The Party Source Bourbon Harvest Special Announcement – American Whiskey News


We have just been informed by our distributor the Pappy Van Winkle allocation and delivery dates have been delayed. The allocation will not be arriving in time for the Bourbon Harvest. At this time there is not enough information available to commit to the raffle time slots as originally planned. An alternate date for the in-store raffle for Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection will be announced as soon as we receive all of the necessary information. Tentatively we are expecting this date to be Saturday, January 4 th, 2020.

Due to this unforeseen development, we are modifying the requirements for attendance on the alternate date. If you are selected to be included in the in-store raffle and cannot attend personally you may designate a stand-in to take your place. In order to do so you must notify us, and receive our approval notice in advance of the day, with your stand-in’s information. Your stand-in will need to present valid ID as well as a copy of your email voucher.

The deadline to sign up for the initial PVW/BTAC raffle is fast approaching. The sign-up period officially closes at midnight this Saturday 11/23/19. If you want a chance to be selected for the in-store raffle opportunity to purchase a bottle from the Van Winkle or Buffalo Trace Antique Collection be sure to get in before then. Once we receive our allocation and delivery information, we will begin notifying the initial winners regarding the date and time slots of the in-store raffle.


The Party Source’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Harvest is Still On for Saturday, November 30th from 11am to 5 pm, and we will be featuring all things Bourbon. We will have tastings that will highlight selected Bourbons, Bourbon barreled wines and beers, and so much more. We will also have an exciting selection of rare and highly allocated Bourbons available for purchase throughout the day.



Roasted chestnuts. Pine trees. Mulled cider. Signs that the holidays have made their grand entrance! As you plan your holiday spirits stories, please remember the below picks that are perfect cold weather sippers and cocktails.

Some of our new favorites include:

  • An aged Irish whiskey unlike any other currently available, from The Tyrconnell
  • A Suntory TOKI Whisky Holiday Highball Gift Box to give the gift of a perfect Japanese highball


The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt Irish Whiskey is unlike any other Irish whiskey currently on the market. It is aged for 16 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels before extra maturation in Spanish wine casks, which were initially seasoned with Oloroso sherry before a second seasoning with Moscatel wine.

SRP: $100 | ABV: 46%


Teach friends how to make the perfect Japanese Highball with the Suntory Whisky TOKI Highball Gift Set – complete with a 750ml bottle of Toki, custom Japanese highball glass, wooden bottle glorifier and Toki Highball recipe card. Crafted in Japan by the legendary House of Suntory, Toki is a unique blend of whiskies that is ideal for making a traditional Japanese highball – 3 parts soda water, 1 part whisky, clear ice in a tall glass. Available in select markets, please inquire for specifics.

SRP: $35 | ABV: 43%


IRISH WHISKEY: KILBEGGAN SMALL BATCH RYE                                                                               

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is the only modern Irish whiskey of record to feature such a high quantity of rye within its mash. It is also the first whiskey 100% distilled and matured at the Kilbeggan Distillery to be released since its restoration was completed in 2010.

SRP: $35 | ABV: 43%

SCOTCH WHISKY: BOWMORE 12 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT                                                            

Bowmore is known as one of the most balanced Islay whiskies (which are typically very smoky). With its citrus, salt and smoky notes, Bowmore 12 Year Old is the ideal partner for the Bowmore Oyster Luge (raw oysters + Bowmore on the half shell), a ritual rolling out on restaurant menus nationwide in cities including New York City, Boston, Portland, and Washington D.C. (Inquire for full list of restaurants/bars offering the program in the U.S.).

SRP: $52 | ABV: 40%

Meet the people behind the Cotswolds Distillery – English Whisky News

Over the next few months we’ll be introducing you to our brilliant team here at the distillery, giving you more of an insight into the people who work hard to produce our Outstanding Natural Spirits. We’re starting off with our Head Distiller & Production Director, Nick Franchino, who’s been here since the very start of our journey, joining us back in 2014.

With a background in professional cage fighting, Nick certainly makes for an interesting read! Find out more about the man who keeps a watchful eye over our gin and whisky production…


A Deeply Discounted Price on a Dazzling Rye from Heaven Hill at K&L California – American Whiskey News

A Potent Thrill Ride at an Amazing Price
Pikesville Straight Kentucky Rye (750ml) (Previously $50)
“Sizzling…Crackling…Exciting ride, great ending.” — Whisky Advocate

When we were offered a special, one-time discount on the riveting Pikesville Straight Kentucky Rye, we knew immediately that we had to act. Not only is it one of the better ryes in Heaven Hill’s stable (Old Fitzgerald, Rittenhouse, Henry McKenna, Elijah Craig, etc.), but it was a major force behind the resurgence of Rye in the past few years. Clocking in at a powerful 110-proof, it is not for the faint at heart, but boy does this Rye deliver. Spicy with tantalizing undercurrents of vanilla, caramel, and oak, this whiskey operates on a multitude of levels. We previously had the Pikesville at $50, but we are now offering it at a price so low that we can’t show it here. This is an exceptional opportunity for any whiskey fan and one that should not be missed. You’ll need to act quickly, however, as this won’t be around for long.

Pikesville Straight Kentucky Rye (750ml) (Previously $50) Price: Hidden

92 points Wine Enthusiast: “Look for a rich caramel-maple aroma and spice-forward flavor profile, showing allspice and clove, with a layer of vanilla underneath. Dilution tames this rye to show more vanilla, accented with dry touches of oak, leather and cocoa. Aged at least six years. Sip or mix. (KN)” (07/2016)

Whisky Advocate: “Heaven Hills 80-proof standard Pikesville is a summer favorite, so I was eager to try this. A woody depth to it at 6 years old: 110 proof-hot, stewed plum and horehound candy, and sizzling rye spice behind it. It’s a jawbreaker: full and hot in the mouth, with sweet grassy spice, bitter rye grain as it progresses, and crackling sugar near the end, just before it all smooths into a savory layered finish. Exciting ride, great ending. (LB, Fall 2015)”

K&L Notes: First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, this brand moved to Kentucky after Prohibition and is now operated by Heaven Hill. Whisky Advocate named it “Distillery of the Year” and “at the spearhead of the rye resurgence” in 2011. Tasting notes from the producer: “Dusty cocoa notes with oaky smoke underneath. Dry and spicy, with honeyed rye and cloves. Soft vanilla and baking spices.”

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge receives an OBE for services to Scotch

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Dr Jim Beveridge receives an OBE for services to Scotch

Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Dr Jim Beveridge, has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for his outstanding service to the Scotch whisky industry.

Dr Beveridge was presented with his OBE medal by Her Majesty during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, in recognition of his remarkable career spanning almost four decades with Diageo.

During his career Dr Beveridge has established himself as one of the most highly respected figures in the industry, renowned for his skill and dedication to quality, as well as his considered and unassuming manner.

The accolade comes as Johnnie Walker, the world’s most popular Scotch whisky, prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2020. Dr Beveridge is only the sixth person in two centuries of the company’s history to have held the position of Master Blender, the first being founder John Walker himself.

Commenting on the receiving the award Dr Beveridge dedicated it to his colleagues across the Scotch whisky industry. He said: “It was a wonderful experience to receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen and it is an honour that I am delighted to receive on behalf of all the people I have worked with in Scotch whisky over the past four decades.

“Scotch truly is a team effort at every step from grain to glass and it is a privilege to work in such a special industry. I dedicate this award to all the women and men in our distilleries, coppersmiths, cooperage, warehouses and bottling halls across Scotland who are all responsible for making Johnnie Walker.”

Congratulating Dr Beveridge on receiving his award, Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes, said: “This is a very special day for Jim and his family and I am delighted to congratulate them on behalf of everyone at Diageo.

“Jim is renowned in the Scotch industry for his dedication to the craft of whisky-making and for the incredible whiskies he creates for Johnnie Walker, but he is also known as an exceptional colleague and friend to the people he works with. This is worthy recognition of an extraordinary career spanning four decades.”

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams added his tribute: “Everyone in the Johnnie Walker family is delighted to see Jim receive this recognition for the remarkable contribution he’s made to Johnnie Walker and to Scotch whisky.

“Jim has not just been the guardian of almost two centuries of Johnnie Walker heritage, he has also been a restless pioneer, always learning and always seeking new frontiers of flavour in Scotch whisky.”

Johnnie Walker is at the heart of a £150 million investment programme in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo, including creating a global flagship visitor attraction in Edinburgh and transforming the company’s 12 distillery visitor experiences around Scotland.

Barbara Smith appointed as General Manager of the Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Edinburgh – Scotch Whisky News

Barbara Smith appointed as General Manager of the Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Edinburgh

One of the UK’s most respected culture, leisure and tourism business leaders has been appointed to run the new global flagship visitor attraction for Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading Scotch whisky.

Barbara Smith will join Diageo as General Manager of the new Johnnie Walker Princes Street visitor experience in Edinburgh and will also be responsible for running the 14 distillery brand homes in Scotland, leaving her current post as Chief Executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

The Johnnie Walker Princes Street attraction is the focal point of Diageo’s £150 million investment in Scotch whisky tourism, which includes the transformation of the visitor experiences at the distilleries around Scotland.

Ms Smith has over 30 years leadership experience running some of the UK’s foremost leisure and tourist attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, Chester Zoo and Edinburgh Zoo, building a strong reputation for developing major visitor destinations.

Announcing the appointment Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo Global Scotch Whisky Director, said“We are absolutely delighted to have recruited a leader of Barbara’s quality to run our whisky visitor experiences in Scotland.

“She has an exceptional record of leadership at some of the UK’s most successful attractions and we are thrilled to have someone of such capability, experience and vision joining us. We look forward to working with Barbara to deliver our ambition of creating the world’s leading whisky destinations.”

Barbara Smith said: “I am incredibly excited to join Diageo and Johnnie Walker at a time when they are making such a major investment in the future of Scotch whisky tourism, both in Edinburgh with the Johnnie Walker Princes Street flagship and in distilleries around Scotland. I look forward enormously to playing a leading role in delivering this transformational programme.

“I would like to thank my colleagues at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. It is a wonderful organisation and it has been a true privilege to lead them over the last few years. I wish everyone there the very best for the future.”

As well as creating the Johnnie Walker Princes Street global flagship Diageo’s whisky tourism investment will transform four distilleries – Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish – that will be linked to the Edinburgh venue, representing the ‘four corners of Scotland’ and the regional flavour variations crucial to the art of making whisky.  Together these sites will create a unique Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland, encouraging visitors to the capital city to also travel to the country’s extraordinary rural communities.

Diageo is also investing over £35 million to restore the iconic lost distilleries of Brora in the Highlands and Port Ellen on Islay, which will take the number of distillery visitor experiences in Scotland to 14.

K&L’s Picks for the Thanksgiving Table “Post-Prandial Drams” – Whisky News

Post-Prandial Drams 

Pikesville Straight Kentucky Rye (750ml) (Previously $50) 92 Price: Hidden View

Booker’s “Country Ham 2019-3” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) $59.99 View

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

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Advent Calendars Are In, Fall Super SALE & More! – Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin: 

KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendars Are Here!

We Have a Berry Bros. Tasting Wednesday

Save the Date for Our Fall Super Sale


New Whiskies We Can’t Wait to Tell You About!

I hope you all had a good weekend and took a moment to reflect yesterday (November 11th, Remembrance Day).

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at KWM. Since Sunday October 27 we’ve had 11 whisky tastings at KWM, including 5 Scotch Malt Whisky Society Outturn tastings and the first of two sold out Fall Single Malts Festivals. While this was taking place we completed work on the Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar™. The calendar is more than 85% sold, and available for pickup and purchase in-store.

The next two weeks won’t be any less busy. We have a Berry Bros. whisky tasting tomorrow night with Hannah Dickie and Johnny Roberts. The cost is just $25 for 8 whiskies including the Berry’s Perspective Series Blends (21, 25 & 35 Year olds). This is our last scheduled whisky tasting at KWM in 2019 with room for registration. Sorry! WI could not publish this in time!

Friday is the start of our Fall Super Sale. This is our biggest and most anticipated Sale of the year. All in-stock whisky, with the exception of most Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies, the Whisky Advent Calendar™ and other select new releases, will be 10-35% off in-store and online. I will be putting out a special Malt Messenger Bulletin on Friday morning, highlighting the best deals.

We have a few new whiskies to tell you about as well. Firstly, we have four new releases from Bruichladdich: Black Art 1994 7.1, Port Charlotte 2012 Islay Barley and a pair of Octomores 10.1 & 10.3. We weren’t expecting these whiskies so soon, Christmas has come early.

We are also thrilled to be the only place in Alberta with the Shelter Point Smoke Point, a whisky finished in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks. Staying in the Canadian theme, we also have the latest 40+ year old release from Canadian Club, the Chronicles 42 Year. The oldest Canadian whisky ever botttled! And last but not least the Highland Park Valfather has arrived, the most heavily peated Highland Park ever bottled.

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


Andrew Ferguson

In This Edition

  1. Save the Date to Save… Our Fall Super Sale Starts Friday!
  2. Our KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendars Are In-Stock!
  3. Berry Bros. Tasting with Johnny & Hannah
  4. New Whiskies from Bruichladdich Including a Pair of Octomore
  5. Introducing: Shelter Point Smoke Point
  6. Introducing: Canadian Club 42 Year
  7. Introducing: Highland Park Valfather

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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Save the Date to Save – Our Fall Super Sale Starts Friday! 

Save 5-40% Throughout the Store – November 15-17! 

We have 3 big annual sales at KWM, and the biggest and most anticipated is our annual Fall Super Sale. Friday-Sunday this weekend we will have huge discounts in-store and online on Whisky, Wine, Beer and other Spirits. The discounts will range from 5-40%. We will send out a sale notice with a link to the biggest whisky deals on Friday morning.

The KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar Is In-Stock and Ready for Pickup and Purchase! 

Less Than 55 of the 384 Calendars Produced Remain! 

We are all about value at KWM, and we have managed to drop the price on this year’s Calendar $15 over the 2018 edition. Our  Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar makes a great gift and is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. The 2019 edition consists of 25 premium whiskies, including 24 50ml (One is actually 40ml) bottles and a special 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask bottling. This year’s Society whisky is a true one-off, it will only be available in the KWM Whisky Advent Calendar, never to be see again. The KWM Whisky Advent Calendar also includes a custom logo Glencairn Scotch Whisky Glass and a Discount Card.

You can follow along each day of Advent (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. As in past years, we are taking a $150 deposit for each Calendar ordered, at the time it is ordered. The balance of payment will be due a few days before the Calendars are ready for pickup, which we estimate to be around the beginning of November. If you would like to order one or more Calendars, please be prepared to provide a credit card for payment of the deposit. The same card will be used to bill the remainder of the balance closer to the date it is ready for pickup.

At the time of writing, more than 85% of this year’s calendars are sold!

Order a Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar!

*The Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar is produced under license from Secret Spirits, Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar™ 

Berry Bros. Whisky Tasting with Johnny & Hannah 

The Company With Nearly 325 Years in Business – Discussed Over 8 Drams!

We are thrilled to welcome Hannah Dickie and Johnny Robert to Kensington Wine Market for a Berry Bros Whisky tasting on Wednesday November 13, at 6PM. Johnny and Hannah will guide us through a range of Berry’s whiskies, including the our 1995 KWM Cask, and the Berry’s Perspectives Series 21, 25 & 30 Year Olds. The tasting is only $25 for 8 whiskies, you won’t want to miss it.

Call 403-283-8000 or register online!

New Whiskies from Bruichladdich 

Including a Pair of Octomores 

We weren’t expecting this quartet until later in the year or early in 2020. I suppose you could say Christmas has come early for fans of the Laddie!

  1. Bruichladdich Black Art 1994 7.1 – 48.8% – 25 Year – A secret mix of casks selected by Head Distiller Adam Hannet – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Unbelievable complexity, each cask that has played a role in maturing this whisky has a presence, the aromas lift from the glass in an almost orderly procession. First a rich marzipan, then walnut, crème caramel, turkish delight, hints of strawberry, violet, and coconut. There is a heavy fruit style with plum, poached pears, raisin and grapefruit and after opening further wood spice, nutmeg, toasted oak, roasted coffee beans, and muscovado sugar. An absolute delight to nose and discover the depth of flavour. Palate: A little sharpness is a nod to the strength but quickly the satin texture covers the palate to give a viscous, round mouthfeel. The oak’s power and poise give a hint of dryness but also waves of coconut, Turkish delight, soft caramel, and spiced orange. The layers of oak and fruit that come through softly melt into one another; each sip brings a new level of discovery within this most complex of assemblages. While on the palate there appears less complexity than on the nose, an important balance, texture, and defined style serves to highlight the aromatic aspect of this whisky. Finish: It seems that this whisky will go on forever, the incredible viscous texture of this whisky extends the finish and it lingers on the palate. Roasted nuts, then tropical fruit, baked pineapple, and butterscotch give a sweetness that is sure to be remembered. Mood: As ever the mystery of its creation serves to intrigue. Black Art 07.1 gives a moment to reflect on the past and to welcome the possibilities of the future.” – $355
  2. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2012 Islay Barley – 50% – 6 Year – Barley from 8 different Islay Farms – Peated to 40PPM – 75% First Fill ex-American oak and 25% Second Fill French oak ex-Wine Casks –Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Initially a fresh linen and sandy sea breeze note stands out. Zesty lemon, a green fruit signature, apple sauce and crunchy pears follow. Floral geranium notes come through with sea pinks and gooseberry. then creamy coconut dipped in chocolate opens up quickly with muddy peat smoke, burnt heather and peach skin. hints of vanilla and toasted malt. The aromas speak of the spirit, the distillation and the barley. Palate: On the lips it’s soft and sweet, texturally there is a thin honey style that slips across the palate. Immediately there is more from the cask here, vanilla, milk chocolate and light cedar and black pepper. Warmed scones and honey from the malt wrapped in earthy smoke and soft apricot. creamy, minty, tablet brings a sweetness and a warm salty sand hint of Islay. Finish: The finish is coconut and peat smoke, mildly iodine-y and hints of almond and geranium. The peat smoke gently fades away. Character: Wonderfully balanced to show the fruity style of the spirit on the nose and the delicate influence of the cask on the palate. The peat smoke weaves its way gently through the whisky highlighting the softer sweeter notes. This 2012 vintage has a freshness and balance that tells the story of the place to which it belongs.” – $90
  3. Bruichladdich Octomore 10.1 – 59.8% – 5 Year – 107PPM – Producer Description: “Distilled from Scottish barley in 2013, Octomore 10.1 is the benchmark of the 10s series. Deliberately stripped back to an ex- American oak maturation, aged just 5 years old, the .1 edition exposes the structure and presence of the Octomore spirit. Combining smoke with a modest maturation, this 10.1 first and foremost demonstrates the true potential of a considered, patient distillation.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Character: Lithe, supple, powerfully confident and a dram more than the sum of its parts. Slow trickle distillation is the hallmark of this muscular, oily spirit. Aroma: Vanilla led, caramel, hints of smoke but tamed back. candied apple, gooseberry and marzipan. Taste: Soft yet powerful and warming on the palate, peppery, barley sugar, smokey – dried earth and hints of rubber. Warm sand, sweetness of charred oak and pineapple. Finish: Sweetness from tablet/fudge and a strong peat smoke and cold marine air combination.” – $145
  4. Bruichladdich Octomore 10.3 – 61.3% – 6 Year – 114PPM – Producer Description: “Distilled in 2013 from the 2012 harvest, the Octomore 10.3 has been brought home by farmer James Brown. Taking on the challenge of growing Islay Barley, he braces the conditions of the wet and wild west coast to combine an exploration of Islay terroir and stratospheric smoke. For the first time, the .3 is matured for six aged years but crucially only in ex-American oak. These top-quality casks have gently coaxed this Octomore spirit into life in Warehouse 16, next to our 10.1 edition. The components of our 10.1 and 10.3 are so similar, the distinct flavour difference must be owed to the barley’s respective growing location.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Character: Marine freshness, Islay air and a deep rooted level of fruitiness from the distillation characterise this release. Aroma: Earthy peat smoke, dry and a little medicinal, lemon drops, and thyme come through and then marine, sea shell notes along with some vanilla and fudge from the oak. Taste: Salt on the lips and more honey and lemon on the palate, then the peat sweeps in with the oak and heat from the high strength. Deeper flavours from the spirit, pear and gooseberry are more defined and richer. Finish: Sweet on the finish initially with pastry and chocolate but then bitter notes of rubbery smoke and spice towards the end.” – $172

Introducing Shelter Point Smoke Point 

The First Peated Shelter Point Release 

Exclusive to KWM in Alberta, the Shelter Point Smoke Point is the distillery’s first ever peated expression. The whisky was matured 5 years in ex-Bourbon before finishing for 9 months in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks. 1044 bottles were produced with just 36 coming to Alberta.

Shelter Point Smoke Point – 55% – Matured 5 Years Before Finishing in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks – Producer Description: “Introducing Shelter Point’s first ever peat influenced whisky. This single grain smoky delight has been aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks for 5 years and finished in casks previously used by a famous Islay distillery for 8 months. This special bottling consists of only 1044 hand numbered bottles. The whisky is made from malted and unmalted barley and picks up influences of bourbon from the American oak cask and peated whisky from the ex-Islay casks. Sweet, smoky and complex, this whisky is perfect for a dram by the fire.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Smoke Point whisky is sweet, medicinal and smoky on the nose with barley sugars, iodine and campfire. The palate is sweet caramel, vanilla and sea salt, with peated warmth comforting the soul. The satisfying finish is a delicious combination of creamy pudding and a brand new first aid kit.” – $94

Introducing: Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year 

The Oldest Canadian Whisky for the 3rd Year Running: 40, 41 & Now 42!

Distilled in 1977, this second batch in the Canadian Club Chronicles series is called the Dock Man. Made of corn whisky matured in American Oak barrels. It is the oldest Canadian whisky ever bottled, and in the words of Davin de Kergommeaux, the foremost expert on Canadian whisky, “it is spectacular”.

Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year – 45% – Producer Description: “With this 2nd release in the CC Chronicles series, we pay tribute to the dock men who operated floating liquor stores & bars aboard their vessels. Despite the presence of many counterfeit makers of CC, savvy bar owners and whisky fans knew they could count on the dock men to provide only genuine Canadian Club®. With this 42-year-old whisky, we celebrate their uncompromising commitment to origin, authenticity, quality and craftsmanship.” – Tasting Note Davin de Kergommeaux: “The Dock Man is a sweet luscious whisky with a deep, complex nose and palate. Fruity and floral notes entwine delicately with Canadian Club’s signature prunes and black raisins followed by tartish apple skins, and apricots. Mild peppery spices evolve into sweetish baking spices, while woody notes are restrained, with soft tannins pulling gently on the cheeks. Dark fruit returns in a long spicy finish.” – $275 

Introducing: Highland Park Valfather 

The Third & Final Release in the Viking Legends Series 

The final bottling in the “Viking Legends” series, Valfather is the most heavily peated whisky ever released by the distillery. Matured exclusively in Refill casks to allow the spirit to dominate the profile. Valfather, or father of the slain, is one of Odin’s (the most powerful Norse God) many names and a reference to his place presiding over the Golden Hall in Valhala.

Producer Description

“VALFATHER – the final whisky in a series of three special edition Viking Legend releases – is inspired by Odin, the mightiest of the Norse gods. The most peated whisky we have released to date, it is matured entirely in refill casks to give beautifully balanced layers of flavour and a character as complex as Odin himself.

“Odin is associated with wisdom and knowledge; with sorcery and poetry; with battle, frenzy and death. The old legends also tell us of the tame beasts who bring him both protection and support – Sleipnir the eight-legged flying horse; the tame wolves, Geri and Freki; and Huginn and Muninn, his loyal ravens – but is at the jaws of the savage wolf, Fenrir, that Odin finally meets his end at Ragnarök.”

 Highland Park Valfather – 47% – Matured in Refill Casks – Producer Tasting Note

“Sweet apple | Fragrant pear | Crème brûlée | Toasted cedar wood | Smoked paprika | Aromatic peat smoke” – $104

There is also still stock available of the two previous releases:

  1. Highland Park Vakyrie – 45.9% – First Fill American oak and Ex-Sherry – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Green apples | Sun-ripened lemons | Oriental spices | Vanilla | Preserved ginger | Dark chocolate | Salty liquorice | Warm aromatic smoke.” – $105
  2. Highland Park Valknut – 46.8% – Predominantly Matured in Sherry Seasoned Casks – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Toasted vanilla pods | Cracked black pepper | Oak shavings | Cloves | Aniseed | Aromatic peat smoke” – $105   

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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

Littlemill 26yr The Whisky Barrel Exclusive Last Bottles… – Scotch Whisky News

Littlemill 26 Year Old TWB Exclusive

Bottled in 2015 by Hunter Laing, a while before exclusive bottlings fully took off. We’ve brought this old stalwart into the 2019 limelight. A wonderful chocolatey whisky. Last bottles, featuring a now historic TWB logo!

Buy – Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 – £299.95

Myth Busters “Canada’s whisky regulations are stricter than they look!” by Davin de Kergommeaux

Myth Busters

Canada’s whisky regulations are stricter than they look

High Wire’s New Southern Revival Sorghum Whiskey & Still 630’s S.S. Sorghum Whiskey would not be considered whisky if they were made in Canada.

A story in this morning’s edition of The Spirits Business draws the misleading and inaccurate conclusion that Canada’s regulations for making whisky are looser than those in the U.S.

Comparing regulations for Canadian whisky to U.S. regulations for bourbon may suit marketing purposes, but is disingenuous. Bourbon is just one of dozens of whisky styles approved by the American TTB.

Because Canada’s whisky regulations are succinct, some people believe they are looser than those of other countries. However, taken together, U.S. regulations offer significantly more options for whisky makers than Canadian regulations do.

Let’s compare Canada’s whisky rules to those of our much-loved cousin to the south:

1. Can Canadian distillers make whisky from pure sorghum juice? Absolutely not, yet American whisky made from the juice squeezed from the sugar cane-like sorghum plant qualifies as whisky under American TTB regulations.

2. Can Canadian spirit be sold as whisky without ever maturing in wood? No it cannot. But American whisky rules allow grain spirit that has barely touched wood to be labeled and sold as whisky.

3. Must American whisky be matured in new barrels only? No, new and used of barrels are both permitted under TTB regulations.

4. Must all American whisky follow specified “mash bills?” Certainly not. There is no restriction on what grains American distillers can use or their proportions. Yes, there are rules that apply to bourbon only, but bourbon is just one part of the American whisky spectrum.

5. Can Canadian distillers include up to 95% neutral spirits in their blends and still call them whisky? No! But according to American TTB regulations it is perfectly fine to do so in the US.

6. Can American distillers add artificial flavouring to their whiskies and still call them whisky? Yes they can, as long as it is “harmless.”

7. Must Canadian whisky taste like whisky? Yes, it must, but there is no such requirement in the US.

Canada’s whisky regulations are short, but don’t be misled. They are much more restrictive than whisky regulations in the US. A close read of the full TTB American whisky regulations shows that they provide almost no restrictions on what distillers can do when making American whisky.

America makes some of the best tasting and best selling whiskies in the world, so let’s not quibble over which country’s rules are the strictest. Rules don’t make whisky, people do, and thank goodness they don’t all do it the same way.

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