The Whisky Show 2018 – a preview – Whisky Show News


The Whisky Show 2018 – a preview

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show is almost upon us! It’s our tenth show this year and we’re celebrating in style – we’ve got more whisky than ever before, bigger masterclasses, excellent show bottlings and even a guest spirit…

The Whisky

We’re still building the complete dram list (expect it on the Wednesday before the show, like every year – please stop asking me…) but we’ve broken the 650 mark and are still chasing up the final few bottles.

So far on the list we have whisky from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Sweden, Denmark, India, Japan, Australia, Canada, USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Israel and the Netherlands.


Dream Drams

The Dream Drams are back: some of the world’s rarest and seldom-tasted whiskies, all open and ready to try. We’ll be updating the final list until the start of the show – as the distillers find dusty bottles hiding at the back of cupboards and at the bottom of spreadsheets – but you can find the current line-up over on the show website.

A few of the old and rare bottlings from last year

Like every year, make sure you get your Dream Drams in early – there isn’t much of any of these whiskies and they do run out. Grab any extra tokens you want early and make a beeline for your first choices.

Current highlights for me include Douglas Laing’s 50yo ‘Speyside’s Finest’ (it’s almost certainly a Glenfarclas), Springbank 32yo and the Rosebank Jealousy release, which I’ll be pouring on the Show Bottlings stand up on the mezzanine.

And if that’s not enough for you…


The Masterclasses

Every year we up the game when it comes to masterclasses and this year is no different. The Port Ellen Special Releases class (tasting the ninth through sixteenth editions with Georgie Crawford, former Lagavulin manager and now manager of the project to rebuild Port Ellen) and our ‘six of the best show bottlings’ classes are sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the others.

They run the gamut from a beginners tasting hosted by me, to a Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary tasting hosted by Edradour and Signatory owner Andrew Symington, who started working in the whisky world before I was born. There’s food pairing, geeky examinations of casks, history lessons, bourbon, new whisky makers, whisky heroes, and even a rum vs whisky battle featuring Luca Gargano and Whisky Exchange boss Sukhinder Singh. On top of all that, we’ve got cigar-pairing classes running through the day, matching up three different whiskies with the different stages of smoking a cigar. Truly something for everyone.

The complete list of classes is up on The Whisky Show website.


The Main Stage

Along with the masterclasses, we have a full program of short talks and demos through the weekend. Meet the distillers, hear what’s coming next, get geeky and try some great drams.

There are more seats this year, but definitely get there early to secure your spot

They’re all free to attend, but make sure you get there early – seats fill up quickly. You can find the complete schedule up on the show website.

The Future of Whisky – Fever-Tree and

This year’s overarching theme is ‘the future of whisky’ and we’ve asked soft drinks expert Fever-Tree and whisky magazine to each create a room that shows what they think is coming next. As you might expect, they’ve come up with very different ideas…

Head into the Fever-Tree Perfect Pairings bar to try a range of highballs. Whisky is commonly mixed around the world, but drinkers are realising there’s more to it than taking a random dram and splashing in soda or Coke. Fever-Tree have pulled together a collection of great pairings and they’ll be serving them up for you to try. have created the Future Trends Lab, a curated room of experimental ideas from packaging to production to drinking, bringing together drinks experts from across the industry. Step into the unknown in the sensory transportation room, leap into European rye spirit, explore non-alcoholic whisky and discover botanical spirits that combine the past with the future of drinking. There’s quite a lot to see…


The Show Bottlings

While there’s loads more to see at the show (including lunch, whisky and food pairings, coffee, book signings, photo competitions and more), make sure you come and see me on the show bottlings stand. I’ve got a stack of great whiskies to pour, from very special bottles that are being to launched at the show to new Whisky Exchange exclusives and a couple of secret treats.

If you recognise this whisky, then definitely come to the show bottlings stand…

Full details will be released soon, but for now all I can say is that the show bottlings are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, and that if you like fruity Irish whiskey, you need to pop by.


While Saturday is sold out, there are still Sunday tickets and a few weekend passes available. You can get them and find out loads more information at The Whisky Show website.

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September at Old Billingsgate in London. It is going to be excellent.





Members of the iconic whisky club will sample the same five drams from the Society’s flavour spectrum

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) will be bringing their spiritual home in Edinburgh, The Vaults, to members across the world through a unique virtual tasting.

The tasting will be streamed live on the SMWS Facebook page ( at 7pm (UK time) Monday 24th September with members invited to join in the tasting of five special drams from across the Society’s flavour spectrum. To get involved, visit 

Join in the live tasting from around the world

Limited edition five-dram Discovery Packs are available to members for £35 to ensure that everyone taking part, regardless of where they are in the world, will taste the same hand-selected drams during the live tasting hosted by Master Brand Ambassador John McCheyne.

SMWS are also offering these Discovery Packs as part of an exclusive membership offer, which includes the five-dram 35th Anniversary pack and Society membership, for £89 here:

This is the first time that the SMWS will be hosting a tasting event that will encompass all of its global members, therefore creating a rare opportunity for like-minded enthusiasts worldwide to have a shared whisky experience and interact directly.

SMWS Master Brand Ambassador, John McCheyne, said: “It’s not often we get the opportunity to bring our global members together, so we’re really looking forward to having this experience and celebrating the last 35 years.

“Creating a community of whisky lovers was something that the Society was founded on and we continue to pride ourselves on that. This virtual tasting is a fantastic opportunity to see the scale which that community has grown over the years.”

Experience the event in person

There is the opportunity to experience this historic moment first hand, by attending the tasting live at The Vaults in Edinburgh. The price of the event ticket includes the five-dram Discovery Pack.

The tasting will also be streamed simultaneously to the Society’s Queen Street and Greville Street Member’s Rooms in Edinburgh and London respectively, giving people the opportunity to enjoy this historic experience in the company of fellow members. For more information on screenings of the event see here:

Separate tastings will take place to allow to different time zones and will be screened to members in other countries, including Australia.

Members taking part in the virtual tastings are encouraged to join the conversation and share their experience of the event using #SMWSat35. 

35th Anniversary Virtual Tasting Discovery Pack includes;

29.249 Sweet black tea in the surgery • Heavily Peated • 2nd fill ex-PX hogshead • 21 years

35.214 Without pretence • Sweet, Fruity & Mellow • 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel • 22 years

63.49 In the dark of the abyss • Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits • Refill ex-oloroso butt • 11 years

93.94 The final trawl • Oily & Coastal • Refill ex-bourbon barrel • 15 years

135.6 Cones vs crones • Spicy & Dry • 2nd fill ex-bourbon hogshead • 10 years

For more information on membership including a special offer on membership and the 35th Anniversary Discovery Pack, visit

Twitter: @SMWSUK  


About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

  • The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an international whisky club that bottles rare single cask, single malt whisky, and a range of other spirits
  • The Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983 and now has more than 26,000 members and branches around the world
  • The Society only ever bottles single casks – each cask is unique, making every Society bottling a limited edition
  • The Society has bottled whisky from more than 135 distilleries in its history
  • The Society releases a new batch of around 30 single cask, single malt whiskies every month
  • The Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar and Shop has over 200 whiskies on offer and is open to everybody
  • The Society offers a variety of membership’s packages which can be tailored. Please see
  • For more information about the Society, visit

Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – Fall Tasting Schedule & Whisky Advent 2018 – Scotch Whisky News


Malt Messenger Bulletin – Fall Tasting Schedule & Whisky Advent 2018

The whisky weather has struck early in Alberta and other parts of Western Canada. I hope this doesn’t come across as cold comfort, but we have some whisky news that might just warm you up and brighten these cold late summer days a little. It has been a wee while since the last Malt Messenger and there is lots of news to share. I will have a full Malt Messenger out next week, but in the meantime hopefully this Malt Messenger Bulletin will fill the gap. Only a few pieces of whisky news for you, but they are all yuge!

First and foremost, we are now taking pre-orders for our  Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar. The 2018 Edition features 25 all-new, never before featured whiskies. There are 24 50ml whiskies, one for every day of Advent, and a 25th100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky for Christmas Day. There is also a custom glass and discount card. This year’s edition includes no fewer than 7 single casks, 6 of them bottled exclusively for Kensington Wine Market.


We are offering early bird pricing of $340+gst on KWM 2018 Whisky Advent Calendars ordered before September 30, 2018. The price will be going up to $375+gst on October 1. This is a savings, including tax, of more than $35! More details below.

Secondly, our Fall 2018 Tasting Schedule is Now Online and Open for Registration. We have fun and educational Wine, Whisky, Beer and Spirits tastings for every budget now through the first days of December. This year we have added a second night for our ever-popular Fall Single Malt Festival. This bi-annual event, November 8, is always popular, and sells out early. Fortunately we decided to add a second night for the event (November 15th) and it is a good thing we did, the November 8 event is already sold out…

There are lots of great whisky and other spirits tastings coming up. Classic Single Malts, our intoduction to the world of Scotch whisky and SPEY Single Malt are coming up in the next few weeks. The SPEY tasting will feature six whiskies from the “Speyside Distillery” (not to be confused with the region), and will be hosted by Paul Dempsey, Brand Ambassador for Speyside Distillers. More details on the Fall Tasting Schedule below!


Finally, the Fall KWM Wine Times Newsletter is on its way to mailboxes near you. You can view online on our website now. One thing might stick out at the bottom of the page. Hunter Sullivan, a beloved member of the Kensington Wine Market team, has moved on. He will be missed and we wish him the best in all his future endeavours!

I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin!



In This Edition

  1. The Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar
  2. The Fall 2018 KWM Whisky Tasting Schedule
  3. Blow Out Pricing on WM Cadenhead

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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The Kensinton Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar 

Early Bird Pricing in Effect – SAVE $35 Until September 30th, 2018

25 Days of Dram Fine Whisky is Back! SAVE $35+gst, by pre-ordering your Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar before October 1st. This years edition features 25 all new whiskies, with a high proportion of single casks, and independent bottlings. The bulk of the Calendar is single malt Scotch whisky, with a few single malts from Canada, England and France. We will also have a Japanese whisky in the 2018 edition for the first time!

The KWM Whisky Advent Calendar consists of 24 50ml premium whiskies, one for each day of Advent. There is also a bonus 25th bottle, a 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society cask strength, single cask, single malt Scotch whisky. This year’s Society whisky will only be featured in the Calendar. You can follow along on social media with us, as well as on the KWM Blog, as we highlight the day’s whisky and its producer. The Whisky Advent Calendar also includes a discount card, giving you the chance to save on any must have bottles…

The  KWM 2018 Whsky Advent Calendar will be ready for pickup around the beginning of November. We are taking pre-orders now, including a $150 deposit. The balance of payment will be applied a week before the Calendars are ready for pickup. Order a KWM 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar for yourself or as a gift before October 1, and you will be able to take advantage of our $35 early bird discount.

You can order the Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar in-store, by phone 403-283-8000 and  online.

The Fall 2018 KWM Whisky Tasting Schedule 

Why Bother Trying to Resist

Our Fall Tasting Schedule has been online for about a week and a few of the tastings have al ready sold out, including last week’s “Introducing GlenAllachie” tasting with Alasdair Stevenson and this coming week’s “Rare Cadenhead” tasting. Our ever popular and legendary Fall Single Malt Festival has also sold out. No surprise there, it is always popular and one of the first tastings to fill. But fret not, we have added a second festival night, Thursday November 15. The whisky featured both nights will be equally impressive. Here is the tasting schedule:

  1. Introducing GlenAllachie – Tuesday September 11, 7PM -Billy Walker’s sale of BenRiach and GlenDronach to Brown-Forman was not his swan song. He had another act to stage; the birth of GlenAllachie as a single malt brand. Join the KWM team as we introduce you to their fabulous new core range of whiskies. - $20 – SOLD OUT
  2. Rare Cadenhead Single Malts - Tuesday September 18, 7PM – We get an amazing range of single malts from Cadenhead. Take Small Batch release #20 for example. We’ll work through a range of 7 whiskies distilled between 1989 and 1997. That’s seven whiskies 20 to 28 years of age, 180 years total… for $50! - $50 – SOLD OUT
  3. Classic Single Malts - Tuesday, September 25th, 7pm  – Forget regions, they are meaningless! Our introduction to the world of Single Malt Scotch Whisky is all about flavour. Are you ready to explore? - $35
  4. SPEY Single Malt - Tuesday, October 2nd, 7pm  – The Speyside Distillery’s whisky, to avoid confusion with the Speyside region,  trades under the name SPEY. We will work our way through the distillery’s range up to and including the legendary Lord Byron! - $20
  5. Making Bourbon Great Again -Thursday, October 11th, 7PM – Trump might be an a–hole, but we still love Bourbon in spite of a less than great US President with no taste! We’ll take you on a trip down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and to other parts of America, all in search of Great American Whiskey! - $30
  6. Very Rare Cadenhead - Tuesday, October 16th, 7PM  – We will dig into some real curiosities at this tasting, including a 1973 blend, a 1989 Bunnahabhain and a 1992 peated Irish single malt from Cooley! - $80
  7. Glorious Grains - Thursday, October 18th, 7PM – Looking for an old whisky that is also excellent value? There are some glorious old grain whiskies out there and you need to give them a closer look! - $50
  8. The Ginessaince – Tuesday, November 6t, 7PM – Gin is well into its new Golden Age. We’ll highlight some of the best local, craft and extremely small batch gins, and dabble in a few gin cocktails. Plus we’ll have a special expert guest! - $30
  9. Fall Single Malt Festival I - Thursday, November 8th, 7PM – Our world famous, ever popular, Fall Single Malt Festival is back. Limited to 100 participants, we will feature nearly as many whiskies. Oh, and it includes a KWM logo Glencairn glass! - $65
  10. Fall Single Malt Festival II - Thursday, November 15th, 7PM – This event is so popular, we had to offer a second night…  The evening is limited to just 100 participants and will feature nearly as many whiskies. Oh, and it includes a KWM logo Glencairn glass! - $65
  11. Masters of Malt - Thursday, November 29th, 7PM – Nothing but the oldest, rarest and most special whiskies are showcased at this tasting. Truly the Masters of Malt! - $125
  12. Merry Mex-mas - Tuesday, December 2, 7PM – We’ll celebrate the approach of Christmas like other Canadian Snowbirds by heading south! Join us in Oaxaca – beat the cold and stay festive with Mezcal and Mezcal cocktails. Feliz Navidad! - $35 

You can register for the tastings by phone 403-283-8000, in-store and online


Blow Out Pricing on WM Cadenhead 

SAVE 15-25% on 12 Cadenhead Small Batch Whiskies

We have 11 new Cadenhead Small Batch whiskies (next section), but before we can bring them all in, we need to clear out some of the old ones first. We have identified 12 Cadenhead Small Batch releases to blow out. They are on sale for 15-25% off.

Here is the list, descriptions and tastings notes are on the KWM Web site:

  1. Cadenhead Small Batch Strathclyde 1989 – $230 – SAVE 25% – 3 Left
  2. Cadenhead Small Batch Tullibardine 1993 – $215 – SAVE 25% – 3 Left
  3. Cadenhead Small Batch Linkwood 1992 – $225 – SAVE 25% – 2 Left
  4. Cadenhead Small Batch Port Dundas 1988 – $230 – SAVE 20%
  5. Cadenhead Small Batch Strathisla 1997 – $170 – SAVE 20% – 4 Left
  6. Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Grant 1992 – $225 – SAVE 20% – 1 Left
  7. Cadenhead Small Batch Glendullan 1996 – $175 – SAVE 20%
  8. Cadenhead Small Batch Speyside 1991 – $225 – SAVE 20%
  9. Cadenhead Small Batch North British 1985 – $260 – SAVE 20%
  10. Cadenhead Small Batch Caledonian 1987 – $365 – SAVE 15%
  11. Cadenhead Small Batch Glenrothes 2002 – $130 – SAVE 15% – 5 Left
  12. Cadenhead Small Batch Burnside 1987 – $320 – SAVE 15% – 4 Left


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

Whisky Weekend, Grimsby September 22nd & 23rd, 2018 – Canadian Whisky News


Whisky Weekend is our annual celebration of all things Canadian – and more importantly all things Forty Creek!  Each September, we open the doors of our distillery in Grimsby to offer our Forty Creek fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.  With tours, tastings, seminars and more, Whisky Weekend is a fully immersive experience.

Saturday Tickets!

Sunday Tickets!

Whisky Weekend also marks the official launch of annual limited release.  The 2018 edition of Whisky Weekend will take place on September 22 & 23.  We look forward to seeing you then!


Whiskey Obsession Festival Presents the Pappy Van Winkle Flight and Dinner November 2nd, 2018 – American Whiskey News


Whiskey Obsession Festival Presents the Pappy Van Winkle Flight and Dinner

with Whiskey Expert Tom Fischer

The Whiskey Obsession Festival in conjunction with Spirit Guide, Inc. is thrilled to announce the Pappy Van Winkle Flight and Dinner with Tom Fischer of the Bourbon Blog, Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Francis in downtown Sarasota, Florida. This is the first time on the Gulf Coast of Florida that the entire range of these rare and expensive American Bourbon whiskies will be available to sample. For the whiskey fan, it’s a once in a lifetime event.

The Van Winkle line is composed of five fine Bourbon whiskies – Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year, Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year – and the Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 Year Rye. Cost is $295 per person and includes four course dinner. Tickets are limited to 35 guests.

Our speaker is whiskey expert Tom Fischer, founder of, the country’s premier resource for American Whiskey and Bourbon commentary. He is the creator of the world’s first ever Whiskey Sommelier Program with students from around the globe. Tom was one of the first to report on the intense interest in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon that began over a decade ago and he continues to follow this premier brand. Tom is also a Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed on him by the governor of the state.

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival (WOF) will be held April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida. Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, expanded bartender academy, interactive panel discussions, cigars, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails to sample, plus free live music street party in the heart of downtown. A portion of festival proceeds is awarded to a qualified 501c3 annually.

Tickets and information are available at

For more information contact Turner C. Moore, 941.400.9889



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Maltstock 2018 “Thank you & see you in 2019!” – Whisky News

Maltstock 2018

Thank you & see you in 2019!

All good things must come to an end! Even relaxed good things. One minute you sit relaxedly in a speed tasting, the next you’re sitting in the sun, relaxedly enjoying a great dram. And then, as quickly as it all started, it’s gone. Maltstock 2018 is over and, judging from your reactions on social media, the messages and the e-mails, it was a blast! Our anniversary is over but we’ll keep on celebrating all of the coming year!

Maltstock 1

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our guests, industry support and sponsors for making this great edition possible! You people rock! And last, but not least, a great big thank you to all our volunteers of course!

We hope to see you all next year at Maltstock 2019 or sooner at a festival or tasting near you! Just follow us on Facebook and these newsletters, and you’ll know where to find us.

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan and Teun & our super relaxed volunteer crew!


Early bird

To show our appreciation for all our guests we offer an early bird discount shortly after Maltstock. Even if you did not manage to join us this year, please feel invited to join the next. If you order your ticket(s) before the 1st of October 2018 you get a relaxed € 25 discount. Just use the  couponcode “earlybird2019″ at the end of the order process.

Maltstock 2019 is 6-8 September


Relaxed and (a bit more) sustainable

We ran an experiment this year to try and reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used during Maltstock, while keeping up the availability of water. So we arranged for Bottle clips and Relaxed Drinking Water Refill Points.

And… it worked! By doing this we reduced the amount of plastic bottles used by 50%!! That is over 1000 bottles less! So thanks for relaxedly refilling!


Pictures of Maltstock 2018

Below are some random pictures of Maltstock 2018. If you have any to share with us, please do so on Facebook or send them to us, ( preferabely as a link to WeTransfer or Dropbox for example. We will then share the pictures with the rest of you via Facebook and our website.


Whisky Matters: 2018 Whiskies of the World Awards are Announced – Whisky News


2018 Whiskies of the World Awards

Our awards event is held once a year in August in Austin Texas. We gather refined palates from the whisky industry and they blind taste the terrific whiskies which have entered our competition. See all of our wonderful judges on our website. The results have been announced and the full list is available here. We had a tie this year for Best in Show: Sons of Liberty Uprising, and Whip Saw Rye! Our Best in Class winners include Balcones, with a Best in Class for their High Rye Bourbon in the category of Bourbon less than three years old, and also a Best in Class win in the wheated Bourbon category for Balcones Wheated Bourbon! Old Forester Birthday Bourbon won Best in Class for Bourbon over 6 years, and Ironroot Hubris won Best in Class Corn Whiskey. We can’t name all of them here, but we really are excited to tell you that Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 won Best in Class for the Heavily Peated Single Malt category, and Penderyn Myth won Best in Class for the cask finished single malt category. Westland Peated Whiskey won Best in Class for smoked American single malt and Few Whiskey took home Best in Class for American Whiskey. Please see our website for a complete list and come to our Texas shows to taste some of the winners for yourself, happening in less than two weeks!

VIP for Texas is selling out! Less than a two weeks to go!
At this time of year we get a fever – whisky fever! The brands start filling out their forms to tell us what they are bringing to the events and with each addition, our mouths start watering and we start dreaming of the tastes we will try this year! There are too many to list them all but you can access the featured brands on the website for Austin, Dallas and Houston. We are so happy to welcome Rebecca Creek Texas whiskey this year. Laphroaig is bringing the Select and their sister distillery Suntory will delight you with Toki! Woodford Reserve will have their newest whiskey – the Kentucky Straight Malt and Amrut will enthrall you with a selection of expressions including Naarangi! Glen Moray and Bruichladdich are returning this year, as is Compass Box and Westland. With over 90 brands pouring 250 expressions, this is just a tiny tease of all that you will have from which to choose when you attend one of our Texas Whiskies of the World events. You can access the complete pour lists from the featured brands pages. Check out our social media posts for more previews!

Austin (#WOWAUS) happens Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Fair Market.

Tickets are available here.

VIP is sold out! Don’t procrastinate – get your ticket today!

Dallas (#WOWDAL) happens Friday, September 21, 2018 at Frontiers of Flight Museum
at Dallas Love Field. Tickets are available here.
You want to say you went to the inaugural event – book early to avoid disappointment!

Houston (#WOWHOU) happens Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Silver Street Studio.
Tickets are available here.
We had so much fun last year – don’t miss it!

Atlanta (#WOWATL) happens Friday, November 2, 2018 at The Intercontinental Buckhead.
Tickets are available here.

San Jose (#WOWSJ) happens Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Forager
Early Bird tickets are available here.

San Francisco (#WOWSF) Happens Saturday March 23, 2019 on the San Francisco Belle Yacht.
Early Bird tickets available here.

Lets talk about it! Be sure to use the hashtags
when talking about all the WOW shows on social media!

Texas Sponsoring Charity

Our Texas Charity Sponsor for 2018 is Helping a Hero! “Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 2006, that provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran. Helping a Hero strives to engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Additionally, Helping a Hero provides additional support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support.” -from the website


Whiskies of the World 7 Night European River Cruise in June of 2019

10 cabins are left for Whiskies of the World European River Cruise 2019.  If you register by September 30th, you get $100 in shipboard credit to use towards the on-board SPA, gift shop, cocktails, etc.   Cruise the Danube River through Austria, Hungary, Germany, and Slovakia on AmaWaterways new ship, the AmaMagna. Of the many exciting features of this trip, we really love that there is a true tasting experience each night for dinner, pairing your food with whiskies. Contact with any questions and to secure your spot. Click here for more details!

Whiskies to Talk About

We have so many great whiskies for you to sample at our shows. Every newsletter we like to highlight a few that you can taste at some of our events.


Balblair Single Malt Scotch

Situated just north of Inverness on the coast of Dornoch Firth, Balblair Distillery has stood the test of time with the earliest records dating to 1749, though officially started in 1790! With only a brief 38 year hiatus corresponding with wartime economic downturn, Balblair has hand crafted each vintage to provide the very best the Distillery has to offer for 228 years. Of course whisky making became legal in 1823, but we won’t tell if you won’t! Known for their core characteristics of apricots, oranges, spices, floral notes and green apples, these give way to heavier oils and lipids, and then finish with a leathery, nutty and full-bodied whisky. Distillery Manger, John MacDonald, waits for each whisky to reach its ‘optimum maturation’ aka ‘the peak of perfection’ before he allows it to be bottled. Therefore Balblair ends up as a vintage release, rather than a 10 year or 12 year old, for example. If you want to know the age, you have to know when it was bottled and then consider the vintage, do some math, and voila! All three Texas shows feature some delectable vintages from Balblair this September.


Jim Beam Bourbon

With a 200 year history, Jim Beam not only is one of the oldest Bourbon makers in America, they are also one of the few still being made by the same family after 7 generations! Jim Beam is one of the best selling whiskeys around the world, often being the #1 Bourbon sold by volume! Bourbon was originally made from excess corn that farmers had to grow as part of their agreement to gain free land from the US government as they went west! Bourbon can be made in any state in the US and is defined by being at least 51% corn and aged in new oak barrels which are charred. The charring originally started before the barrels had to be new, as a way to get the other tastes out of the barrel. Originally called Old Tub, the name was changed to Jim Beam to honor the man who brought the distillery back to life after prohibition! Subsequent expressions also are named in honor of the family members who continue to make this great whisky, like the eponymous Booker Noe, for Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon.


Penderyn Welsh Whisky

‘The red dragon inspires action.’ A group of friends took Wales national motto and resurrected a sleeping dragon from the depths of Brecken Beacons in 2004 to make Penderyn Whisky, the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century. The lost art of Welsh whisky took flight with the single malt ‘Dragon’ collection:  Legend, Myth, and Celt. The sweet Maderia finish of Legend, with it’s fresh apples and citrus fruits create a fresh, complex, and well balanced whisky. Perfect for letting sleeping dragons lie. Myth is an ex-red wine and ex-bourbon cask single malt. Just like the sly dragon, don’t let Myth’s upfront sweetness fool you! There’s a refreshing mid-bitterness just before the final pass of flight to its light style. The sleeping dragon has awoken! Rising with fire and smoke, Penderyn Celt, is finished in ex-peated quarter casks. Its light dragon’s breath’s peat smoke rises with sunny marmalade, leaving a long, lingering trail in its wake. Beware of dragons bearing gifts… yet, in this case, you may want to accept this present from Wales, just now available in the US.


Douglas Laing Scotch

Established in 1948, Douglas Lang focuses on artisan, small batch and single cask bottlings of fine Scotch Whisky. The company searches for the finest, and often rarest, casks from Scotland’s Whisky regions, offering the consumer a unique experience of high alcohol strength, no coloring or chill-filtration of the spirit in their independently bottled whiskies. They will be a leader in distillation in the future with the announcement of their new state of the art Glaswegian distillery, Clutha, set to open in 2019. The Exceptional Malts Specialize in Single Malts, Single Grain, Blended Malts, and Blended Whisky with six unique expressions coming to Whiskies of the World this fall. The Epicurean is a Lowland Blended Malt, while Scallywag is a Small Batch, Speyside Blended Malt release, named for a family dog and comprised of deliciously sherried drams. Big Peat Christmas, as the name implies, is a peaty dram of malts only from Islay. Timorous Beastie, named from a line in a Robert Burns poem, actually makes an ironic statement being a big, bold blended malt with no mousiness anywhere to be found!  Rock Oyster is a blended malt of only Island scotches, featuring maritime flavors and peat. Gauldrons is a blend of only Campbeltown malts and the name means “bay of storms”, describing the dark coves of west Campbeltown.


Garrison Brother’s Texas Whiskey

Located in the Texas Hill Country, Garrison Brothers Distillery, founded in 2005, is the oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas. They grow 65 acres of wheat on property, use Texas harvested organic corn, while barley is sourced from the Pacific Northwest. The mixture is milled and mashed, then fermented for four days before going to the ‘copper cowgirl’, a copper pot still. Once distilled, the bourbon is aged in charred American Oak where it picks up rich, deep aroma of butterscotch, nutmeg, vanilla and coconut. Tasting notes include caramelized oranges and fruit, along with touches of melted butter, whipped cream and oak. The finish is smooth, with touches of toffee, milk chocolate and espresso. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering! They have seven expressions, from Small Batch and Private Cask to Estacado, a port finished straight bourbon, and for those looking for Texas adventure, The Cowboy is uncut, unfiltered straight bourbon whiskey at 137 proof! One last note: Garrison Brothers has a wonderful Texas sense of humor! We recommend visiting their website at for a good belly laugh. Be sure to read the FAQ page.

This is just a small sample of the hundreds of whiskies from which you can choose to try at a Whiskies of the World event. There is something for every taste, and it all comes together in one great evening! Gather your friends, don your kilts, your dinner jackets and party dresses, and come on out for an unforgettable night of food, cigars, and whisky! Tickets are now on sale for our 2018 shows in Texas and Atlanta, and our 2019 shows in California!

Cheers, Whiskies of the World

4th Analogue Whiskey Festival NYC Oct. 13th, 2018 – Whisky News


Each year, our Whiskey Festival gets bigger and better. This year promises to be the better than the last! We have 16 distilleries offering over 30 expressions from all over the world with a special seminar in our back room.

Guests will enjoy: 

Tastings & Knowledge of Whiskeys from all over the world Live Music Cocktail Specials Complimentary Hors D’ouevres Join us to learn about and enjoy some whiskey.

Isle of Jura Tasting at the Whisky Shop #SFO September 28th, 2018 – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, September 28th, 5-7PM:

Jura with Kimberly Drake

Learn more about the mysterious Isle of Jura distillery at this tasting, presented by whisky expert Kimberly Drake!

Originally founded in 1810, Jura Distillery is well known for their award-winning and highly sought after single malts, distinguished by their unique flavor profile and nods to Jura’s magical history. “Prophecy,” “Superstition,” and “Elixir” are some of their most beloved whiskies, leading some to believe there may be a bit of magic happening at the distillery today…

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The Whisky Show Masterclasses – New releases – Scotch Whisky News


29-30 SEPTEMBER 2018

The Whisky Show 2018



Two out of our final three masterclasses are here, and they are not to be missed!

As we celebrate 10 years of The Whisky Show, Glenlivet’s Alan Winchester celebrates 40 years of working in whisky and Andrew Symington celebrates Signatory Vintage’s 30th anniversary. Expect whiskies from over the past five decades – an unmissable opportunity to taste great whiskies with two legends of the whisky industry.

Tickets for these masterclasses will go live at 2pm on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

 Our cigar pairing sessions with Glengoyne and Hunters & Frankau are now on sale – you can find details below.
&Please note: you must have a valid ticket to the appropriate day of The Whisky Show to attend these masterclasses.


A History of Glenlivet with master blender Alan Winchester
Sunday 30 September, 2.15-3.45pm

Join Glenlivet blender Alan Winchester as he celebrates forty years of working in the whisky world by stepping back through four decades of whiskies from the distillery.



Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary with founder Andrew Symington
Sunday 30 September, 2.45-4.15pm

Since its founding 30 years ago, Signatory Vintage has become one of the world’s most respected independent bottlers. Join Andrew Symington to taste six of the whiskies he has bottled to celebrate the anniversary.



Cigar pairing with Glengoyne and Hunters & Frankau with Diego Lanza, Dan Pink and Jimmy McGhee
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September
1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm

Explore how the flavours of a cigar change over time and try three different Glengoyne whiskies, each paired with a different stage of the cigar.


Tickets for these masterclasses will go live at 2pm on Tuesday 11 September 2018. Set an alarm, as they will sell fast… Don’t forget, there are still tickets left for many of the other masterclasses taking place during the weekend.


TERMS & CONDITIONS Products are offered subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
  2. We do not issue physical tickets. When you make your booking, your name will be added to a guest list for the event.
  3. In the case of cancellation on part of the organisers, the full ticket price will be refunded to you. We reserve the right to make cancellations up to 24 hours before the event.

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