 3 Master Classes will feature six Ardbeg single malts including the new release Ardbeg Drum. The $25 Master Class ticket also includes cover for the Ardbeg Day: Carnival on Islay event taking place at 4:30, just down the street at Oak Tree Tavern.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the World’s largest whisky club, has just made it easier to become a member. It is now as simple as buying a Society whisky with a retail price of $180+gst or more, and it includes your first year’s membership. This is only an option for new members, and not a means of renewing current or lapsed memberships. Further details below.

We have a new Compass Box KWM exclusive Blend, which you might have caught in the last Malt Messenger Bulletin. The  Compass Box Great King Street KWM Marrying Cask No. 8, is big, rich, decadent and spicy. Just a tad over 200 bottles have come in, and it is selling fast! Staying on the Compass Box front, the  Stranger & Stranger is also in, and I have written up my own tasting note on this lovely whisky too.

We have some exciting, and sadly rare Springbank releases too. There are four new annual offerings, Springbank 12 Year Cask Strength (bi-annual), Hazelburn 14 Year Oloroso Cask, Longrow Red 11 Year Pinot Noir (sold out unless we can get more), Longrow 18 Year and Springbank 21 Year. There is also an Alberta exclusive single cask of Longrow, the  Longrow 17 Year Chardonnay. It is no secret that I’m not a fan of most wine casks (especially red wine, unless re-charred), whether matured or finished, but this one is excellent.

The  Arran 21 Year, distillery bottling is due on Wednesday! The initial shipment to Alberta was quite small, and won’t last long; half of our allocation is already spoken for. It shows Arran’s continued commitment to offering their customers fantastic value. It is rare to see distillery bottled 21 year olds at 46%, rarer still to see them priced anywhere near $200! We are planning to open a bottle for the festival on Thursday…

There are also three new expressions of Glenglassaugh, and a lovely Bladnoch 1990 25 Year bottled by Alexander Murray. In the case of the latter I had low expectations owing to the low abv, but suffice to say it surpassed them; otherwise would I be mentioning them. We also have details on the May 2019 Outturn of new Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask, single malt, Scotch whiskies, and a pair of JP. Wiser’s Alumni Series whiskies, with an NHL tie in.

I also have newss on whiskies from Laphroaig, Macallan and Highland Park, as well as tasting notes on 3 new independent bottlings.

A final wee note, if you are thinking of holding off purchasing some of the whiskies in this email until the sale, it is worth noting most of them will not be on sale at all. With the notable exception of the Cadenheads listed below, should they not sell out at the tasting!

All of the products in the Malt Messenger can be purchased in-store, online or by phone, subject to availability. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions or requests. Lots to read in this Malt Messenger, so let’s cut to the chase.



In This Edition

  1. Cadenhead Small Batch Blow Out Tasting
  2. 27th Birthday Whisky Festival 7 Sale
  3. A New Way to Join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  4. New Compass Box Great King Street KWM Marrying Cask #8
  5. New Springbank Single Malts
  6. The Compass Box Stranger & Stranger is Here
  7. Introducing: Arran 21 Year
  8. Three New Glenglassaughs
  9. Introducing: Alexander Murray Bladonch 1990 25 Year
  10. My Tasting Notes: On 3 Curious Indies
  11. Four Vintages of Laphroaig 25 Year
  12. Wiser’s Alumni Series
  13. SAVE $35 of Macallan Rare Cask
  14. Highland Park 25 & 30 Year Are Back
  15. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada May 2019 Outturn

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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Cadenhead Small Batch Blow Out Tasting 

Seven Whiskies, 20-25 Year of Age, 30% Off! – Wednesday May 15 7PM – $30 

We get so many good releases of Cadenhead, that it is inevitable that some of them will slip between the cracks. We are blowing out a selection of Cadenhead Small Batch whiskies ahead of our 27th Birthday Sale, that didn’t get as much love as maybe they should have when they first came in. We have selected 7 of them, all single malts, all aged at least 20 years of age for a special one off tasting. The cost for the tasting is just $30, and all of the whiskies sampled will be 30% off too. We have selected whiskies from Aultmore, Glen Moray, Glen Spey, Linkwood, Speyside, Strathmill & Tullibardine, all aged between 20 & 25 years of age. This tasting would be a steal at twice the price!

Here are the 7 Blow Out Whiskies, available at 30% off. Some of them like the Glen Moray, were overshadowed by other products, like our own exclusive cask of Glen Moray! Four of the 7 have been reviewed by Whisky Fun and have scored 85 or 86pts. In a point obsessed world, this might not sound impressive, but they still fall in to the “very good” category. Cadenhead is in our opinion one of the best, consistently good independent bottlers; especially at older ages. At 30% off, these are all a steal!

  1. Cadenhead Small Batch Aultmore - 51.8% – 20 Year – Hogsheads – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: ginger, peaches and cream, freshly cut grass, tarragon. Palate: bung cloth, lemon zest, coriander, black pepper. Finish: all spice, golden syrup, honey then some citrus notes.” - $185 – 85pts Whisky Fun
  2. Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Moray 1992 - 50.9% – 24 Year – ex-Bourbon Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Peaches and slightly earthy. Palate: Golden syrup and quite floral. Green apple skins, touches of cocoa powder, mango and passion fruit. Finish: Growing syrupy fruit notes with a soft earthy note.” - $225
  3. Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Spey 1995 - 57.9% – 22 Year – 2 ex-Bourbon Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: grassy notes and porridge move to  vanilla pods. Palate: Quite peppery.  Grassy notes continue before grapefruit comes through. Finish: Long and zesty with lemongrass.” - $210
  4. Cadenhead Small Batch Linkwood 1997 - 53.7% – 20 Year – 2 ex-Bourbon Hogsheads – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Lemon curd followed by strawberry jam and apple pie. Palate: Black peppercorn, cinnamon sticks and butterscotch. Finish: More cinnamon with coriander and toasted white bread.” - $188 – 86pts Serge
  5. Cadenhead Small Batch Speyside 1991 - 51% – 25 Year – ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Initially meaty, cured ham with melon and a faint medicinal note. Palate: Polished oak, red cherries, touches of granite and then toffee apples. Finish: Gingerbread and lashings of melted butter.” - $245
  6. Cadenhead Small Batch Strathmill 1992 - 45.9% – 24 Year- 1 ex-Bourbon Hogshead and 2 ex-Bourbon Barrels – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Pineapples, mango, papaya and cooking chocolate. Palate: Cherry tomatoes, haricot beans, coconut, chocolate flakes and oranges. Finish: Green bananas, slate and wet leaves and a hint of ash.” - $ – 86pts Whisky Fun
  7. Cadenhead Small Batch Tullibardine 1993 - 43.6% – 24 Year – 2 ex-Bourbon Hogsheads – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: coconut oil, pear drops, butter scotch, milk chocolatey mice, cubed pineapple. Palate: syrupy, dried  bananas, apricots,  oranges, ginger. Finish: shortbread, caramel, milk chocolate, rice pudding, white grapes.” - $225 – 85pts Whisky Fun

Register in-store, by phone 403-283-8000, or on our website!


27th Birthday Whisky Festival 

Kick Off Our Birthday Sale Weekend with the Opportunity to Taste From 100 Whiskies!

I’m not sure why we used to call our Birthday Whisky Festival mini, because it wasn’t.  There was still close to, if not more than 100 whiskies open for tasting. Reflecting back, it was probably just how we chose to differentiate it from the Spring Single Malt Festival a month later. This year’s festival will be no different than the last couple, other than the fact that we’ve put an end to the whole “mini” label nonsense. The 27th Birthday Whisky Festival is the kick off to our Birthday Sale Weekend, and a chance for a head start at some of the weekends best deals. A number of these items will sell out that night, so don’t miss out. Tickets are just $50, for a glass, a chance to sample from 100 odd whiskies at fantastic prices, sausage rolls, cheese, charcuterie, Evan (wait… what? – E) and more! The SALE is store-wide and runs May 17-19.

Register online, in-store or by phone 403-283-8000

We will send out a Malt Messenger Bulletin on Friday highlighting all of the Sale deals!


A New Way to Join the Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

Membership in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Has Never Been Easier 

There are now 3 ways to swing open the doors to the World’s largest whisky club. Buy a membership, buy a membership kit, or simply buy a bottle priced at $180 or more*. The Society has 26,000+ members around the world and branches in more than 20 countries. The Canadian branch holds monthly tastings in 4 cities and releases more than 80 different cask strength, single cask, Scotch whiskies, and a few other curiosities. Membership has never been easier, so what is holding you back!

From the Society: “We love bringing whisky lovers all over the globe together and being part of their whisky journey. With this in mind we offer a variety of options for membership. (Please note we are not a Scotch-of-the-Month club.) Choose which one is right for you and get started on your single cask adventures.”

Membership Including Welcome KitMembership Including Bottle*Exclusive access to SMWS bottlings√√√Discounted price for monthly tastings√√√Membership card√√√Unfiltered magazine√√√Access to SMWS Members’ Rooms√√√Discount on SMWS drams at global partner bars√√√Three 100ml limited release bottles of SMWS whisky √ SMWS journal √ Copper lapel pin √ Voucher for $15 off a Society bottle √ 750ml bottle valued at or above $180  √ $125$230Minimum $180*Applies to brand new memberships only; not applicable towards membership renewals or members who are lapsed and wish to re-join.

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My Tasting Notes on 3 Curios Indies 

Archives Glen Keith, Whisky Fassle 1991 Mystery Single Malt & 1993 Sherried Blended Malt 

The small European independent bottlers are putting some pretty solid products on the market. They are often pricey, but the quality is almost always there. Still, its important to taste them, just to be sure… I opened these three whiskies along with the Bladnoch above for my Rare Malts Tasting. They did not disappoint!

  1.  Archives Glen Keith 1995 – 56% – 22 Year – Hogshead Cask – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, honeyed, floral and tropical; English scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam; lemon and lime juice; waxy tallow candles and canvas tents; Marcona almonds and French bakery treats; a touch on the tropical side. Palate: sweet, honeyed and creamy with a backbone of firm but yielding oak; floral with building decadent spices: candied ginger and fennel; cane sugar, apple jelly and Jolly Ranchers; there is also a touch of under-rype tropical fruits. Finish: long, coating, creamy and decadent; crisp spices and rich oak; fresh and mouthwatering. Comment: this is a lovely little Glen Keith, a distillery which lay closed from 1999 until the early 2010s; it is a whisky which shows well with age, owing in part to the fact most of the spirit is matured in refill casks, subtly developing delcate layers as it oxidizes and mingles with the wood.” – $290
  2. Whisky Fassle Speyside 1991 Fine Single Malt - 48.8% – 27 Year – ex-Bourbon Cask – Rumoured to be Macallan – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy and doughy, marzipan and almond paster croissants; loads of white fruit and a touch of floral perfume; the oak is starting to make its presence felt, but is still a deft touch. Palate: toasty, floral and drying; there is still a load of white fruit, but also some raspberry puree; doughy with more floral vanilla, almond paste croissants and marzipan; hot white pepper and candied ginger; warming, spicy and decadent. Finish: long, warm and spicy; the whisky remains rich, layered and decadent with a touch of elegant smoke? Comment: this would be a brilliant fireside whisky on a cool summer night; elegant and complex but also mellowing! - $375
  3. Whisky Fassle Fine Blended Malt 1993 - 54.3% – 24 Year – Sherry Hogshead – Presumably ex-Edrington Blended stock, Macallan, Highland Park etc. – My Tasting Note: “Nose: doughy with Christmas cake, dark chocolate, treacle sauce and sticky toffee pudding; soft leather, a touch of tobacco, salted caramel and soft peat smoke. Palate: round, rich, spicy and fruity; the elegant peat smoke makes a bigger impact on the palate which is oily and sherried; more Christmas cake, flourless dark chocolate cake with pink peppercorns; building spices, leather, chocolate and tobacco; sticky toffee pudding with treacle sauce. Finish: long, warming and spicy; more sherry notes and crisp smoke; finishes dry and salty with gentle peat oils and earthy-sherry tones. Comment: whereever this mystery Blended Malt stock is coming from, keep it coming; it almost never disappoints! - $300


New Compass Box Great King Street KWM Marrying Cask #8 

Our Second KWM Exclusive Compass Box Blend  

This is our second KWM exclusive Compass Box bottling, and there are just 210 bottles. The blend was composed of Cameronbridge, Linkwood, Highland Malt Blend and Clynelish between 7 and 13 years of age. It was put in to a French oak cask for marrying, where it continued to rest for two days shy of two years.

The Recipe

  • 46% Cameronbridge from a Rechar Bourbon Barrel
  • 8% Linkwood from a First Fill Sherry Butt
  • 16% Highland Malt Blend from a Custom French Oak Heavily Toasted Barrel
  • 30% Clynelish from a Rechar Bourbon Barrel

Compass Box KWM Marrying Cask #8 – 49% – Finished 2 Years in French Oak – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: bright and fruity; soft, honeyed and decadent with some crisp spice; caramelized onions, Seville oranges, English marmalade, poached pear and tarte tatin; hot candied ginger, nutmeg and candied fennel. Palate: rich, fruity, decadent and very spicy; more candied ginger, cinnamon hearts, fennel and anise; the orange-citrus, baked white fruits and caramelized onion notes are still there, complimented by sauteed strawberry and stewed rhubarb; underneath the spice and fruits a base of waxy honey and floral vanilla. Finish: warm, coating and spicy; the spice tries to dominate, but the fruits and decadent oak gives as good as it gets. Comment: this is a massively spicy blend, big, bold and very fruity; the elegance of the classic Great King Street blend amped upped by 2 years marrying in French oak; delish!” - $94

Producer Description: “This unique bottling has been created especially from a single marrying cask used to mature the whisky after initial blending has taken place. Secondary maturation–a process used for every Great King Street whisky–used to be commonplace within the world of Scotch, but has become a lost art over the past 100 years. Full details of the specific marrying cask used to mature this whisky can be found on the front of this bottle (it was finished two days shy of 2 years in a French Oak Barrel/210 total bottles).We hope you find this information enlightening! Drink this Single Marrying Cask bottling any way you like, and above all share & enjoy.”


New Springbank Single Malts 

A New Single Cask of Longrow Bottled for Alberta & 4 Annual Releases  

Our favourite plucky, independent, stubborn and frankly too small (for demand) distillery has just released in Alberta new annual releases of Hazelburn Oloroso Sherry (a 14 Year this time), Longrow 18 and Springbank 21 Year. The quantities available are tight and as such, all are limited to just 1 bottle per person. The good news is there is also an excellent new 17 year old Longrow single cask bottled for Alberta. Matured in both Bourbon and Chardonnay casks it is lovely, and as it was a full Hogshead, there are a little over 300 bottles available for the market as a whole. So we have not put any restrictions on it, but it is a very good single cask though, so I don’t expect it to last long. My tasting note on the Lonrgow 17 Year Chardonnay Alberta Cask is below, as are details on the other 5 whiskies.

  1. Springbank 12 Year Cask Strength – 54.8% – 50% ex-Bourbon & 50% ex-Sherry – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Old fir trees – pine needles. Just like when you’re cleaning up all the pine needles from your Christmas tree. Werther’s original sweets, digestive biscuits, heather and honey. Palate: Rich & Malty; milk chocolate, honey, creme brulee and caramel shortcake. Then sandal wood shavings with typical Springbank coastal notes of sea salt and brine. Finish: Fruit notes with lemon zest, orange and hints of ginger.” - $105 – Limit 1 / Customer
  2. Hazelburn 14 Year Oloroso Sherry Cask – 49.3% – Matured in Oloroso Sherry – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Fruit and nut chocolate, raisins and almonds. Followed by summer fruits, dark chocolate and pecan pie. Palate: Leathery, raspberry coulis and milk chocolate. Freshly baked blueberry muffins and pear drops. Finish: Salted caramel, pepper, coffee beans and the waxiness of banana peel.” - $130 – Limit 1 / Customer
  3. Longrow 17 Year Chardonnay Alberta Cask – 54.6% – 17 Year – 7 Years ex-Bourbon & 10 Years ex-Chardonnay - Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: thick, creamy, oily and tarry; lavender infused creme brulee, tapioca pudding and buttery-maritime peat oils; fresh strawberries, melon and citrus; lightly salted caramel, soft smoke and hot-decadent spices: ginger and cinnamon. Palate: still thick, buttery and oily; loads of caramel, including the salted sort, more lavender creme brulee and old English Butterscotch; there is a growing base of decadent spices: candied ginger and cinnamon sticks; the oily body holds soft peat and tarry tones while smoke drifts delicately overtop; the base is creamy with vanilla, honey and coconut; the decadence and peat leave little room for the fruits to pop up, but the melon, strawberry and citrus tones are still there, and overtime make their presence more prominently felt. Finish: long and bold; still decadent, coating, creamy and oily; layered just like the nose and palate. Comment: I have long been a sceptic of wine casks, but the wine influence here is deft, it is really the oak that is the star; time has rounded out the phenols nicely and pulled some lovely notes out of the ex-Bourbon and presumably French oak; if you like creamy, fruity and decadent peated whiskies, you will love this one; if you don’t, all the more for the rest of us!” - $215 – No Restrictions
  4. Longrow 18 Year 2019 – 46% – Matured in 75% Sherry & 25% ex-Bourbon – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose:Tablet and salted jerky. Followed by heather, parma ham and smoked applewood cheddar. Palate: Lemon zest, coffee beans, clotted cream, liquorice and cigar box. Finish: Black cherries, cracked pepper, worn leather, salted roasted nuts and a damp camp fire.” - $210 – Limit 1 / Person
  5. Springbank 21 Year 2019 – 46% – Matured in 45% Port Casks and 55% Rum Casks – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: A delightful fruitiness bursts through; watermelon, strawberry laces, brambles and blueberries followed by crushed vanilla pods and glazed cherries. Taste: Chocolate covered oranges and Caramel shortcake! Deliciously full bodied, with tropical fruit squash, gingerbread and dried mango. Finish: A captivating Campbeltown Malt; sea salt, oily and fruity. Lemon sherbet, whipped cream, apple peel and salted pretzels complete this beautiful dram!” – $425 - Limit 1 / Person


The Compass Box Stranger & Stranger is Here 

And It is Excellent, Just Don’t Call It Whisky! 

Stranger & Stranger has been a big part of Compass Box’s marketing success over the years. To mark the 10th anniversary of their collaboration as well as Stranger & Stranger’s 30th Anniversary, John has put together this special blend. It is a Scotch Malt Whisky blended with wheat and barley spirit… ahem, is it Scotch or a whisky? 46%. 4802 Bottles Worldwide!

Compass Box Stranger & Stranger - 46% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: sinful caramel sauce and Manuka honey leads in to big juicy citrus: Starburst fruit candies, fresh squeezed orange juice and grapefruit bitters; doughy with more exotic fruits emerging: apricots, quince paste and ripe tropical fruits; very decadent and slightly floral with soft leather, vanilla bean and caramel chews. Palate: rich, creamy, coating and silky; still sinfully indulgent with a big, round oily and coating body; so juicy… ; more exotic and tropical fruits with bright citrus to boot; the dried apricot tones are still there with mango, papaya and waxy Starburst fruit candies; loads of floral vanilla, some soft leather and decadent crisp spices with a faint wisp of smoke. Finish: long, coating, creamy and elegant; fruity, layered and decadent; the finale is just as interesting and complex as the nose and palate. Comment: this is a brilliant spirit drink… crucially this can be called a whisky or a Scotch as 1% of the recipe is 18 month of grain spirit from the Girvan distillery matured in virgin oak; but who cares? this is yet another fine example of how innovation can come crashing up against well-intentioned but misguided rules of the road; if you are someone who takes comfort in clear definitions and labels this drink is not for you; if however you are someone who puts the liquid ahead of all other concerns, look no further; this stuff is brilliant and as an added bonus, the label, like the whisky, is another triumph!” - $295 – 2/3 Sold!

Producer Description: “Some may call it sacrilege, but we thought the addition of one year old ‘sacrificial spirit’ would be the perfect component to use in our limited edition blend to celebrate ten years of collaboration with our good friends at the package design company Stranger & Stranger. In the 30 plus design projects we’ve worked on together, we typically provide a core idea and direction, but for this special project, we let Stranger & Stranger design what they liked. All I told them was we were working on a recipe incorporating some amazing one year old grain spirit we had used to season some experimental American oak barrels. We had been calling this one year old ‘sacrificial spirit’ because we didn’t know what it would be like after a year in these crazy new barrels. Turned out, it was amazing, filled with intense wood spice and exotic shades of vanilla character.”

“Typical of the way we ordinarily work with Stranger & Stranger, the simple idea of a ‘sacrificial spirit’ captured their collective imagination and they used it as a springboard for the intricate and fascinating design of this limited edition. You’ll find aromas and flavours in this Stranger spirit that remind you of custard and dark sugars, fresh apple and an appealing herbal character. It has a sweetness on the palate that will call you back to the glass, owing to just one percent of the recipe using our delicious sacrificial spirit.”


Coming Soon: The Arran 21 Year 

The Oldest Ever Core Arran Expression – Coming Wednesday! 

The latest core release in the Arran core range is the 21 Year. Matured exclusively in ex-Sherry casks, and bottled at 46% without added colouring or chill-filtering. The first release is just 6,000 bottles globally and is not expected to last long.

Arran 21 Year – 46% – Matured in Ex-Sherry Casks – Producer Description: “Our long awaited 21 year-old has now joined our core range of Single Malt whiskies.  This limited edition release of 9,000 bottles worldwide introduces this rich and complex expression of some of the oldest whisky in our warehouses.” – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Dark chocolate, sweet spice. Taste: Sweetness, Spice, Bitter orange, Citrus, Dark chocolate, Satisfying.” – $200


Three New Glenglassaughs 

Made, Matured & Bottled After Its Revival in 2008/9  

In 2008, after 22 years of closure, Glenglassaugh Distillery was purchased and the process of bringing it back to life began. In 2013 the distillery was bought by the BenRiach Distillery Co., which gave it greater exposure globally. It is now along with BenRiach and GlenDronach, part of Brown Forman. The three whiskies below have been produced from spirit distilled after the distillery began producing again in 2009.

  1. Glenglassaugh Peated Wood Finish – 46% – Producer Description: “Glenglassaugh’s waves of fruit and smoke are amplified in Peated Port Wood Finish. Whilst finishing in ruby Port pipes, the open structure of the oak brings waves of velvet tannins and peppered dark fruit, reminiscent of Winter berries by an open fire, kissed by the sea.” - Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Heather honey drizzled over a medley of fresh red fruits, all backed by intriguing waves of sweet peat smoke. Palate: Delicious wild red berry compote and clotted cream balanced by a hint of cracked black pepper, surrounded by a fantastic sweet campfire peat note.” – $110
  2. Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximenez Finish – 46% – Producer Description: “The luscious sweetness of our full-bodied spirit is intensified in Pedro Ximenez sherry wood finish. Known as the ‘King of sherries’, PX is a sweet, dessert sherry, made by the sun-dried PX grape, known for its unctuous raisiny character. During finishing, the PX cask imbues Glenglassaugh with sun-dried warmth, reminiscent of a richly baked fruit dessert, spiced by the sea. Bottled at 46% with natural colour and is non chill filtered. - Producer Tasting Note: “Nose:  Loaded with creamy vanilla and hints of white pepper over caramelised orchard fruits. Palate: A dusting of vanilla-infused Demerara sugar over pear tarte Tatin, finished with a cedar wood spice and rich, sweet barley. – $110
  3. Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish – 46% – Producer Description: “The elemental freshness of our coastal spirit is invigorated in Glenglassaugh Port Wood finish. Whilst finishing in ruby Port pipes, the oak’s open structure combines with the influence of the sea, as waves of dark fruit ebb in harmony with fresh mint and fruit zest. For a moment, you may find yourself picking berries in a herb garden, enlivened by the sea.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Delightful aromas of brittle toffee, blueberries and a touch of garden mint. Gentle allspice adds a delicate warmth to the nose. Palate: Vibrant pink grapefruit and blood orange give a fantastic fresh, zest character. A slight herbal oak background leads to stewed barley in the long, crisp finish.” – $110


Introducing: Alexander Murray Bladnoch 1990 25 Year 

Don’t Get Stuck on the 40% Alcohol, It Is Still Brilliant!  

I really wanted to hate this, with every fibre of my being. Whisky bottled at 40%, unless it just happens to be cask strength, which would be very unusual (unless very old), just isn’t trying hard enough for me. But the fact is though, this is the only Bladnoch in the market at the moment, and it is pre-closure stock! The distillery has been up and running again at full steam for a couple of years now, but sadly only the owner’s Blend has founds its way to Canada. Matured in refill ex-Bourbon barrles and bottled at 40%. Would have loved to see this at a higher proof, but it is a fine whisky and good value for $200!

Alexander Murray Bladnoch 1990 25 Year – 40% – ex-Bourbon Barrel – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: waxy, syruppy and very fruity; loads of tropical fruits: ripe mango, papaya and guava; midori melons and kiwi fruit too; silky vanilla icing sugar and clotted cream; voluptuous and velvety. Palate: bright and fruity; more waxy oak and syrupy maple sugar; the base is silky vanilla and voluptuous clotted cream; the tropical fruits are still there: almost over-ripe mango and papaya, melons, Mandarin orange and white grapes; some delicate but decadent spice as it opens up. Finish: light and medium in length; it fades before I’d like it to, but it does so in a soft, elegant and decadent way; the exotic fruits, and sweet oaky vanillans linger longest. Comment: this is a lovely Bladnoch, which I have to say is a very hit or miss whisky for me; the distillery’s former owner Diageo didn’t ever show it much love; the second last owner, the lovely but eccentric Raymond Armstrong never really manage to get it working quite right; time will tell how the new Aussie owner does with it; but you can find comfort and refuge in this expression; for $200 it is a very good buy!” - $200


Four Vintages of Laphroaig 25 Year 

2014 – 2017  

We are in an enviable position right now, of being able to put our hands on not one, two or even three Laphroaig 25 year olds, but 4 different vintages. I smell a Laphroaig range tasting coming… we just have to hold off for the 2018…

  1. Laphroaig 25 Year 2014 – 45.1% – Matured in Sherry & Bourbon – 90pts Serge @WhiskyFun - “The last 25 CS I had tried was the 2009 edition (with a virginal white label), and my feelings had been mixed (WF 84). The  strength is lower today – maybe not natural cask strength – but let’s see… Colour: pale gold. Nose: I find it calmer, more mineral, shier than the new 15. More dry white wine (that vinho verde that our Portuguese friends make), chalk, butter, dairy cream, rather coal smoke than peat, hessian, raw wool, wet clothes, fresh asparagus… It’s rather dry, vegetal, pretty austere… Mouth: ah! Big and sharp, extremely mineral and medicinal, we’re almost eating aspirin tablets and leaves while drinking coldish green tea from Yunnan. Then come the lemon, the grapefruits, the brine, the oysters, the walnuts, the bitter apples, that famous ‘salty tang’ (that you’ll find in any brochure from any distillery on Islay), the fresh almonds… I have to say I find this much, much, and I mean much better than the earlier batch. Even if I wouldn’t say it’s any better than the 15. Same territories anyway. Finish: long, leafy, lime-y, and very smoky. Rather less medicinal than expected, though. Comments: I just couldn’t tell you which one I liked best. Well one is cheaper than the other, but who counts? Money’s so cheap a concept… SGP:357 – 90 points.” - $670 – Taking Pre-Orders
  2. Laphroaig 25 Year 2015 – 46.8% – Matured in Sherry & Bourbon – Curt’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Soft and beautiful.  Driven by soft fruits – almost tropical – and very clean white smoke (by that I mean not black, dirty, oily smoke).  Creamy and threaded through with oily vanilla bean.  Slightly minerally.  A little grilled pineapple (brilliant caramelized sugar notes) and charred orange peel.  Black Wine Gums.  Faint lime notes.  Rubber band and fabric bandages.  Give it time in the glass for the smoke to grow. Palate: Almost tropical again, and an incredibly bold and lively delivery.  Rich and gorgeous.  Some tannins do grow toward the back end though.  Surprisingly jammy and gooey.  Rubber and char notes.  Great soft confusion of flavors (hinting at good integration/complexity).  Slightly more vegetal here.  Some grapefruit too.  Gorgeous development. Finish: Just as soft as everything that came before. Leaves faint smoke and soft fruit notes before the oak reasserts itself in a gentle fade.” - $670
  3. Laphroaig 25 Year 2016 – 48.6% – Matured in Sherry & Bourbon – My Tasting Note: “Nose: doughy, waxy and fruity; a touch medicinal and smoky with a hint of mesquite BBQ sauce; baked apple pie with cinnamon; honeycomb, tallow candles and vanilla icing sugars. Palate: starting soft, it builds into something more decadent, peaty, malty and fruity; loads of vanilla, baked apples with cinnamon, green mangoes, honeydew melon and peaches in cream; a building spiciness, hints of sherry and dark chocolate. Finish: long, coating, elegant and oily with a backbone of medicinal peat; it becomes more leathery, tarry, spicy and peaty as it slowly fades out. Comment: an improvement on the previous two releases, the 2015 and 2014 Laphroaig 25s; this is much more interesting, layered and complex.” - $670
  4. Laphroaig 25 Year 2017 – 48.9% – Matured in Sherry & Bourbon – My Tasting Note: “Nose: doughy, soft vanillans, orange pith and tarry ocean piers; a touch of melon and clotted cream; floral and peppery with a touch of potpourri. Palate:  sweet, creamy and tarry with buttery ashy peat; the palate is loaded with vanilla, clotted cream and honey leading in to a bit of candied fruit and spices; a touch of earthy leather and tobacco; the peat is mellow, ashy smoke drifting in the maritime breeze, with a faint medicinal edge; some caramel and a dash of more tropical fruits as you get more in to it; very approachable and balanced. Finish: medium long, coating and warming, ending dry; salty-ashy smoke dominates the finish with a touch of TCP; the sweeter oak tones and fruit fade first. Comment: not my favourite release of Laphroaig 25 year, but a step up from 2015, and very drinkable, almost dangerously so.” - $670


The Wiser’s Alumni Series 

Canada’s Answer to Diageo’s Game of Thrones?!  

Ok, so that’s a stretch, but it can be easy to get cynical about such releases, as a pandering attempt to sell more whisky by leveraging something completely unrelated to achieve some crossover… We’ll be cracking some both of these later in the Spring to see how they stack up. We currently have access to the Lanny McDonald and Paul Coffey

editions, though a total of 6 have been produced. We might see the others later in the Spring, but that is hard to say. We don’t have the best of relationships with Corby Canada, and haven’t had an email reply, phone call, or conversation with anyone from them in years. We might have struck a nerve with  this wee video we produced, expressing we thought, a desire to work with them… essentially we wanted a meeting, and we still do. They did not see it quite the same way we did, as a playful attempt to get their attention. As before the video, they weren’t exactly good at working with us anyway… Hasn’t stopped us from selling their whisky, especially when it is good!

About the JP Wiser’s Alumni Series (From the
Horses Mouth): “The Alumni Association and award-winning whisky maker J.P. Wiser’s honour the past by co-creating this premium, collectible and one-of-a-kind Canadian whisky series. Each player whisky is uniquely crafted to commemorate the featured Alumni, matching their playing style and notable achievements. Unlike the first release, all future lineups will be made available nationally – so that you can collect the Series! Proceeds received by the Alumni are invested back into local hockey initiatives across the country while supporting the retired player community.” 

  1. Wiser’s Lanny McDonald Alumni Edition - 40% – Producer Description: “Whether you have a moustache or not, you can enjoy this 9-year-old, wheat-forward blend. Aged in Canadian and virgin oak barrels, you’ll find notes of apricots and fresh honey for a whisky as well-rounded as Lanny’s game.” - $47
  2. Wiser’s Paul Coffey Alumni Edition - 48% – Producer Description: “At 48% ABV, this 2-grain whisky is rich & smooth like Coffey’s stride on the ice. Aged in 4 distinct barrels for 7 years, this whisky perfectly pays tribute to #7’s historic 48 goal season.” – $47


SAVE $35 on Macallan Rare Cask 

Regular $415+gst – $380+gst Until May 20*  

Bottled at 43% this bottling was released to fit between the Ruby and Reflexion in the Macallan pantheon. Macallan uses the broadest spectrum of casks in its warehouse to craft this whisky, 16 recognizably different styles. And yet much less than 1% of what Macallan distills will ever be bottled as Rare Cask.

Macallan Rare Cask – 43% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Opulent, yet soft and slightly meandering, picture an orchestra setting up: quiet vanilla with deep notes, already in tune; raisin bold and booming, though only in spells; chocolate a star performer, but not a standout; a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon and orange, beautifully balanced with a spicy quartet of root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Then oak conducts, mature and elegant, with patience only time delivers. Palate: The spicy quartet leads, loud and full, unwavering in their performance. Raisin dares to temper – and succeeds!! – but oak takes control; timeless, polished, rich and resonating. Vanilla and chocolate compliment each other in the background. Finish: Light citrus zest, yet full and warming.” - $Regular $415 – For a Short Time $380+gst


Highland Park 25 & 30 Year Are Back! 

But Not For Long!  

We snagged 3 of the final 6 bottles of Highland Park 30 Year in Alberta, no word when we will see these again! The Highland Park 30 Year has been increasingly rare and hard to find the last few years. Matured in Refill Sherry the whisky is a delicately balanced older malt in contrast to the bolder 25 year. Bottled at 45.7%. The Highland Park 25 Year is a very rich and bold older malt, owing to the fact it was matured in a high proportion of first fill sherry barrels. Bottled at 45.7%.

  1. Highland Park 25 Year - 45.7% – Predominantly First Fill Sherry – Producer’s Description: “The remarkabl complexity of our 25 Year Old single malt whisky owes a great deal to its maturation in a high proportion of the finest quality first-fill, sherry seasoned European oak casks.”- Producer’s Tasting Note: “Dark chocolate | Fudge | Heather honey | Nutty toffee | Dried fruits.” - $765
  2. Highland Park 30 Year - 45.7% – Refill Sherry Cask – Producer’s Description: “Maturation in refill Sherry seasoned casks prevents oak from dominating the flavours of the whisky as it would if first-fill casks were used. This allows our robust and oily new make spirit to gently mature over an extended period of time, delivering a full-on aromatic peat flavour with a surprisingly sweet finish.” – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nutmeg | Dark chocolate orange | Aromatic peat smoke | Sticky toffee pudding | Sea salt” – $970


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada May 2019 Outturn 

“Possibly the best Outturn ever” – so said more than a dozen Members! 

Evan’s notes on the Outturn:

“May of 2019 brings us one hell of an Outturn (yes, I am biased). Here are some stats:

  • Three of the seven bottles in the Outturn are cask finishes. Two hail from Speyside and just barely in the Highlands. All three are – at the very least – worth a taste. Two of them are my personal favourites in the lineup.
  • This is a peat-heavy month. Four of the seven bottles show at least some peat, with three of those showing smoke and earth in a very pronounced manner.
  • One of these peated malts comes from Loch Lomond Distillery, though it would be labelled as an Inchmoan in style. This is the first Inchmoan I have personally had, and possibly the first to hit the SMWS in Canada. It is also easily the best Loch Lomond Malt that I can remember every tasting, SMWS or otherwise.
  • Even more oddness regarding this 112 bottling: the SMWS Canada originally believed that they would be receiving 112.17. It was a serendipidous mistake that they received 112.27, but I am personally very happy that they did. Sadly, it is sold out!
  • The ABV for the lineup is pretty tight, with all but one bottle coming in between 57.1% and 59.4% ABV.
  • That one outlier bottle is unique in other ways as well: It is bottled at 50% ABV, which is not cask strength. It has much larger than typical SMWS outturn at 2948 bottles. It is one of the SMWS new line of Blended Malts. This is Batch 003 of Peat Faerie. This is the first batch to come to the SMWS Canada, and like when we received Exotic Cargo last year, it likely won’t last long.

“As I said earlier and I will not repeat again for fear of overselling it (at least until next Outturn): this is a very impressive lineup. Enough from me though. Follow this link to the blog to read more about each of the 7 whiskies, including the Panel’s Tasting Note on the KWM Blog!”

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Andrew Ferguson

Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Springbank Society Quarterly Newsletter: May 2019

Springbank Society

It’s almost time! We have reached the month of May, which means the Campbeltown Malts Festival is almost upon us. We simply cannot wait to see all of you in a couple of weeks time and we know you will all love what we have planned. Alongside our friends at Kilkerran and Wm Cadenhead’s, we have a raft of tastings and demonstrations in store and we will send out a separate email before the festivities begin with a brief description of the Festival schedule which contains important information for everyone coming to Campbeltown later this month.

Also included are details of where our Sales Team will be travelling to over the next few months and a round-up of Distillery News, letting you know what has been happening (and what we are planning for the future) at Springbank and Glengyle, in Campbeltown and beyond.

Distillery News:

Malting has continued with Springbank, Hazelburn and Longrow Malt all being produced since the turn of the year. In typical Campbeltown style we had snow, ice and near zero temperatures at the end of January, then record warm temperatures just a couple of weeks later in February which kept the malting team on their toes with regards to opening and closing windows and working the floor to keep the temperature consistent!

Springbank, Hazelburn and Longrow spirit have also been flowing from the stills and laid down into a mixture of our Sherry casks direct from Spain and Bourbon barrels direct from the USA. We had a slight scare when the firebrick under the wash still partially collapsed and caused production to stop for a week, but luckily this was repaired and we were back to work as normal after that.

Glengyle is enjoying a well earned rest before we start production again in September, and is visited weekly by staff to fill and drain the washbacks with water to ensure they are in top condition for more ‘Kilkeriments’.

This year’s Springbank Whisky School started with the first week on the 8th of April, and the scholars have been enjoying some famed Campbeltown sunshine (and the odd bout of torrential rain) as they have been put through their paces in malting, mashing, distilling, bottling, warehousing and an end of week exam! We have enjoyed welcoming a diverse range of students to the distillery each week and look forward to meeting all the students still to arrive this term.

And our new tour programme was launched at the start of April – including the unique Barley to Bottle Tour. This new experience gives visitors the chance to spend the entire day behind the scenes at Springbank Distillery, learning about every stage of production process and ultimately creating their own Springbank bottling. For more details on the Barley Bottle Tour and all our other tours/tastings please visit our website or email

Sales Team Events

In the first few months of the year we have been kept on our toes travelling around the world spreading the word of all things Springbank, Glengyle and Campbeltown. We are all settled down in Campbeltown again, preparing ourselves for the most highly anticipated whisky festival of the year.

So far this year we have been doing some major globetrotting to see friends both old and new, and to spread the love all in the names of Springbank and Glengyle Distillery. We’ve visited many countries in the past 5 months including Japan, Canada, USA, Denmark, Switzerland and Belgium.

In the upcoming months you’ll be able to catch us all around the world again.


11th & 12th: Melanie Stanger will be representing Springbank and Kilkerran in Germany at Kieler Whisky Messe.

27th – 31st: David Allen will be venturing to South Africa for a Sales Tour.  Consisting of visits to Johannesburg and Cape Town.


1st: Grant Macpherson will be in Ayr with some fantastic Springbank and Kilkerran whiskies on offer at the Whisky An’A’That Festival.

2nd: Grant Macpherson will also be making his way down to London to represent Springbank and Kilkerran at The Whisky Event.

7th – 14th: Ronan Currie will be touring South Korea representing Kilkerran and sharing some great drams at tastings in Seoul and Busan along the way.

15th: You’ll be able to find Melanie at Lockett Bros in North Berwick pouring some whiskies from our great Kilkerran range.

15th: Ronan Currie will be at The Whisky Exchange : Fitztrovia store in London serving some drams of Kilkerran.

17th: Ronan Currie will be hosting a Tasting and Cocktails Event in Milroys of Soho in London with Kilkerran.

19th – 23rd: Melanie Stanger is travelling to Germany to represent Kilkerran on a tasting tour.

21st: Mitch Graham will be in Troon to host a joint Springbank and Kilkerran tasting in The Jar.

21st: Grant Macpherson is in Bakewell at The Wee Dram to host a Springbank and Kilkerran tasting.

22nd: Grant Macpherson continues his journey onward to Stoke to represent Kilkerran at the Stoke Whisky Festival.

24th – 28th: Melanie Stanger will be going on a tasting tour in France representing Kilkerran.


6th: Grant Macpherson will be on the road again, this time at Geraldo’s in Largs to serve up some Kilkerran drams.

8th – 19th: David Allen will be travelling to the West Coast of USA for a sales tour to promote Kilkerran.  This visit will consist mainly of trade visits.

Events taking place further in the future will be included in the next Quarterly Newsletter and, please remember, the Events Section of the Springbank Website is updated whenever we have new information to share with you all.

Springbank Website – Events Page

Campbeltown Malts Festival

The Campbeltown Malts Festival! Not long to go now and we look forward to welcoming lots of you to Campbeltown we’re sure there will be enough whisky to go around!

Tickets have been on sale since February and after the initial rush and madness we hope everyone has got the tickets they were looking to get.

We understand that demand is high for the tastings, but please don’t fret! There’s still a limited number of tickets remaining for the Evolution of Kilkerran tasting, which will include some of the early WIP series and the first ever vatting sample of the 2020 16yo Kilkerran!  There are also tastings/masterclasses that are ONLY bookable on the day of the tasting! So plenty of opportunities to pick up some last minute tickets for some delightful tastings!

Don’t forget we also have some great whisky bars available on both days! The Springbank Warehouse bar on Thursday and The World Famous Cadenhead Lucky Dip Bar and Pop-Up Kilkerran Cocktail Bar on Friday!

Also for all who will be attending the Malts Festival, you will have the chance to get your hands on some special Open Day bottles:

A very special Hazelburn 21yo, matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead.  This will be bottled at 46% ABV with only 222 bottles available, at £250.00 per bottle.

A Springbank 8 year old which has been matured in Fresh Sherry casks.  This will be bottled at 56.8% ABV. There will be 1100 bottles available, and is £65.00.

Longrow 15yo which has been matured exclusively in First Fill Rum casks, bottled at 52.4% ABV with 911 bottles available. This is £75.00 per bottle.

Lastly we have a special Kilkerran Open Day bottle which will be available on the Friday of the Malts Festival, a 15yo Kilkerran matured in Refill Bourbon casks.  This will be bottled at 57.1% ABV with only 630 bottles available. This is also £75.00.

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Milroys of Soho Kavalan Giveaway! – Taiwan Whisky News





Milroys of Soho need your help!

We have entered a competition to win a trip to visit the Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan, you can help us WIN! (We love winning as much as Charlie Sheen). All you have to do is follow the below link to the Kavalan Facebook page and LIKE our picture of our Kavalan window and the famous Chester of Soho. We would appreciate it very much.

All of the names from the liked Facebook picture will be drawn from a hat and the winner will win a very special bottle of Kavalan signed by master blender Ian Chang.
Please help us win this amazing competition and send one of our team to Kavalan!

Many thanks in advance.

Milroys of Soho 

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