The Karuizawa Ruby Geishas – Japanese Whisky News


We are very pleased to announce a very special pair of whiskies, the penultimate bottles in the critically acclaimed Karuizawa Geisha series – The Karuizawa Ruby Geishas.

After eight years of releases, the Geisha series is almost complete. The Ruby Geisha pair consists of a 34-year-old and a 38-year-old whisky, each matured in a sherry butt. They both display the distinctive Karuizawa sherry-cask-matured style, bringing together rich, sweet and savoury notes into an intense but balanced whole.

As whiskies from this long-closed Japanese distillery are so rare and sought-after, the very limited numbers of bottles available will be sold via ballot. Each bottle will be balloted separately, but each entrant will only be able to win one of the ballots to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy these whiskies.

Karuizawa Ruby Geisha 34 Year Old Cask #7582 is priced at £18,000 and 38 Year Old Cask #3668 at £20,000.

The ballot will run from 1am BST Thursday 16 September 2021 to 11.59pm BST on Tuesday 21 September 2021. Details of how to enter the ballots are below..


• Click the ‘ENTER BALLOT’ button on the ballot page to add the bottle to your basket

• No bottles other than the other Ruby Geisha release may be added to your basket as part of this transaction

• To confirm your entry, complete the checkout process

• You must enter your card details as part of the checkout process, but you will not be charged unless you are successful

• You will receive an email confirming your ballot entry

The ballot will remain open until 23:59 BST on Tuesday 21 September 2021




Winners of the ballot will automatically be charged for the Ruby Geisha bottle they have won (price breakdown will be detailed at checkout), plus any relevant taxes and charges. • Only one entry per Ruby Geisha bottling per person. Multiple entries will be ignored.  Entrants may only win one of the two Ruby Geisha ballots.  The ballot will close at 23:59 BST on Tuesday 21 September 2021.  The draw will take place on or after Wednesday 22 September 2021.  Ballot winners will be contacted with confirmation of purchase.  Those unsuccessful in the ballot will receive confirmation that they have not been selected. This ballot is not open to employees of The Whisky Exchange or associated companies.



Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has announced their dram-packed lineup for Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Limited Edition, taking place 3rd to 8th November 2021.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival which is enjoyed by whisky novices, budding master blenders and everyone in between is back for an in-person Limited Edition event this November. 

Whether it’s having exclusive behind the scenes access to distilleries not usually open to the public, taking part in tastings with some of the best known whisky brands in the region, or a guided running tour through the heart of whisky country, attendees will have plenty of events to choose from during the six-day festival.

Programme highlights include:

  • Origins of Glenlivet: A rare opportunity to delve into the history and the process behind The Glenlivet Distillery with Distillery Manager Trevor Buckley. Archivist Chris Brousseau will discuss iconic founder George Smith, a visionary unafraid to break tradition. Followed by a tutored tasting of Glenlivet whiskies through the years.
  • Create your Own Benriach with Dr Rachel Barrie: Join Master Blender Rachel on a creative journey into the world of flavour at Benriach distillery. Discover flavours and create your own unique dram.
  • Drams in the Dark: Offering a unique night time tour of Glen Moray Distillery followed by some fireside drams and toasted marshmallows while Stephen Woodcock, Head of Whisky Creation, and Iain Allan, Global Brand Ambassador, share stories about Glen Moray’s more unusual history
  • Dinner with the Dram Queens: Join Ann Miller, the Dram Queen, and Martine Nouet, the Queen of the Stills, for an evening at the Dowans. Filled with wonderful conversation as well a four-course whisky and food pairing menu.
  • RunSpeyside – Craigellachie Trail Run: Learn about distilleries, landmark bridges and local history as well as blowing away some cobwebs.

George McNeil, chairman designate at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: 

Nothing beats being together to celebrate the world’s largest producing whisky region and that’s why we decided to create The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Limited Edition, a one-off Autumn edition of our Speyside celebration.

It’s been a tough year for the people and businesses of Speyside, The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Limited Edition, aims to bring local communities and nearly 140 business members in the region together to celebrate Scotland’s national drink, while providing the ultimate opportunity for travellers, whisky lovers, outdoor activity enthusiasts and the local community to explore, taste and learn about the world-famous Speyside region.”

More information can be viewed on the Spirit of Speyside website. Full programme can can be found here –

Tickets are on sale from 12pm (GMT) on 17th September 2021 on the Spirit of Speyside website.

About the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival’s annual celebration of Scotland’s national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. The Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike. Over the past 20 years, festival events have taken place throughout Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland, located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness.

Over the years, the Festival has developed close links with many Speyside businesses and communities who help to fund the festival. It is a true team effort to deliver an ever-improving range of events and services to make the Festival a truly unforgettable experience.

The company is limited by guarantee, it runs the festival with a voluntary board of directors drawn from key areas of the whisky industry along with other local businesses and tourism organisations.

For further information please visit:


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This Saturday: Taste Sagamore Rye at our expert presented tasting – American Rye News

Saturday, September 18th


Sagamore Spirit Rye

Taste Sagamore Spirit Rye at our expert presented whiskey tasting! Both Rye fans and newcomers to the world of American whiskey will find something to enjoy among Sagamore Spirit’s expressions. Proudly considered ‘Bourbon’s Older Brother,” Sagamore’s whiskies have been highly reviewed since release, earning Double Gold at the San Francisco Spirits Competition among many accolades.

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Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger No. 127 by Andrew Ferguson – Whisky News

Kensington Wine Market’s

Whisk(e)y E-Newsletter

It’s been a very busy week since you last heard from your friendly Wine and Whisky Mongers at KWM. The new website has been up for a couple of weeks, and slowly but surely we are tightening all the nuts and bolts. Feedback has been very positive thus far, and we are working hard to continue polishing it up. There are still many photos and tasting notes to update, but we are plugging along.

We have been taking pre-orders for the KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar for a week, and it is already half sold out… It might help that we are offering our most generous early bird offer ever. If you purchase the Pre-Pay Early Bird option, by September 22nd, you will save $60 on the KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar. On September 23 the price will increase to $435+gst.

We have also just taken 5 new KWM Virtual Whisky Tastings live. They are mostly built around new releases, like the recent shipment of Cooper’s Choice. And in the case of Rare Malts Single Casks & Small Batch Bottlings, a number of the cool new releases you are about to read about below. Two tastings are worth special note, though spoiler alert, they are not inexpensive. Firstly, there is the Ultimate Bunnahabhain Tasting, which features 271 years of Bunnahabhain whiskies from a number of different producers. Then there is the Kinship Collection 2020 Tasting which will sample 6 old whiskies: a 28-year-old and five 30-year-olds from Islay and the Orkneys. And then there is the SMWS Canada 10th Anniversary Outturn Tasting… who can believe it’s been 10 years?! Details below.<

Boatloads to fill you in on in the New Whiskies Department. First and foremost we have just received a trio of Berry Bros. & Rudd KWM Exclusive Single Casks. There is a very tropical 25-year-old Tormore 1995, a very sherried 17 Year Orkney 2003 (cough Highland Park), and a very mysterious sherried and peaty 21-year-old “Blended Malt” 1999. Could this be a teaspooned malt? Possibly, but what we can say for sure is it is delicious, and we expect it to disappear quickly… More details and my tasting notes on all 3 casks can be found below.

We also recently received the Daftmill 2009 Summer Batch Release 2020. Daftmill is one of the most exciting new distilleries in Scotland, though it’s not all that new in reality, having been established in 2005. It just chose not to sell any of its production for the first 12 years… KWM is thrilled to be the only store in Canada with Daftmill Single Malt, and this new bottling is superb. I’ve had a chance to write up my own tasting note for it, and you will find that and more details below.

For those with a hankering for older Ileachs, there is a new Kinship Collection (2020 Edition) from Hunter Laing. I mentioned above that we will be opening one of these sets for a tasting on November 30. It consists of a 28-Year-old Ardbeg, and 30-Year-old bottlings of Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Highland Park (honorary Ileach?!), and Laphroaig.

A couple of unexpected treats have come our way courtesy of the Ardnamurchan Distillery: a limited edition and a single cask. The limited-edition, AD/04:21, was partially finished in Paul Launois Champagne casks. The single cask is a peated malt matured in ex-Bourbon and bottled exclusively for Canada… Alberta!

There is a new range of Bourbon and Rye whiskies from the New Riff Distillery in Kentucky. Best of all, you can sample most of them on September 28, in the Bourbon: Learning About New Riff tasting where Evan will be joined by Master Distillery Jay Erisman.

We also have new and returning whiskies from Kavalan, Amrut, Balblair, Tomintoul, anCnoc, Craigellachie, and Macallan.

Everything in this Malt Messenger is available for order or pre-order online and is linked. If there are no descriptions or photos on the website, we’ll get caught up soon.

Finally, our Fall Virtual Tasting Schedule begins with Glengoyne Distillery hosted by Gordon Dundas on Friday, September 17 (for which a couple of spaces have opened up). A few of our tastings have sold out, but there is still limited space in most of the September and October tastings. I’m most excited about the Feis Ile tasting which will feature predominantly older Islay malts, including a 1992 “Unnamed Islay” from Signatory, which is rumoured to be either Lagavulin or Ardbeg!

As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or requests.


Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market


1. Three New KWM Exclusive Berry Bros. & Rudd Casks

2. Only 1 Week Left to Save $60 on the KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar

3. New KWM Virtual Whisky Tastings

4. My Tasting Note: Daftmill 2009 Summer Batch Release 2020

5. My Tasting Notes: On Some Other Recent Releases

6. Introducing: The 2020 Kinship Collection

7. Two New Limited Edition Ardnamurchans

8. Introducing: Kavalan Solist Madeira Cask

9. New & Returning From Amrut

10.  Introducing: Balblair 17 Year

11.  Introducing: Tomintoul Cigar Malt

12. The AnCnoc 16 Year 125th Anniversary is Back

13. Craigellachie 33 Year is Back Next Week

14.  Macallans In-Stock

15. Other Up-Coming Tastings

NOT 1, NOT 2, BUT 3…


They say when it rains, it pours. Well, it kind of feels that way with our latest haul from our friends at Berry Bros. & Rudd. We have a trio of new casks including our 4th “Orkney” Single Malt (Highland Park), which is the most sherried yet. We also have our first ever single cask of Tormore, a very tropical 25 Year, and a mysterious 21-year-old sherried and peated Blended Malt.

Berry’s Blended Malt 1999 KWM Cask – 53.6% – 21 Year – Sherry Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: syrupy, old-school sherry tones, ashy peat, and a cool gravelly minerality; Christmas cake, chocolate and dried mango; Corinthian leather, treacle sauce, and tropical fruits; simply beautiful. Palate: yes… following in the same veins as the nose this whisky is a beautiful example of an old school style sherried malt, with a touch of peat; more Corinthian leather, Christmas cake, medium-dark chocolate, and treacle sauce; the gravelly minerality is still there, as is the firm but balanced ashy peat and the fruits: mango, pineapple, and apricots. Finish: long and balanced with the sherry notes, ashy peat, and tropical fruits all fading slowly together. Comment: simply wow… I’m dying to know what this is made of… first instincts suggest maybe it’s another old “Edrington Blended Malt”, we’ve seen plenty of those; sherried Macallan and Highland Park married with some Islay whisky perhaps; we may never know; in any case it is old-school, and it is brilliant!” – $198

Berry’s Orkney Islands 2003 KWM Cask – 59.9% – 17 Year – Sherry Butt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: nutty with dark fruits, coal smoke, and sea breeze; big Oloroso sherry tones with notes of damp leather, dark bakers chocolate, and Cuban cigar tobacco; grilled dates, fig jam, and candied orange; marzipan coated in chocolate, floral heather honey, and classic gentle Orcadian peat. Palate: big, rich, and earthy; bold oloroso sherry notes lock antlers with firm peat; dark bakers chocolate, Cuban cigars, damp new leather, and Dutch licorice; more grilled dates, fig jam, and prunes; chocolate-covered espresso beans; the peat is earthy but balanced; candied orange, crisp spices, and savoury salty tones to round things out. Finish: rich, coating, and very sherried with more firm Orcadian peat; more leather, chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits. Comment: this is nothing like our last couple of Berry’s “Orkney” single malts, it is much more sherried and closer to the Highland Park house style; regardless this is a lovely expression, everything I wish the HP18 could be, and more!” – $180

Berry’s Tormore 1995 KWM Cask – 50% – 25 Year – Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: bright, toasty, and spicy with earthy tones; barley sugars, pine resin, and French roast coffee beans before the tangy fruits emerge: Five Alive, dried apricots and mango dusted in black pepper; French pastries dusted in powdered sugar. Palate: An explosion of flavours going in so many directions all at once it is hard to keep track of them; thick, honeyed and toasty with a touch of musty old oak (no surprise there); layered with fruits, more Five Alive, apricot jam and pushing into the tropical realm: papaya, pineapple and more mango dusted with pepper; it is decadent too, with clotted cream and creme caramel; decadent baking spices, barley sugar, and subtle piney tones. Finish warm, coating, silk, and rich; it stays decadent and fruity all the way to the end. Comment: something kept drawing me deeper on the nose, while the palate left me salivating for more; old Tormore can be magical, but it is very hit or miss; this one is a home run if I do say so myself!” – $250



“25 Days of Dram Fine Whisky”, aka the KWM Whisky Calendar is back for the 8th straight year. Once again the calendar will have a fresh new look, which we will be revealing in late September. This year’s calendar includes 24 50ml premium whiskies, a custom logo Glencairn glass, and a 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky for Christmas Day. You can follow along on the KWM Blog starting December 1, or one of our various social media channels, as we introduce and discuss each day’s whisky. And there is more…

Last year, inspired by Covid and the rise of Zoom events, we held 5 Whisky Calendar Recap Tastings throughout the month of December. They were such a big hit that we knew we’d have to bring them back again this year. Accordingly, we will hold tastings for participants in this year’s Calendar on December 5, 10, 15, 20, and after Christmas on 29th. Each of them will cover the 5 prior day’s whiskies in the Calendar.

The whiskies this year include 3 KWM exclusive casks, a number of whiskies in their 20s, and more than a dozen distilleries and producers never before featured in any of our prior Whisky Calendars. We also worked hard to keep the pricing as reasonable as we possibly could this year, which wasn’t easy. Prices have been rising across the board, and supply chain issues have affected everything from the availability of glass and cardboard to delays in shipping and bottling. Never the less we are confident that we have put together another amazing product this year, and we know you are going to love it!

Best of all, if you select the pre-pay pre-order option, you will save $60. This option was very popular last year, and completely sold out 2020’s original production in just 2 weeks!

We anticipate the KWM 2021 Whisky Advent Calendars should be ready for pick up in early November. That is, as long as everything goes as planned (which, in the Covid Era, you can never be 100% sure of). But we’ve planned accordingly, and ordered early from all of our suppliers!

Two Options to Order the KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar

1. Pre-Pay Early Bird Special Offer – Select this option if you wish to save $60 on the regular price of $435, by prepaying now in full (please note this cannot be combined with other offers or discounts). You will be charged $375+gst when we receive your order. This offer will expire on September 22nd, or should we sell out.

2. Pay Later Pre-Order – If you want to reserve a KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar and pay the full price of $435+gst later, please select this option to submit your order, and you will not be charged until a few days before it is ready for pick-up.


We have a pretty packed tasting schedule over the next two months, and we are now starting to roll out some November events. This is just the first 5 (technically 2 are in October…), and don’t be surprised if we slip in a few more!

SMWS October 2021 Virtual Outturn – 10th Anniversary Edition

·     Date: Wednesday, October 6

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $40

·     Pick-Up Date: Available September 20

It is hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since we helped launch the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Canada. Over the last decade, the Society has released over 800 whiskies to its Canadian members, and we’ve hosted well over 200 Outturn tastings at KWM. It has been quite a ride, to say the least… We hope you’ll join us for the Society’s 10th Anniversary Outturn tasting on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 8 PM. As always your purchase limit is 2.We will sample 7 new releases, including a special bottling. *Tasting samples will be available for pick-up on Monday, September 20.

Cooper’s Choice Curiosities

·     Date: Tuesday, October 26

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $40

·     Pick-Up Date: Available September 14

Having recently received a curious parcel of bottlings from Cooper’s Choice, we knew we’d have to build a tasting around them. For one, there are a pair of Secret bottlings, one each from the Lowlands and Islay, and the Ileach is believed to come from a distillery that rhymes with Lardbeg! Also from the Lowlands, a region we rarely talk about, there is the first bottling we’ve ever seen from the new (established 2015) InchDairnie Distillery… and adding to the intrigue it is a peated Lowland single malt! We’ll also be sampling a 25 year old Old Rhosdhu, an intriguing Blended Malt, a Caol Ila and a late teens Ardmore. Expectations are high for this rag tag bag of drams! 8PM Tuesday October, 26.

Rare Malts: Single Casks & Small Batch Bottlings

·     Date: Tuesday, November 2

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $60

·     Pick-Up Date: September 15

The allure of this tasting should be almost self-explanatory… It is a range of Rare and Limited Edition malts, that we are dying to share with you. We will be sampling the Daftmill 2009, Ardnamurchan Paul Lanois, Compass Box Menagerie, and Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak as well as three brand spanking new KWM exclusive casks from Berry Bros. & Rudd: Orkney 2003 (Highland Park), Blended Malt 1999 (who knows what this is… and who cares? it’s awesome!), and Tormore 1995. None of the whiskies in this range have ever appeared in a prior KWM tasting, save perhaps the Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak, and I’d wager it’s been at least 10-12 years since we’ve cracked a bottle of that! 8PM Tuesday, November 2.

The Ultimate Bunnahabhain Tasting 271 Years

·     Date: Thursday, November 25

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $300

·     Pick-Up Date: Available September 24

A few of our team here, independently noted that we have a lot of old Bunnahabhains right now, and I mean a lot. There are the 43 and 44-year-old Director’s Special bottlings, 40 and 42-year-old Signatory Vintage bottlings and the Port Askaig 45 Year (also a Bunna) is returning this Fall. Add to that a Boutique-y Bunnahabhain 27 Year and a Bunnahabhain 30 Year OB I tucked away for a tasting, because there wasn’t enough to sell, and we had 271 years of Bunnahabhain just begging to be tasted… we couldn’t let this opportunity slip by without having an Ultimate Bunnahabhain Tasting! 8 PM, Thursday, November 25.

The Kinship Collection 2020 – 178 Years

·     Date: Tuesday, November 30

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $200

·     Pick-Up Date: Available September 30

It is likely someone will eventually purchase a full set of the Kinship Collection 2020 from us… but we won’t be selling two! That’s because one of those sets is going to get cracked for a tasting. How can it not?! The set is comprised of a 28-year-old Ardbeg and 30-year-old whiskies from Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Highland Park and Laphroaig. In all, it is 178 years of Islay malts & Highland Park. Reviews of the range are not so shabby either, averaging 90+pts on Whisky Base.



So, this is exciting. We’re the first store in Canada to get whiskies from Daftmill, and this is only the 2nd ever bottling from this distillery to come to Canada!

The 2009 Summer Batch Release was bottled in 2020, after 11 years, and at 46%. The release is limited to just 1785 bottles, with a tiny fraction of that coming to Canada. Matured in ex-Bourbon and First Fill Ex-Sherry. More details on our website.

Daftmill 2009 Summer Batch Release 2020 – 46% – 11 Year – Bourbon & Sherry – My Tasting Note: “Nose: thick, honeyed and fruity; there is something old-school about the nose, heading into lactic territory; dewy flours on a warm summer morning, soft melons and tart citrus; very decadent, a touch of leather and tobacco. Palate: bright, fruity and sweet with a velvety coating texture; more melons, citrus, and now some pineapple, apricot, and figs too; getting into tropical fruit territory; Creme Brule and dulce de leche; very creamy with floral vanilla and malted milk; a touch of chocolate, leather and tobacco as it evolves; subtle malt. warming spices and bakery tones. Finish: long, coating, and smooth with warming spices and more velvety oak; layered and elegant. Comment: this is quite simply a lovely whisky, and well worth the wait; it is old school with a lush, layered, and complex profile; what is most surprising to me is how subtle the malt is for its age; very well put together.” – $200 -89.92pts Whisky Base



A lot of the old and rare whiskies we get in need a bit of extra love, and deserve tasting notes written by what I hope is a trusted source… me! Here are my own thoughts on 6 recent arrivals, all of them lovely!

Boutique-y Bruichladdich Batch 20 27 Year – 42.9% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: soft, delicate and fruity; saltwater taffy, Starburst fruit candies and honeycomb;  bright citrus, Jelly Bellies and a touch of subtle cheesy funk (Creme de Bourgogne?). Palate: still light, soft, and faintly cheesy; more saltwater taffy, Starburst and Jelly Bellies; honeycomb and beeswax with velvety toasted oak and malted milk; heading in the tropical direction; faint leather and notes suggestive of sherry with patience. Finish: still light, fruity and waxy; medium in length but complex. Comment: this is a dangerously drinkable refill cask matured Laddie, left to develop slowly in the cask for more than a quarter of a century; I’m a big fan of this oxidative style of whisky; in this case, we’ve ended up with a slightly cheesy and very fruity malt that you could drink all night long!” – $430

Boutique-y Bunnahabhain Batch 18 27 Year – 42.6% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: ooh, it’s starting off a bit old school; Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Eatmore and soft leather; Manuka honey, agave nectar, and tropical fruits: kiwis, papaya, and quince paste; fig jam and dates drizzled in honey. Palate: still old school, leather, chocolate, and spices with a faint hint of smoke; Eatmore, chocolate orange, and marzipan; the tropical fruits are still there, shunted to the side a bit by the soft sherry tones and darker fruits; it slowly builds shedding more and more layers as it goes. Finish: medium in length and pleasant with fading fruits, chocolate leather, and spices. Comment: this one is a bit of a sleeper, needing a bit of patience; those who stick with it are rewarded with an old school subtly sherried profile; a fine old malt, right in my wheelhouse!” – $400

Boutique-y Glentauchers Batch 10 44 Year 41.1% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: ancient, waxy, antique-y, and old-school, in a word, divine; silky with oodles of tropical fruits, soft leather, Manuka honey, and balanced oak; kiwi, mango, papaya, cantaloupe in the fruit department; you can instantly tell this is old, but it is far from over the hill. Palate: magnificent; still old and antique-y, but also juicy with a velvety-waxy mouthfeel; fancy leather sofas, polished oak, Manuka honey, and bags of tropical fruits: more mango, papaya, kiwi, canteloupe and throw in some canned pineapple too; building oak spices and sugars. Finish: medium in length it stays lush, coating, complex and fruity; it leaves you thirsting for more. Comment: I figured it would be good, but it is in fact great; this is everything you want a nearly half-century-old Speyside whisky to be; reminiscent of some 40+ year-old G&M bottlings from decades past; magnificent stuff!” – $1275

Signatory Unnamed Islay 1992 Single Malt 52.5% – 28 Year – Bourbon Barrels – My Tasting Note

Nose: clotted cream, marmalade, salted caramel, and dulce de leche with an infusion of fruity smoke; floral and perfumed with gentle peat; French croissants, marzipan, and fruit flan; this is tropical and antique-y. Palate: round, firm, and smoky; the earthy peat came in more firmly than I expected, dragging crisp spices behind it; on second sip the decadent creamy tones and fruits make their presence; more clotted cream, salted caramel, and old English butterscotch; candied orange, grilled pineapple, honeydew melon, and apricots; the peat is firm but not sharp, and is without a medicinal tinge. Finish: long, coating, and creamy with fading fruits and peat; like the nose, it has an antique-y feel to it. Comment: before we begin the speculation on what it is, I should clearly point out that this is quite simply a lovely dram, and a fine example of an older Islay malt; when we bought this, on spec, I figured it was Laphroaig, as we’ve seen a decent amount of comparably aged, undisclosed whisky from Laphroaig; but the rumour mill has it that this is likely either Ardbeg or Lagavulin; if I had to wager, based on the profile, and having compared it to some other twenty-something Ileachs, I guess it was Lagavulin… but most signs still seem to point to Laphroaig; but here is the real question, does it matter?!” – $665

SMOS Director’s Sp. Bunnahabhain 43 Year – 41.4% – Sherry Butt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: old and antique-y, shades of the Port Askaig 45 Year (another sherried old Bunna); dark chocolate shavings on cappuccino foam; subtly floral with delicate tropical fruit tones. Palate: it shines on the palate, old and antique-y, but far from over oaked; soft leather, dark chocolate shavings and licorice allsorts; a trace of treacle sauce and maple syrup but moving mostly in the tropical fruits direction: ripe mango, papaya and bananas just about to turn. Finish: soft, fruity and toasty it aresses the palate and leaves the mouth watering in anticipation of more. Comment: an exercise in subtlety and complexity it reminds me most of the Port Askaig 45 Year, just not quite as tropical; lots of layers to this elegant old malt.” – $1950

SMOS Director’s Sp. Bunnahabhain 44 Year – 42.4% – Sherry Butt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: soft with dumpy sherry notes, dark milk chocolate and creme caramel; almost impossibly delicate with notes of fig jam, toffee chews and candied orange peel; a touch earthy and floral to round things out with hints of Christmas cake. Palate: big, round and very fruity with more dark milk chocolate, Toffee-fe and creme caramel; grows on the palate, becoming richer with more fig jam, Christmas cake and fruity tobacco; earthy with soft spices the floral tops notes are somehow hanging on; nutty sherry and polished old leather. Finish: medium long and rewarding; Christmas cake, dark chocolate and fruity tobacco. Comment: like the 43 Year sister bottling, this one has shades of the Port Askaig 45 Year, but never quite matches up; this one is darker and less tropical than the 43 Year, and it is dangerously drinkable; the finish has me chasing the proverbial dragon…” – $2000


The 2020 Hunter Laing Kinship Collection has just arrived. Only available as a complete set, the 2020 Kinship Collection Includes a 28 year old Ardbeg and 30 year olds from Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Highland Park and Laphroaig.

1. Ardbeg 28 Year – 50.1% – Distilled 1992 – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Salt-sprayed peat on the nose, with iodine, clove, cookie dough, heather honey, and cinnamon. Palate: Quite tarry on the palate, with medicinal notes, liquorice, camphorwood, and a touch of orange zest along with peat as on a sea breeze. Finish: It leads to a lemony, lingering, and effortlessly elegant finish.” – 90.33pts Whisky Base

2. Bowmore 30 Year – 58% – Distilled 1989 – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Dark fruit notes with light peat reek on the nose, alongside nutmeg, walnuts, figs and dates. Palate: Crispy bacon, sweet lemons, leather, prunes and tobacco on the palate alongside honeyed almonds, burnt orange zest and clove. Finish: Top-class Oloroso sherry-matured Bowmore depth and elegance.” – 89.5pts Whisky Base

3. Bunnahabhain 30 Year – 45.5% – Distilled 1989 – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Fresh lemon zest, ginger, almonds, nutmeg, malt filled grist bin, ozone on the nose. Palate: Markedly fresh and salivating arrival on the palate, subtle at first, growing with time encompassing citrus, brine and a sponge-cake sweetness. Finish: A beautifully delicate and elegant Bunnahabhain.” – 89.89pts Whisky Base

4. Caol Ila 30 Year – 42.4% – Distilled 1989 – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Honeydew melon on the nose with Maldon sea salt, smoked ham, bandages, candied almonds and Islay peat smoked. Palate: On the palate there is a gristy malty note, lime zest, Seville orange, new leather, fine tobacco and a typical Caol Ila ashiness leading to a wonderfully refined finish.” – 90.2pts Whisky Base

5. Highland Park 30 Year – 43.1% – Distilled 1989 – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Very heathery on the nose with earthy, mossy notes, malt biscuits in an old cupboard, candied lemon zest on a windy shore, faint hints of peat phenol. Palate: Continues on BBQ surf and turf and malty notes with highland heather honey. Finish: An intensity of flavours along with the complexity for which the distillery is famous.” – 89.5pts Whisky Base

6. Laphroaig 30 Year – 53.6% – Distilled 1990 – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Wet, smouldering Islay peat, iodine and tar on the nose. Palate: Rich and expansive on the palate with nutmeg, bandages, malty notes, new leather boots beside a peat fire and a touch of liquorice. Finish: The whole leads to a long, satisfyingly smokey finish – the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove.” – 90.86pts Whisky Base

Only available as a complete set.

The Kinship Collection 2020 – $8250+gst

View the Kinship Collection Online!


Well, these two have seemingly come from out of nowhere. The first is a limited edition and the second is a single cask bottled exclusively for Alberta! We did get a preview of the Paul Launois at our Ardnamurchan tasting in the Spring. The single cask has been bottled exclusively “Canada”, but whom are we kidding? We all know that means Alberta, and we are apparently the only market in the World to get its own cask! The whisky was made from unpeated barley, matured in an American oak ex-Bourbon barrel.

Ardnamurchan AD/04:21 Paul Launois – 57.6% – – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Jellied fruits give way to an Auld Alliance of fresh croissants with strawberry jam and warm Aberdeenshire butteries. Honeydew melon with nougat and vanilla ice cream. Palate: Strawberry tart, muscovado, and apple strudel with orange bitters and pink peppercorns on the finish.” – $190 – 86.88pts Whisky Base

Ardnamurchan AD/CK.358 07:15 59.3% – ex-Bourbon Barrel – Distilled 2015 – 30PPM – Concerto Barley – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy and honeyed with citrus fruits; lush, floral and cheesy… Isle of Mull Cheddar perhaps, which isn’t far…; cedar shavings shelled peanuts and clean smoke; hemp ropes, wood sailing skiffs, and seaspray… Palate: big, bold and surprisingly smoky… this is a bit of a beast; creamy and honeyed, the buttery oak quickly makes way for earthy-ashy peat, tarry ropes, and salted caramel; there’s plenty of fruit there, loads of citrus, but also baked apple and poached pear, with more cheddar or even a bit of blue topped with honeycomb; lovely with lots of layers, now I’m getting into icing sugar and cupcakes. Finish: this is a whisky that comes roaring in, makes a statement, and then slowly fades away; the ashy smoke and toasted oak notes linger longest. Comment: this takes me back to sailing in my youth in the Maritimes on old wooden sailboats; it is also reminiscent of Longrow, Ardbeg, and on the nose even a young Brora; I expected it would be good, it is in fact even better! ” – $190


This is only the 2nd bottling of Kavalan matured in Madeira to come to Canada, and it will be the last for a while; they don’t fill a lot of Madeira casks. Bottled at 55.6%.

Kavalan Solist Madeira Cask – 55.6% – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Fresh fruits such as grapes and apples are met with sweet spices. Popping through the nose of rich baked red fruit are hidden toffee and vanilla, followed by hints of tobacco leaf and sweet cherries. Palate: Rich and creamy with apricots and melons, topped with white pepper, cinnamon sprinkles, and zesty cherries. Finish: A sweet and fruitful, well-balanced finish with touches of oak, spices, cinnamon sticks and caramelized sugars – with of course, a delightful Madeira cherry note on top.” – $280


The Amrut Cask Strength isn’t new, I suppose, but we haven’t seen it in a while. The Amrut Bagheera is new though, and it comes as a gift pack, so that’s fun!

Amrut Cask Strength – 61.8% – Indian Barley – American Oak – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Classic house style with glorious bourbon notes fused with the richest of barley statements; not entirely unlike caramelized biscuit dunked in coffee; oh, and a bit of spicy attitude, too. Taste: There we go with that unique bitter-sweet overture where the oaks and barley appear joined at the hip; lovely soft oils and then a sharp jolt of blood orange citrus, which is removed by something more buttery and delicate. Finish: Long, elegant with the most intricate of fades with the oaks showing various bourbon then buttery characteristics; there is a trace of dark sugar and cocoa to help it along its way.” – $105

Amrut Jungle Book Tie-In Bagheera Gift Pack – 46% – 99% Unpeated & 1% Peated Malt – Sherry Cask Finish – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Salted caramel in tandem with dark chocolate. There is an array of fruity notes presumably dried fruits with underlying oak tone. There is a hint of sandalwood and becomes floral with time. Taste: A fruity affair complemented by floral tones and the experience is very oily too. The middle ground is creamy and the sandalwood and wood phenols show their face but completely controlled by an underlying peat note. Finish: Sweet and dry peat finish.” – $140


The Balblair 17 year is usually only available through Duty-Free, but that market’s misfortune is our gain, it would seem. 87.86pts Whisky Base

Balblair 17 Year – 46% – “Matured initially in American oak ex-bourbon casks, followed by first fill Spanish oak butts for exceptional depth and charisma.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Mature notes of bitter chocolate and juicy sultanas with a hint of antique polished wood. Palate: Root spices and thick honey complemented by bonfire night toffee apples. Finish: Vibrant with orange zest, candied fruit, and just a hint of wood smoke.” – $158


About New Riff, in the producer’s own words: “We are a new riff on an old tradition, that tradition or theme being Kentucky Bourbon. Founded in 2014 by Ken Lewis, a visionary Kentucky liquor retailer and entrepreneur, New Riff is led by a team of corporate refugees ranging from craft beer to politics and more. New Riff crafts a range of whiskeys—Bourbon, Rye, and eventually Malted Rye and a host of specialty recipes—as well as Kentucky Wild Gin. Our mission is simple: to someday be counted among the world’s great small distilleries. Becoming one of the great small distilleries of the world is a long term play, with no exact ring to win, or title to be declared.

We are independently owned by one family, and that independence, the freedom from outside pressures and interests has allowed us to make an unforeseen declaration for quality: for perhaps the first time since the inception of the Bottled in Bond Act in 1897, a Kentucky sour mash whiskey distillery has committed itself exclusively to that quality standard, the world’s highest. And we proudly lift that bar even higher by bottling without chill filtration. We stand behind this combination of classic American entrepreneurship and ingenuity; passion and knowledge born from one of the world’s great spirit regions; and a talented team individually committed to doing things the right way.

1. New Riff Bottled in Bond Kentucky Bourbon – 50% – High Rye Bourbon 30%, 65% Corn & 5% Barley – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Butterscotch rounding into fresh oak, with hints of vanilla and rye spice. Taste: Broad, fulsome mouthfeel, leading to a sweeter vanilla accent, before a gathering of rye spices (clove, cinnamon, mint, dark berry) into the finish. Finish: Long, rye-led finish, with brambly red-black fruits amid white pepper and clove.” – $98 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

2. New Riff Bottled in Bond Kentucky Rye – 50% – 100% Rye (5% malted rye) – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Spicy and detailed, showing mint, black pepper, and vanilla with hints of orange and oak. Taste: Cinnamon spice, vanilla and sweet toffee moving into a bold mouth feel with rich Rye spice, caramel and toasted oak. Complex flavors drink older than four-year-old. Finish: Bold Rye spice with vanilla buttercream and lingering brown sugar, plus a mineral-grassy Rye tone that fades slowly.” – $96 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

3. New Riff Single Barrel Barrel Strength Bourbon #2 – 51.8% – 65% Corn, 30% Rye & 5% Malted Barley – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Butterscotch rounding into fresh oak, with hints of vanilla and rye spice. Taste: Broad, fulsome mouthfeel, leading to a sweeter vanilla accent, before a gathering of rye spices (clove, cinnamon, mint, dark berry) into the finish. Finish: Long, rye-led finish, with brambly red-black fruits amid white pepper and clove.” – $108 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

4. New Riff Single Barrel Barrel Strength Bourbon #3 – 53.1% – 65% Corn, 30% Rye & 5% Malted Barley – SAME TASTING NOTE AS ABOVE – “While each Single Barrel owns its specific flavor profile, New Riff Bourbon generally shows big and spicy flavors. This is not a light, delicate, simple whiskey—we have crafted for robust and fulsome flavor from start to finish.” – $108 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

5. New Riff Single Barrel Rye #2 – 52.55% – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Well balanced between nougat confection and rye-derived spices such as black pepper, clove, grains of paradise and pink peppercorns. Taste: Broad, fulsome mouthfeel, a sweet-spicy-savory interplay developing into floral rose and red fruit notes. Finish: Fine length and detail, showing potent rye spices which last and last.” – $108 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

6. New Riff Single Barrel Rye #3 – 52.6% – SAME TASTING NOTE AS ABOVE – “While each Single Barrel owns its specific flavor profile, New Riff Rye generally shows quite intense and focused spicy flavors. This is not a light, delicate, simple whiskey—we have crafted for robust and fulsome flavor from start to finish.” – $108 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

7. New Riff Single Barrel Rye #4 – 52.3% – SAME TASTING NOTE AS ABOVE – “While each Single Barrel owns its specific flavor profile, New Riff Rye generally shows quite intense and focused spicy flavors. This is not a light, delicate, simple whiskey—we have crafted for robust and fulsome flavor from start to finish” – $108 – Limit 1 Per Customer!


We were surprised, but far from disappointed, to have been offered another clutch of this superb anCnoc 125th Anniversary bottling. Every time we’ve had it in it’s flown off the shelf, probably because everyone on the whisky team can’t help but romance it!

A throwback in style to the old 16 Year Old anCnoc that was part of the company’s core range until about 5-6 years ago, this special bottling of the 16 is bottled at 53.5% ABV. Aged entirely in ex-Bourbon casks.

And better yet, the price has dropped since we last had it in!

anCnoc 16 Year 125th Anniversary – 53.5% – ex-Bourbon – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Sweet vanilla, notes of coconut & butterscotch toffee. Taste: Citrus, faintly spice, vanilla & green apple fruitiness.” – $150


Bottled at 43%, this single malt was created by blending Oloroso sherry-matured and sherry-finished casks of Tomintoul, including some peated casks, to create a whisky capable of standing up to big cigars!

Tomintoul Cigar Malt – 43% – Producer Description: “The Tomintoul Cigar Malt is also referred to as Tomintoul Cigar Malt Parejo, because it has been created to be the perfect ‘Parejo’ (Spanish for “partner”) to the world’s finest cigars. The rich and sweet oloroso sherry notes, creamy malt profile and gentle peat smoke make this single malt the perfect accompaniment to savour alongside your favourite cigar or just to appreciate and enjoy by itself.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Bold and pronounced with aromas of dried fruits, sweet spices, pecan pie and subtle peat smoke. Palate: Sweet and rich with layers of chocolate raisins, butter toffees and brambles mingled with black pepper and smoky spices. Finish: warming and long with notes of mocha, maple syrup and toasted oak lingering on the tongue.” – $125


The initial global release of this whisky is just 1700 bottles. Produced in a small batch, it has been bottled at 46%. Originally only released in Duty-Free markets, we had a case last year and we’re lucky to acquire another! 91.33pts Whisky Base

Producer Description: “The bottling has been aged for fully 33 years, and shows signs of some sherry maturation, ensuring a deep and complex flavour profile. This whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and without chill-filtration or colouration, meaning the drinker enjoys the full benefit of Craigellachie’s unique style and 33 years of maturation.

Craigellachie 33 Year – 46% – Producer Tasting Note: “Craigellachie 33 offers a muscular and intense palate, with notes of roasted pineapples, dark honey, thick vanilla custard, clove-studded orange rind, leather, raisins, toffee, pastry almond, beeswax, dark chocolate, overripe bananas, mint, apples, malty bread and butter, oats and peaches. A ludicrously complex and delicious dram.” – $1500 – 91.33pts Whisky Base


A few of these whiskies are only seen once or twice a year. All are limited to 1 per customer.

Macallan Rare Cask 2020 Release – 43% – Producer Description: “indulgent and highly sensorial whisky experience. Rare Cask is crafted from the finest and rarest sherry seasoned oak casks, unearthed by The Macallan Whisky Mastery Team using their knowledge, skill, passion, and creativity in their quest to seek out the extraordinary.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Soft notes of vanilla with rich raisin, followed by a sweet fusion of fresh apple, lemon and orange. Palate: An intense sweet raisin dominates before giving way to vanilla and dark chocolate, with layers of light citrus zest. Finish: Long, rich and velvety.” – $425 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

Macallan Estate – 43% – About the bottling: “Made from a single week’s distillation, from grains grown on the distillery’s estate, and matured in exclusive sherry seasoned Butts and Hogsheads. Bottled at 43%. The box features an inlay of hand-cut slate and is designed to reflect the area’s natural features.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Warm, comforting and homely notes of cinnamon. Wood spice and orange oil, opening into dried fruits with a sweet lemon, banana and caramel. Palate: Soft and warming with wood spice, opening into a dry oak flavour spiked with candied raisin and fresh fig. Moving into a sweet fresh orange and delicate fresh citrus. Finish: A sweet citrus twist.” – $325 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

Macallan 18 Year Double Cask – 43% – Producer Description: “The Macallan Double Cask 18 Years Old, a perfectly balanced single malt whisky matured for 18 years in both American and European sherry seasoned oak casks. Sherry seasoned American oak adds delicate vanilla to the subtle spice of European oak, delivering a whisky with a sweeter, warmer taste and character.

Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Dried fruit, ginger and toffee. Rich orange with hints of clove and nutmeg. Palate: Rich raisin and sultana with notes of caramel, vanilla and ginger, balanced by wood spice and zesty citrus. Finish: Warm oak spice with ginger, turning to sweet orange.” – $450 – Limit 1 Per Customer


Loads of exciting new KWM virtual tastings to look forward to this Fall. It is possible we’ll add a few more October events to the schedule, and the November tastings will be announced in September.

All of the tastings feature 7x 15ml samples, unless otherwise indicated!

Glengoyne Vertical with Gordon Dundas

·     Date: Friday, September 17

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Cost: $65

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

·     3 spots available

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen our friend Gordon Dundas, Brand Ambassador for Glengoyne and Tamdhu Distilleries. And in the last year, they’ve rebranded the Glengoyne range, so we thought it was high time we invited him to join us for a virtual vertical tasting. We’ll be tasting Glengoyne Cask Strength as well as the 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, and 30-year-olds. 5 PM, Friday, September 17.

Adelphi & Ardnamurchan with Connal Mackenzie

·     Date: Friday, September 24

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Cost: $55

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

·     Only 12 spots left!

Adelphi Distillery Sales Director Connal Mackenzie will be our guest as we sample a range of whiskies from Adelphi Distillery Ltd. We have five independent bottlings from their Adelphi range, including bottlings of BenRiach, Breath of Speyside, Caol Ila, Glenborrodale, and Springbank. We also have a pair of single malts, from Adelphi’s Ardnamurchan Distillery to sample, including a peated single cask. We held back stock of all of these releases, so participants will get first crack at the bottles! 5 PM, Friday, September 24.

Independent’s Day: Boutique-y Whisky with Dave Worthington Round 1

·     Date: Saturday, September 25

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Cost: $80

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

·     Only 6 spots left!

We’ve just received a boatload of exciting new whiskies from the That Boutique-y Whisky Company, so we’ve cajoled our friend and Boutique-y Global Brand Ambassador Dave Worthington into joining us for a couple of tastings. Dave always puts on a good show, and just might be joined by Sam Simmons, aka Dr. Whisky… we never can be sure! Round I will include a mature range of malts including a closed distillery bottling. Specifically: Ben Nevis 22 Year, Caperdonich 22 Year, Glengoyne 19 Year, Inchgower 14 Year, Inchmurrin 20 Year, Irish Single Malt #1 14 Year and Tobermory 24 Year. 5 PM, Saturday, September 25

Bourbon: Learning About New Riff

·     Date: Tuesday, September 28

·     Time: 6 PM

·     Cost: $30

·     Pick-Up Date: Target September 17

New Riff is coming to Kensington Wine Market (virtually)! We can finally showcase this Newport, Kentucky Distillery that has a big focus on Bottled in Bond and Single Barrel Bourbon and Rye Whiskey. Join Evan and special guest Jay Erisman – Distiller at New Riff – for an online guided tour through 6 samples of New Riff Bourbon and Rye Whiskey.

*Please note that this stating starts at 6 PM Calgary Time instead of our usual tasting time to accommodate our special guest, who will be joining us virtually from Kentucky.*

Independent’s Day: Feis Ile Take 2

·     Date: Thursday, September 30

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $100

·     Pick-Up Date: Available now!

Our last virtual Feis Ile tasting in the Spring/Summer was a bit of a fiasco… we had to postpone it for months due to global shipping problems. And in the end, we were never able to feature a couple of the whiskies we had hoped to showcase. So we’re doing it again, but we’re taking our range up a notch. On the tasting docket this time: Boutique-y Bunnahabhain 14 Year, Boutique-y Bruichladdich 27 Year, Grace Ile 25 Year, Peat’s Beast PX, Peat’s Beast 27 Year, Signatory Caol Ila 2010 & Signatory Unnamed 1992 Islay Single Malt. 8 PM, Thursday, September 30.

Independent’s Day: Boutique-y Whisky with Dave Worthington Round 2

·     Date: Friday, October 15

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Cost: $65

·     Pick-Up Date: Available now!

·     Only 8 spots left!

We’ve just received a boatload of exciting new whiskies from the That Boutique-y Whisky Company, so we’ve cajoled our friend and Boutique-y Global Brand Ambassador Dave Worthington into joining us for a couple of tastings. Dave always puts on a good show, and just might be joined by Sam Simmons, aka Dr. Whisky… we never can be sure! Round 2 will include a pair of teaspooned “Blended Malts” believed to be 25-year-old Balvenie and 24-year-old Glen Scotia. In addition to that we’ll sample Bunnahabhain 10 Year, Glen Elgin 22 Year, Glen Garioch 29 Year, Tobermory 12 Year and an unnamed 10 Year Islay Single Malt. 5 PM, Friday, October 15

Wine vs Whisky with Abi & Evan

·     Date: Friday, October 22

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $55

·     Pick-Up Date: Day of the tasting! Friday, October 22

Abi knows Wine.

Evan knows Whisky.

What would happen if they switched roles?

For this tasting, Evan will select and talk about samples of wine while Abi will take charge on the whisky side, choosing three samples as well. Worlds will collide on this wine and whisky tasting. Which choices will come on top?

Included in the tasting kit:

– 3x 1.7 oz / 50 ml samples of wine

– 3x 0.5 oz / 15 ml samples of whisky

– A few small Halloween-themed snacks for pairing.

This offers enough of a sample size for all the singles out there. Those of you making a date night out of it might want to purchase two kits.

*Because the wine is a bit more perishable than the whisky, we will not be pouring it into sample bottles until the day of the tasting. Samples will not be ready for pickup until the day of the tasting*

Really Rare & Old Things Andrew Wants to Taste Take 2

·     Date: Thursday, October 28

·     Time: 8PM

·     Cost: $275

·     Pick-Up Date: Available now!

·     Only 8 spots left!

* Different whiskies than those pictured above… same shit-eating grin on Andrew’s face!

The concept here is pretty simple, even if the price tag appears eye-watering… there are a lot of rare and old things Andrew wants to try, and if he’s interested in them, there’s a good chance you might be too! For this round, we have a couple of closed distillery bottlings and an otherwise mature old selection of things. You’ll taste Caperdonich 2000, Clynelish 1995, Jura 1992, Mosstowie 1979, Highland Malt (Clynelish) 42 Year, Glentauchers 44 Year and Glenlivet 1973. An assortment of whiskies from Gordon Macphail, Signatory, and That Boutique-y Whisky Company, which would set you back close to $12K. There are some really cool whiskies in this tasting, you won’t want to miss it! 8 PM, Thursday, October 28.


Physical distancing is made easy with curbside pickup. Order online or by phone, wait for confirmation your order is ready then call us when you are out front.


We are proud to offer Free City Wide Delivery on all orders over $100 Monday-Friday! Orders under $100 are subject to a flat rate $10 deliver fee. We are expecting high demand for delivery after the sale so please be patient!


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Mon – Wed 10AM – 8PM

Thurs & Fri 10AM – 9PM

Sat 10AM – 8 PM

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*All Prices Quoted here are subject to change and do not include GST. In the case of pricing discrepancies, the price at our point of sale will be taken as correct.*




The world’s most entertaining whisky club honours its members in style with events and tastings across the UK for their annual September Gathering.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) celebrates its annual September Gathering by showcasing a range of whisky tasting events across its signature UK venues.

Throughout the month the Society is hosting a series of events for members and non-members, with one exciting activation every weekend across each of their four UK locations; Glasgow, London, Edinburgh Queen Street, and The Vaults, Leith.

The Gathering 2021 launches at The Vaults on Friday, 4 September and ends with a virtual tasting on Thursday, 30 September.

As part of the Gathering, the Society has partnered with Linn Products, creators of some of the world’s finest music systems.

Founded in Glasgow in 1973, Linn goes to extremes to pursue musical perfection and designs and manufactures premium music systems that bring consumers closer to the music that they love.

The partnership will feature Linn Lounges at Society’s London and Glasgow venues, offering both members and non-members the opportunity to taste whisky whilst enjoying music from some of the worlds most decorated bands.

Other key events in this year’s programme include The Gathering’s take over at Glasgow’s WEST Brewery, which includes a three-course dinner and a five-dram tasting event hosted by Master Ambassador, John McCheyne and, a spectacular festival of whisky in Edinburgh’s Queen Street Gardens, featuring dram bars, culinary delights from local producers and a live DJ performance from long-standing BBC radio presenter, Vic Galloway.

Helen Stewart, Head of Marketing and Membership at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, said: “For this year’s Gathering we have taken advantage of our four stunning Members’ Rooms to celebrate the love of whisky with our members.

“The 2021 Gathering line-up features a wealth of exciting events, which encourages our members to share their passion for whisky and offers the chance for new guests to explore the Society’s flavour profiles and what our Members’ Rooms have to offer.

“From a colourful festival of music and whisky to dram tastings and Society suppers, each occasion is incredibly unique and this year we look forward to welcoming our members and their guests to this annual celebration of our whisky community.”

For members ‘afar’ there will also be an immersive programme of home entertainment and virtual tastings, to bring ‘the spirit of The Vaults’ to members, no matter where they are.

Joe Rodger, Linn International Brand Manager, added: “The parallels between good whisky and good music run more than skin deep. Music is the soundtrack to the best times of our lives, and when it’s done right, we savour the difference.

“We are both proud and excited to be partnering with the SMWS. The meticulous focus on quality and provenance of Scotch whisky aligns beautifully with our own mission; we know our music systems are in good company, alongside whisky, as Scotland’s finest exports.”

For details on all the events and to buy tickets, visit:

September Gathering Programme 

Edinburgh, The Vaults – 4th September: 

  • 4th September – The Gathering in the Courtyard. Members will have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for a tasting session throughout the day. These include a rum tasting with Society ambassador Olaf Meier and an in-depth tasting session featuring this year’s Gathering exclusive releases hosted by The Vault’s own Dean M.

Edinburgh, Queen Street – 11th September:

  • 11th September – Gathering in the Gardens. For an extra £20, members will be able to take part in a signature one-hour Gathering tasting masterclass, taking place at 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm.

London, Greville Street – 17th September – 18th September

  • 17th September and 18th September – Greville Street: Linn Lounge – Fleetwood Mac Whisky and Music Experience.

Glasgow, Bath Street – 24th – 25th September

  • 22nd September – Bath Street: Linn Lounge – Led Zeppelin Whisky and Music Experience.
  • 25th September – The Gathering goes West.
  • 29th September – Bath Street: Linn Lounge – Pink Floyd Whisky and Music Experience.

For more information about The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership click here.

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About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 27,000 members and branches around the world.
  • The SMWS bottles rare single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society bottles single malts, unique single casks and exclusive blends
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 140 distilleries from Scotland and beyond
  • The Society offers a new batch of around 20 single malt whiskies every month
  • The Society offers a variety of membership packages that can be tailored. Please see:
  • For more information about the Society, visit:—Gathering-homepage
  • Twitter: @SMWSUK Facebook: @thesmwsuk Instagram: @smws_uk

Inverurie Whisky Shop “Join us for a Whisky Tour” – Scotch Whisky News


We held our first Whisky Tour in 18 months last weekend and were delighted to get back on the road. It was an excellent trip and the weather held out for a wonderful day full of great whisky, expert tour guides and fantastic food.

“Awesome day ~ Michael – great whisky, great knowledge, beautiful scenery… – what more can you ask for!”


We take care of everything for you during our tours, from the moment you enquire we are dedicated to offering a personal and professional service to ensure that your day out goes off without a hitch. Our fantastic relationship with a host of great distilleries allow us to offer unique offerings not always available to other tour companies.

Our secret stops are always a wee surprise as we take you to some hidden locations and pour a great whisky to truly immerse you in the landscape. Our guides, Mike and Russell also work in the shop and host our tasting events, so are full of wonderful knowledge and stories to keep your group entertained throughout the day.

With plenty of choice to offer you, we are sure to provide the most avid whisky fan with a unique journey, if it is for a family occasion, holiday experience or a business entertainment trip. Our tour bus is also dog friendly!



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We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a Benromach tasting at Milroy’s of Soho. The tasting will be hosted by the UK Brand Ambassador Luke Todd-Wood who will be talking us through this fantastic range.

Benromach 10yo
Benromach 15yo
Benromach Cask Strenght
Benromach Peat Smoke
Benromach 21yo

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Cotswolds Distillery “We’re officially a Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award Winner!” – English Whisky News

We are absolutely delighted to announce that this year we have been named a Travellers’ Choice Award Winner by Tripadvisor for the second year running; in other words, we are in the top 10% of attractions worldwide! The Travellers’ Choice Award celebrates attractions that consistently deliver outstanding experiences to travellers around the world and we couldn’t be more honoured to receive this accolade. We would like to thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to leave us a review over the past few years – your support is greatly appreciated.

If you haven’t already visited our distillery or you’d like to visit us again, why not join us for one of our distillery experiences? We hope to see you soon!


Edinburgh Whisky Academy “Like school, but better 🥃” – Whisky School News


Like school, but better

This autumn, pursue your passion and do something useful with your time online. Our back to school programme encourages you to indulge your interest in whisky, while accumulating professional skills with piles of potential to set you up for success.

Whether your goal is to change careers, upskill or to simply get more enjoyment from your favourite drams, our suite of certificates, modules and diplomas provide access to expert practitioners across modular self-study, video tutorials and in-person teaching.


Learning highlights

Online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky

Our flagship course and highest award. Sign yourself up for a challenging yet enjoyable journey into the heart of Scotch. Plus, if you’ve already enjoyed a certificate course, you can claim back the cost against the diploma, either online or in-person. The in-person dates are available here.

“A solid foundation for anyone who’s passionate about the world of whisky and looking to take that knowledge to new heights.”
Robert Abad, August 2021


Certificate in Scotch Whisky

Boost your appreciation of Scotch. Work through a series of interactive exercises, videos and pop quizzes and discover more about all things aqua vitae.

“The online course is very well put together. I have studied whisky for over 14 years and this course actually taught me more than the last 5 books I have read. Highly recommend!”
Bryne Valenzuela, August 2021

Certificate in Irish Whiskey

Explore the world of uisce beatha across a series of video lessons and interactive exercises written by Irish whiskey experts Fionnán O’Connor and Matt Healy.

“I thought I knew a lot about Irish whiskey already, but the course is a wealth of knowledge!”
Shane McGlynn, June 2021


Focus on Flavour

Unlock the flavour secrets within your favourite drams in this short standalone module. Explore the chemistry behind flavour origination and enhance your enjoyment of every dram.

Very good, in-depth information about whisky flavour making.”
Dennis Kruize, November 2020


Wake Up Your Whisky Nose

Tap into the wonders of smell, emotion and memory in this short standalone module. Learn how to train your nose and become a better whisky taster.

“I’m now more acquainted with my life long tipple, Slàinte Mhath!”

Scott Rennie, April 2020


Diploma in the Art of Tasting Whisky

Want to go even further? Delve into your senses, learn more about flavour origination and the wonder of oak in this one-day multi-sensory experience at the spectacular location of Arniston House.

“It was a great experience. I definitely recommend it.” Daniel Zaharia, August 2021


Why study with us?

Here are five succinct reasons to be cheerful (when considering an Edinburgh Whisky Academy course):

1.  Trust our quality.

2.  Explore your passion.

3.  Learn from experts.

4.  Kickstart your career.

5.  Join our network.

Watch the video and read the more detailed reasons to sign up here.

Discover your unique learning journey

Wondering whether to study for a certificate, module or diploma? Read a quick explainer of our courses and resources to help with your decision making here.

Two of Sazerac’s Global Brands – Southern Comfort and Paddy’s Irish Whiskey Earn High Praise from 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – Whiskey News

Two of Sazerac’s Global Brands – Southern Comfort and Paddy’s Irish Whiskey Earn High Praise from 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge 

NEW ORLEANS, lA.  (Aug. 12, 2021) – The Sazerac Company is pleased to announce that its Southern Comfort and Paddy’s Irish Whiskey brands have received stellar rankings from the 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

Paddy’s Irish Whiskey earned an award rating of 90 signifying a “Excellent, Highly Recommended” standard. Judges cited the blend’s aromas of malt and cereal grains with touch of creamy and toasty finish in their decision. Southern Comfort also received high praise with a “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” award rating for its Black and Original whiskeys, each receiving an 89 and 86 respectively. Black was commended for its medium-bodied and rich taste while Original was recognized for its sweet spice and refreshing flavor.

“We look forward to participating in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge year after year because of their accurate and reliable results. We hope that their high regards for our Southern Comfort Original, Southern Comfort Black and Paddy’s Irish Whiskey products will excite new and existing consumers to try the liquids anyway and anywhere they like – from their next outdoor adventure to their at-home bar,” said Tiffany Wilburn, brand director at Sazerac Company, Inc.

The Ultimate Spirits Challenge seeks to identify the highest rated products across the spirits industry through a rigorous judging process where each product is reviewed under ideal tasting conditions. The process allows for each product to express its best characteristics in a realistic setting. Products are evaluated by the most respected and experienced authorities in the industry through blind panels in multi-stage assessments to remove any inherent or individual bias.

For more information on the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, visit Plus, visit for Southern Comfort and for Paddy’s Irish Whiskey to learn more about each brand.

About Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort was created in 1874 by M.W. Heron, a man born to do things his own way. His innovative recipe, blending stone fruit and spices with the harsh whiskeys of his time, created an iconic American taste. Nearly 150 years later, Southern Comfort is as one-of-a-kind as ever and enjoyed around the world. Satisfying on its own. Ideal in any mix. This is whiskey on its own terms. Made to be enjoyed on yours. For more information, visit, or follow via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Paddy’s Irish Whiskey

Paddy’s Irish Whiskey is an approachable, triple-distilled blend of grain, malt and pot-still, Paddy’s is mild and yet crisp, with a hint of honey. Paddy’s is the perfect session spirit for gathering ‘round for good times with friends. Triple-distilled from the finest barley and water from County Cork’s Irish countryside, Paddy’s matures for years in three types of oaken casks, acquiring its distinctively rich and golden color in dark, aromatic warehouses before being shipped directly from Ireland. For more information, visit, or follow via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Sazerac

Sazerac is one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers with operations in the United States in Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and global operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, India, Australia and Canada. For more information on Sazerac, visit

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