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Father’s Day is fast approaching and we have a wonderful array of lovely whiskies and gifts to suit the important occasion. So for all those wonderful isolating dads that need a pressie from you – check out these. We can of course post them for you if isolation prevents you seeing your father in the coming days.

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K&L Top Scotch Picks – Scotch Whisky News

Glendronach “Revival” 15 Year Old Distillery Bottling Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($79.99)

93 points Whisky Advocate: “Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than the 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on the finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive! (Summer 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell”

K&L Notes: The 15 year is finally back! After ceasing production in 2015, the Revival has returned. Aged in PX and Olorosso casks the malt is classic, rich, and unctous. It’s full of honeyed tones, chocolate, and dried fruits. I was nervous for the return, but it’s every bit as good as the last bottles in 2015, possibly even better.

2005 Laphroaig 13 Year Old “Chieftain’s” K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Unchillfiltered Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($159.99)

The magical distillery on the south shore of Islay, like all south shore distillers, is quite unlike any other. But Laphroaig has a certain place in the hearts of the hardest core peat lovers. They’re the last distiller down there to malt a portion of their barley on site. Their complex system of tiny stills create the most peculiar and enticing peated spirit in the world. The quality and consistency of their casks is second to none. But over the last decade, what was once a staple in the independent bottling repertoire has completely disappeared. Laphroaig is simply not selling casks any longer. And when we do find casks they’re usually in very inactive hogsheads and declassified to their trade name, “Williamson.” Now that’s not a huge problem because Laphroaig always tastes good, but bottlers can’t replace even those few casks the prices have gone absolutely bonkers. Signatory recently bottled a sister cask those we sold here just three years ago for $200, Laphroaig from the Fall of 1997, for $700. And by God those bottles sell. But a beautiful butt for a not completely abhorrent price, we jumped all over it. Thank the Lord of the Isles that we did, as it’s a complete and utter masterpiece. Some purists askew the idea of Laphroaig in active sherry, but much of the experience is limited to low proof distillery bottlings and finishes. It’s truly a stupendous find and going to be one of those casks that people remember for years to come. Collectors and drinkers alike take note

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

Laphroaig is one of those incredible things that is both polarizing and unifying, sometimes between the same people at the same exact time. I personally adore almost everything I taste from this special distillery. Yes there are some underwhelming distillery bottlings that might feel a bit over manipulated, but the whisky is never ever bad. The great heights that can be achieved by Laphroaig are truly unbelievable. And uniquely, some of the very best from this special distillery are not even very old. The very best Laphroaig I’ve ever had the great pleasure of tasting are no more than 10 years old, given they’d have been distilled 40 or 50 years ago, but the fact remains that Laphroaig is often more special in its youth. For years Laphroaig has felt like a bit of a secret that you weren’t sure you wanted to share with everyone you know. Particularly that was true of the special single casks that we’d come across in warehouses and whisky shops throughout Scotland. But in the current climate, where the distillery itself has no need or use for trading or brokering excess production, what was once a special secret to find and share is now an endangered species completely. So when we get offered casks like this we expect them to be unfathomably expensive. But even if this were twice the price I’d still have bought it. This is that perfectly idiosyncratic Laphroaig, apt to have you disagreeing with yourself. Deep wafting peat, a mix of bitter herbs, salty ocean trawler, candied apricots and diesel engine. Old leather furniture, Seville oranges, not quite tropical, but not so severe as it might be. On the palate a building sweetness envelopes the powerful smoke as it wafts toward the olfactory system. Dark chocolate, salted plums, menthol and magic. A total dream and a secret that deserves to be kept.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2019

Every so often time stops, a dizzying array of pieces fall into place, and you’re left with one special moment. Such is drinking this masterpiece. Tragically, Chieftain’s is going away. One of the most storied and high quality bottlers in Scotland has pulled out all of the stops for it’s swan song. Aged to perfection this cask toes the line perfectly between every facet of Laphroaig. It’s equally salty, malty, fruity, floral, and smoky in that amazing way that only Laphroaig can be. In addition there is a splendid cigar box spice provided by an amazing barrel of the highest quality and perfectly matched to the whisky. Not overpowering, it is just robust enough to blend seamlessly with everything on offer from the spirit. My best Laphroaig drinking experience was having John Campbell, Distillery Manager, walk me through the classic 10 year, a single cask bourbon barrel roughly 14 years old, and the legendary 30 year. The insights those 3 carefully chosen whiskies provided into the soul of Laphroaig is something I will never forget. It set off a personal and more indepth study of the whisky behind the smoke and iodine that the distillery is so famous for. This one cask highlights the traits that makes the the malt from this special place so complete and such a rarity in the flavor spectrum without giving up that core profile. Tasting this malt and then going back to Laphraoig 10 will forever unlock for the drinker the often overlooked and underappreciated glory of the classic expression.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 23, 2019

Laphroaig very infrequently releases anything new, let alone a single cask of something new. Fans of the classic Laphroaig style will not be disappointed here, but will also be pleased to find new tastes and expressions. Rich texture and creamy peat notes get a kick from a slight jalapeno pepper spice in the back. This extremely limited and special release could retail for much higher given its scarcity. Lucky for us it doesn’t.

Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2019

Since barrels of single malt age differently and produce a range of flavors it is always a treat to taste something and see the variation on a theme from the regular releases.This tasty barrel is very interesting and fantastic. The nose has a burst of smoke that is almost pretty ( a word not usually associated with Laphroaig) with toasty undertones. In the mouth it is classic Laprhoaig with smoke , iodine, salt and malt. With water it opens up and becomes softer. There is a long finish with an interesting touch of spice.This single barrel is unique and interesting.

Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

If my family drank, this is a bottle Id take with me to our holiday dinners. This bottle screams autumn with notes of ume plum, burnt caramel, oak spice, and cinnamon graham crackers on the nose. The palate is fatty, savory, and sweet and I can imagine it going perfectly with turkey and stuffing. Its warm and inviting, I just want to cuddle up with it next to a fire and look longingly at the glass.

Sullivans Cove: The Art of Blending – Tasmanian Whisky News

WHILE SINGLE CASK WHISKIES ARE RARE AND MAGICAL BEASTS, THE ART OF BLENDING IS ALSO FUNDAMENTAL TO THE SULLIVANS COVE RANGE.

READ ON TO FIND OUT HOW WE CREATE COMPLEXITY AND CHARACTER IN OUR WHISKIES THROUGH THE ART OF BLENDING.

Sullivans Cove Distillery is mostly known for our award-winning single cask whiskies. These whiskies are carefully selected from our most complex and intriguing casks, decanted at the peak of flavour and character after being closely monitored and tasted many times, and bottled one cask at a time so that each can express its own unique characteristics. But individual casks that shine completely unblended are a rare and elusive thing. Ask any distiller, and they’ll tell you that most casks will turn out perfectly well, but generally lacking the depth of character to go it alone. That’s why single cask whiskies tend to be a lot less common and more expensive than standard single malt expressions, known as “vattings”, which make use of many barrels mixed together.

Most distilleries will either focus on large-scale vattings tens of thousands of bottles at a time, or single cask bottlings, and not much in between. But at Sullivans Cove, small batch blending is key to our Double Cask expressions. Unlike commercial distilleries, our vatted expressions are painstakingly constructed in very small batches from just a handful of casks.

According to Sullivans Cove Head Distiller, Heather Tillott, “It really comes down to listening to the spirit, as each cask will tell us where it’s meant to be. Some casks want to stand on their own- they are complex, well-rounded, well-balanced and interesting. They want the spotlight, and I say let them have it! But these superstar casks are the minority, so when they come along we can’t look past them, and we dress them up in a Single Cask outfit.”“The majority of casks, on the other hand, are their best selves when they’re matched with others. They’re the team players, they work together and complement each other to achieve the things that those Single Casks manage to achieve on their own. Most casks have a particular strength, so when you mindfully put them together you can balance out their traits to find a very happy place, like recruiting players for a well-rounded sports team.”

At most single malt distilleries, standard releases are made by vatting together hundreds or thousands of casks. By doing this, commercial brands can create a consistent style because any outlier casks with odd flavours will be diluted among all the others. In this way, most single malts aim for an average flavour profile. It’s more about maths than carefully selected casks: x% of ex-bourbon casks + y% of ex sherry casks = the flavour profile that the consumer will recognise, batch after batch and year after year.

But to do this, you need access to thousands of mature casks from the same distillery. At Sullivans Cove, we only bottle a total of about 50 casks of whisky every year, not nearly enough for large-scale vatted expressions based on averages and equations.

Even what most other distilleries would call “small batch” would dwarf Sullivans Cove by orders of magnitude. Our Double Cask batches are genuinely small, only producing around 1,000-1,500 bottles each, and that means we have to take a unique approach to blending. It takes time to get each batch just right by tasting and smelling and blending, sometimes for months at a time. That’s why we release only four or five batches every year, every single one a labour of love.

As our vatted expressions only contain whisky from a handful of casks, that blending process is critical. We build our Double Cask batches like you might create a perfume, with each cask representing a critical element of the final product. One cask might be selected for its rich and creamy texture, another for bright fruit and floral notes, one for a lingering finish, etc.

According to Heather, “I have a rule of thumb when it comes to the basic percentages of cask styles in any batch, but it’s only a guideline. That’s because every cask is unique, and the mature casks we have available at any one time will change. It’s like making an omelette from what’s growing in your garden; last week it had zucchini in it and this week it has peas, but it always has eggs and black pepper. The only way to figure out how the casks will work together (or not!) is to get your nose in there and work it out, one blend at a time.”

Heather pours over these cask samples for days at a time, using each to come up with the perfectly balanced blend. Some casks will be used in their entirety, while others will only be used a few litres at a time for a subtle influence across multiple batches. Heather says, “It absolutely takes time and a lot of patient detail work. 1L of liquid in 1,000 can make a noticeable difference, so getting it right every time is both beautiful and daunting!”

A typical blending day for Heather looks something like this: “I won’t go into the distillery, but rather work from home so I can offer the task my full concentration. I’ll start by prepping mind and body as much as the palate with some form of rhythmic exercise (cycling, rowing or yoga) and try to clear my mind. I’ve got to be quiet and still to hear the liquid- the liquid always knows when you are edgy. It will give you edges in return! So I get myself set up with my samples, no loud music, bright lights, perfume, lotions, candles, or other things that have an obvious scent or could otherwise distract me, and make sure my palate is clean with no dairy, coffee, black tea, salty things and absolutely no sugar. I basically eat plain porridge cooked in water the morning of a blending day.”

“I’ll be set up on my dining room table, surrounded by stacks of glasses, sample bottles, measuring cylinders and syringes, a notebook and a laptop. Each iteration is done on a very small scale, so there’s a lot of minute moving of liquid (i.e. using a syringe!). There’s a lot of nosing, tasting and staring into space. It’s super repetitive. If I’m not in a patient mood, then it’s not a day for blending. But when I’m in the right mood, I won’t stop until I’ve hunted it down. My partner will tell you how I’m on a somewhat crazed mission until I find the right blend match.”“I start by tasting a recent batch of Double Cask to give myself a baseline and get in the zone, going over the data for each component to check the volumes and ABV’s are correct. Then I get into nosing over my cask samples to spark the memory – these are the paints on my palette. I look at the previous iterations of the current batch I’m working on, which will guide what I’m trying to achieve for the day. Where am I? What’s missing? What’s there too much of? I plan out my trials for the day on paper, then put them together and dilute them. I’d do this 2-3 times on a blending day, with breaks for other work in between.”

“To come up with the final recipe, I usually start with half a dozen rough options, and then choose the best 2 or 3 from those. I then refine the best ones and put them all up against each other. That continues until there’s a clear winner. It’s kind of like the Olympics. So in the end each batch would have gone through roughly 30 iterations, some way more (pesky darlings) and some less.

“The final version has to have recognizable Sullivans Cove Double Cask attributes and be a good representation of our spirit and maturation style. It also has to be delicious, to make me want to drink more. It has to be interesting, complex, good breadth through the nose and across the palate, and have good length. The narrative has to be deep and right the whole way through. When it’s finally right, I’ll pour over the recipe again to ensure it’s perfect, and then send through the plan to our distillers, who will carefully marry all of the components. The last step is our very gentle dilution and settling process which usually takes about three months before we can finally bottle the whisky and send it out, ready to drink.”

We’re almost ready to release our next batch of Double Cask Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky, which we will announce shortly via this email. See the details of this upcoming release via the link below, and if you ever have any questions about how we make our products, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson Late May 2020 Part Two – Whisky News

 

 

In Case You Missed It: Berry’s Orkney Islands 1998 KWM Cask 21 Year

We have a New KWM Exclusive Cask of Highland Park!

It’s here, our 2nd Berry’s Orkney Islands (aka Highland Park) Cask!

Our last Orkney Island Cask from Berry Bros., an 18 Year, sold out in less than 2 months. We don’t expect this 21 year old to last much longer… Distilled in 1998 and matured in a Refill Hogshead, Cask Ref 17. 342 total bottles, bottled at 53.0% exclusively for Kensington Wine Market.

Berry’s Orkney Islands 1998 21 Year KWM – 53.0% – Refill Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, honeyed and floral with delicate fruits; dried apricot, juicy orange, baked apples and grilled pineapple; soft, ashy, earthy smoke and toasted oak; chewy malt and candied ginger. Palate: soft, creamy, floral and smoky with juicy fruits; buttery with more baked apples, grilled pineapple and dried apricot; soft muddy peat, salty maritime tones and clean ashy smoke; toasted oak and crisp spices: cinnamon stick and licorice root; white chocolate, almond paste and baked French pastries; creamed heather honey, Earl Grey creme brule and butterscotch pudding. Finish: creamy, juicy and floral with clean smoke; buttery, oily and very fruity with more pastries; long, lush and layered. Comment: as with our last Berry’s Highland Park, this one will not appeal to those who are looking for something like the distillery bottled 18, 21 or 25 Year; especially the most recent releases; but that misses the bigger point, which is that this honeyed, lightly peated and very fruity malt is quite simply sublime.” – $160

In Case You Missed It: the Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength #2  

It is official, “Ferg in Front of the Store” is Officially Half Sold! 

360+ Bottles Sold In Just Over Two Weeks

Though it has only been with us for exactly two weeks, today, the Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength #2 “Ferg in Front of the Store” is already half sold, with 300+ of the 600 bottles having already found homes… Our 4th KWM exclusive Glenfarclas Cask Strength bottling, not a single cask, but rather a batch of their 15 Year, bottled for KWM at Cask Strength. We don’t get to pick or approve the bottling, we just have to trust them that it will be good. So far they have a perfect batting average, 4 for 4! Our last Glenfarlcas KWM Cask Strength, the 21 Year “Ferg in the Spey”, sold out in 8 weeks. We are calling this new bottling, which features our fearless leader (not my words), the “Scotch Guy”, standing in front of the iconic entrance to our shop: “Ferg in Front of the Store”… it is the second release in the “Andrew’s Ego Collection”… we are already working on the 3rd release, due next year, a 25 Year!

Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength #2 – 56.6% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: big, rich and spicy; chocolate covered espresso beans; licorice Fisherman’s Friends, cinnamon sticks, candied ginger and firm new leather; candied nuts, mincemeat and earthy Oloroso sherry; dark chocolate with a touch of chili oil. Palate: big, round, rich and spicy; loads of soft, coating toasty oak; more candied nuts and loads of spices: cinnamon sticks, candied ginger, candied fennel seeds and salty licorice chews; orange peel and mincemeat, moving in the direction of Christmas cake; underneath the weight of the drying, spicy sherry more exotic fruits linger; melons, mango, papaya and grilled pineappe; more chocolate covered espresso beans, dark chocolate with chili oil and Cuban cigar tobacco. Finish: long, drying, coating and rich; this is full throttle sherry from start to finish; warming but balanced, elegant and dangerously drinkable. Comment: unlike our single casks, we don’t have the opportunity to pre-screen our Glenfarclas Cask Strength bottlings; but they are now 4 for 4, and have yet to disappoint; they keep offering us generous layups just begging to be slam dunked!” – $110

KWM Virtual At Home Whisky Tastings 

A First Stab at the Temporary New Normal!

For months we’ve been receiving requests about hosting virtual tastings while we live through social distancing. While we liked the idea, frankly the last 8 weeks were just too crazy for us to even wrap our heads around the idea. We are finally settling in to a new groove, and able to start looking at ways to connect with our customers and friends. We are still not sure of any regulations around pouring samples from full bottles for at home tasting, and until we have guidance from the AGLC we can’t look at that, but…

We have a great selection of 50ml bottled whiskies at KWM, and a gift pack ripe for conversion into Virtual At Home Whisky Tastings. To start we have put together 4 tasting lineups, 3 of which are now open for registration. If there is demand and interest in these, we will roll out the 4th tasting and maybe some others in the weeks ahead.

These tastings will be sold, much like our traditional tastings, at a set price. You can register in-store, online or by phone. Each tasting includes 5 whiskies. Participants can pick up their whiskies in-store, or request delivery (please don’t wait until the last minute). A few days before the tasting participants will be contacted with details on how to attend the tasting virtually. All are limited to between 20 and 24 people, and available on a first serve basis.

Here are our first, KWM Virtual At Home Whisky Tastings:

 

  1. Elements of Islay Sherry Virtual Tasting – Thursday June 4, 8PM – 5x 30ml – The Elements of Islay tasting kits are perfect for a Socially Distanced at Home Tasting… The Sherry Edition contains five 30ml bottles of Elements of Islay whisky, four of them at cask strength. The tasting will include Elements of Islay Peat, Bn7 (Bunnahabhain), Cl11 (Caol Ila), Lp9 (Laphroaig) and Pl5 (Port Charlotte). – $55 – *9 Spots Remaining*

  1. Mature, Rare & Interesting Malts  Virtual Tasting – Thursday June 18, 8PM – 5x50ml – You don’t often see older whiskies in 50ml format, but we have put together a range of whiskies 18 to 22 years of age. There is also a curious wild card in the range, a mature NAS whisky at cask strength. Our range: Glenfarclas 21 Year, Glen Scotia Victoriana, Loch Lomond 18 Year, SMOS Ben Nevis 1996 KWM Cask and the Tomatin 18 Year. – $75 *ONLY 4 SPOTS REMAINING*

  1. Peat Freaks Virtual Tasting – Thursday June 25, 8PM. – 5x50ml – A celebration of all things peated, just before we head into the hottest months of the year. We will sample 5 whiskies, all from 50ml bottles including: Ardbeg An Oa, Ballechin 10 Year, Black Mountain Fumees, Kilchoman 2011 KWM Cask 770 and the Shelter Point Smoke Point. – $50 *11 Spots Remaining*

SAVE 25% on the Spirit of Hven Tycho’s Star  

A Very Interesting Peated Single Malt from Sweden!

We got a deal, so we are passing on the Savings! This is a lovely lightly peated Swedish single malt from the tiny island of Ven (Hven) in the Øresund strait between Sweden and Denmark. The island is most famous for its association with Tycho Brahe, the Danish Astronomer who as Lord of the island had its residents build two observatories for him. The Hven Distillery produces Tycho’s Star single malt from heavily peated Pale Ale malt. The spirit is matured in a mix of American and French oak. The whisky is natural colour, unchill filtered and bottled in wax sealed 500ml beaker bottles.

The whisky is very good, I really should get a tasting note out on it… I paid a visit a couple of years ago and was very impressed by their operation! They also happen to produce and excellent Gin, limited edition releases of the whisky, and other spirits.

Sprit of Hven Tycho’s Star Single Malt – 41.8% – American & French Oak – Producer Tasting Note: “Without water: the whisky shows fruitiness, coated by a mild, balanced and very clear smokiness. The scent of barley is complemented by notes of coconut and almonds. The taste is fresh with distinct smokiness and straightforward maltiness, the sweetness from the American oak is well balanced with the stringency of the French oak. With water: the whisky uncovers the soft balanced notes of the barley mash-bill, the chocolate malt becomes more evident and the smoke and peat a bit rounder. The fruitiness matures a fraction and moves to ripe apples and hints of liquorice. There are notes of honey and fudge together with sweet wine aromas and wet wood jetty. The taste is well balanced with medium long aftertaste, an enticing smokiness combined with an oiliness shows that the whisky has not been chill filtered and the round maturity really comes from the cask maturation.” – Regular $120 – SAVE 25% – $89.99+gst (while stocks last)

SAVE 20% on the Cotswold Single Malt  

English Floor Malted Single Malt – Made Slowly with Local Barley!

We got a deal, so we are passing on the Savings! The Cotswolds Single Malt is made from 100% locally grown floor malted barley which is slowly distilled after a long fermentation. Owner Dan Szor while showing me around the distillery a couple of years ago gave me one of the most succinct explanations for why a long fermentation is so important. Using a banana as a point of reference he asked “when does a banana smell its most fragrant? When it is turning black and on the verge of rotting. Rotting fruit gives off the fruitiest esters!” The whisky is matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and reconditioned ex-Red Wine Casks.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky – 46% – Matured in American Oak and Reconditioned ex-Wine Barriques – My Tasting Note: “Nose: warm, buttery, almond paste filled croissants; big orange citrus and Scottish shortbread cookies; beer nuts and maple glazed almonds; malty and herbaceous. Palate: round, chewy and very malty; the barley really shines on the palate; the whisky is young but the spirit very elegant; more orange and nutty almond tones along with both shelled and sugared peanuts; there is a touch of leather on top of a base of creamy vanilla. Finish: light and short in length, but pleasant. Comment: this is a young single malt that shows oodles of promise; can’t wait to see how this evolves over the next couple of decades!” – Regular $82.99 – SAVE 20% – $66.39+gst (while stocks last)

SAVE 25% on American Rockies & Feed YYC! 

$5 from Each Bottle to go to the Calgary Food Bank!

Looking for your next Bourbon, for sipping neat, on the rocks or for an Old Fashioned?

American Rockies Bourbon has been discontinued by the producer,  and they  are blowing it out. As always, we are passing the Savings on. Not only is this Bourbon 25% off, but we will also donate $5 from every bottled sold to the Calgary Food Bank!

From the people who brought you Canadian Rockies, American Rockies is a Small Batch Bourbon bottled at 44%. We believe the Bourbon is sourced from a Wyoming Whiskey distillery that we happen to be quite fond of.

 American Rockies – 44% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: dough, dill-y and woody; smells like a High School woodshop; shelled peanuts, butter tarts and aromatic bitters; peppery with some doughy oatmeal-raisin notes. Palate: sweet, fruity and spicy, with loads of wood-shop tones; fresh, fruity and toasty; more oatmeal-raisin cookie dough, peppery spices and oaky tannins; Demerara sugar and aromatic bitters before warm butter tarts. Finish: fresh, doughy, fruity, sweet and spicy; can’t get over the oatmeal-raisin cookie dough and Demerara mixed with bitters combo… Comment:  very fresh for an American whiskey, lots of layers, with the oak restrained nicely.” – Was $70 – SAVE 25% – Now: $52.49 & we’ll donate $5 of that to the Calgary Food Bank!

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.

FREE DELIVERY

– 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.

CURBSIDE PICKUP

– 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!

GIFTING

– 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.

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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 www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. 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.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market

403-283-8000

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – Happy Ardbeg Day – Surprise 1 Day Ardbeg Sale – Scotch Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin

Happy Ardbeg Day!

We are at the tail end of what would normally be Feis Ile, the Islay Whisky Festival. As with much else in the World, Feis Ile had to take a hiatus this year on account of Covid-19. Most Islay distilleries are currently shuttered, or just in the early stages of reopening. The final day of Feis Ile, and one of the most anticipated, is Ardbeg Day. We’ve been celebrating Ardbeg Day at KWM for close to a decade, and our store was also they first to be given Ardbeg Embassy status in Canada, way back in 2012. Eight Years on, and we are still the only Canadian liquor store listed as an Embassy on Ardbeg’s Website, though there may be one or two more out there…

We usually host 2-3 back to back to back Ardbeg Master Classes in-store, before moving on to the main Ardbeg Day festivities. Ardbeg Day is celebrated all over the World. Last year I had the privilege of taking in Ardbeg Day in Tokyo (for the 2nd time). What a different a year makes!

This year’s Ardbeg Day, won’t involve in-store tastings, and we won’t be able to have a gathering Southern Alberta’s Ardbeg faithful to share drams, laughs and clink glasses. But we can still and will still mark this eagerly anticipated day. Today only we are having a Surprise 1 Day Only Ardbeg Sale. All core Ardbeg expressions are 15-20% off, but only until 6PM in-store and midnight online.

While you are welcome to come down to the store to browse and pickup an Ardbeg, we don’t want to encourage a rush or a lapse in social distancing. So please consider ordering online or over the phone for pickup or delivery. And if you are planning to come down, please don’t wait until the last 3 hours of the day. That is when we are at our busiest.

I will also be going on Instagram Live, on the @kwmwhisky feed at 3PM MDT this afternoon to taste a few Ardbegs. We may not be able to have anyone here in person for a tasting, but the tradition must continue, even if not quite as it did before!

One quick little anecdote: The late Shortie, Ardbeg’s regal mascot, was a real dog. I met him many times on visits to the distillery. He walked around the grounds going in and out of the buildings like he owned the place. He would wander up every day from his home in a nearby village. No visit to the distillery was ever complete without a Shortie sighting, and a Christening of one of my rental car’s tires… to Shortie!Sláinte,Andrew FergusonKensington Wine MarketPS – Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter:@scotch_guy, Instagram: @thescotch_guy/or @kwmwhisky and Facebook: facebook.com/scotch.guy.1

Ardbeg Day 2020 – Surprise 1 Day Only Ardbeg Sale!

Save 15-20% on All In-Stock Ardbeg Core Range Whiskies!

We normally host master classes and put Ardbeg on Sale on Ardbeg Day, and while we can’t hold Master Classes in-store this year, we can have an Ardbeg Sale! Here are the Ardbeg Core Releases On Sale, Today Only!

  1. Ardbeg 10 Year – 46% – Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance. Named World Whisky of the Year in 2008. – Regular: $85 – Save 20% – Today: $67.99+gst
  2. Ardbeg Ardbone 10 Year Gift Pack – 46% – Features a bottle of the Ardbeg 10 Year, see above! – Here’s to Shortie – (Still)man’s best friend… Loved the world over (just like our whisky), this unique gift tin is in celebration of the Ardbeg Distillery’s loyal canine mascot, Shortie. This collectable tin contains a bottle of Ardbeg Ten Years Old – so be sure to keep it front and centre of the drinks cabinet…and not buried in the garden. – Regular: $85 – Save 15% – Today: $72.24+gst
  3. Ardbeg Uigeadail – 54.2% – Pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’, it’s a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. Ardbeg Uigeadail was voted by the 120,000+ strong Ardbeg Committee as their favourite Ardbeg. – Regular: $120 – Save 15% – Today: $101.99+gst
  4. Ardbeg Corryvreckan – 57.1% – Ardbeg Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted! Awarded The World’s Best Single Malt in 2010 by the World Whiskies Awards. – Regular: $129.99 – Save 15% – Today: $110.49+gst
  5. Ardbeg An Oa – 46.6% – A welcome new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in our newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types – including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; and intense ex-bourbon casks, amongst others – familiarise themselves with each other. The result is a dram with smoky power, mellowed by a delectable, smooth sweetness. Hallmark Ardbeg peat, dark chocolate and aniseed are wrapped in smooth, silky butterscotch, black pepper and clove, before rising to an intense crescendo of flavour. – Regular: $99.99 – Save 15% – Today: $84.99+gst
  6. Ardbeg An Oa 50ml Minis – Same as above, but at 1/15 scale! – Regular: $11.99 – Save 15% Today: $10.19+gst

* Please consider ordering online or by phone!

Free City-Wide Delivery in Calgary & Other Deals!

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.

FREE DELIVERY

– 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.

CURBSIDE PICKUP

– 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!

GIFTING

– 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.

www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

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 www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. 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.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market

403-283-8000

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Take £20 off Hamish’s top picks! 🥃 – Loch Fyne Whisky News

We want to thank you!

To our loyal customers: we hugely appreciate your custom and support during these difficult times. To say thank you, we’re offering you £20 off Hamish’s Picks with online discount code hamishpicks.

The hamishpicks code is valid for one use per customer and is not valid combined with any other offer. The code can only be used on products within Hamish’s Picks, until Tuesday, 30th June (and while stocks last). Customers must be signed into their Loch Fyne Whiskies account to use the code – simply enter the code at check out when you are ready to pay.

Buying gifts for friends? Feel free to purchase multiple bottles from Hamish’s Picks, with £20 taken off each one.

Shop Hamish’s Picks

Hard To Find Whisky ~ Distillery Focus: Old Pulteney – Scotch Whisky News

Old Pulteney single malt is distilled at the Pulteney distillery in the historic fishing port of Wick, located in the far North of the Scottish Highlands. The whiskies are typically rich, fruity, and malty, with characteristic notes of sea breeze and brine, said to result from the distillery’s coastal location.

Rarely bottled as a single malt until the mid 1990’s, Old Pulteney have made up for lost time, establishing an enviable reputation amongst whisky enthusiasts. Their 1989 Vintage release was awarded World’s Best Single Malt 2016 at the World Whisky Awards, and their 21 Year Old Single Malt was rated Whisky Of The Year by influential whisky writer Jim Murray in 2012.

BROWSE OUR FULL OLD PULTENEY RANGE HERE

 

Milroys of Soho “Thom talking Tomatin” – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin Reviewed by our own Thom Smyth

THOM-O-TIME

Those of you who don’t know Thom, he is a regular fixture tending the whisky bar at Milroys Spitalfields. He is known for his wisecracking scene of humour and depth of random whisky quips and facts.  Here he has shared some of his whisky adventures with us.

What was your first experience of whisky?

I was about 18, me and my mates met outside our local pub The Prince of Wales. No longer having to rely on fake IDs to escape the scowl of the landlady Sandra. I remember thinking having something a little more sophisticated would draw attention away from the bum fluff on my chin and my Fall Out Boy haircut.  I ordered a Laphroaig 10 Year Old without really knowing too much about it. I was taken back by the stench of the peat and how ‘strong’ it tasted, I spluttered as Sandra glared across the bar. The second sip I felt the full power and experience of the whisky and seemed to enjoy the punishment. From there on I always tended to drink the peatier whiskies.

What are your top three desert island whiskies?

Caol Ila 2016 Distillers Edition, finish in Muscatel Casks. This is one of the most well rounded whiskies, the muscatel cask cuts through the creamy almondy nature of Caol ila signature style.

Tomatin 12 Year Old (2006) Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish. Tomatin is a big powerful base spirit, bringing the amontillado finish to this base spirit brings a nutty savory note which works fantastically.

Redbreast 15 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Pound for pound the best everyday whiskey out there.

What is your funniest whisky story?

I got invited to spend Christmas with a friend’s family whilst living in Canada. Spending the day with them I was indoctrinated into a proper Canadian Christmas mainly drinking whisky, driving snowmobiles, eating pierogis and listening to Christmas songs, it was great! A cousin of my friend decided he wanted to go dram-for-dram with me. This is a mistake on his part as he ended up falling asleep in his Christmas dinner and his dad and myself having to carry him to bed whilst his Grandfather called him a little b**** while taking a big swig of her Canadian Club and Coke. I preceded to slow down my drinking but still finished the night off with Grandpa George.

Why is Tomatin one of your favorite distillers?

What makes Tomatin one of my favourite whiskies is it’s diverse range. Their use of different varying casks, such as Caribbean rum casks, Amontillado sherry and Oloroso sherry casks add so much to an already powerful, soft, delicious whisky which makes me go back to Tomatin for something different every time.

Tomatin Distillery

Tomatin was established in 1897, even though they had been producing liquid and selling to cattle drivers since the 16th century, under the name of Tomatin Spey Distillery Company. Owned since 1986 by Japanese company Takara Shuzo, they took ’Spey’ out of the name of the distillery as it is actually a highland whisky.

Producing between 2.5 and 5 million litres of liquid per year, Tomatin has a core range of a 12 year old, 14 year old. 18 year old, 25 year old and a 36 year old as well as Non Age Statement (NAS) labels. Within their production, they also have the Cu Bocan lineup which is a NAS and lightly peated as well as their own blends the Antiquary and the Talisman.

Tomatin Decades II NAS – 46%

A marriage of 21 casks ranging from Scotch Whisky, ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, and recharred French Oak from the last 50 years.

Nose – Citrus and floral with a fruity, coconut punch. Some dried fruit and light spice.

Palate – An initial burst of red berry fruits and Christmas cake with a length of ginger spice and orange peel.

Finish – Long waxy finish with chocolate and tropical fruit lingering.

Order for £145

Tomatin 21YO The Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 3 – 47.4%

Nose – Blueberries and barley. Breakfast notes.

Palate – Slightly earthy with a bitter orange citrus burst. Honey texture with a pinch of a dry cinnamon spice.

Finish – Finishes very oaky with a sweet chocolate undertone.  

Order for £125

Highland Park & Macallan “New Arrivals and Back in Stock” at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

We set our sights on the impressive array of bottlings from Highland Park and Macallan that arrived this week. Arguably two of the biggest names in Scotch, we have a bottling for nearly every taste and palate. From Highland Park’s potentially perfect-scoring 18 Year Old to the extremely rare 52-Year-Old Macallan, these are compelling drams that soar to unbelievable heights. All are offered in very limited quantities, making quick action a necessity.

 

Highland Park 12 Year Old Isle of Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $46.99 View

Macallan 12 Year Old “Sherry Oak Cask” Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $69.99 View

Highland Park 18 Year Old Isle of Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

Macallan “Edition No. 5” Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

Macallan “Triple Cask” 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View

Macallan 18 Year Old “Annual 2019 Release” Sherry Oak Cask Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $299.99 View

Macallan 25 Year Old “Distillery Bottling” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $1,999.99 View

Macallan 52 Year Old (2018 Release) Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $60,000.00 View (NO SHIPPING NO DELIVERY WILL CALL ONLY)


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