New Products

Caol Ila Oh Man That’s Great! – Apollo Moon Exclusive¬†ūüöÄ at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Exclusive Apollo 8

‘Oh Man, That’s Great!’ Caol Ila 10¬†Year Old 2010

Fifty-two years ago Apollo 8 became the first crewed voyage to reach the moon, orbit the moon and return home.

Pilot William Anders photographed Earthrise. Regarded as the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.

To mark this occasion, has bottled a single first fill Oloroso hogshead distilled in 2010 at the Caol Ila distillery on Islay. Just 294 numbered bottles at cask strength 56.4%.

In the interest of fairness ‘Oh Man, That’s Great!’ Caol Ila 10 Year Old is limited to 2 bottles per customer (but you don’t have to be an astronaut to buy it!)

Shop – Caol Ila Oh Man, That’s Great! – ¬£120 / ‚ā¨131.08 / $129.36

Loch Fyne Whiskies “Golden Cask whiskies + FREE Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2020!” – Scotch Whisky News

New from the Golden Cask range + FREE Jim Murray 2020 Whisky Bible!

From the House of MacDuff comes the impressive range of single cask whiskies: the Golden Cask series. Each whisky in the range is specially selected and curated to represent the region and distillery of its origin. All bottlings are free from chill filtration and additional colouring – no two casks taste the same! What’s more, for a limited time only, we’re adding in¬†a free Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2020¬†with every Golden Cask¬†purchase. Not to mention, we’re still offering¬†free¬†UK delivery on orders over ¬£50.¬†Result!

Have a scroll down to catch a sneak peak of the new collection.ūüĎá

See all new Golden Cask whiskies¬†‚Äļ



Introducing The Dalmore Distillery Exclusives

Vintage 2003 And 2006 

London, September 2020: For the first time ever, The Dalmore Highland Single Malt is releasing two extremely rare limited edition Distillery Exclusives, outside of the distillery, in partnership with Harrods. To date, the Single Malt maker has released prized Scotch whiskies once a year direct from its distillery to those in the know. However, in response to the shifting landscape, The Dalmore will join forces with the leading luxury emporium to bring not one, but two new cask releases, usually reserved only for those who visit The Dalmore in Scotland, to audiences worldwide. But you’ll have to act fast Рonly 100 bottles of the 2003 Vintage and 450 of the 2006 Vintage will be made available and collectors are sure to be eager to acquire the latest Distillery Exclusives from the Highland distillery.

A sweet richness is to be discovered in both Vintages, due to the finishing in magnificent Premier Grand Cru Bordeaux wine barriques for the 2003 Vintage, and the finest Marsala Casks for the 2006 Vintage. From the enticing aromas to the delicious toffee and coffee finishes, these whiskies speak to all the senses and are an exceptional gift from The Dalmore distillery.

2003 Vintage

A magnificent whisky matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks finished in sumptuous Premier Grand Cru Bordeaux wine barriques. Natural colour and offered at cask strength.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Creamy caramel, sweet figs, Bakewell tart and banana bread

Palate: Sanguinello blood oranges, heather honey and vanilla panna cotta

Finishing Notes: Raspberry coulis, roasted coffee and glaced black cherries

RRP £1,500  ABV 55.2%  70cl  100 Available

2006 Vintage

Matured in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and the finest Marsala casks available. Natural colour, non-chill filtered and offered at cask strength.

Tasting Notes 

Aroma: Tangerine, cotton candy, honey-suckle and demerara sugar

Palate: Vanilla pod, toffee and soft liquorice

Finishing Notes: Ginger spice, sticky toffee pudding and Swiss white chocolate

RRP £200  ABV 55.8%  70cl  450 Available

Richard Paterson, Master Blender, The Dalmore commented: ‚ÄúI cherish my visits to our magical distillery in the Scottish Highlands. For 50 years I‚Äôve been keeping a watchful eye over the alchemy of our whiskies as they mature and harmonise in the finest casks from around the world. Each one carries the spirit of the relentless creators of The Dalmore before me, bowing to nature and always striving to create the best. These whiskies are offered at cask strength – they are our gift to you and I hope you choose to enjoy them with those who matter most – time with loved ones has never been so important.‚ÄĚ

Both Distillery Exclusive releases will be available to purchase online and in-store from Monday 14th September, until stocks last. For more information, please visit

About The Dalmore Distillery Exclusive Series

Since 2012, The Dalmore has released an annual Distillery Exclusive from its Highland boutique,  situated on a beautiful stretch of the Scottish coastline. Eagerly anticipated, the extremely limited edition releases sell out quickly as visitors to The Dalmore’s home are keen to add exceptional Single Malts to their collections.

About The Dalmore

For 180 years The Dalmore has been a masterpiece in the making. A Single Malt Whisky like no other, overseen by an unbroken chain of visionary whisky makers whose entrepreneurial spirit and restless pursuit of the perfect whisky endures today. Current Master Distiller, Mr. Richard Paterson, celebrates his sixth decade at The Dalmore in 2020. Richard Paterson continues to hand-select rare casks from the world’s finest bodega and wineries in which to mature the carefully composed sprit. This commitment is at the heart of our exceptional whiskies.

When asked what the greatest Dalmore he has ever made is; our Master Distiller, Richard Paterson responded: ‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt made it yet‚ÄĚ.

The Dalmore Single Malt Whisky is available worldwide in the finest outlets, from Harrods, London, Galleries La Fayette of Paris, Beverly Wilshire of Los Angeles, and Shangri-La, Shanghai. For those that enjoy fine travel, The Dalmore is now available at 40,000 feet with Emirates First Class, and onboard Queen Mary II of Cunard.

Worldwide demand for The Dalmore by consumers and collectors alike has continued to grow. The Dalmore is now the fastest growing single malt whisky worldwide and a Top Three Whisky Investment.*

(*Citation 1: IWSR 2011-17, Cohort: 20 single malts CAGR 11-17 26% or % change 11-17 304%. Citation 2: Rare Whisky 101: The 2016 Collectors and Investors Single Enjoy responsibly, Malt Scotch Review).


Harrods began as a wholesale grocer and tea merchant in east London, first opening its doors in 1834. Since then, it has grown to become the world‚Äôs most famous department store, known for its unrivalled range of luxury merchandise. As well as exclusive brands and myriad departments, one of Harrods‚Äô most renowned attributes is its unparalleled service. Harrods continues to be guided by its philosophy of ‚Äúanything is possible‚ÄĚ, and, to this day, our customers remain at the heart of everything we do.




Whisky Distiller, Douglas Laing & Co, today launches the Big Peat Christmas 2020 bottling, a punchy Cask Strength Limited Edition release that joins the award-winning Islay Malt Scotch Whisky range.

The Glasgow-based family business, released Big Peat’s first Christmas bottling in 2011. Since then, the iconic Ileach fisherman has enjoyed exponential growth the world over, with a number of market-exclusive bottlings, aged limited releases, innovative cask finishes and a cult following on social media contributing to his success.

This 10th annual festive bottling, depicts Big Peat sporting a Santa Claus hat reflected in a bauble nestled deep within the Christmas tree. As is tradition for the Christmas Edition, ‚Äúhe‚ÄĚ is bottled at a winter-warming Cask Strength of 53.1% and happily offered without colouring or chill-filtration.

Fred Laing, Chairman of his family’s firm, comments:

‚ÄúEstablished, indeed ‚Äúborn‚ÄĚ, in 2009, my boy Big Peat is a unique marriage of 100% Single Malts from our preferred Islay distilleries. Accordingly ‚Äúhe‚ÄĚ has many loyal fans of the phenol around the world. In the cask strength Christmas Limited Edition we certainly get to see his more robust and intense side. This year, using our regularly selected Single Cask Single Malts but always in different percentages, expect an amplification of peat-smoke, dried seaweed and coal dust with an underlying sweetness to his feisty spirit. Big Peat‚Äôs Christmas bottling has become synonymous with the festive season and I always look forward to enjoying a dram with him over the holidays.‚ÄĚ

Big Peat Christmas 2020 will be available from September from specialist Scotch Whisky retailers in key markets globally, including Europe, North America and Asia. It is expected to retail at ‚ā¨57.00 / ¬£52.99 / $69.00.

Berry Bros Caol Ila 2009 Batch 1 at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

Brings you

Berry Bros Caol Ila 2009 Batch 1

Berry Bro’s new Small Batch whiskies are a perfect way to begin exploring the unique character and style of some of Scotland’s most iconic distilleries. While most distilleries maintain a broadly consistent style and flavour, individual casks can vary significantly in taste and quality. The casks selected for this Small Batch release by whisky specialist, Doug McIvor, capture a distinctive interpretation of the distillery‚Äôs style, exceptional quality and character that is unique to this limited-edition bottling.

Order Now >

Back-in: Ben Nevis 18 Year Old 1997 single cask at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Ben Nevis 18 Year Old

Missed out last time? While stocks last…

From the legendary 1997 vintage of the Highland distillery. A single cask bottled back in 2015 for the Pearls of Scotland series. 326 bottles at cask strength. Ben Nevis 18 Year Old 1997 vintage Highland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask #616 bottled 2015 by Gordon & Co. for the Pearls of Scotland series.

¬£92.11 /¬† $101.07* / ‚ā¨102.61*

SHOP NOW – Ben Nevis 18 Year Old 1997 >>


Ben Nevis Distillery is a Highland malt whisky distillery established by John McDonald in 1825 at Inverlochy just north of Fort William and rests at the foot of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. A Coffey’s Still was installed in in 1955 and both malt and grain whiskies were produced simultaneously until 1981. The core range comprises Ben Nevis 10 Year Old, McDonald’s Traditional and single cask bottling are released from time to time. The distillery is owned by Nikka of Japan.

Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – The KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar & More – Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin

Announcing the KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar!

A New Virtual Tasting, A Few Great Deals & Much, Much More!

And in case it isn’t clear Alberta Premium Cask Strength is Gone!

Well if you haven’t already heard, “he who shall not be named” announced his “World Whisky of the Year” Wednesday: the Alberta Premium Cask Strength. Before you ask, I’ll tell you the same thing we’ve told the hundreds of people who’ve called or tried to order it online… WE ARE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

We have no idea when or if we will see it again, whether it will be the same release, a new batch, or a different price. But for those of you those of you overcome by panic or an intense FOMO, it will likely be back, at some point.

Perhaps this is a classic case of We Told You So… We have been telling the World how great this whisky is since September 17, 2019… we checked! Exactly one year before the man in the Panama hat, declared it “World Whisky of Year”, we were touting how good the stuff was. This was Evan’s comment when he did up a tasting note for the bottle last October just after it was released:

“This is going to win some awards, and rightly so. It has been a long time coming, but it is great to see Alberta Distillers showcase what their 100% Rye is capable of.” It was in the October 31st Malt Messenger No. 104

There is an element of history repeating itself with this lates World Whisky of the Year press release. When the man in the Panama hat crowned Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye his World Whisky of the Year 3-4 years ago, panic buying and hoarding ensued. Our phone rang off the hook and our website nearly melted down. The Canadian media, always hungry for a good news story about something Canadian, trumpeted the honour far and wide as if it was some sort of biblical proclamation. Never mind the fact that the selection is made by one man, whose motives have been called in to question. Nothing sells books like a bit of controversy and buzz… Fast forward a few years and Northern Harvest Rye is gathering dust on liquor store shelves all over Canada!

In all fairness though, the Alberta Premium Cask Strength is superb, hands down one of our favourite Canadian whiskies. It is much better than the Northern Harvest Rye, and it is without question a World Class whisky worthy of praise. We’ve been telling people as much since it first hit store shelves…

Whether it is worthy of the moniker World Whisky of the Year is a subject I won’t waste your time speculating on. But without reservations we congratulate Alberta Distillers on the well-deserved attention they are receiving. I hope it will motivate them (and their parent company Beam Suntory) to continuing releasing more of their excellent whisky, which happens to made right here in Calgary!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, lets get to pressing business at hand, we have a couple of exciting announcements to make.

First and foremost we are finally ready to start taking pre-orders the¬†KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar. We are a bit behind (6 weeks) on launching the calendar and taking pre-orders this year on account of Covid-19 and the port strike in Montreal, but we are ready to go now and very excited about this year’s edition. In addition to a sharp new look, this year’s edition includes 25 never before featured whiskies. There are more details below on the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar, including our most generous early-bird offer ever

You might recall from the last Malt Messenger, that we recently received four KWM exclusive single casks from Single Malts of Scotland. Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday September 19) at 4PM Mountain (6PM Central and 3PM Pacific) I will be live on Facebook with Elixir Distiller’s Oliver Chilton to talk Single Malts of Scotland. You can taste along with us (if you have any of the whiskies) and are encouraged to send us your comments and questions. Join us for Single Malts of Scotland on Saturday, live on the KWM Facebook page!

Staying with Elixir Distillers we are thrilled to welcome Julie Hamilton, Brand Ambassador for an Elements of Islay Tasting over Zoom on Saturday October 10, 5PM Mountain. The tasting will consists of five whiskies from the Elements of Islay portfolio, and a surprise sixth Islay single malt!

Circling back on our recent Single Malts of Scotland casks, as expected our¬†Single Malts of Scotland Imperial 29 Year KWM Cask¬†didn’t last long… six days to be exact. We did our best to cool demand by limiting it to one bottle per customer, but even that was not enough. The¬†Single Malts of Scotland Clynelish 24 Year¬†which was limited to 2 bottles per customer, is also on the way out. Nine days after it arrived in-store we have barely more than 1/4 of the bottles left! Stock of the Single Malts of Scotland Glenburgie 21 Year and Caol Ila 8 Year a fair bit healthier! More details below.

We have also received a few new whiskies this week from Kavalan, Bruichladdich and Alberta’s own Eau Claire Distillery. Details on all of these can be found below.

We also have a couple of deals to share with you on the GlenDronach 2009 10 Year bottled for Canada and Millstone 1996.

I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin. As always, please let me know if you have any comments, questions or requests. In the event of a discrepancy in price, the Point of Sale at KWM will be taken as correct.


Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

In This Edition:

  1. Now Taking Pre-Orders – The KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar!
  2. Talking Single Malts of Scotland on Saturday with Oliver Chilton
  3. New Virtual Tasting – Elements of Islay
  4. Introducing: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011
  5. New Kavalan Solists – Vinho & Port
  6. Introducing Eau Claire Distillery’s Rupert’s Whisky
  7. SAVE 25% on GlenDronach 2009
  8. SAVE on Millstone 1998
  9. Update: The Single Malts Of Scotland KWM Casks
  10. Compass Box 20th Anniversary Virtual Tasting

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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

@scotch_guy, Instagram: @thescotch_guy/

or @kwmwhisky and Facebook:

Now Taking Pre-Orders: The KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar

25 Day of Dram FIne Whisky is Back Baby… With a Sharp New Look!

There have been a number of events this year which have delayed the announcement of our¬†KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar. You can probably guess the first. Covid-19 dramatically altered the way we operate our business over the last six months, and for many of our suppliers it has meant full or partial shut downs. This made the sourcing and selection of products more challenging. The recent Port Strike in Montreal has added another layer of complexity and chaos to all of this, and is still causing delays all over the East Coast. Even as a write I am not 100% sure what the final mix will be in the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar. Fortunately we always order a few extra products in case something goes missing or arrives late. This year we planned to have an even bigger buffer, so no matter what happens we’ll have an awesome selection!

Covid-19 or not, “25 Days of Dram Fine¬† Whisky” is back!

The KWM Whisky Calendar, now in its 7th year, has a striking new look and includes 25 never before featured whiskies. Once again we have curated a selection of 24 50ml whiskies, mainly single malt Scotch whiskies. There is also a KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar logo Glencairn glass which you will discover along with your Day 1 whisky. On top of the box as always we have a special treat for Christmas Day, a 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky.

We anticipate we will have the Calendars ready for pickup by the start of November.

We are not taking deposits for the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar this year, instead we have two options for ordering:

  1. ¬†Early Bird Pre-Pay Pricing¬†– $335+gst – SAVE $50 until midnight October 15 by pre-paying in full for the KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar –¬†No further discounts or promotions, but the early bird price in previous years used to only be a $35 savings!
  2. ¬†Pre-Order & Pay Later;- $385+gst – Secure a calendar(s) and you won’t be charged anything until 1 week before it is ready for pickup.

Talking Single Malts of Scotland on Saturday with Oliver Chilton

Tune in on KWM’s Facebook Live Feed Saturday September 19 at 4PM Mountain¬†

Normally when we launch KWM exclusive single casks we hold a series of sit down tastings, or a cask launch party, and we invite our whisky friends to cram in to the shop. Usually someone from the distillery will do us the honour of appearing to help us lend some weight to the occasion. Unfortunately these are far from usual times, and as yet we can’t pour samples for tastings.

That said we cannot allow an occasion as auspicious as the launch of not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 new KWM exclusive casks. So Oliver Chilton, Business Manager & Whisky Maker for Elixir Distillers–Port Askaig, Elements of Islay and Single Malts of Scotland amongst other things–will be joining me live on Facebook tomorrow at 4PM Mountain (Alberta).

Ollie and I will talk about single casks, the Single Malts of Scotland brand and sample the new KWM Casks. We might even dip in to a couple of other malts at the end of the tasting, just to round things out!

JOIN US LIVE¬†on the Kensington Wine Market Facebook page, tomorrow, Saturday September 19 at 4PM Mountain (Alberta, 6PM Central and 3PM Pacific). If you have any of these lovely new whiskies please feel free to taste along and share with us your thoughts. But whether you have any of them or not we hope you’ll join us. We’ll be monitoring the feed for comments and questions, so pour yourself a dram or two and tune in!¬†


New Virtual Tasting – Elements of Islay with Julie Hamilton

Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Octomore & More!

Julie Hamilton, Elements of Islay Brand Ambassador will join us live from the UK on Saturday September 10, 2020, at 5PM Mountain Time for an Elements of Islay tasting. We will be sampling 5 whiskies from the Elements range, including the Elements of Islay: Peat, Peat Full Proof, Ar11 (Ardbeg), Lg10 (Lagavulin), Oc6 (Octomore) and one other surprise dram (a 50ml single cask, cask strength Islay single malt whisky). As she is 7 hours ahead of us, we are starting the tasting at 5PM. Tasting samples will be made available for pickup starting Friday, September 18. A zoom code for the tasting will be emailed out 24 hours before the tasting. This event is limited to 35 participants.

Register online, or by phone: 403-283-8000.

Introducing: The Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011

A Mouthfull on This One… And They Don’t Event Tell You How it Tastes… ūüėČ

It could be because it arrived in early May, at the height of Covid-19 confusion, but we almost missed this one… The 2011 edition of the Islay barley is produced from six farms on central and western Islay. Matured in a mix of 75% ex-Bourbon and 25% ex-European oak wine casks, it has been bottled at 50%.¬†87pts Angus @ Whisky Fun

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011¬†– 50% – 75% ex-Bourbon and 25% ex-European oak wine casks –¬†Producer Tasting Note: ”¬†Character:¬†A sweet spot in the maturation of an incredible whisky. A chance to see the elements at work as the young spirit showing green fruits, apple, pear and gooseberry transitions to peach, apricot and mango with the influence of time. The careful selection of casks holds this moment perfectly in balance as their contribution to the ageing of the spirit brings oak depth, vanilla and coconut sweetness and lemon/grapefruit zest without overpowering the sweetness of the malt or the profound cereal notes that come from the Islay grown barley. The structure is firm, the texture luxurious, carrying the DNA of this island.¬†Nose:¬†From the outset this is overtly floral and fruity. Slow distillation yet again brings out the best from the Islay grown Barley, the abundance of soft fruit notes and delicate floral style of this dram is shared with our past Islay grown releases. Typical Bruichladdich style fruit notes of crisp apple and ripe pear along with peach and dried apricot are further enhanced with lemon drops, grapefruit and orange zest. There is a vast array of flavour rising from this whisky as it opens further. The oak and cereal components come through after the fruit, pipe tobacco and vanilla notes mingle with barley sugar and caramel wafers, as ever a distinct marine tang hangs in the air.¬†Finish:¬†The finish is about the fruit, dried apricot from the oak and lemon, kiwi and caramel wafer. A warm sand, marine note lingers as the Islay maturation tells its part of the story. As this whisky lingers on the palate it puts you in mind of the construction and structure to its form. Each element, distillation, time, cask and barley have a clear influence yet not one dominates another as this whisky reaches a crossroads in its development. This vintage is at the perfect stage to appreciate all that it is as it lays bare its DNA, its philosophy and its quality.”¬†– $82

New Kavalan Bottlings: Solists Vinho & Port

Cask Strength Single Malt from Taiwan!

We have just received a couple of new Kavalans, new single casks of the popular Solist Vinho and Solist Port. Best of all, we got them before a scheduled price increase next week which may only add $5-6 a bottle, but hey, that’s a fancy latte!

  1. Kavalan Solist Vinho¬†– 58.6% – Matured in STR Casks (shaved, toasted and recharred) American Oak ex-Wine Barriques –¬†Producer Tasting Note: “Nose:¬†A rich fusion of vanilla and caramelized sugars with dark chocolate on top. Ripe melon and mango together with kiwi and a delicate blend of citrus fruits burst. Pepper is also present in the background waiting to be noticed. This bouquet is simply a sensational feast to your olfactory organ…¬†Palate:¬†The taste ends with clean and complex flavours embodying all that is best in the finest malt whiskies enjoying a long aftertaste. –¬†$280
  2. Kavalan Solist Port¬†– 57.1% – Matured in a Port Seasoned Protugese Barrique – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: The rich fruity and nutty flavours combined and enhanced by orange and citrus notes that can be enjoyed together with gentle and elegant wood spices of our American oakiness. Palate: Satisfying fruitiness blended with quality chocolate aromas that melt delicately on your palate. A wonderful and long lasting after taste for your unique sampling pleasure.”¬†– $215

Introducing Eau Claire Distillery’s Rupert’s Whisky

From Turner Valley with Love!

The first permanent whisky release from Eau Claire Distillery, Rupert’s Whisky, is a Blended Canadian Whisky bottled at 40%. A reference to Rupert’s Land, a territory which drained in to Hudson’s Bay operated as a monopoly by the Hudson’s Bay Company for 200 years, which included much of Alberta.

¬†Eau Claire Rupert’s Whisky– 40% – Producer Description: “Rupert’s Whisky pays homage to the vast swaths of wilderness across Canada and the United States. From this place the finest barley is grown, carefully distilledand blended in to Rupert’s Whisky. Eau Claire distillery celebrates Alberta and the terroir of our home with this exceptional Canadian whisky.”

Evan’s Tasting Note – “Nose:¬†Pine needles, lemongrass, vanilla beans, coffee creamer, plus buttered toast and cinnamon. Also a dash of leather along with lumber racks and oak casks aging away in a quiet warehouse.¬†Palate:¬†Oily with fruit and spice notes – cinnamon, candied ginger, ripe lemon, fresh peaches (pit and all), toasted almond shavings, and a bit of rock candy sweetness.¬†Finish:¬†Zesty lemons stick around along with a touch of spicy ginger and a lingering sweet note to balance it all out.¬†Comment:¬†This is a very well put-together blended Canadian Whisky that showcases a bit of malty weight and a nice touch of citrus and spice to keep things interesting. It is richer than your typical bar well/mixing Canadian whisky, and shows more character as well.”

More about Rupert’s Whisky: “This exceptional Canadian Whisky was made with flavour in mind. On the nose, Rupert’s Whisky starts with a sweetness and a hint of red fruits, chocolate and nutmeg. The whisky then continues to a dried fruit, and slightly nutty finish. Rupert’s Whisky has a similar flavour and style to what you will find in every bottle of Eau Claire Distillery’s award-winning Single Malt Whisky batches. ¬†Rupert’s Whisky is non-chill filtered, has no artificial caramel colouring, and uses some of Eau Claire’s best whisky barrels. The resulting flavour, colour and taste is a rich balance of flavours that form an approachable yet distinctive choice that is perfect for mixing or enjoying on its own, neat or over ice.”

SAVE 25% on the GlenDronach 2009 10 Year For Canada!

But Only While They Last!

Before we go too far on this, let me start by saying don’t shoot the messenger… We know many of you bought this already. We only learned a week ago,¬† 5 weeks after we started selling the product, that the importer was intending to put it on sale. Had we known this special lower price would be now be in effect, we would have not started ordering the product until this week…

Please don’t ask us to retroactively apply the discount to the bottles you’ve bought, even if they are still sitting in the pickup area. Don’t look at this offer with regret, but with opportunity. This 2009 vintage 10 year old GlenDronach is as good or better than the 12 year is has been positioned to replace, and while supplies last you can grab a few bottles, or a few more bottles, at a great price.

The story on this bottling is that GlenDronach is unable to sell some of their core skus in Alberta on account of a dispute between the old importer and the new one. The GlenDronach 12 Year and 18 Year are tied up in a disagreement over compensation, and until that is resolved, you won’t see them in the market. This product was created to bridge the gap, as a substitute for the 12 year, bottled for Canada!

We thought it decent at the original price $96, and it is a steal at $72…

GlenDronach 2009 10 Year for Canada¬†– 43% – Matured at least partly in Sherry Casks… –¬†My Tasting Note: “Nose:¬†nutty with soft leather, raisins, chocolate and syrup; doughy with baking spices, vanilla icing and dry grasses. Palate:¬†rich and nutty its starts slow but builds in to decadent spices, syrup and cooked raisins; sweet and dumpy with black licorice and dark chocolate; candied orange and chewy malt; late vanilla, dunnage warehouses and minty-floral-tones. Finish:¬†medium in length with leather, spices and candied fruit. Comment:¬†released to replace the 12 Year, at least in Alberta; this is quintessentially GlenDronach and a lovely dram; I think it would have been improved at 46%, but I digress; the nose is good and the palate is better; very quaffable stuff!” – Regular $96 – SAVE 25% – SALE $72+gst

SAVE 20% on the Millstone 1996 Virgin Oak Cask 1376

Elegant Single Malt from the Netherlands!

We got a deal, so we are passing on the savings. This Millstone Single cask is an Alberta exclusive bottled by Greg and Jarka Winters of Craftwork Sprits. The whisky is from a single Virgin American oak cask filled in 1996, matured 20 years and bottled at 51.45%. The Dutch are very precise. I was worried that 20 years in a Virgin Oak cask would have left too heavy an oak imprint on the whisky, but far from it, it was a deft touch!

Millstone 1996 Virgin Oak Cask 1376– 51.45% – 20 Year – Virgin American Oak – My Tasting Note: “Nose: bread and butter pudding with canned whip cream; dried apricots and peaches n cream; strawberry puff candies an cooked marshmallow; French bakery notes: fruit flan, croissants and other baked goods. Palate: waxy, tropical and creamy; toasty, oily and coating; more dried apricot, peaches and whip cream from a can; floral and spicy with toasted coconut, marmalade and some orange rind; this is sweet, fruity and waxy, a beautiful malt. Finish: warming, toasty and peppery; the fruits are all on the front end, but traces linger with a waxy oily grip. Comment: this is a lovely, layered and fruity malt; 20 years in virgin oak, has surprisingly not overwhelmed the spirit, but it has had a deft touch; a wonderful concentration of flavours!” – $285 – Save 20% – While Stocks Last – Now $239.49+gst

UPDATE on the KWM Exclusive Single Malts of Scotland Casks 

Caol Ila, Clynelish, Glenburgie & Imperial!

Though these four malts only just arrived at KWM, demand has been brisk. The Imperial would have sold out on the first day had we not restricted sales to one per customer. The Clynelish too would be gone had we let people fill their boots. But it is limited to 2 per customer until October 7th, if it lasts that long. Barely more than a quarter are left. The Caol Ila and Glenburgie have been selling briskly too. Both are excellent quality and value, especially the Glenburgie. But both whisky had bigger outturns, and don’t have quite the FOMO appeal of 29 Year Imperial and 24 Year Clynelish!

  1. SMOS Caol Ila 8 Year KWM Cask¬†– 61.2% – 2011 – Sherry Butt (Presumably Refill) – My Tasting Note: “Nose: smoked haddock chowder, rustic bread and farmhouse butter; I’m in the Old Kiln (I know, I know, this isn’t Ardbeg but never the less I’m transported); coal dust, chewy malt; crisp smoke, firm leather and a dash of lemon and lime. Palate: here we go, warm, earthy and smoky with a base of honey, vanilla and crisp spices: more lemon and lime; the sherry elements grow in prominence over time adding Demerara, some dark fruits and loads of spice:¬†clove, fennel seed and Dutch licorice; more smoked haddock and chewy malt (my hearty bread), dark earthy peat and sea weed; thick, oily and warm but without a sharp or rough edge. Finish:¬†long, thick and coating, the soft peaty oils and spices cling to your palate while crisp smoke, smoked haddock and chewy malt slowly fade away. Comment:¬†¬†big and bold but balanced for a young malt tipping the scales at well over 60%; lots of layers given its youth, the sherry notes build over time balancing the brash young peat and smoke; the nose transported me to Islay, to one of my favourite places to sit, dine and dram, the Old Kiln Cafe; the palate is layered and satisfying, but also leaves me wanting more; more whisky adventures, more smoked haddock chowder, and a return to my spiritual¬†home!” –¬†$85
  2. SMOS Clynelish 24 Year KWM Cask 10204¬†– 52.2% – 1995 – Hogshead –¬†My Tasting Note: “Nose:¬†oozing with dripping candle wax and honey; then bright tropical fruits: grilled pineapple, mango dusted in pepper and plantains; very floral, like walking in to a botanical garden on a hot day; then some nutty tones: cashews and macadamia nuts, the latter with white chocolate.¬†Palate:¬†rich, honeyed, waxy and oozing with fruit; quite decadent, creamed and heather honey; the body is thick, creamy and waxy, you could almost spread it with a knife; bags of fruit, starting on the citrus side with Wine Gums and Starburst candies; with each sip the fruits become more exotic, dried apricot, baked apple and poached pears; with patience the tropical fruits emerge: mango, papaya and pineapple.¬†Finish:¬†staying thick and waxy the finish is long, decadent and fruity; loads of honey and bags of fruit ending in toasted oak and spices.¬†Comment:¬†when we first sampled this whisky we were absolutely stunned, and desperate to bottle it; I’ll admit, it came in a little higher priced than we had hoped, but that was wishful¬†thinking; mature Clynelish is becoming increasingly dear, and this bottling is¬†spectacular; it would still be a must have at twice the price!” –¬†$350 – Limit 2/Customer Until October 7! – Almost 3/4 sold!¬†
  3. SMOS Glenburgie 21 Year KWM Cask¬†– 49.9% – 1999 – First Fill ex-Bourbon –¬†My Tasting Note: “Nose:¬†decadent, honeyed and floral; big citrus tones, mango and cantaloupe; nutty, almond paste filled croissants and polished oak; vanilla extract and rose hips.¬†Palate:¬†soft, creamy and coating with a burst of bright fruits and floral tones; waxy with more polished oak; still nutty, it is thick with lush creamy vanilla, honey, marzipan and warm almond paste filled croissants; juicy orange, ripe mango and cantaloupe; even a bit of Crema di Melone.¬†Finish:¬†very long, thick, waxy and coating; it stays fruity, floral and toasty right to the end.¬†Comment:¬†it’s been almost a year since we selected this cask, and while my memory of its selection is hazy, sampling the finished product is proof positive that we have something very special here; at 21 years of age this malt is lush, floral and very fruity; it is a banger at $175, and very more-ish!-¬†$175
  4. SMOS Imperial 29 Year KWM Cask 4561¬†– 45.2% – 1990 – ex-Bourbon¬†Barrel –¬†My Tasting Note: “Nose:¬†heavenly… I want to crawl in to the glass; old leather sofas and polished mahogany book shelves filled with dusty old books; this is antique-y, this is tropical, this is right in my wheelhouse; did I mention I want to crawl in to the glass? candy-apple, kiwis and canned pineapple; vanilla bean, Manuka honey and soft floral tones.¬†Palate:¬†yes… yes, yes, yes… this is what we’ve been waiting for since November!!! soft, silky, floral and full of bright, juicy tropical fruits; vanilla bean, Manuka honey and silky toasted oak; quince paste, candied apple and loads of other fruits: kiwi, pineapple, spiced baked apple and persimmons(first ever usage in one of my tasting notes, had to look up the spelling); waxy with soft leather and more polished wood; divine.¬†Finish:¬†delicate, but long, and fruity it clings to the palate with lush velvety oils; the mouth waters while it awaits more, more, more… never enough!¬†Comment: sinful, decadent, sublime, and dangerously drinkable; easily the best Imperial I’ve ever had, and one of the best casks we’ve ever had the good fortune to attach our name to (nearly 100); we’ve been telling people for months that this whisky blows our last cask of Imperial out of the water, and it does that and then some… they also bottled it on my birthday in January, so belated happy birthday to me!” – $400 – SOLD OUT!

Compass Box 20th Anniversary Virtual Tasting

Join John Glaser Sunday September 27th at 1PM Mountain Time!

Our favourite Boutique Blenders, Compass Box are celebrating a milestone this year, their 20th Anniversary. It is hard to believe it all started 20 years ago with the release of their first whisky, Hedonism. To celebrate their 20th Anniversary the distillery has a few bottlings in the pipeline, including Hedonism Felicitas. They will be launching the whisky online at a virtual tasting on Sunday September 27th, with a virtual tasting hosted by John Glaser.

I took part in the Father’s Day tasting, which was built around the Compass Box Malt Whisky Collection gift packs. For this session they will be tasting the Hedonism and Hedonism Felicitas, the latter of which will not arrive in Alberta before the tasting.

From Compass Box

“We want to take you on a journey of exploration through 20 years of one of our signature whiskies. To mark the launch of our latest limited edition, Hedonism Felicitas, we’re holding a live¬†interactive tasting hosted by Compass Box Founder and Whiskymaker John Glaser.

“Hedonism Felicitas has been created to celebrate our 20th anniversary, and we would like to give you an exclusive opportunity to hear how this whisky¬†has evolved¬†from the first Hedonism that launched Compass Box in 2000. We enjoyed hosting our Father’s Day tasting earlier this year so much that we want to invite you back to our virtual table on 27th September for this special¬†event.

“To join us on the day, please register¬†at This is also where you’ll be able to download a digital tasting mat and set up instructions¬†nearer the time. So save the date for¬†27th September (8pm BST, 3pm EST, 1pm MT and 12pm PT).”

Taste Along with John Glaser

There is no cost to take part in the event, but if you’d like to have a few of the whiskies on hand, we can help you with that.¬†The regular Hedonism is returning to the store on Wednesday, September 16, and we are offering it until the tasting at a special price, 20% off. We are also offeing a he Compass Box Malt Whisky Collection in stock. And we’re putting them on sale…

Compass Box Malt Whisky Collection (3x50ml) – One 50ml bottle each of the Compass Box Spice Tree, Story of the Spaniard and Peat Monster.” – $58 – SAVE 25% – Now $43.49+gst.

Compass Box Hedonism – 43% – Ex-Bourbon – Marriage of Whiskies from North British & Cameronbridge – Producer Tasting Note: “The aromas and flavours hint of vanilla, caramel, a delicate fruitiness, accented by flashes of coconut in the finish.” – $105 – SAVE 20% – Now $84+gst

Free City-Wide Delivery in Calgary & Other Deals! 

Free Delivery in Calgary for Orders Over $50, and Loads of Deals To Be Had!

As with many other small and independent businesses in the city, we are getting creative to continue serving our customers and keeping the business going. We have taken precautions in-store to ensure the health and safety of both our staff and customers. Details on that below! We are also offering options to continue serving those of you in quarantine or who are taking extra precautions with regards to social isolation.


– We are offering free delivery for orders over $50 placed online or over the phone, and will do our best to deliver within 72 hours.


– Place an order, we’ll let you know when it is ready. Call us when you are out front or parked in the back lot and we’ll bring it out. Simple as that!


– Want to send someone a care package? All gifting options are still available. Quarantined parents and closed schools qualify as a “wine emergency”. Gift cards are also available and can be used over the phone.

If you are able, please submit your order online. We will answer any questions you might have before finalizing and processing your order. You are not automatically billed when you submit your order.

We will do our best to answer and process as many phone orders as we can. Call us at 403-283-8000. We are offering some great deals too. More on that below, see the bottom of the Malt Messenger!

Customers are still welcome to come in to the store to pick up orders as well as browse and purchase in-store. We are routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and have hand sanitation stations around the store.

Let us know how we can continue to help and serve you in these challenging times!

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

First Light Coffee Whiskey Combines Two Iconic Flavors for an Unforgettable Whiskey Experience РAmerican Whiskey News

First Light Coffee Whiskey Combines Two Iconic Flavors for an Unforgettable Whiskey Experience 

San Diego Based Spirits Company Introduces Two New Flagship Whiskeys Now Available Nationwide 

SAN DIEGO (August 20, 2020) ‚Äď First Light Coffee Whiskey, the trusted three-time award winning and Original Coffee Whiskey brand, has unveiled their flagship blends, First Light Original Coffee Whiskey and First Light Dark Roast Coffee Whiskey. Both spirit options fuse together two familiar flavors creating a premium whiskey experience for those seeking to elevate any adventure.

The Original Coffee Whiskey features organic raw agave and all-natural coffee extract that blend seamlessly with the smooth warmth of premium corn whiskey. The Dark Roast Coffee Whiskey blends similar high quality ingredients as the original, while showcasing bold, deep coffee notes with hints of chocolate and caramel.

‚ÄúWe wanted to create quality spirits that weren’t filled with artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup,‚ÄĚ said Ryan Espinoza, Co-Founder of First Light Coffee Whiskey. ‚ÄúWe are excited to introduce First Light to the industry and offer consumers whiskey made of real ingredients to take on their next summit climb or to a family BBQ.‚ÄĚ

First Light recently secured three notable accolades at the 2020 SIP Awards, the world’s only internationally recognized consumer judging spirits competition. First Light Original Coffee Whiskey won Double Gold while the Dark Roast Coffee Whiskey achieved a Platinum honor and 2020 Innovation Award.[1]

‚ÄúTaking home multiple awards from an international consumer tasting competition was a big win for our team,‚ÄĚ said David Elizondo, Co-Founder of First Light Coffee Whiskey. ‚ÄúWe are listening to our consumers and will continue to deliver unforgettable products aligned with our founding principal: quality without compromise.‚ÄĚ

First Light’s DNA embodies the thrill seeker ready for anything, from surf to snow, dusk till dawn and everything in between. First Light was intentionally created for the adventure enthusiast raising a toast to the planet and exploring all it has to offer. First Light is joining the fight for a better future by donating one percent of all proceeds back to the 1% For The Planet network and partnering with San Diego founded company, Topiku who utilizes components of upcycled and recycled waste materials to create hats handmade by artisans in Indonesia.

First Light Original Coffee Whiskey and First Light Dark Roast Coffee Whiskey are now available for $27.99 respectively online and in select retailers. To learn more, visit

About First Light Coffee Whiskey

Founded in 2019 by Ryan Espinoza and David Elizondo, First Light Coffee Whiskey is a San Diego based company that empowers the adventure that awaits. Fight Light has expanded their Coffee Whiskey distribution to local in-store retailers and three successful online retail partnerships: Sip Whiskey, Del Mesa Liquor and Keg N Bottle. The company is a member of the 1% For the Planet network donating 1% of all sales back to the environment. In 2020, their first year entering the SIP Awards, First Light won double gold, platinum, and innovation awards for their Original Coffee Whiskey and Dark Roast Coffee Whiskey.

First Light Contact
Ryan Espinoza


We Are Now Taking Orders for the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar – Exciting Whisky News!

Attention All Whisky Enthusiasts!

Kensington Wine Market is thrilled to announce that “25 Days of Dram Fine Whisky” is returning for the 7th¬†straight year. We are now taking orders for the KWM 2020 Whisky¬†Calendar, and this year we have an amazing Early Bird Offer. Pay in full for a Calendar by midnight October 15, and you will Save $50 on this year‚Äôs edition!

Normally we would have made this announcement in August, but Covid-19 and the port strike in Montreal have made it a challenge to confirm our product list and pricing, until now. In past year’s we have taken a $150 deposit for each Calendar ordered. This year rather than charge a deposit, we are offering two options to Pre-Order a KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar.

You can either Pre-Order and Pay Later (a week before it is ready for pickup you will be billed the full price $385+gst), or a very special Early Bird Pre-Pay Option ($335+gst). If you select the Early Bird Pre Pay Option you will Save $50 on the full retail price and will be charged $335+gst per Calendar now. Note there are no further discounts or promotions on the Early Bird price.

Our Kensington Wine Market 2020 Whisky Calendar makes a great gift and is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. The 2020 Edition consists of 25 premium all-new, never before featured whiskies. There are 24 50ml bottles and a special 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask for Christmas Day.  The KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar also includes a custom logo Glencairn Single Malt Glass and a Discount Card (good for 10% off  regular-priced whisky at KWM for all of 2021).


You or your recipient can follow along every day December 1-25 (or at your own pace), as we introduce you to each whisky on our blog and through our social media channels. We are really excited about this year’s edition, and we hope you are too.

We can’t host a Whisky Calendar Launch Party in-store this year, but we will host a gathering online, on Tuesday December 1. Details will follow later in the Fall.

We encourage you to order online, but you can also purchase the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar in-store, or by phone at 403-283-8000 /888-283-9004. We anticipate we will have the Calendars ready for pickup by the start of November.

We are not taking deposits for the KWM 2020 Whisky Calendar this year, instead we have two options for ordering:

  1. Early Bird Pre-Pay Pricing – $335+gst ‚Äď SAVE $50 until midnight October 15 by pre-paying in full for the KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar ‚Äď No further discounts or promotions, but the early bird price in previous years used to only be a $35 savings!
  2. Pre-Order & Pay Later – $385+gst ‚Äď Secure a Calendar(s) and you won‚Äôt be charged anything until 1 week before it is ready for pickup.

Sincerely your friends at Kensington Wine Market!

1257 Kensington Road NW Calgary Alberta T2N3P8

403.283-8000 Toll Free. 888.283.9004

The English Whisky Company “NEW: Gently Smoked Sherry Cask” – English Whisky News


Gently Smoked Sherry Cask 

As we move towards Autumn and with social outings curtailed, a gently smoked Single Malt whisky that has been asleep in a wonderful sherry cask for most of its life is all that you need to lift your spirits. A truly spectacular whisky ‚Äď well worth a try.

The result is a nose of gently smoke with raisins, dried fruit and candied peel.  dates and maraschino cherries with a hint of marzipan. Lovely notes of soft warm leather.  A beautiful waft of slightly charred oak.

On tasting, it offers a creamy, rich and oily palate with a soft spicy sweetness.  dry with oaky, wooden overtones.  The fruits come across with the cherries dominating. Lovely floral hints along with a slightly honeyed aftertaste, with a fantastic lingering finish.

Only 1458 bottles released.

£56.50 70cl 46% ABV


Don’t forget that we are offering FREE delivery on all orders over ¬£75 for Mainland UK Delivery.

Powered by WordPress