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Ring in the New Year with WhiskyFest Tickets – Whisky Fest News

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Ring in the New Year with WhiskyFest Tickets

What’s on your 2018 bucket list? Attending WhiskyFest in one of four great cities (Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York) should definitely be on it! Don’t miss out of this one-of-a-kind experience to taste fantastic whiskies, chat with the best in the business, attend unique seminars, and enjoy a fabulous buffet. Early bird pricing is in effect, while supplies last.

Buy your tickets today at WhiskyFest.com.

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The Whisky Show OLD & RARE SMWS Masterclass on sale – Scotch Whisky News

TWS124-25 FEBRUARY 2018, 11.30AM 6.30PM
THE GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL, GLASGOW

Tickets on sale now

BOOK YOUR TICKET

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Masterclass on sale now Sunday 25 February, 2.30‑4pm

For more than 30 years, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been offering its members the chance to try incredible whiskies. In this tasting, show organiser Angus MacRaild delves into the archives to find some of his favourite Society drams. Here’s the incredible line-up:

SMWS 1.1 Glenfarclas 1975‑1983

SMWS 2.2 Glenlivet 1972‑1984

SMWS 72.56 Miltonduff 1982‑2017

SMWS 102.14 Dalwhinnie 1965‑2003

SMWS 61.1 Brora 1976‑1989

SMWS 43.10 Port Ellen 1978‑1996

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Whiskies of the World Tickets on Sale – Whisky News

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We are thrilled to announce our First Annual Whiskies of the World in Dallas Texas! After holding outstanding shows in Austin and Houston, we are expanding to Dallas to give our Texas fans a chance to experience the wonder and excitement of Whiskies of the World in the big D! Come join in the inaugural event September 21st at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.

Early Bird Tickets for Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta are now on sale! San Jose and San Francisco always sell out so don’t procrastinate – get those tickets today!

San Jose (#WOWSJ) happens Thursday, March 22, 2108 at the San Jose Marriott. Tickets are available here.

San Francisco (#WOWSF) happens Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the San Francisco Belle Yacht. Tickets are available here.

Austin (#WOWAUS) happens Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Vault Space. Early Bird Tickets are available here.

Dallas (#WOWDAL) happens Friday, September 21, 2018 at Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. Early Bird Tickets are available here.

Houston (#WOWHOU) happens Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Silver Street Studio. Early Bird Tickets are available here.

Atlanta (#WOWATL) happens Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The Intercontinental Buckhead. Early Bird tickets are available here.

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

The Whisky Shop #SFO “TODAY from 11AM-4PM: Our Rarest Whisky Tasting Yet!” – Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, December 30th 11AM-4PM:

Rare Drams: The Exclusive Malts, Chapter 7, and Tamdhu 

We’re ending 2017 with some of the best! For our final tasting of the year we’ll be pouring some truly rare whiskies and old favorites by The Exclusive Malts, Chapter 7, and Tamdhu. Our in-store whiskey experts and distillery representatives will be present to answer all your whiskey questions. Come by and celebrate with us!

Pourlist:  Aultmore 09yrs by Chapter 7 Allt a Bhainne 09 year by Chapter 7 Exclusive Blends 1993 Tamdhu Batch 003 AND The Whisky Shop’s bottling of Bowmore (via Exclusive Malts)

Click Here to RSVP 
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The Whisky Shop “Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us!” Scotch Whisky News

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Saturday, December 30th 11AM-4PM:

Rare Drams: The Exclusive Malts, Chapter 7, and Tamdhu 

We’re ending 2017 with some of the best! For our final tasting of the year we’ll be pouring some truly rare whiskies and old favorites by The Exclusive Malts, Chapter 7, and Tamdhu. Our in-store whiskey experts and distillery representatives will be present to answer all your whiskey questions. Come by and celebrate with us! Pourlist to be revealed as event approaches – RSVP to find out soonest.

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It’s Not Too Late : WhiskyFest Tickets! – Whisky News

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Whiskey Obsession tickets make a great gift! – Whisky News

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Whiskey Obsession Festival tickets make a great gift for someone special, or even yourself!

Visit www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com for complete schedule and ticketing.

The Sixth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held April 11 to 14, 2018 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 to sample, and live music street party in the heart of downtown. Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors from around the world travel to Sarasota to share their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits.

Take your friends and take a cab – cheers!

Turner Moore and Nicholas Pollacchi
Whiskey Obsession Partners

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bartender Academy @ The Aloft Hotel, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(bartenders/ industry only)

Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Exclusive Focus Lunch Master Class @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Panelist Small Group Dinner @ The Francis, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting & Discussion @ The Francis, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Brand Showcase at the historic Gator Club, 10:00 pm until late.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Lunch Master Classes, 12:00 p.m, to 2:00 p.m.

Pre-show Premium Master Class, @ Michael’s Wine Cellar, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grand Tasting and Master Classes, Michael’s on East

  • 6:30 p.m. VIP Admission
  • 7:30 p.m. General Admission
  • 8:00 p.m. Class I, II, and III ($10 for VIP; $20 for GA guests)
  • 9:15 p.m. Class IV, V, VI ($10 for VIP; $20 for GA guests)
  • 10:30 p.m. Last Pour
  • 10:45 p.m. After Party at Made Restaurant (Free Event!)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Women of Whiskey Brunch @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Whiskey Rocks Live Music Street Party, 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Website: www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com

 

 

Merry Christmas From The Maltstock Team

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Have a relaxed Christmas and a happy 2018!

See you next year!

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan, Teun

& the Maltstock volunteer crew

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Malt Messenger No. 82 by Andrew Ferguson – The Last Full Malt Messenger of 2017 – Scotch Whisky News

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Malt Messenger No. 82 – The Last Full Malt Messenger of 2017;

It may not feel like it, but Winter is Coming, as is Christmas for that matter. Balmy though it may be out there, we are in fact in the holiday homestretch. There are, in the parlance, but 11 shopping days left until Christmas… Our promised Christmas music moratorium from the last Malt Messenger is over. We are now well into the month, and the speakers are crooning with Bing Crosby, Michael Bubble and yes even Mariah Carey. If you hear non Christmas themed music in the shop it is probably Evan’s fault so feel free to blame (or thank) him.

Lots of new whisky and other spirits to tell you about in the last Full Malt Messenger of 2017. First, an update on the Kensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar. We did sell out in late November, however, we actually held 2 back in case of a clerical error. So, we have 2 Whisky Advent calendars available, first come, first serve, for $375+gst. I would suggest calling, 403-283-8000 if you would like one of them, rather than ordering online or wandering into the shop. If you haven’t been following along, we have been posting about the Kensington Wine Market 2017 Whisky Advent whiskies every day of advent on our blog.  

I also have an update on the 2018 MS Calgary Whisky Festival. We are just a little over 5 weeks away from the 7th Annual event. Last year’s Festival raised $50,000.00 for the MS Society. This years event is close to 60% sold. It will feature more than 200 whiskies. More details below.

Stuck for a great gift idea? We have been given a very good deal to clear out the inventory of the Mackinlay’s The Journey, Shackleton Whisky 2nd Edition, and we are passing it on to our customers. The whisky, which originally sold for $205 is available for $150 while supplies last. We bought the last 168 bottles, and in just a few days more than 100 of them have already sold! Lots more details and a link to some videos below.

The staff have been impatiently waiting for our latest Kilchoman cask, which finally arrived at the distillery this past Friday. The Kilchoman 2007 KWM 25th Anniversary Cask is our 6th from the small island distillery. It is not only the oldest Kilchoman we’ve ever bottled, but at 10 years of age, it is also the oldest Kilchoman to ever be sold in Canada! It is so savoury and lush. This is the mature Kilchoman that we all knew would emerge someday, and it would seem the future is now! More details below.

Yesterday we received what we expect will be our final exclusive cask of 2017, the Cadenhead Dailuaine 2004 KWM Cask. This 12 year old is just our 2nd ever exclusive cask from Cadenhead, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, and our first ever exclusive single cask of Dailuaine. It is very fresh, creamy and floral. More details below.

Looking for a quick and easy whisky gift? We have put together the 2017 KWM Wee Whisky Gift Boxes. These ready to gift boxes include a Glencairn glass, and a selection of 50ml whiskies. The 4 bottle box is $45, and a savings of $13. The 8 bottle box is $90 and a savings of $20. More details below.

On the new whiskies front we have a new limited edition Springbank, the Springbank 14 Year Bourbon Wood. There are also two new limited edition Kilchomans: the Kilchoman 2009 Vintage and Red Wine Cask Matured (limit 1 per customer). We are also expecting tomorrow a new vintage of the Gordon Macphail Distillery Label Imperial, 1997.

If you are looking to spend some big bucks, there is a serious new Ardbeg available. The Ardbeg 1815 is the other 200th Anniversary Ardbeg release, a grand total of 400 bottles of which were released in 2015. For the first two years it was exclusive distillery visitor center, it has just been released to us. There is also a very limited 39 year old Benromach 1977 Heritage single cask release. Fewer bottles of each whisky have come to Alberta, than fingers on a single hand. More details below.

There are also new whiskies from Edradour, the Ballechin, Orphan Barrel and Glenmorangie. Lots to digest.

It has I hope you enjoy this full 82nd edition of the Malt Messenger.

Sláinte!

In This Edition

  1. Special Offer: Mackinlay’s The Journey (AKA Shackleton Whisky Vol. 2)
  2. Introducing Our 1st 10 Year KWM Exclusive Kilchoman Cask
  3. Introducing Our Cadenhead Dailuaine 2004 KWM Cask
  4. Introducing Our 2nd KWM / Last Best Collaboration Gin
  5. Wee Whisky Christmas Gift Boxes
  6. SAVE 25% on These 2 KWM 25th Anniversary Favourites!
  7. Introducing Springbank Bourbon 14 Year
  8. Two New Limited Kilchomans
  9. Introducing Gordon Macphail Distillery Label Imperail 1997
  10. Introducing: Ardbeg 1815
  11. Introducing: Benromach Heritage 1977
  12. Two Massive New Edradours
  13. Introducing: The Orphan Barrel Entrapment 25 Year
  14. Glenmorangie Bacalta is Here!
  15. Calgary MS Festival Update

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

PS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter:

@scotch_guy, Instagram: @thescotch_guy/

or @kwmwhisky and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1

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Special Offer: Mackinlay’s “The Journey” AKA The Shackleton Whisky Vol 2 

SAVE Over 25% on the Original Retail Price 

We have been offered a substantial discount to move the last of this whisky. Orginally priced at $205 it is now $150! 

This is the second batch of the Mackinlay’s Rare Old, also known as the Shackleton Whisky. The original release was exclusive Kensington and one of our best ever selling whiskies. The whisky is a replica of the one Shackleton’s 1907 expedition took to Antarctic. The expedition abandoned some of their whisky under their hut, where it remained undiscovered until 2007.

Three crates of whisky had to be abandoned to the Antarctic winter in 1907. They were discovered a few short years ago, and two of the bottles were given to Whyte and MacKay, owners of the rights to the MacKinlays brand. Their master blender Richard Patterson, known as “nose” – has painstakingly recreated the whiskies by blending together a number of Highland whiskies.

Mackinlay’s “The Journey” – 47.1% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Soft, elegant and refined. Delicate crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple. Notes of oak shavings and smoke. Hints of vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg. Palate: Plenty of impact on the palate; a tantalising array of flavours,harmonious and exhilarating.” - $150

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About the Packaging: Box: A unique, stand-out hexagonal “shipping case” with an open “see me” window on the front panel. The raffia-encasing of the product is reminiscent of the original straw-bound bottles discovered in the Antartic. A holographic badge issues authenticity.

The Bottle: A painstaking process was followed to ensure all bubbles and imperfections in the original were replicated. In effect, the glass manufacturer turned off all the modern-day quality controls.

Label Set: All lettering was meticulously drawn by hand to ensure a perfect match to the original. Paperstocks were selected to perform as the original stocks of over a century ago.

Order a bottle here!

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Introducing Out 1st 10 Year KWM Exclusive Kilchoman Cask 

The First 10 Year Kilchoman to be Sold in Canada! 

Our first exclusive 10-year-old single cask of Kilchoman whisky. It is also the first 10 Year Old Kilchoman to be sold in Canada! Bottled at 56.6% after maturing in an Ex-Bourbon barrel. There are just 212 bottles. This is our 6th exclusive cask from Kilchoman, selected by the whisky team at KWM and bottled to mark our 25th Anniversary!

Kilchoman 2007 KWM 25th Anniversary 10 Year – 56.6% – Ex-Bourbon Barrel – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, decadent and briny with a whiff of smoke from the coals of a smouldering beach fire; classic Kilchoman fresh lemon, goat cheese and Old English Butterscotch; smoked mussels and pan seared scallops. Palate: big, sweet, oily and malty; sweet vanilla and butterscotch morph into tendrils of vanilla, chewy malt and tarry-medicinal-peat; more lemon and goat cheese, firm toasted oak, fennel and Dutch licorice; underneath it all a thick layer of ripe orchard fruits. Finish: bold, long and rich yet smooth and so so salty: more Dutch licorice, juicy malt and tarry-peat; the smouldering beach fire returns with some sweet vanilla, lemon and orchard fruit. Comment: we are honoured that Anthony Wills was willing to share one of these precious early vintage Kilchomans will us; bottled just days past its 10th birthday!” - $200

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Introducing Cadenhead Deanston 2004 KWM Cask 

Our second ever exclusive cask from Cadenhead, and our first ever Deanston! 

Our 1st ever KWM exclusive single cask of Dailuaine, and our 2nd cask from WM Cadenhead. The whisky has been bottled at 55.9% after maturing 12 year in a very active Refill Hogshead. This whisky was featured on Day 1 of our 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar.

Cadenhead Dailuaine 2004 KWM Cask - 55.9% – 12 Year – Bourbon Hogshead – My Tasting Note:  “Nose: soft fruity and cream; waxy with loads of white chocolate, fresh cut flowers and glazed croissants; notes of melon and apricot with Marcona almonds and a touch of white pepper. Palate: round, creamy and fruity with a hint of salt and building spice; very lush and rich for a refill Hogshead at this age; juicy malt, more melon and apricots, glazed croissants and poached pear with a dab of blue cheese; loads of white chocolate, almonds, honey and toasted oak. Finish: long, fruity and floral with loads of white chocolate, toasted oak spice, fading soft fruits and salt. Comment: this is a rare example of a cask we bottled from a single sample… I think the lads at Cadenhead knew we were going to love it; they were not wrong!” - $120

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Wee Whisky Christmas Gift Boxes

A Ready to Go Whisky Gift at Two Price Points 

For the third year in a row we have put together a pair of Wee Whisky gift boxes. Both include a KWM Glencairn Glass and either 4 or 8 50ml whiskies. The Small Wee Whisky Gift Box, with 4 bottles, sells for $45 (a savings of $3), and the Large Wee Whisky Gift Box, with 8 bottles, sells for $90 (a savings of $20).

  1. Wee Whisky Gift Box Small - $45
  2. Wee Whisky Gift Box Large – $90

*Please note, not suitable for shipping.

 

SAVE On These Two KWM 25th Anniversary Favourites 

Save 25% on our 25th Anniversary Tawny Port and 25 Year Berry’s Blend 

We have two KWM 25th Anniversary Exclusives on special until Christmas, our 20 Year Tawny Port and our Berry’s 25 Year Blend.

  1.  Berry’s 25 Year KWM Single Barrel Blend – 46% – Our first exclusive cask of Blended Scotch Whisky, bottled for our 25th Anniversary. Andrew sampled 6 different single casks of 25 year old Blended Scotch Whisky in May of 2016. The whiskies had been blended, put back into barrels to marry, and then forgotten. Andrew selected cask number 46572 to be bottled exclusively for KWM, as a 25th Anniversary bottling. The whisky was acquired by Berry Bros. & Rudd in barrel, and is a mystery. Bottled at 46%. Just 222 bottles. – My Tasting Note: Nose: beeswax, creamy vanilla, white fruits and floral rose petals; marcona almonds, juicy citrus, honeydew melon and Jujubes; silky, soft and smooth. Palate: very silky, creamy and fruity, decadent and rich; then the spices roll in like a wave boldly but evenly breaking all the way down a beach; more Jujubes, tropical fruits, creamy vanilla, beeswax and creamed heather honey; still nutty with bright juicy orange, floral tones, marcona almonds and more honeydew melon; lovely mouthfeel. Finish: long, coating, creamy, decadent and spicy; lush, floral and creamy with fading fruits and decadent tones. Comment: a stunningly beautiful blend, layered, tropical and fruity; a very fitting 25th Anniversary bottling for our shop, but don’t take our word for it, pop in for a taste!” - Regular $200 – Now $150 (Until Christmas)
  2. KWM 25th Anniversary 20 Year Tawny Port – 20% – Andrew blended this tawny port with the help of the experts at Taylor Fladgate to be bottled for our 25th Anniversary. his 20 Year Tawny 25th Anniversary celebration Port comes from Taylor Fladgate’s cellars in Vila Nova di Gaia.  The blend was created especially for KWM and the average age of the tawny in the blend is 20 years old.  Approved by the Port Wine Institute, as all things Port must be, we are just tickled port to be able to offer this special bottle to all of our loyal customers. The color is bright and lively amber showing characteristic brown caramel tones on heh rim. The nose offers dry white raisins and stewed prunes with brandied cherries and dark chocolate. The taste is lovely and subtle, good acidity, some nice walnut hues, and picks up on the Christmas cake spice theme. – Regular $70 – Now $52.50 (Until Christmas)

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Introducing the Springbank 14 Year Bourbon Wood 

Only 9000 Bottles Released with a Tiny Fraction of that  for Alberta 

A new Bourbon matured limited edition release of Springbank. Bottled at 55.8%. 9000 bottles released Worldwide!

Springbank 14 Year Bourbon Wood – 55.8% – Matured in Ex-Bourbon – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: This unique Campbeltown Malt starts off with cream, vanilla extract and yogurt. Salted popcorn, toffee and marshmallows follow the ever present creaminess. American cream soda, sugar doughnuts, with a heathery influence. Palate: Yogurt and thick cream continue from the nose with an introduction of honey, syrup and liquorice. Gentle notes and sweet apples, almonds and dried bananas. A light dusting of icing sugar and lemon zest. Finish: A touch of smoke and dry peat builds with a gentle sea breeze from Campbeltown Loch. Briny and light mineral flavours complete this excellent dram.” - $122

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Two New Limited Edition Kilchomans 

Available in Very Limited Quantities 

The two latest limited editions from the tiny Islay distillery of Kilchoman are here. The first, a 2009 vintage of Kilchoman is only the 4th released in recent years, beginning with the 2006. Unlikely the previous vintages it is not a true 2009 vintage as a few older casks from 2008 were also added to give greater depth! Most of the whisky is from first fill and refill Ex-Bourbon, with three Oloroso Sherry Butts also used. 46%. The other is the latest Kilchoman wine cask release, this one from a parcel of Portugese red wine casks. Only 90 of the 7000 bottles released are coming to Alberta!

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  1.  Kilchoman Red Wine - 50% – Matured in Red Wine Casks – Distiller’s Tasting Note: Nose: Buttery and creamy with peat smoke lingering in the background. Palate: Sweet and rounded with bitter chocolate, licorice and integrated peat smoke. Finish: Clean and sweet with a rich texture and long finish. – $140 – 1 per customer!
  2. Kilchoman 2009 – 46% – Ex-Bourbon & Sherry – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: lemon, citrus and butterscotch notes are prominent with soft peaty aromas in the background. Palate: soft sweetness first and peat smoke and ripe fruit notes following. Finish: long, clean and sweet with peat smoke and soft fruits at the end.” – $118

 

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Introducing: Gordon Macphail Distillery Label Imperial 1997  

Is Imperial the next closed distillery to suffer Whiskyflation?! 

Imperial is likely to be the next closed distillery whisky to fall victim to out of control Whiskyflation. I am by the way claiming credit for that word… Imperial was closed in 1998 and demolished in 2013 after it was discovered the distillery was not in good enough condition to reopen. The very modern “green distillery” Dalmunach was built in its place!

Gordon Macphail Imperial 1997 – 43% – First Fill & Refill Sherry – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose without Water Sweet Sherry influences with vanilla, red apple, and dried fruit aromas. Plum and chopped walnut notes develop lifted by a touch of lemon peel. Palate without Water Sweet initially followed by cracked black pepper, orange, and hints of chocolate. Liquorice undertones mingle with charred oak on the finish. Nose with Water Aromas of prunes in syrup, raspberry, and cocoa powder combine with brown sugar. A subtle crystallised rose petal note is detected. Palate with Water Sweet and creamy with hints of cinnamon spice, dried cherry, and orange flavours mingle with chocolate on the tongue. A subtle hint of leather leads to oak on the finish. Body Medium. Finish Long and fruity with lingering spice.” – $275

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Introducing: Ardbeg 1815 

The Other 200th Anniversary Ardbeg Bottling 

It has taken more than 2 years to find their way to Canada, but the Ardbeg 1815 is finally here. KWM has access to just 2 bottles. This whisky was released on Ardbeg Day 2015 to mark the distillery’s 200th Anniversary. Unlike the Perpetuum which was a global release, the 400 bottles produced of the Ardbeg 1815 were initially only available at the distillery. When I asked how many had come to Canada, I was told: “Less than a handful!” by the importer. Details on the whisky are somewhat scarce. It was bottled at 33 years of age and 50.1% after maturing in Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry. The whiskies were distilled in 1974 and 1975 and spent 8 years “marrying” in glass vessels to preserve the spirit.

About the Whisky (From the Producer): “Created from two parcels of stock laid down in during a period when Ardbeg was saved twice from oblivion – the diverse aromas and tastes of Ardbeg 1815 perfectly encapsulate the single malt’s irreplaceable island spirit. A few years after these whisky parcels were distilled, the Distillery entered the most turbulent period in its history closing between 1981-1989.  Ardbeg closed it’s door again in 1996, perhaps forever.  Thankfully, a small number of casks were saved by those who prized the spirit and believed Ardbeg would be resurrected, which it was in 1997. In 2008 the precious whisky held within these casks once again required protection, as Dr Bill Lumsden identified that the casks ‘had reached their best’ and rather than sacrifice the whisky to the angels or to other effects of age, bottled the liquid to preserve its perfection, decanting by hand so not a drop was lost. The whisky has been held at the Distillery ever since, awaiting an occasion worthy of its release.”

Ardbeg 1815 - 50.1% – Matured in Ex-Bourbon 1975 and Ex-Sherry 1975 – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: A beautiful fragrance of sweet wood smoke to start with, interwoven with a pungent aroma  reminiscent of rum and raisin ice cream. Then comes an array of scents from the bakery, croissants, brioche and freshly baked bread. Befitting a whisky of this vintage, rich notes and dark chocolate truffle are encountered, along with black cherry and aniseed. Taste: A texture which is creamy and smooth carries into a breath-taking spectrum of flavours, jasmine and Lapsang Souchong teas, abundant sweet toffee notes, a cornucopia of spices (cinnamon, star anise, pepper & mixed spice) and juicy ripe Seville oranges. The smoke is almost unbelievably well integrated, persisting through the sumptuous taste experience, yet never overpowering the other myriad and complex flavours. Finish: Long, with an abundance of raisins and dates. A finish as sweet as the memories it leaves behind.” – $8000

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Introducing Benromach 1977 Heritage 

Only 3 Bottles Coming to Alberta 

Only 3 bottles are coming to Alberta of this limited edition 39 year old whisky! Distilled in 1977 the whisky was matured in a single cask, 1268, a Refill American Oak Hogshead. It maintained an impressive 56% abv!

Benromach 1977 – 56% – Refill American Oak Hogshead 1268 – Producer Tasting Note: “Pour your dram of Benromach 1977, cask number 1268, and prepare your senses to encounter an experience as rare as this gorgeous whisky. First, lift your glass to the light and appreciate the beautiful dark gold hue created by lingering for 39 years in a single Refill American Hogshead as the whisky grew and matured in character. Take a short inhalation, savouring the AROMAS WITHOUT WATER… enjoy the vibrant notes of sweet honey, apricot conserve, orange zest and butterscotch, mingling with developing hints of toasted oak and a delicate menthol edge. Now take a sip. Savour the sweetness leading to a touch of pepper on the tongue followed by notes of ripe banana and luscious passion fruit. Citrus undertones and dried tobacco mingle with toasted oak leading to a fresh menthol finish. Add A FEW DROPS OF WATER and take time to enjoy the nose as it develops… sweet, subtle coconut and exotic fruits combine with ginger and lime aromas. Now lift it to your lips and enjoy a slow sip… a smooth sweetness emerges with warm bursts of white pepper and overtones of pear, kiwi and lime. Finally, dried tobacco and a trace of toasted oak on the finish. Exquisite. Tell us what you think.” – $3000

 

Two Massive New Edradours 

Both “Straight from the Cask”!  

Only 60 bottles each of these enormous new Edradours are coming to Alberta. Both are full term maturations in their respective casks, bottled at cask strength from a single cask and bottle in 500ml bottles. And both whiskies are huge! In the case of the Ballechin (peated Edradour), this is the first time they have ever bottled it in the SFTC line!

Edradour SFTC Sherry 10 Year – 59.4% – Sherry Butt 395 – Distilled: December 2006. Bottled: 11 of September 2017 – 500ml – My Tasting Note: “Nose: wet jujubes, leather and nutty oloroso sherry tones; dark chocolate, tobacco and cooked figs; woody with a hint of espresso. Palate: big, thick, spicy and oily; maple syrup, pecan pie and more cooked (slightly burnt) figs; espresso beans covered in dark chocolate; Jujube-like candied fruits with some fresh California orange. Finish: medium, warming and spicy; the big leathery sherry tones and chocolate espresso are in charge. Comment: very sherried, just on the right side of over the top; perfect for fans of sherry bombs and anyone looking for a proper cigar malt.” – $135

  1. The Ballechin SFTC Burgundy 11 Year – 55.2% – Bordeaux Cask #383 – Distilled: December 6 2005 – Bottled: September 11 2017 – 500ml –  Andrew’s Tasting Note: Nose: big, thick, oily and perfumed; firm leather, dried dark fruits and wine tannins; malt and smoke emerge from underneath; red berry fruits and Maroccan marmalade. Palate: big, massive actually, bordering on Octomore territory here; loads of chewy barley and heavy ashy smoke; very spicy with more firm wine tannins and peppery spicy; dried dark and jammy red-berry fruits; firm leather. Finish: ashy smoke lingers long with big leather and spice; long and lasting. Comment: this is a massive whisky, a nuclear bomb in the mouth; get your protective gear on and strap in!” - $135

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Introducing: The Orphan Barrel Entrapment 25 Year 

The 1st Canadian Whisky in the Orphan Barrel Series

This 25 Year Old Crown Royal is lovely, pricey, but a lovely whisky! This is the 11th release in the Orphan barrel series, but the first to be made of Canadian whisky. It is from a mash of 97% corn and 3% malted barley. If you were ever wondering who much malted barley you need to ferment a mash of mostly corn, now you know. The whisky is from Crown Royal’s distillery in Gimly Manitoba. It was bottled at 41% after maturing 25 years in American oak.

Orphan Barrel Entrapment – 41% – Matured in American Oak – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very decadent, big hits of double caramel corn, silky tendrils of honey and toasted oak; apple crumble with loads of brown sugar and cinnamon; a touch on the oil sie; Aunt Jemima’s Syrup and Werther’s caramels. Palate: soft, still silky with honey and floral tones; light, delicate and layered; overripe plums, prunes and cooked raisins with milk chocolate and some decadent spice; the caramel corn is still there as is the apple crumble with loads of brown sugar. Finish: medium-short, but very pleasant and elegant. Comment: this is a lovely Canadian whisky, the classic corn profile has been filled out nicely with very balanced oak integration.” - $205

 

Introducing: Glenmorangie Private Collection Bacalta 

A Madeira finished extension to the Private Collection series! 

The 8th instalment of Glenmorangie’s annual Private Collection releases is the “Bacalta”, Scots Gaelic for baked. The whisky was matured in Ex-Bourbon and finished in bespoke heavily toasted American oak casks, seasoned in Madeira with “Malmsey – the sweetest and most prized of the Madeira wines.” The whisky is bottled at 46% with natural colouring and without chill-filtering. 91pts Whisky Advocate

 Glenmorangie Bacalta – 46% – Finished in Madeira Casks – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: butter tarts, ginger-molasses cookies and candied orange chunks; leathery with some tobacco, lemon drops and grapefruit juice. Palate: sweet and creamy with a lush vanilla base, overlayed with crisp decadent spice; candied ginger, fennel, clove and all-spice; loads of orange: candied and lightly burnt orange rind; Demerara sugars with some firm leather and dry tobacco. Finish: medium long it remains creamy, coating and decadent with some firm spice. Comment: the Madeira has given the whisky a very spicy edge; I love the crisp, decadent spice, but this is not IMHO the best of the Private Collections line to date; good but not great!” - $120

91pts Whisky Advocate: “The 8th Private Edition release. This one is finished in sun-baked casks which previously contained Malmsey Madeira. A predominantly sweet and fruity whisky, with caramel, honeyed almonds, peaches in syrup, and orange scone. Soft, soothing finish. Delicious!”

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2018 MS Calgary Whisky Festival Update 

Tickets more than half sold out!

Calgary’s biggest and best whisky festival is just a little over 5 weeks away, and we have an exciting lineup this year. The event will take place again at Arts Commons, in the Foyer of the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Thursday February 18 2017. We are expecting a sell out crowd of 550 participants, with a range of 250+ whiskies for sampling. There are also Master Classes and a VIP Hour available for a little extra. Last year’s event was a massive success, raising over $50,000.00 for the MS Society.

There are three classes of tickets available.

  1. VIP Early Entry – Includes the VIP Hour and Cut Crystal Glencairn Tasting Glass – $175 – Only 51 Left
  2. VIP Early Entry with VIP Master Class – Includes the VIP Hour, Cut Crystal Glencairn Tasting Glass & a VIP Master Old Pulteney Master Class (5:00) Including the 35 Year and soon to be Launched 25 Year & 1983 Vintage – $200 – Only 17 Left
  3. General Admission – 6:30 Includes a standard Glencarin Tasting Glass – $125

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There are also two Master Classes:

Tickets are available exclusively through the MS Society www.calgarywhiskyfestival.ca for more information or click here if you would like to jump straight to purchasing tickets!

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Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market

403-283-8000

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Kensington Wine Market

403-283-8000

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