Archive for January, 2013

St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal Presents Whisky-Fête 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

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St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal presents Whisky-Fête 2013

Montreal, January  2013 – The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, in collaboration with OUIDRAM Whisky Tastings, announces the premiere Scotch Single-Malt whisky tasting event of the year, Whisky-Fête 2013, to raise funds for McGill University’s new Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies.

To be held on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at the University Club of Montreal, the event will feature more than 50 rare and special whiskies 18 years and older. Representatives from over 12 agencies will be on hand to pour their single malt Scotches.

An event like this has never been held in Montreal; The Honourable Ken Dryden is patron of the event, with Canadian Whisky Ambassador for Highland Park and The Macallan, Marc Laverdière presiding as Whisky Patron.

Accompanied by fine Scottish foods, and Scottish entertainment such as bagpiping and highland dancing, the following is a small sampling of the single malts that will be featured:

Brora 30 Year Old – 1 of 2,652 bottles (distillery is closed)

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old – Distiller of the year in 2006

Gordon & MacPhail’s Linkwood 1991 – 1 of 1,900 bottles; rare

The Macallan 30 Year Old Fine Oak

Highland Park THOR – Limited Edition

Talisker 30 Year Old – 1 of 2,958 bottles; cask strength

A Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill will ensure that the role of the Scots in Montreal, Quebec and Canada will be a focus of academic work for generations to come and provide a valuable avenue through which the St. Andrew’s Society and the McEuen Scholarship Foundation can pursue their missions and objectives.


Event: Whisky-Fête 2013; Single Malt Tasting of Rare Whiskies. Over 50 rare & special single malt Scotch whiskies.
When: Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: The University Club of Montreal, 2047 Mansfield St., Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y7
Price: $325.00 per person (a portion of ticket is eligible for tax receipt)
Who: Presented by The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, 1195 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, QC H3A 1H9

Contact & Ticket Purchase Information & Ticket Purchase:
Questions: Ouidram:(514)636-1136
St. Andrew’s Society:

SMWS February First Friday on Vancouver Island – Scotch Whisky News

Vancouver Island Branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Our February FIRST FRIDAY tasting is just one day away.

Date: Friday February 1st, 2013.

Time:  6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria.

Price: $40 for Members, $50 for Non-Members.

This includes seven new releases and some tasters from past bottlings.

Appropriate food nibbles are included to assist your palate.

Registration:Please drop in to the store to purchase a ticket or call or email me to have your name on the list with a “virtual” ticket.

Space is limited so you must register to secure your place and to assist us in set up and catering.

Guests: Non-Members and Guests are most welcome.

NOTE:  Please remember these are cask strength whiskies, so you should not be driving home after the tasting.

All releases including the new February ones are available for purchase on the night, on a first come first served basis.  Every member will be given a chance to buy a bottle of any available whisky before someone else can purchase 2 or more.  Any non-member who joins the Society on the night may also order product.

We still have two membership kits for members who joined some while ago.  New members who have not as yet picked up their Membership Kit, can do so at this event.

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Make sure to book your seat and I look forward to seeing you on Friday.



Colin Southcombe

General Manager

The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants

919 Douglas Street, Victoria BC, V8W 2C2

Tel: 250-370-9463


Grant’s Scotch Whisky “Meet Our Ambassador in Bulgaria” – Scotch Whisky News

Hi All,

I interviewed Grant’s Ambassadors in local markets recently, like Mateusz in Poland, John in Ecuador, Valentina in Russia and Cruz Mario in Venezuela… This week my guest is Kaloyan Aleksandrov, our Ambassador in Bulgaria. I prepared a few questions for him, hope you enjoy the read.

Ludo: Could you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Kaloyan: I was…(please click on the link below to read the remainder of the article)…


Kind regards,



New Year, New Arrivals at Park Ave Liquor Shop – Whisky News

We hope everyone had a nice Holiday season and Happy New Year. Here are a few exciting new bottles that have made their way to our store. Cheers to your 2013. May it be happy, healthy and filled with great spirits.

Please feel free to contact us about these items or anything else we carry.

All the best,

Jonathan & Eric

Park Avenue Liquor Shop

292 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10017


Bruichladdich: Islay Bere Barley 2006

“Kynagarry Farm Achaba, Achfad Fields”

The following is taken from Bruichladdich:

“It is possible that this is the barley that produced the original “usque-baugh”, the water of life. It is also possible that this grain, and the knowledge of how to distil it, was carried to the hebrides by Norse invaders in the 9th century from its ancient origins in the “fertile crescent” of mesopotamia.
1,200 years of distilling history in a bottle?”

Tasting notes. Also compliments of Bruichladdich.

The bouquet is totally disarming. A dash of water to tease the shy aromatics and a bouquet of water lily, marsh marigold, buttercup, gorse (fragrant shrub) and fern ascends. The floral notes are interlaced with sweet malt sprinkled with brown sugar. They are joined by fresh fruit notes of gooseberry, pear, apple and lemon. The malted barley notes slowly rise in harmony with the vanilla-rich oak.
The texture is so very succulent. Lemon meringue laced with warm honey, then the tidal surge of slow-distilled spirit that floods the palate with wave after wave of soft fruits. A super sweet butter-kissed flavor, with just a hint of wild summer flowers. The mid-palate introduces the oak character which brings glazed hazelnuts. It’s very impressive for a spirit so young, from a grain so old.

Our Price: $70/750ml bottle

Bruichladdich: The Laddie 22-Year Old

This spirit, stowed away in loch-side warehouses, has slumbered for over two decades, respiring the invigorating marine air of the wild Atlantic. This is classic spirit, with the “laddie” 10 and the 16, it shares a genealogy, a lineage and a philosophy that is the very essence of Bruichladdich.

Tasting notes,compliments of the modest folks at Bruichladdich.

“A disarming and elegant bouquet of sweet yellow fruits, drizzled with honey and crushed almonds, intertwine wonderfully with freshly picked summer flowers; together they rise serenely on the first pass. Then, with a little aeration, it’s custard cream and toasted barley, banana bread and vanilla fudge. Marzipan continues to rise, now mingling with a citric twist created by the big sleep beside the Atlantic ocean. The final notes are of the malt and oak, evolving together over 22 years,

The harmonious aromatics have merged superbly to give a mouth-feel that is the absolute single malt taste experience. Vanilla oak and lemon and honey lead on the first sips, with the soft, yogurt-like fruit flavors a heartbeat behind. Then it’s a vanilla wafer, and then sparkling like a firecracker all around the taste buds comes that marine citrus meringue flavor. This is truly a rare spirit of exceptional quality. There is no terminal, no finish. This will remain with you long after the bottle has gone.”

Our price: $200/750ml bottle

Colonel E.H. Taylor: Straight Rye

Straight Rye Whiskey has experienced a strong resurgence in the American whiskey landscape, yet Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. was making this style more than 100 years ago. This small batch, Bottled-in-Bond 100 proof straight rye whiskey pays tribute to the former Distillery owner with a unique rye whiskey reminiscent of days long past. This recipe contains just rye and malted barley, no corn. The result is an aroma full of dried fruit, black pepper, and touch of fresh dill. A small sip brings an array of flavors both sweet and savory with a terrific balance of dark spices and subtle caramel overtones. The finish is especially pleasing with an oaky dryness that lingers just long enough.

Our Price: $80/750ml bottle

George Dickel: Rye

George Dickel Master Distiller, John Lunn, brings us the newest addition to the Rye category that is sure to please consumers, mixologists and bartenders alike. Created the George Dickel way – at 90 proof, it has been chilled and then charcoal filtered for a smoother taste.

“The initial aroma of George Dickel Rye delivers a fresh, grainy scent with a pleasant note of fruit on the finish. Those fruit notes maintain upon first taste and the liquid finishes with a long, composed spiciness.”
– F. Paul Pacult, American spirits expert and author

Color: Amber/Old Gold Hue
Nose: Toasted oak, spicy rye grains, grapefruit and sweet caramel.
Taste: Initially sweet, hints of fruit, spicy and dry at the finish.

Our Price: $34/750ml bottle

Bruichladdich: PC 10 ~ Tro Na Linntean

This PC Edition celebrates the next generation at Bruichladdich. Allan Logan is the youngest distillery manager in Scotland, and has been learning the trade at Jim McEwan’s right hand for 10 years. “Tro Na Linntean”: Through the generations.

This is a limited release of just 6,000 numbered bottles.

Notes courtesy of Bruichladdich:

“The opening is one of peat smoke and lemon juice. On the second pass the malted barley and sweet, nutty, oak aromatics rise as one. The over-lapping fragrances are inter-mingling with marine freshness deep in the spirit lies the ripe guava, pineapple, gooseberry & honey-dew melon. They’re all cocooned within smoke. Subtle notes of peppermint, pine and anise pop up like champagne bubbles. Aromatically, it’s absolute heaven for peat fans. The briny aspect is with you throughout, blowing in on the westerly slipstream – peated malt, sea air, succulent fruit, mellow oak, sun kissed barley, and soft demerara sugar. The power surges onto the taste buds, detonating across the palate in wave after wave of flavor. Then the combination of oak & barley take the middle ground & vanilla-dipped fruits hold fast on the front palate. With a second sip, the flavors integrate into a harmonious, vibrant taste experience, with the sweet, biscuity taste of the malt shining through to bring balance to the mid- palate. The natural oils hold all the components together giving a smooth- ness that chill-filtered spirits lack. The citrus, marine, moorland freshness is a perfect foil for the peat flavors, giving a taste that can only be… Islay.”

Our Price: $154/750ml bottle

Bunnahabhain: 18 Year Old

This beautiful golden spirit’s nose releases honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak aromas can be sensed upon further inspection. The palate is influenced by mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood.

The voyage ends with dry notes that are interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale. It is non-chill filtered and natural colored.

All of that being said ~ The 18 year-old is being discontinued. What we have left is what is on our shelves. So if the 18 is a favorite of yours – get it while you can.

Our Price: $110/750ml bottle

High West: American Prairie Reserve Bourbon

High West is dedicated to preserving and promoting the American West. The American Prairie Reserve is superb premium bourbon whiskey dedicated to one of the greatest land preservation projects of our time. The Reserve in Montana is a 5000 square mile land tract the size of Connecticut restored to what Lewis and Clark would have seen. Go to to learn how to visit and support this worthy cause.

What’s in High West: American Prairie?
Whiskey #1:
6 year old Bourbon distilled and aged at the old Seagrams plant in Lawrenceberg Indiana. Mashbill from 75% Corn, 20% rye, 5% barley malt.

Whiskey #2:
10 year old Bourbon distilled by Four Roses. Mashbill from 60% Corn, 35% rye, and 5% barley malt

Our Price: $45/750ml bottle

World Wide Whisky Design Awards “Bruichladdich PC10 (Port Charlotte 10yo)” – Scotch Whisky News

Bruichladdich PC10 (Port Charlotte 10yo)

In the PC-range, Bruichladdich Edition Port Charlotte (PC10) became available from September 2012. 6000 numbered bottles of 700ml on 59.8% Alc. of 40PPM, “Heavily Peated Bruichladdich Spirit”, American Oak Matured, Natural Whisky: Non-Chill Filtered, Colouring Free. The heavily peated 40ppm … Continue reading

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Springbank 21yo [2013 Release] – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Springbank 21yo [2013 Release]

Springbank 21yo
46% abv

£175.00 inc vat £145.83 ex vat

Loch Fyne Whiskies

WHISKY “Is it becoming an Entertainment Industry?” – Scotch Whisky Question

Is it becoming an Entertainment Industry?

Think about it … how many whisky tastings, whisky dinners, whisky festivals or masterclasses have you been to? Was it just a pretend pub with lots of people in drinking whisky?

Or was it entertaining? Was it more than just a whisky experience?

Even my old mate Charlie Maclean is theatrical, and he’s no the only one, Jim, Richard, and a mass of other people taking flamboyant sessions, think of some recent bottle labels, think of packaging… when is a whisky festival A WHISKY EVENT?

… the Monkey Shoulder Social Club … a range of Monkey Shoulder concoctions, party’s – whisky can be fun, neat, on the rocks, mixed or cocktails. The Monkey Shoulder Social Club, visit to find yourself.

THE HAGGIS HAMMER a superb chopper from USA.

Paul & Liz were at the Victoria Whisky Festival Thu 17th, Fri 18th, Sat 19th and Sun 20th of January 2013 located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. Pure entertainment in a glass.

MUSICAL ANGELS Tu-Bardh and Clanadonia friends of Paul’s. They do love an Ardbeg! Ardbeg was a sponsor for a while.

And then there is the multi-award-winning film The Angels’ Share. Producer Rebecca O’Brien has accused VisitScotland of “evasion, prevarication and a cop-out” by shunning the whisky heist caper while ploughing £7 million into Disney-Pixar film Brave. She said she felt “real fury” when she heard about the Brave deal after being turned down for help because The Angels’ Share had portrayed a “genuine” view of Scotland. Despite production company Sixteen Films and director Ken Loach not receiving any public funding, the film was feted by arts agency Creative Scotland at the Cannes Film Festival. It went on to win the prestigious jury prize at Cannes, two Scottish Baftas and two Creative Scotland awards.


over to you…

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Longrow 11yo Rundlets & Kilderkins – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks Longrow 11yo Rundlets & Kilderkins

Longrow 11yo Rundlets & Kilderkins

51.7% abv

£56.90 inc vat

£47.42 ex vat

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Dunkeld Atholl Brose Available in Ontario – Whisky News

The Claymore Times

~ All The News That’s Fit To Drink ~

Dunkeld Atholl Brose
Strength 35% LCBO # 303230 $49.95

Winner of the World’s Best Whisky Liqueur!

More than 300 whiskies and liquors battled during three intensive blind tasting rounds to be crowned the World’s Best Whisky. Judges for Whisky Magazine’s independent editorial panel were drawn from some of the best drinks journalists and retailers across the world, with industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round. Ref: This is an absolute delight “nectar from the gods” and one I’ll be sharing at the LCBO event at the National Club on Wednesday and the ScotchBlog event at Quinns restaurant on Thursday.

Its story begins in 1475, when the Earl of Atholl foiled a rebellion against the King by the Lord of the Isles, Iain MacDonald, by filling the well he drew water from with honey, oatmeal and whisky.

The mixture was so enticing that MacDonald, rather then flee his pursuers, stayed to enjoy the concoction, giving the Earl time to catch him.

To this day, the exact recipe that he found so beguiling remains unknown, but Gordon & MacPhail has brought its essence to life in a captivating, contemporary liqueur.
Perfectly-balanced, silky and smooth, Dunkeld Atholl Brose delights the palate. It combines the finest Speyside Single malt Scotch Whisky with sweet and aromatic notes and a hint of toasted oatmeal to create an easy-drinking and versatile drink that can be enjoyed all year round.

Don’t forget “The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival”

by Sylvain Bouffard 

On Saturday evening, February 23rd 2013, between 7 and 10 pm, the Museum will be transformed into a whisky exhibition hall and over twenty Vendors will be dispersed amidst the museum’s displays. The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival promises to be a fantastic Night Out:  Sample whiskies, visit a local Museum and support a local charity!

Other whiskies arriving soon

1998     Coal Ila

1997     Blair Athol

1989     Tomatin

1994     Clynlish

1996     Glen Grant

1993     Ledig

1997     Glendullan

Whisky Live London Contest – Whisky News

A very short message from Whisky Live London;

“We currently have a competition to win 2 pairs of tickets to Whisky Live London:”



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