Whisky of the World: CA update – Early Bird Tickets for TX and GA – Whisky News


Excitement is building for Whiskies of the World in San Jose (#WOWSJ) on March 30th and in San Francisco (#WOWSF) on March 31st.  San Jose has grown and we moved the event to a larger venue, the GlassHouse at 2 S. Market Street.  That means more room for more whisky.

#WOWSF happens on the San Francisco Belle Yacht (remains docked) at Pier 3. VIP is already sold out, but general admission tickets are still available. Click here for San Francisco hotel partners. Announcing the San Francisco Masterclasses: (You must have a ticket for the main tasting in order to get into a seminar)

  • Beauty and the Beast: Glenmorangie vs Ardbeg: Travis Tidwell:
  • Last Great Malts: Gabriel Cardarella
  • Whisky Mixology:  H Ehrmann from Elixir
  • Sonoma County Distilling:   Adam Spiegel
  • Cigar/Whisky Pairing:    Thomas G. Brock

and the San Jose Masterclasses:

  • 50 Shades of Spey: Alexander Murray Independent Bottler: Cameron Johnston
  • Last Great Malts:  Gabriel Cardarella

                        Links to buy tickets: San Jose 3/30/2017 ; Sponsored by Silicon Valley Magazine San Francisco 3/31/2017 : Sponsored by SF Magazine Current list of participating brands San Jose; San Francisco Early bird tickets are now on sale for Texas and Atlanta events! Whiskies of the World Houston (#WOWHOU) will take place on Thursday, September 14th, at the JW Marriott Galleria Whiskies of the World Austin (#WOWAUS) is Saturday, September 16th, at the JW Marriott downtown. Whiskies of the World Atlanta (#WOWATL) is Saturday, November 4th, at the Westin Buckhead Lets talk about it! Be sure to use the hashtags when talking about the all the WOW shows on social media. Each time you post with the correct hashtags, you will be entered in a drawing to win a free ticket to that show. We will select one winner the week before the show. If you have already purchased your ticket which we recommend you do, we will refund it.  Post and follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We have some world class whiskies coming to each show and would like to highlight a few more this issue. If you missed any issues of our newsletter, please be sure to look at the archive here for more information about your favorite whiskies.

The Last Great Malts from Dewar’s

The Last Great Malts is a branding of 5 single malts that are all part of the Dewar’s blend and owned by Dewar’s. They are Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, The Deveron, Aultmore, and Royal Brackla. Dewar’s has a long history, a heritage rich with stories, secrets, and of course full of delicious Scotch. The Last Great Malts represents some of the single malts used in Dewar’s, the single malts that are just too good to keep only for blending! Aberfeldy is the signature malt in Dewar’s, that delicious, fruity, sweet whisky! They call themselves the “golden dram” in part because the water they use to make the whisky is richly laden with minerals, including GOLD!  Craigellachie is an old fashioned malt, still made using worm tubs for condensing, which give it a meaty, sulphury taste that is cherished by many a Scotch fan! The Deveron can be found in other countries as Glen Deveron and McDuff, but from now on will be known simply as The Deveron. It is made by the sea and the bottle is a frosted green that evokes found sea glass on the beach. It is delightfully smooth and calls you back for another taste. Aultmore is “of the Foggie Moss” and has the nickname (and also can be asked for locally) as “a nip of the Buckie Road”. These names allude to a Scotch which is somewhat mysterious and unknown to most of the world, yet well known where it is made. It is flavorful, and a great value for the quality you get. Only three Scotches have had the “Royal” designation. Brackla received theirs from King William the IV, uncle to Queen Victoria, in 1833. Queen Victoria renewed the warrant in 1838. A Royal Warrant means that this whisky is a favorite of the royal family and chosen by them as an “official” whisky of the court. This is a sherry finished whisky and is fairly straightforward in its notes of vanilla, pepper and dried fruits. Though Aberfeldy and Craigellachie have been available in the US for quite some time, the other three are relatively new to US markets. Make the Dewar’s table a first stop at Whiskies of the World to see for yourself why they could not be kept a secret any more.

Crown Royal

The best known Canadian whisky in the world is also one of the best selling whiskies in the world: Crown Royal. While only three Scotch whiskies have been given the designation of Royal, Crown Royal was designed from its start for Royalty. In 1939 King George IV and Queen Elizabeth (the current Queen Elizabeth’s parents) came to Canada and Samuel Bronfman, then of Seagram’s, wanted to craft a whisky to give to them to honor their visit. He expertly blended over 50 whiskies to create Crown Royal and presented it to the Royal couple and stocked their train that took them across the country. It wasn’t until 1964 that it was introduced to the US and other countries. In recent times many delicious variations have been introduced, like the XO which is the original blend which is then finished in Cognac casks from the French Limousin forest, or the Monarch, introduced in 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal visit that started it all. At Whiskies of the World, start a new tradition of your own by trying all of their fine expressions!


Woodford Reserve

Though not always called Woodford Reserve, the distillery where Woodford reserve is made is the oldest Bourbon distillery in Kentucky, built in 1838. Dr. James Crow, a Scottish scientist, is called the “Father of Bourbon” and was employed at the “Oscar Pepper Distillery” as it was known then. He perfected much of the process used in making bourbon today, including sour mash and aging in barrels. This would be enough accolades for any distillery, but Woodford Reserve is also the only Bourbon distillery using pot stills for part of their distilling. (Some of their spirit also comes from column stills, the usual method for distilling bourbon.) These pot stills originated in Scotland. Another rather unusual thing is that the warehouse for aging is made of stone rather than wood and therefore the temperature fluctuates more slowly and the spirit is heated and cooled at a more regular pace than many other bourbons sitting in barrels in Kentucky. Finally, Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, and releases a special Derby expression every year. At the Kentucky Derby you may have to pay $1000 for a Mint Julep made from Woodford Reserve, but a taste of this fine whiskey is included when you buy a ticket to Whiskies of the World in San Francisco.


The Glenlivet

The Single Malt that started it all! People in Scotland were making whisky long before it was legally permitted. In 1824, it became legal and George Smith, the founder of the Glenlivet, applied for a permit to change his illicit distillery to a legal one. Other distillers were mad that he did this as they hoped that if no one would apply for permits, it would not become something that had to be done. George Smith famously carried around two pistols to protect himself and his people from the angry distillers. Today The Glenlivet, named for the river in Speyside near where it is located, is the best selling Single Malt in the US and the second best selling in the world! There are 12 Whiskies regularly produced that cover a wide variety of wood finishes and even some peat flavors! The Glenlivet 12 is the standard against which many measure Scotch whisky. It is the one Scotch that you will find in almost every bar and if someone has tried Scotch, most often this is the Scotch they have tried. It is consistently smooth and easy to drink, and with the classic Speyside flavors of honey, heather, and vanilla, it is a complex, fruity malt. Additionally in the Classic range you have the 15, the 18, and the Founders’ reserve. The Nadurra collection emphasizes the whisky making tradition of the 19th century and is non chill filtered, often focusing on the wood flavors from the casks. Whiskies of the World in San Francisco welcomes The Glenlivet and encourages you to make this one of your first stops of the evening.


Sonoma County Distilling Company

California is known for making great wines, and some of the conditions that allow that to be true help make it a great locale for whiskey making as well. Sonoma County Distilling uses non GMO grains from California, Canada and the UK, and hand fires their pot stills, watching the process carefully and crafting whiskey slowly by hand, from grain to glass. They describe their new make spirit as “a viscous, high ester-driven” fluid ready to age in barrels from Minnesota and Missouri. Their cornerstone product is their Rye, but they also make a bourbon and a wheat whiskey. These tasty offerings are treats that are found mainly in California, and chances are you have not had the pleasure of trying this whiskey yet. Another fine reason to buy your WOW tickets today and indulge in the pleasure of finding new favorites among some old friends. Master Class With Adam Speigel, Owner of Sonoma County Distilling Join Adam Spiegel, Owner and Head Distiller of Sonoma County Distilling Company, to learn about his approach to crafting grain to glass whiskeys. As California’s first premier whiskey-focused distillery, Adam will discuss what sets their rye, wheat and bourbon whiskeys apart from what is made in Kentucky. He’ll share why utilizing direct-fired copper alembic pot stills, the finest grains for their mash bill and a unique barrel aging program makes all the difference in their limited-release whiskeys, each reflecting the exceptional terroir of Sonoma County.  Adam will be presenting this class at Whiskies of the World in San Francisco on March 31st. Sign up when you buy your ticket!

This is just a small sample of the 100’s of whiskies you can try at a Whiskies of the World event. There is something for every taste, and it all comes together in one great evening! Don your kilts, your dinner jackets and party dresses and come on out for an unforgettable night of whisky!

Cheers, Douglas Smith ~ Event Director Whiskies of the World

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Turning Japanese – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival broadens horizons with unexpected tastes and experiences – Whisky News

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Turning Japanese – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival broadens horizons with unexpected tastes and experiences

If you think that Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival simply celebrates amber nectar from the world-famous region that is home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries then think again – visitors will have the opportunity to sample a range of Japanese whiskies too.

While the chance to meet key players in the Speyside whisky industry and join exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours are in high demand, the festival’s reputation as a premier whisky event means that some unexpected drams will be on offer during the experience.

Although Speyside distilleries would argue that their produce is the best in the world, Japanese whiskies have been making their mark. Speyside’s The Highlander Inn at Craigellachie is owned by Tatsuya Minagawa from Japan and is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Japanese whiskies outside South East Asia. It is here that Global Brand Ambassador Yumi Yashikawa will discuss ‘Everything about Chichibu Distillery’ with a rare chance to try brand new bottlings and new cask samples of whiskies not yet available in the UK.

Whisky isn’t just served in glasses in Speyside, it can be tasted in an array of foodstuffs, as the Spey Larder in Aberlour will show. This High Street delicatessen is serving samples of whisky-flavoured haggis, smoked salmon, cheeses, pâté, ice cream, cake, tea and coffee, all specially created by Scottish producers.

If you love crafts then a workshop offering the opportunity to create a textile card or brooch based on Scotland’s national flower, the thistle might appeal. Working with a choice of fabric, including Harris Tweed or cloth from Johnstons of Elgin, it is a chance to use simple stitching or gluing techniques to create a small piece of Scotland to take home. Coffee and cake can be enjoyed at this workshop taking place at Dufftown’s Seven Stills on several dates throughout the festival.

Scotland is gathering a growing reputation for its gin production and the home of Caorunn Gin is opening its doors to festival goers. Speyside’s Balmenach Distillery will be offering an insight into Caorunn’s artisanal production process with a tour of the production area followed by tutored, deconstructed nosings and tastings, including neat tastings.

Chocolates will be served with very special drams when drinks writers Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley get together at Aberlour Distillery to go back to the birth of film and use the moving image to highlight the influence of maturation in sherry casks with a silent classic accompanied by live music.

This year’s Festival runs from April 27 to May 1 and the programme comprises almost 500 different events across Speyside, taking place in distilleries old and new, charming village halls, local whisky bars, historic castles, old steadings and the great outdoors.

Festival manager Pery Zakeri says that the festival is continuing to make new partnerships and extending its appeal and interest to whisky fans and other visitors seeking unique activities.

Pery says, “Events like our exclusive behind the scenes tours – and events where people get to meet the key players in the Speyside whisky industry such as master distillers and expert blenders – will always be the most popular.

“But every year we look to add interesting and unusual choices to the Festival listings so there is an incredibly varied programme to choose from.“

Festival chairman James Campbell also underlines the importance of the festival being an unforgettable experience for all visitors, whether they are whisky devotees or curious beginners.

“The Festival is very much the gold standard for whisky connoisseurs, but we ensure there is plenty to attract those who are less knowledgeable about Speyside malts or indeed who have never tasted whisky.”

Based in the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country, the five day festival has events from Kingussie in the south to Forres in the west and Buckie in the east.

Situated directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, Speyside is the base for many high-profile international brands.

More information about the event is available at and tickets are also available to buy on the website. The Festival is active on social media – and @spirit_speyside on Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #dram17.

Caption: There’s whisky galore – and so much more – at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Notes to Editors

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is committed to promoting responsible drinking. Visitors travelling to and from Festival events can take advantage of a range of transport options. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has received funding from Event Scotland and is also financially supported by many other private and public partners.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Scottish Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme.


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Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger No. 70 – Whisky News

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What a year 2017 has been thus far. The MS Calgary Whisky Festival in mid January was a huge success. The weather was mild and for a sellout crowd of 550 guests we had more than 225 whiskies open for sampling. The next day many of the presenters and I trudged off to BC for the Victoria Whisky Festival, Canada’s best, for a splendid weekend of tastings, events and camaraderie. It set the year off on the right footing.

Over the last few weeks we’ve had some superb events, including great range tastings of Octomore, BenRiach Batch 13 and Evan’s Finishing School. There are more great events to come, like our Highland’s, Islands and Campbeltown Festival on March 9 and Ancient Malts March 29 & 30. The Ancient Malts tastings are especially exciting, the lineup at present will include a pair, if not a trio of whiskies from 1967 and another from 1966. It will also include the new Tullibardine 1970 Custodians Collection bottling listed below. Only 5 bottles of the Tullibardine are coming to Canada, we’ve sold 2 and are opening a 3rd, leaving just 2 more for sale! Tonight it is Rare Malts at Kensington Wine Market, there were two spots available as of this AM. Call the shop at 403-283-8000 for more details.

On the whisky front there is a pair of Cadenhead Creations Blends which we are really excited about, especially the 1980 36 year old “Rich Fruity Sherry”. It is one of the most lovely and interesting blends I’ve sampled since Compass Box’s The General. There are also two new and very limited edition Arrans: Smuggler’s Series Volume 2 High Seas and 21st Anniversary. We have limited both to one per customer due to demand.

Kavalan has some exciting new offerings, including the Solist Oh ! so Sherried 4 Canada, the first Kavalan cask bottled exclusively for the Canadian market. The Solist Peaty is stunning, balancing tropical notes with soft ashy smoke. There are also very limited Solist releases of Moscatel, Manzanilla and Pedro Ximenez matured single casks.

We have some really cool new independent bottlings from Archives and Carn Mor (Morrison MacKay). Both companies have bottlings of Clynelish and a selection of other tasting offerings. Three of the Carn Mor whiskies are being featured at Rare Malts tonight!

New releases from Bruichladdich and Shelter point trickled into the shop in the aftermath of Christmas. I don’t feel they received their due at that time, so I’ve included them in this Malt Messenger. The Shelter Point Distiller’s Select Cask Strength is more than 1/2 sold. And the new Bruichladdich 10 Year olds (Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore) have all been well received. There are also new whiskies from Bowmore, Highland Park and Westland. 

Last but not least I’ve included pricing on some whiskies which are about to go up dramatically tomorrow. We’ve seen drastic price increases on Laphroaig, Aberlour, Balvenie and others over the last year.  Popular single malts from BenRiach and Glendronach are next up for sizable price increases. We have a limited amount of stock on hand before these price increases hit our shelves. If you are a fan of the Glendronach 21 Year Parliament or BenRiach 17 Year Septendicem, get your order in ASAP to avoid disappointment.

I hope this Malt Messenger Bulletin finds you well!


In This Edition

  1. Introducing our KWM 25th Anniversary Exclusive Armagnac
  2. Introducing Tullibardine 1970 Custodian Collection (Exclusive)
  3. New Exclusive Cadenhead Creations Blends
  4. New Limited Edition Whiskies from Arran
  5. New Whiskies from Kavalan
  6. New Whiskies from Archives
  7. New Whiskies from Carn Mor
  8. New Whiskies from Bruichladdich
  9. New Exclusive Shelter Point Distiller’s Select Cask Strength
  10. Introducing Bowmore Vault Edition First Release
  11. Introducing Highland Park 10 Year
  12. Introducing Westland Whiskies
  13. Big Price Increases from BenRiach and Glendronach

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New Shelter Point Cask Strength   

Very Limited!   

A very spicy limited release of Canadian farm to bottle whisky composed of malt and rye. Bottled at cask strength after finishing in French oak.


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Glenfarclas 25 Year KWM Cask Strength 25th Anniversary

Just $285 

The first of our 25th Anniversary whiskies is a stunner and we can’t keep it in stock! Soft sherry influences and silky smooth at 52%! More than half have already sold.


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Arran 1997 KWM Cask 1085 19Yr 

The oldest Arran yet, to come to Canada! 

Our 7th single cask bottling of Arran for KWM is the oldest yet at 19 years of age! Bottled at 51.4% from a Ex-Bourbon Hogshead. Yes we know it says Sherry on the label, but it is not… details! If this is anything like one of our 18 year olds from last winter, don’t expect them to last long, just 258 total bottles, and it is another stunning cask!


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Introducing Tullibardine 1970 Custodians Collection 

Only 5 bottles are coming to Alberta, exclusively to KWM, and two have already sold! $2000

Only 5 bottles have come to Canada, and we’ve already sold 2 of them! Tullibardine has a new Custodians Collection release following on the heels of the 1952 last year. The whisky was scored 95 and 96pts Joel Harrison and Chris Goodrum respectively for Whisky Magazine, the highest scoring Editor’s Choice Whisky of 2016 for the magazine.  Only 5 bottles are coming to Alberta, of which 2 are already sold! The Tullibardine 1970 Custodians Collection sells for $2000+GST 

Look for this whisky to be tasted in our Ancient Malts tastings in late March! 

Whisky Magazine Tasting Note – Chris Goodrum – 96pts – Nose: Reeks of age. Elegant, malty, herbal and sweet with violet tinged incense and Armagnac dried prune, grape, fig and walnuts. Creamy vanilla balances with milk chocolate and green tea. Palate: Complex mature malt, sherry and subtly sweet dates, plum and prune. Old Armagnac demeanour but the citrus adds a balancing freshness with hints of creamy vanilla. Finish: Long, majestic and spiced (both sweet and dry) with vanilla and cigar/tea leaves. Comment: Balanced and mature. Just how a sherry cask should be.

Whisky Magazine Tasting Note – Joel Harrison- 95pts – Nose: In tasting flights of whisky, you wait for a nose like this: sweet strawberry yet with a hint of balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper to balance it out. Palate: Quite a wonderful palate of really well-aged malt whisky, hints of freshly chopped mint play with big oak tones and that strawberry flavour once again. Finish: Jammy Dodger biscuits served with a Blood Sand made with vintage Scotch. Comment: Pretty much how mainland Scotch whisky should taste (holds breath for price).

New Cadenhead Creations Blends 

They are curious, and very tasty!

We have two very tasty new Blended Scotch whiskies from W.M. Cadenhead. These curious whiskies have been released under the Cadenhead Creations line. The 1980 vintage 36 year old “Rich Fruity Sherry” is especially curious. It was created by blending Blended Malt, Blended Grain and Blended Scotch Whiskies. We are only getting 30 bottles of each:

  1. Cadenhead Creations Light Creamy Vanilla 1992 – 51.6% – 23 Year – My Tasting Note:  “Nose: fresh, honeyed and creamy; French crepes with powdered sugar and lemon; floral with honey and Wine Gums; leather and spices with some salty tones. Palate: big, rich and fruity with crisp decadent spices; darker and richer than expected; still creamy with loads of vanilla especially towards the finish; more Wine Gums, dark fruits, leather and tobacco. Finish: long, coating, fruity and spicy. Comment: this is eminently drinkable stuff; a bottle of this could disappear in quick succession.” – $160
  2. Cadenhead Creations Rich Fruity Sherry 1980 – 44.5% – 36 Year – My Tasting Note: “Nose: oh, this is interesting; classic antique-y old whisky; delicate sherry tones, tropical fruits, hints of Christmas cake, leather, tobacco and chocolate; buttery sticky toffee pudding with treacle sauce and cream. Palate: round, fruity, rich and still antique-y; classic older sherry cask matured whisky, more sticky toffee pudding with treacle sauce and thick vanilla cream; layered and lovely, Panda brand licorice, more leather, tobacco and chocolate; more delicate sherry and tropical fruits. Finish: long, rich and lovely; soft, smooth and very fruity with more decadent notes, tropical fruits and spices. Comment: wow, lovely, amazing actually; best whisky I’ve tried in a couple of weeks; reminds me of the Compass Box The General; need to do a side by side.” - $350

Both are open for sampling in the shop!


New Limited Edition Arran Whiskies 

Limited to 1 per customer due to demand!

I remember when Arran first launched in Alberta. The whisky was little more than 5 years of age. In the early years youthful but very characterful single casks were released with different cask finishes. The brand built slowly until they launched a core 10 Year old. In time it was followed with core expressions of 12 Year Cask Strength, 14 Year. In 2016 we saw the first core 18 year old release, which is a stunning malt. The distillery has now been making whisky for more than 21 years, and the future is bright. Arran’s owners are set to break ground on a new distillery in the years ahead. Small quantities (less than 200 bottles) of two new Arran expressions have just arrived. Smuggler’s Series Volume 2: High Seas as well as a 19 year old 21st Anniversary bottling!

  1.  Arran Smuggler’s Series Volume 2: High Seas - 55.4% – Rum Barrels & Ex-Bourbon – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Citrus fruits are at the fore, mingling with smells evocative of the outdoors; a touch of seaweed hints at coastal character. Orchard fruits, white pepper, and a subtle dry note reminiscent of fino sherry make this a complex nose. A hint of burned pine wood is in the background. Palate: A fizzing mouthfeel with sherbet character. A fresh spearmint note appears and mingles with warm bramley apple pie and ice cream. There is tangy lime marmalade with chili pepper heat and a whiff of smoke from a just-lit fire of pine logs. The addition of water shows honey dew melon and pear drop sweets. Finish: Distillery character shines through; notes of apples, citrus and good body are elongated by a backbone of subtle smoke.” – $145


  1. Arran 21st Anniversary – 52.6% – 19 Year – Casks from 1995/1996/1997 – My Tasting Note: “Nose: rich, fruity, creamy and nutty; some lovely layers; dark milk chocolate, smooth new leather, candied nuts and dried citrus; becomes more toasty and floral with some waxy tones; tropical fruits and ripe cantaloupe develop. Palate: rich, fruity, nutty and smooth; decadent and waxy with a silky delivery of honey, vanilla and candied fruits; more candied nuts and juicy (rather than dried) citrus with soft floral tones; dark milk chocolate is still there with treacle sauce and emerging tropical fruits. Finish: long, rich, smooth and elegant; the Arran continues to unfurl its wings even as it takes flight. Comment: this is a beautiful malt, and a fine tribute to Arran’s 21st Anniversary; the strength, 52.6% is barely perceptible; a lovely, and rare whisky!” – $240


New Whiskies from Kavalan 

Including a Canadian single cask and a stunning peated cask! 


We’ve got a slew of new whiskies from the award winning Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan. There is a sherry bomb of a single cask bottled for Canada, the Solist “Oh so Sherried! for Canada”. We also have the first peated expression of Kavalan, produced from unpeated malt matured in barrels which previously matured peated single malt Scotch. There are also some new premium releases. Here is the full range of new Kavalans available to us:

  1. Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Cask – 57.8% – From the Producer: From the Producer: “Manzanilla is very much like Fino sherry that is produced by the sea where the climate conditions are even more suitable for the growing of flor. Even though the maturing process is the same as Fino but the texture is lighter, more delicate with a touch of saltiness together with mineral flavours which are all the consequence of the stable and thick layer of flor and the sea breeze.” Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Chock-full of mystery aroma the same as Solist Fino with clear and charming honeydew melon. Complex and multi-layer fruity flavour along with toffee, cocoa. The end of cider, coastal, light salty. Palate: Balanced body. Slight salty intense plenty of sweetness with vanilla flavour. Orange, melon, mint are conspicuous with fresh fruit complexity.” – $450 – Only 6 bottles!
  2. Kavalan Solist Moscatel Cask – 56.3% – Producer Description: “Moscatel is a special variety of sherry wines. The combination of Moscatel casks, Kavalan new make and our subtropical heat is simply magical in terms of maturation quality. This Kavalan single malt is packed with surprises to all of the sensory receptors that once again brings out the richness and complexity to the fullest.” Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Like fruit jams on a brownie cake that is rich in floral, honey and sweets, plus a touch of toffee and caramel in the background together with an array of wonderful, seductive and mouth-watering fragrances! Palate: Very complex, unique and balanced dry fruit and nutty flavours, silky smooth buttery and creamy tastes with chocolate notes to arouse the taste buds wanting for more.” – $570 – Only 6 bottles!
  3.  Kavalan Solist Oh ! so Sherried 4 Canada - 58.6% – Oloroso Cask No: S100205009A – 550 bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: candied nuts, Demerara and brown sugars, black licorice Twizzlers, sweet sticky sherry and dense maple syrup; dark bakers chocolate, Christmas cake and everything sherry bomb… new leather and damp fruit tobacco too. Palate: big, rich coating and very fruity; loads of spices, sugars (more Demerara and Brown), plus big thick syrupy notes; a touch of burnt bacon, wrapped around dates filled with blue cheese; firm new leather with more damp tobacco (cigar); the dark bakers chocolate is complimented by candied nuts, cinnamon hearts, hot ginger and candied nuts. Finish: doesn’t disappoint, but it is rich, long and smooth, with the leather, dark fruits and spices lasting longest. Comment: this is a big sherry bomb, not over the top, but a monster; Kavalan’s light tropical tones are hiding beneath a firm sherry influence; lovers of the Solist Sherry will not be disappointed by this Canadian cask!” - $200
  4. Kavalan Solist Peaty Cask – 53.2% – Cask No: S100205009A – Bottled on October 21 2016 – 550 bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: candied nuts, Demerara and brown sugars, black licorice Twizzlers, sweet sticky sherry and dense maple syrup; dark bakers chocolate, Christmas cake and everything sherry bomb… new leather and damp fruit tobacco too. My Tasting Note: Nose: juicy, silky, honeyed, creamy and very fruity; insanely tropical: cooked pineapple, green mango and freshly sliced papaya; clean notes of salty smoke and hot spice. Palate: very creamy, soft, honeyed and fruity with firm but clean smoke and big salty tones; the palate is ruled by layers of fruit including mangos, pineapple, papayas, cantaloupe and honey dew melons; sweet vanilla, floral and peppery tones with some hot spice: sliced ginger and white pepper; smoked and spiced almonds. Finish: medium-long, creamy and smooth with clean salty smoke and layers of unfurling fruits; mouth-watering. Comment: this is a brilliant malt, reminiscent of the Old Pulteneys matured in peated casks which set the world a buzz last year; at 53.2% it is dangerously drinkable.” – $215 – Only 12 bottles, half sold!
  5. Kavalan Solist Pedro Ximenez Cask – 56.3% – Bottled at 56.3% from the Kavalan Solist line, the PX is exceedingly rare and accordingly pricey. We are only expecting to see 6 bottles! Producer Description: “PX Sherry is one of the classic collection of Kavalan whisky. The new make spirit which matures in the PX sherry casks produces our unique and special characters and flavours with the classic fruity, nutty and chocolate aromas that are distinctive and phenomenal!” Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: There is a nice rosemary with a hint of lemongrass, sweet citrus and a pleasant toffee. The finale is reminiscent of an enticing sweet oakiness. Palate: Very fruity and warm, with a nice results of the combination of classical PX sherry characters and sub-tropical maturation in the heat of Taiwan i.e. smooth and mellow. The juicy raisin and honey syrup lingers persistently in the mouth.” – $570 – Only 6 bottles! 


New Whiskies from Archives 

Clynelish, Glenburgie, Ledaig, Port Charlotte and Springbank!

The staff are in love with the Clynelish, and so it would seem is Serge Valentin of Whisky Fun who gave it 91pts. None of the whiskies sampled thus far have disappointed.

  1. Archives Clynelish 1997 – 54.3% – 18 Year – Hogshead Cask #12357 – 91pts Serge at Whisky Fun – Bottled under the Archives “The Fishes of Somoa” range with a Sailfin Tang on the label “drawn by M.E. Bloch and published over 200 years ago in “Oeconomische Naturgeschichte der Fische.” – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very floral, fruity and spicy; roses and geraniums, heather honey and Old English Butterscotch; sandalwood incense and Sunrype Fruit Source bars; beeswax and candied orange. Palate: creamy, floral, juicy, and very spicy, ginger and chili heat; more creamy heather honey and beeswax, sandalwood and rose petals; a hint of moist dark fruits, and more Old English Butterscotch ice cream. Finish: long, creamy, fruity and spicy, very spicy; stays floral and mouth-watering, more juicy fruits and cream heather honey. Comment: this is a beautiful malt, shame only 12 bottles are coming to Canada… there are just 2-3 left!” – $270 – Sold Out!
  2. Archives Glenburgie 1995 – 54.1% – 21 Year – Hogshead Cask 6282 – It is bottled with a Jack-knifefish drawn “by M.E. Bloch and published over 200 years ago in ‘Oeconomische Naturgeschichte der Fische”. – 87pts Serge at Whisky Fun: “Nose: a relatively grassy and branche-y start, then a rather long development on many things from a forest, such as mosses, herbs, leaves, mushrooms… There’s a little candy sugar and some vanilla in the background. Perhaps a little neutral so far, but pleasantly so. Mind you, it’s no vodka. With water: fern-scented soap. I’ve seen that Roger & Gallet are making some. Smells very nice! Also apple crumble. Mouth (neat): same moss plus apples, with a lot of candy sugar and tart sweets, lemon drops, and an obvious barleyness. Some mentholy liquorice too. With water: same very mentholy profile. Some aniseed too, Indian sweet spice mix (the one they give you with the bill at restaurants), caraway… Finish: quite long, on the same fresh and spicy notes. Comments: should go well with chicken tikka ;-). Very good.” – $220 – Only 2 bottles left!
  3. Archives Ledaig 2008 – 60.9% – 8 Year – Sherry Butt #700712 – It has been bottled under the Archives, “The Fishes of Somoa” line. The fish on the lable is an “Orange-dotted Tuskfish drawn by “F.G. Levrault and published more than 150 years ago in ‘Histoire naturelle des poissons’. – Tasting Note to Come, staff has been very impressed with it! – $145
  4. Archives Port Charlotte 2001 – 62.2% – Refill Bourbon Cask 276 – 89pts Serge at Whisky Fun: “A very fishy bottling! Apologies, I’m a little tired these days… Well, not really… Colour: white wine. Nose: more refill than this, you can’t make. This could have been distilled right this morning. Exaggerating a little, just a little. Sharp coal and peat smoke, saltpetre, ashes, and lapsang souchong. A very austere one, for sure, you’re almost nosing an old officer’s stove. Hints of gentian roots, which is obviously very great. With water: oh perfect, oysters, whelks, crabs, hessian, kelp… Mouth (neat): maximum powah. Smokey diesel oil or something. Don’t try this at home! With water: it’ll take a lot of water before it gets a little smoother. What’s surprising is the huge lemony spiciness. Something Thai, I’d say, but I’m jot expert. Finish: long, with notes of Thai basil, radish sprouts, and of course a lot of smoked lemon juice. Comments: it’s brutal! Heavy stuff indeed, but the spirit is immaculate.” – $315 SOLD OUT!
  5. Archives Springbank 1999 – 50.3% – Sherry Hogshead Cask 269 – Label inspired by a drawing of “Shells from the Bay of Caraccas” – 89pts Serge at Whisky Fun: “Our Dutch friends at Archives’ already had some wonderful Springbank in the past, so… Colour: pale gold. Nose: I was about to copy-and-paste my notes for the Cad when I started to notice more sherry, leather, and perhaps ‘medicinal rubber’ in this one. So it’s perhaps a little less bright, and a little more, well, dry-sherried. All very nice anyway. With water: mushrooms and struck matches. Which works. Mouth (neat): same feeling of leathery, slightly rubbery things in the arrival, before more bitter oranges and pepper appear. A little thicker, for sure. With water: it just adores water. Oranges, chalk, pepper, truffles, waxes… The rubber’s gone now. Finish: long, on some kind of smoky and mineral marmalade. Comments: I like them even better when they’re unsherried, but once again, it’s a great one.” – $400<


New Semi-Exclusive Carn Mor Whiskies 

Old bottlings of Aberlour, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Clynelish!

It will be a week or two until I can writeup tasting notes on these guys, but don’t wait too long, they just came in on Wednesday and they’re already flying off the shelves.

  1. Black Gold Bowmore 25 Year - 54.6% – 1991 – Cask 1916 – Sherry Butt – Producer Description: “This is a great dram which has incredible aromas of Christmas cake and raisins with mouth filling liquorice and dark chocolate on the pallet. This is a piece of Morrison and MacKay history as it was distilled under the family’s ownership of the distillery.” – $630
  2. Celebration of the Cask Aberlour 26 Year - 55.1% – 1989 – Cask 11336 – Hogshead Cask – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Intense notes of Cherry bomb sweets, haribo sweets and coconut. Palate: Big notes of liquorice, aniseed, cherry bomb sweets, Turkish delight.” – $415
  3. Celebration of the Cask Caol Ila 34 Year – 53.6% – 1981 – Cask 6482 – Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Menthol, minty, fruit pastilles, foxes fruit mints. Palate: Very fruity, delicate, a tiny hint of peat on the finish, layers of green fruits and sweet sugary sweets! – $830
  4. Celebration of the Cask Clynelish 26 Year – 54.5% – 1989 – Cask 5886 – Ex-Bourbon Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Orange blossom, vanilla. Palate: Orange marmalade, gentle spices, classic Clynelish light  waxy character.” - $400


New Whiskies from Bruichladdich 

The Second Editions of Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore 10 Year

These products came in between Christmas and New Year and probably did not get quite as much attention as deserved. Consequently I feel they are still “new”. No word on how long the stock of these second addition 10 year olds will be available, but we’ve blown through half of our allocation!

  1. Bruichladdich 10 Year 2nd Edition - 50% – Only 18,000 bottles will be released World Wide of the second 10 year old distilled and bottled by the distillery after its reopening. – My Tasting Note: “Nose: honeycomb, beeswax and chunky malt; barley sugars, floral grassy tones and decaden vanilla; green apple and peat, lime peels and lemon oil. Palate: creamy, honeyed and toasty; big and juicy both from the barley and the oak; more white fruits, citrus and waxy wine gums; buidling decadent spice, white chocolate and more honeycomb/beeswax; some leather, building spices and Demerara sugars. Finish: long, coating and rich; lots of character. Comment: this malt will please those who loved the original 10 year released when the distillery was bought, but also the first edition of 10 year old distilled and bottled in the new era.” - $75
  2. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year - 50% – Only the second release of Port Charlotte 10 Year, with just 18,000 bottles released World wide. Matured in both American and French oak, more details to come. – My Tasting Note: Nose: creme brule, panna cotta, salted caramel, clean smoke and dried citrus chunks; woody with grassy hay and sea bass pan seared in butter. Palate: creamy, buttery and honeyed; silky smoke, smooth creamed honey, soft panna cotta and salted caramel creme brule; more citrus and white fruits with building firm but gently malt; juicy barley sugars, Demerara and decadent spice. Finish: long, creamy and smooth; layers of honey, malt, white fruits, citrus, spices and sugar. Comment: not as heavily peated as expected, 10 years in oak has softened the edges of what can be a beast of a whisky.” - $95
  3. Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year - 57.3% –  Only the second ever release of Octomore 10 year, very limited, with just 18,000 bottles released World-wide. – My Tasting Note: “Nose: bacon infused chocolate, lagostines cooked in butter, smoked salted caramel ice cream and thick chewy barley; dark spices, Demerara sugars and loads of fruit, surprising for such a bold whisky. Palate: big, juicy and malty; waves of elegant smoke and decadence sweep across the palate in a romantic embrace; more bacon-infused chocolate, crisp spices and smooth leather; age Cuban cigar tobacco; salted caramel and more lagostines cooked in butter. Finish: long, coating and rich; gently undulating waves of smoke, fruits and sugars roll out into a distant finale! Comment: fans of younger Octomores will find something more complex, nuanced and balanced here.” - $260


New Exclusive Shelter Point Distiller’s Select Cask Strength 

A very limited Single Malt/Rye blend, and only the distillery’s 2nd ever release!

Only 1000 bottles are being released of this limited Christmas bottling from Shelter Point. Only the 2nd distillery bottling, it was created by marrying 4 casks of single malt and 1 cask of straight rye whisky. Initially matured in American oak

the whisky was finished in “very special” French Oak barrels. The whisky has been bottled at 58.4%, only 90 bottles are coming to Alberta; exclusively to KWM in Calgary. Comes in a handmade wooden gift box.

Shelter Point Distiller’s Select Cask Strength – 58.4% – 80% Single Malt – 20% Rye – Finished in French Oak – My Tasting Note: “Nose: doughy, a hint of orange cheddar, creamy with clotted cream and light strawberry jam; gently toasted oak, a hint of dill and light sugars; becomes spicier with cardamom and cinnamon hearts. Palate: very rich and fruity, lots of layers, a bit of heat but not as sharp as expected for the strength and age; massive cinnamon hearts, more strawberry jam layered on top of clotted cream on a dry English scone; very honeyed and sugary, the spices take over the back end: candied fennel and Black Licorice Twizzlers; burnt Demerara sugars and oily earthy tones. Finish: light, fresh, sweet and coating; medium in length it dries as it fades. Comment: very different from the Inaugural Run, the rye component and French oak have really spiced things up; it is very decadent and smooth, an appropriately Christmassy release.” – $110


Introducing Bowmore Vault First Release  

The first in a series of four whiskies has landed in Alberta!

This limited edition Bowmore, named for the distillery’s iconic No.1 Vaults warehouse, has been bottled at 51.5%, after maturing in hand selected ex-Bourbon casks. It is the first in a series of 4 bottlings. No word on how much is coming to Canada.

From the Distillery: “Created using the finest hand selected ex-bourbon casks to create a refined liquid of greater depth, Bowmore Vault Edit1°n Atlantic Sea Salt reflects the distinctive microclimate in the depths of the No.1 Vaults. Bowmore distillery’s close proximity to the sea is vital in determining the final character of the spirit and the Atlantic sea spray that washes against the iconic sea-facing wall of Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults is a key note in this release.”

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release - 51.5% – Ex-Bourbon - Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Breathe In: Breathe in notes of salted honeycomb complemented by the fresh and cool breeze of Atlantic sea spray. Sip:After spending its life maturing in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 Vaults, this pioneering whisky embodies sun-ripened fruits, zingy spiced cocoa and blood orange. Savour: A lasting finish that opens out like the vast Atlantic Ocean of which the Bowmore distillery overlooks. The ideal dram to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening, this sublime whisky is awash with blackberry, sea salt and kumquat.” - $190


Introducing Highland Park 10 Year 

It may not be new, but it is new to our shop in Alberta!

The whisky is not new globally, but it has just been opened up to KWM and the rest of the Alberta market. It is a great value bottling of Highland Park. The whisky has been matured in American oak and is bottled at 40%. We have an open bottled at the shop, and it is great value for the price. KWM tasting note coming soon!

Highland Park 10 Year – 40% – American Oak – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: The sherry casks definitely come through on this one, offering slightly sour raisin notes, orange peel, cloves (but, the spicy note of cloves more than the floral note), and green cardamom. There is light smoke and vanilla in the background, along with some butterscotch pudding, honey, light oak, and some interesting notes of guava. The vanilla evolves as the whisky sits, and the nose opens up and is less dense with time in the glass. Taste: A sweet, light entry, before smoke like that of burning leaves sits atop a slightly sweet, rich, vanilla backdrop with heather, light honey, and black pepper until the smoke once again controls the finish. It’s not a strong peaty whisky – it has a medium level of smokiness but the smoke is quite integral to the flavour. The sweetness is just about perfect to balance this one. Finish: The mouth dries out slightly as the sweetness fades, with smoke and a bit of ash playing the major role in the finish – with some heather, caramel, light honey, vanilla, clove, and cinnamon eventually fading until there remains only light smoke and heather. And, interestingly, there are peppery vegetal notes reminiscent of tequila and the guava is back. Conclusion: This is a good whisky, and very well worth drinking. The honey, smoke, and heather so characteristic of the distillery is just so brilliant, and this is a decent introduction to the fantastic range coming out of Highland Park.” – $62


Introducing Westland Whiskies 

Single Malt from Seattle

Westland was founded in Seattle Washington in 2011. The distillery produces only single malt whisky, which is unique for American craft distilleries. The distillery primarily uses Virgin or new American oak, but has also been maturing in Ex-Bourbon, Ex-Sherry and Port casks. The first whisky was released in 2013, and the distillery has quickly risen to the top amongst the crowded field of American craft distillers.

From the Producer: “Distilled from the rich, flavorful barley of Washington State and matured predominantly in new American oak casks in the steady, cool humidity of our seaside home, this whiskey is a testament to that vision. All of these choices and ingredients conspire to create an approachable, mature and uniquely American single malt that can stand with the best whiskies in the world.”

  1. Westland American Oak Whiskey – 46% – Matured in American oak with a minimum maturation of 24 months. – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “The initial nose provides lemon and orange custard backed by freshly produced waffle cone. Shortly after, a rich creaminess emerges with creme brûlée and chocolate custard while a hint of jasmine hides just beneath the surface. The first sip confirms the creamy and rich fruit custard notes of the nose, adding an element of rainier cherries. After five minutes, melting swiss chocolate is revealed with a hint of almond. Extended tastings brings out bananas and cream with Turkish coffee.” – $100
  2. Westland Sherry Wood Whiskey – 46% – Matured in Pedro Ximenez Sherry - Distiller’s Tasting Note: “The nose offers an immediate richness, with honey-dipped oatmeal raisin cookies. Maple syrup follows close behind, drizzled over banana pancakes. The palate initially offers some kiwi with more maple and raisin syrup notes. Extended tastings offer a dazzling array of sweet cookies and pastries, getting darker and richer with time before eventually ceding the palate to stewed yellow fruits on the finish.” – $100
  3. Westland Peated Whiskey – 46% – Produced from according to the distillery, “a mash of peated malt that is among the smokiest in the world.” The whisky is matured in new (virgin) and 1st Fill American oak barrels. It is bottled at 46% after maturing a minimum of 24 months. Distiller’s Tasting Note: “The nose starts off with a background of nuttiness accompanied by smoldering moss and flamed orange peel. The peat leaps from the palate, expressing campfire notes, iodine, and roasted pistachios. With time, the smoldering moss on the nose evolves into burning embers and roasted plantains. The palate also transitions over time, moving towards significant earth notes, green herbs and increasing iodine towards the finish.” – $100

Big Price Increases on BenRiach & Glendronach 

Limited quantites available at the current prices.

The price increase takes effect on orders placed by KWM after Friday. Order today to save on the following whiskies:

  1. BenRiach 16 Year – Currently: $98 – Increasing to: $114
  2. BenRiach 17 Year Septendicem – Currently: $120 – Increasing to: $135
  3. BenRiach 25 Year Authenticus – Currently: $390 – Increasing to: $440
  4. Glendronach 18 Year Allardice – Currently: $140 – Increasing to: $167
  5. Glendronach 21 Year Parliament – Currently: $195 – Increasing to: $225

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


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kensington Wine Market


Whisky Hammer February Auction Now Live – Whisky News



FEBRUARY AUCTION NOW LIVE (ends Sunday 26th February)

…place your bids at

With an incredible selection of whiskies and other fine spirits there is certainly something for everyone – whether you are looking to collect, invest, enjoy!


Milroys of Soho Saturday Tastings – Whisky News


Saturday Tastings 

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Starting Saturday the 11th of March, we will be hosting ‘Introduction to Whisky’ events on Saturday afternoons. Every other Saturday we will be hosting these events in the vault bar downstairs, the perfect event to learn more about whisky and the topics that surround it.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Exports break £1bn.

For the first time  in history, single malt Scotch whisky topped £1billion worth of international exports. The USA, France and India remaining at the top of the list. Exports account for around 93% of scotch whisky production. It is an exciting time for our humble industry as scotch becomes ever more popular and people are drinking more and more whisky in the UK and around the world.  Slainte!



Springbank Local Barley  will be arriving in store this week, details to follow.




Join us and National Brand Ambassador Michelle Fedor for an intimate evening of exceptional food and smokey whisky at one of Hollywood’s swankiest cocktail destinations. We’ll enjoy a bevy of small bites including Braised Beef Crostini, Ahi Tartar Wonton, Portabello Risotto Cakes, and Moroccan chicken cups paired with a line up of Bruichladdich’s smokiest whiskies. We’ll be enjoying a Botanist Gin welcome cocktail before moving through 6 very special smoky offerings from this unique distillery. Expect to see the standard offer Port Charlotte Scottish Barley, followed by the Port Charlotte Islay Barley. Then we’ll experience the magic that is the new release of Port Charlotte 10 Year Old “Second Edition” before turning up the peat to eleven with a flight of Octomores. You’ll get to enjoy the 7.1, 7.3, and very special Octomore 10 year old “Second Edition”. All this for an incredible $10! Seating is extremely limited, so don’t hesitate to secure your seat today.

Bruichladdich “Peat & Smoke” Master Class @ The Powder Room in Hollywood, Thursday February 23rd – 6-8pm $10.00

In stock from Bruichladdich:

Item Name Retail Link
Bruichladdich “Classic Laddie” Scottish Barley Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $55.99 View
Bruichladdich “Rockside Farms” Islay Barley Single Malt Whisky (yellow tin) (750ml) $59.99 View
Port Charlotte “Islay Barley” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (white tin) (750ml) $59.99 View
Port Charlotte 10 Year Old “Second Limited Edition” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $64.99 View
Octomore 10 Year Old “Second Limited Edition” Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $229.99 View


Thursday February 23rd “Gordon & MacPhail Tasting at Federal Wine & Spirits – Scotch Whisky News


Single Malt Scotch Tasting Thursday, February 23rd. Gordon  & MacPhail 

with Richard Urquhart  and Joe Swanson 4:30 P.M.  or  6:00 P.M.

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Join us Thursday as we raise a glass with our local ambassador of Gordon and MacPhail, independent bottlers of Scotch whiskies, along with a member of the Urquhart family, who have been involved with the company since the year of its founding in 1895. Richard Urquhart is presently the export director for the U.S. and Asia and Joe Swanson is the Northeast Regional sales manager. This will be a very nice tasting and we will show some very nice single malts at reasonable prices. Benromach 10 Y.O. is always a wonderful old school style of single malt that has an elegance like no other; all of the malts coming from this distillery are very special. A long-time favorite, both of myself and so many others is their Mortlach 15 year. Just a great dram that we’re excited to be tasting again. There will be a Clynelish 11 Y.O. that is just about sold out from the distributor, so we took the last of it because it is a cracker — simply special. We will taste the Glenburgie 21 Y.O. which we’re excited to offer for an enticing price given its respectable age. Glenturret, a distillery we don’t see enough of, will be represented here with an 11 Y. O. — this one will have a sherry cask influence and I am excited to try it. We will finish off on Islay with a 12 Y.O. from Caol Ila from G&M’s Private Collection which is made up of single malts selected by The Urquhart Family, that has been finished in a Sassacaia wine cask.


Regular Price Sale Price Benromach 10 Y.O.   $58.99 – $53.99 Glenturret 11 Y.O.   $79.99 - $72.99 Clynelish  11 Y.O.  $79.99 - $72.99 Mortlach 15 Y.O.   $89.99 -  $81.99 Glenburgie 21 Y.O.  $169.99 - $154.99 Caol Ila 12 Y.O. $104.99 –  $94.99

Joe Howell

Federal Wine & Spirits
Phone: (617) 367-8605



More than 70 lots of iconic Macallan


Bonhams Hong Kong is to hold its first online-only whisky auction starting on Friday 17th February and closing on 10th March 2017. For this inaugural online auction, Bonhams presents one of the great names of Scotch Whisky, The Macallan. The sale offers more than 70 lots of the world-renowned Speyside distillery, spanning five decades of rare vintages from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Among the highlights are:

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33 bottles of Macallan from consecutive years 1954 – 1986. Estimate HK$550,000 – 700,000

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Macallan-Select Reserve 1946-52 year old. Estimate HK$75,000 – 90,000

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Macallan Gran Reserva 1979 – 1982 (4 bottles). Estimate HK$65,000 – 85,000

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Macallan-1945. Estimate HK$60,000 – 80,000


There are also other important releases of Macallan such as Royal Marriage 48/61 and Red Ribbon.  Bonhams Head of Wine & Whisky in Hong Kong, Daniel Lam said, “We are very excited about this new sale – the first online-only whisky sale for Bonhams worldwide. We opted to sell bottles from one distillery only and in The Macallan I think we have chosen the best. I believe both the selection, and this innovative way of selling whisky at auction, will have broad appeal among whisky collectors.

The Macallan
Bonhams, Hong Kong, Admiralty
17 February – 10th March 2017
Specialist: Daniel Lam, Head of Wine & Whisky Department


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with sales also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit

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