Archive for March, 2018

The Glenlivet challenges consumers to crack the ultimate whisky mystery – Scotch Whisky News


The Glenlivet challenges consumers to crack the ultimate whisky mystery

The Glenlivet launches latest limited edition The Glenlivet Code to push the boundaries of flavour exploration 

Presenting The Glenlivet Code, a mysterious Single Malt Scotch whisky which is being released without cask information or tasting notes to take whisky connoisseurs on a journey of discovery whilst also putting their Single Malt knowledge to the test. Inspired by the iconic British Code breakers, the limited edition is a labyrinth of flavours that will test the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker.

Maintaining the exceptional quality that The Glenlivet is famed for, The Glenlivet Code presents the brand’s smooth and fruity house style with some additional twists for a moment of definitive pleasure. Its release is supported by an interactive digital experience, inspired by the famous British codebreakers and aims to test consumers’ knowledge and understanding of Single Malt whisky.

The Glenlivet Code digital experience invites whisky connoisseurs to scan a code on the back of their bottle carton using the Shazam app to enter a virtual underground room. Here, they will be greeted by a hologram of The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, who will challenge them to decode the taste of the liquid by selecting four aromas for the nose and four flavours for the palate from thousands of possible combinations.

After decoding the flavours of the new whisky, participants will be given a score which they can post on social media to see how they rank against their peers. The official tasting notes won’t be revealed until the end of the year to give Single Malt enthusiasts the time to discover and enjoy the liquid themselves.

Alan Winchester comments: “With The Glenlivet Code, we had a unique opportunity to create a whisky that has never been crafted before, using new casks and techniques to push the boundaries of what people expect from The Glenlivet. This year’s limited edition is a labyrinth of flavours that will test the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker and we’re excited to invite consumers worldwide to take on the ultimate challenge by unlocking its mystery taste. The interactive experience will allow whisky enthusiasts at all levels to build their knowledge of the category while also developing a deeper understanding of The Glenlivet.”

The Glenlivet Code will launch globally from March 2018 across 28 markets with an RRP of $120 USD. Consumers can log onto to find out more about the digital experience and share their thoughts on social media using #TheGlenlivetCode.”


About The Glenlivet

Created by George Smith in 1824, The Glenlivet is The Definitive Speyside Single Malt, renowned for its heritage as a visionary within the single malts category. With its smooth and fruity flavour profile, The Glenlivet has contributed the biggest volume growth of the single malt category worldwide, adding more than any other single malt whisky brand over the past five years (IWSR, 2016). Acting as the guardian for outstanding quality and craftsmanship within single malts, The Glenlivet is dedicated to continuing this legacy and has led innovation within single malt in recent years. Standout initiatives include the release of The Glenlivet Cipher, a mystery single malt, and the creation of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, the brand’s tribute to the original liquid created in 1824 by George Smith.


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.


About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

The Whisky Exchange “Whisky Stories – Your Turn” – Scotch Whisky News


Whisky Stories – Your Turn

Our latest Whisky Story comes from Dan, who recounts a tragic tale of an icy lake and a bottle of Glenlivet. Please keep sending us your own Whisky Stories – we’ll be publishing more of our favourites over the coming months.

Over the past two years, I have been taking whisky for wanders around the coastal, mountainous and interesting locations that dot the land.

During a cold, crisp Sunday morning in February, we went for a wander around a local woodland littered with a series of lakes with a bottle of The Glenlivet 18 Year Old as the whisky of choice.

About halfway round the lake, there was a much smaller, almost pond-like expanse of water covered in ice. Having had experience with whisky shoots on ice, I thought this location would be apt for a photo.

A crack in the ice…

I removed The Glenlivet from the bag and gently placed it on the ice, much to the displeasure of my parents who cited structural issues. Then, as I removed my glove to retrieve my phone from my pocket, I suddenly heard an abrupt crack in the ice.

As I turned to face the bottle, the crack rose to a crescendo at which point the bottle became submerged and quickly disappeared into the freezing abyss.

Instinctively, I rolled up the sleeve of my fleece and attempted to retrieve the bottle from the floor of the lake to no avail. Minutes went by at which point I realised I would not risk my arm developing hypothermia in order to salvage the whisky.

The Reunion

After coming home from work two days later, I walked into the dining room and what was I met with? Yep, you guessed it…The Glenlivet 18 Year Old – battered and bruised, but drinkable!

What happened? As I was working at my local wine merchant, a plan was underfoot to recover the lost bottle. Orchestrated by my stepfather and trusting neighbour, the plan involved using an extendable net, rake and set of rather comfy waders.

An hour went by scouring the floor of the lake with both the rake and net, and it seemed that hope of finding it had run out. Then, at the bottom of a small ridge, there was a dink of metal on glass, and The Glenlivet was raised from the icy abyss to jubilation and relief from my stepfather and neighbour!

In hindsight, placing a heavy bottle of whisky on a paper-thin blanket of ice was one of the silliest and dim-witted ideas I have ever had. Since it was recovered, I have made a pact that a similar landscape will never host a bottle of whisky for photographic purposes!

A happy ending – wonderful! Thanks to Dan for sending his Whisky Story to us. If you have one, we’d love to hear from you.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Whisky Stories – Your Turn


Wonderful Whisky at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

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Wonderful Whiskies

Many of our customers say they’re saving a bottle of whisky for a special occasion, I say why not make an occasion special with a fantastic bottle of whisky? From vintage releases to rare special editions, there’s a bottle to turn even the most boring Monday into a day you’ll never forget!

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Macallan 18 Year Old 2017



Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Ghost & Rare: Brora



Glenglassaugh 1986 30 Year Old



GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24 Year Old



Local Bourbon: Wright and Brown Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO Saturday, April 7, 2:30 – 5:30 PM – American Whiskey News


Saturday, April 7, 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Local Bourbon: Wright and Brown

Anyone curious about craft Bourbon is sure to enjoy this tasting!

Distilled in American-made copper whisky stills, each Wright and Brown release is truly handcrafted. First, the distillers seek out the most flavorful non-GMO grains, working with local organic farms to get the best ingredients. Every step of the whisky process is then done in-house, from milling the grain to mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging, and finally bottling. The result is a decadently flavorful small-batch whiskey, made right here in the Bay Area.

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Scotch Whisky Auctions opening hours – Easter weekend – Scotch Whisky News


Hi folks,

Just a quick update to let you know our opening hours for the weekend.

We will be closed on Friday 30th March & Monday 2nd April and back open on Tuesday 3rd April as usual.

If you’re looking to collect your bottles from the auction, you are welcome to come to the office between 10am – 5pm during the week after Tuesday 3rd April.

If you have any questions regarding the end of the auction, you should be able to find more information on the buying guide on our website. Please get in touch if you need more help.

As ever, we’d like to remind bidders about the end of the auction:

The auction will close any time after 7pm on Sunday 1st April. From that time the software begins to monitor bidding activity on the site and when the interval between bids increases, the auction will begin to shut down. Any bids placed after 7pm will extend the auction.

Don’t lose your bottle!

Best wishes from Glasgow,

The SWA Team

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Clermont, Kentucky – March 12, 2018 – Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world’s No. 1 bourbon, continues to outpace the industry, filling its 15 millionth barrel of bourbon since the end of Prohibition. The milestone barrel — a first for Kentucky distilleries — was personally filled and sealed by Seventh Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son Freddie Noe, Eighth Generation Beam Distiller, at the brand’s flagship distillery in Clermont, Ky.

“Fifteen million is a big number, but we’re a big bourbon,” said Fred Noe. “When Jim Beam, my great grandfather, filled his first barrel of whiskey at our Clermont distillery after Prohibition, I doubt he would have predicted that one day we would be a brand known and enjoyed the world over.”

The historic milestone, achieved less than two years after the filling of Jim Beam’s 14 millionth barrel — the shortest period of time between milestone barrel fills — serves as a testament to the continued global bourbon boom. The growing momentum can be attributed to continued strong sales spurred by rising global demand and the excellent performance of the entire Jim Beam portfolio across the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.

“We’re reaching these milestones faster and faster,” said Craig Christenson, vice president global marketing, Jim Beam. “From Russia and Germany to Japan and China – not to mention the United States where Jim Beam is gaining substantial market share, bourbon has become the spirit of choice around the world and we’re happy to oblige them by making more. We’re the first to reach 15 million and we’re not slowing down.”

The 15 millionth barrel, signed by employees at the company’s Clermont, Boston and Frankfort plants, will join the nearly 2.3 million barrels of bourbon currently aging in Jim Beam’s rackhouses across the Commonwealth. It will be stored inside the distillery’s historic rackhouse D, a nine-story warehouse rebuilt by Jim Beam after Prohibition on the Clermont distillery grounds. The rackhouse is open to visitors as part of the Jim Beam® American Stillhouse tour.

Consumer Demand Fuels Category Growth

According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, bourbon is now an $8.5 billion state industry, supporting more than 17,500 jobs and generating more than $1.8 million in tax revenues annually.

At one time known for one primary product, the iconic Jim Beam portfolio now offers a wide range of award-winning expressions including Jim Beam Black®, Jim Beam® Distillers Cut, Jim Beam® Double Oak, Jim Beam® Devil’s Cut®, Jim Beam® Single Barrel, Jim Beam® Bonded, Jim Beam® Rye and Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece.

Jim Beam has continued to expand its operations in Kentucky, fueled by a commitment to innovate and meet surging global consumer demand.

For more information on Jim Beam, follow Jim Beam on Twitter (@jimbeam) and Instagram (@jimbeamofficial) or visit

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

Jim Beam® Original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% Alc./Vol. ©2018 James B. Beam Distilling Co., Clermont, KY

Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada SALE! – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Spring

The Strath Ale, Wine & Spirit Merchants is doing a bit of spring cleaning and they’re putting select SMWS bottles on sale over the Easter weekend.

Shop in person or by phone from Friday, March 30th to Sunday, April 1st to take advantage of these great deals.  Please note no holds and your membership must be in good standing.

Browse the list of sale bottles and be sure to act fast on Easter weekend to secure your fave:

Cask No. 35.172  ALPACA FLEECE  $22 OFF

Was $217.90 Now $195.90

20 years old; 1st fill barrel; 52.9%; Light & delicate

We imagined a tiled floor in a vestibule with new Barbour jackets and waxed leather boots. We were invited in for toast with clover honey. A drop of water and it turned very delicate, almost fragile; candied angelica and alpaca fleece.

Cask No. 48.83  “…AND THE LIVING’S EASY”  $20 OFF

Was $184.90 Now $164.90

13 years old; 1st fill barrel; 56.1%; Light & delicate

A melon medley salad, poached pears in honey and French apple tart were followed on the palate by a pear Calvados liqueur served over refreshing sorbet ice cream. Water added a mango and lime smoothie and to finish, a Pineapple Fluff cocktail.

Cask No. 7.165  DANCE OF THE BUMBLEBEE    $20 OFF

Was $179.90 Now $159.90

13 years old; 1st fill barrel; 60.7%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

Rosewater, peach, mango, dried papaya and white chocolate with little pirouettes of hazelnuts, bakewell tarts and strawberry jam before revolving into marmalade, orange blossom honey, raw chocolate and sticky figs before spiced red apple chutney, salted caramel, candied fennel seeds and long lasting spice.

Cask No. 48.84  SEIZE THE MOMENT    $15 OFF

Was $154.90 Now $139.90

12 years old; 1st fill barrel; 57.7%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

A bouquet of flowers and a bottle of Gewürztraminer to start. After an espresso and crumpets with strawberry jam, enjoy a Mai Tai in a conservatory.


Was $154.90 Now $139.90

10 years old; 1st fill barrel; 58.8%; Juicy, oak & vanilla

The sun was beating down on the upholstery as we sat down to honey nut cereal and porridge oats with lingonberry jam and banana. Honeydew melon was thrown in with pear drops, blackcurrant tea and malted milk as we admired the tropical scene of pineapple trees.

Cask No. 48.87  FRISKY WHISKY    $15 OFF

Was $154.90 Now $139.90

11 years old; 1st fill barrel; 58.4%; Sweet, fruity & mellow

The nose is fruity (mango, pineapple, tutti-frutti) and sweet (honey, chocolate, crème caramel, rice pudding) – all surrounded by a fuchsia hedge. The palate is lively, playful and frisky – citrus, dark chocolate, caramel wafer, ginger cake, nutmeg and chili; mouth-watering and tongue-numbing.

Cask No. 7.163  THE INDIAN SPICE TRAIN   $19 OFF

Was $171.90 Now $152.90

12 years old; 1st fill barrel; 60.7%; Spicy & sweet

Hot and spicy Bloody Marys, pickled ginger, lime and blood orange. Then blueberry muffin, nuts and pancake with lemon, chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Cask No. 55.44  HONEY ON A STRADIVARIUS    $21 OFF

Was $198.90 Now $177.90

16 years old; 1st fill French oak hogshead; 57.1%; Spicy & sweet

The nose – imagine Baklava in cigar boxes, treacle tarts in spice cupboards, honey on a Stradivarius, weavers glugging Calvados. The palate – syrup, toffee and chocolate sweetness combined with coy, wood-derived spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, clove). This was previously in ex-bourbon wood.

Cask No. 64.81  FLAMBE CREPE SUZETTE    $20 OFF

Was $179.90 Now $159.90

13 years old; 1st fill barrel; 62.5%; Spicy & sweet

A fragrant, heady, sultry summer’s day, and we enjoyed the moment with lavender honey ice cream and a caramel cinnamon latte. Diluted, we imagined a delicate ornament made out of spun sugar, and we finished with a spiced blood orange Champagne punch.

Cask No. 44.78  PEEK-A-BOO    $21 OFF

Was $194.90 Now $173.90

14 years old; virgin oak hogshead; 57.6%; Spicy & dry

Fruit notes of apple, pear and sultana loaf with peanuts and custard powder concealing an explosive palate of liquorice, raisons and burnt custard tart with coffee cake, maple syrup, parsnips and soot sweetly finishing with old leather and tobacco. Previously matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead.

Sale runs from Fri. March 30th – Sun. April 1st

The Strath Ale, Wine & Spirit Merchants

919 Douglas Street, Victoria  250-370-9463

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Malt Messenger Bulletin – Spring 2018 Tasting Schedule – Whisky News


Malt Messenger Bulletin – Spring 2018 Tasting Schedule

Dear Malt Messenger Subscribers,

Our Spring 2018 Tasting Schedule opens for registration today, and it is an exciting one. Our team has put together a fine range of whisky and other spirits tastings to see us through to the end of June. That is not to mention some great wine and beer tastings too! In addition to the usual fare, we have a couple of marque events, including the Ardbeg 1815 Grand Tasting, which will see us open the 200th Anniversary Ardbeg 1815 bottling ($8000), only 3 of which have come to Alberta. The event will be hosted by Brendan McCarron, head of maturing whisky stocks at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. The event includes the 1815, a range of other Ardbegs and dinner.

We will also be holding the first incarnation of Ancient Malts at KWM in more than a year. This edition of Ancient Malts will feature 7 very old and rare single malts, including a pair of 1968s, a pair of Broras, the Convalmore 32 Year and more. The Ancient Malts tastings will be taking place over the course of two nights in June (your choice of June 15 or 21), one of which is the day after our Spring Single Malt Festival, June 14. We have planned this intentionally as both events tend to draw out of town visitors, and we want to make your trek worthwhile. Speaking for the Spring Single Malt Festival, you won’t want to drag your feet too long getting tickets for it, as it always sells out early.

Other notable events include the Compass Box Hedonism Muse Launch on Monday May 14, which will see the first tasting of Compass Box Hedonism Muse in Alberta. There will also be a very special Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Vertical Tasting with founder Bob Baxter on Thursday May 24. And don’t forget to save the date for Ardbeg Day 2018 on Saturday June 2nd. More details on this very fun and groovy event will be announced soon.

The full listing of whisky and spirits tastings in the 2018 Spring Schedule are detailed below. You can  view the full Kensington Wine Market Spring Tasting Schedule and register for the tastings online.

To round out this Malt Messenger Bulletin, I thought I would highlight a couple of KWM Casks which are getting close to selling out. If you are a fan of our Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1996 KWM Cask, Duncan Taylor Octaves Bunnahabhain 2008 KWM Cask, Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask or the Arran 1996 KWM Cask 964, and you want another bottle, time is running out… details on all of these whiskies can be found below.

I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin, and that it finds you well! If you have any comments, questions or requests don’t hesitate to send me an email.



In This Edition

  1. Spring 2018 Tasting Schedule
  2. Only 13 Bottles Left: Old Malt Cask Bowmore KWM Cask
  3. Only 15 Bottles Left: Duncan Taylor Octaves Bunnahabhain KWM Cask
  4. Only 20 Bottles Left: Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask
  5. Only 23 Bottles Left: Arran 1996 KWM Cask 964

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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KWM’s Spring 2018 Tasting Schedule 

One of our most exciting schedules ever

There is a lot to be excited about in our Spring Tasting Schedule. Spaces are limited, so if there is something you are interested in, don’t wait too long to register… As always you can register in-store, by phone at 403-283-8000 or online:

  1. Classic Malts – Wednesday April 18 – Our introduction to the world of single malt Scotch whisky. Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and Islay… all almost meaningless terms in the modern day! Don’t believe us? We’ll show and taste! – $35
  2. NAS Whisky Wars – Wednesday April 25 – Nothing in recent years has stirred up as much controversy in the world of whisky as the re-emergence of NAS (no age statement) Whisky… but is it all bad? We’ll present the facts, and you’ll have to take a side! – $40
  3. Going with the Grain: Very Old Edition – Tuesday May 8 – When they are good, they can be stunning. Scotch Whisky’s least understood and appreciated incarnation is also one of its best value propositions. Especially when it comes to very old ones! – $75
  4. Compass Box Muse Launch – Monday May 14 – Andrew and Compass Box’s Canadian Brand Ambassador James Bornn will mark the launch of “Compass Box Hedonism The Muse” with a special Master Class highlighting Compass Box blended grains! – $30
  5. KWM’s 26th Birthday Mini-Whisky Festival – Thursday May 17 – Consider this the “Sneak a Peek” for the whisky deals during our birthday sale weekend. Includes a Glencairn glass and the opportunity to sample from a range of more than 80 different whiskies! – $50
  6. Two Brewers Single Malt Release Vertical with Bob Baxter – Thursday May 24 – We will sample our way through the Two Brewers Releases 04-09, and another treat, with co-founder/owner Bob Baxter. He’ll highlight the broad range of single malt whisky styles coming from this award winning Yukon distillery! – $25
  7. Ardbeg 1815 Grand Tasting with Brendan McCarron – Tuesday June 29 – Special guest Brendan McCarron, head of maturing whisky stocks at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg will take you on a very special tasting including the extremely rare 200th Anniversary bottling, Ardbeg 1815 ($8000.00). You’ll also indulge in dinner and a range of other Ardbeg whiskies. – $200
  8. !!!!SAVE THE DATE!!! Ardbeg Day – Saturday June 2 – Ardbeg Day 2018 will be a celebration of Peat & Love all over the world. More details to follow. So SAVE THE DATE for a Groovy Day of fun, whisky and flower power! – Location & $TBA
  9. Spring Single Malt Festival – Thursday June 14 – Our annual spring festival of all things malt whisky will feature at least 100 single malts from Scotland and around the world. It sells out quickly, so don’t hesitate. 25th Anniversary tasting glass included. – $65
  10. Ancient Malts – !!!Choice of Two Nights!!!: Friday June 15 or Thursday June 21 – It’s been over a year since we’ve put on an Ancient Malts tasting, and frankly, we’re overdue! We have some very special bottles selected for this one, including a pair of Broras, two 1968 vintage single malts and three other treats. Includes a special cut crystal Glencairn glass! – $250
  11. The Spirit of Canada – Wednesday June 27 – Canadian whisky has caught the world’s attention in the last few years, just as a surge of craft Canadian whiskies are about to hit the market. We’ll feature some of the best new releases! – $35

Register in-store, by phone at 403-283-8000 or online:


Only 13 Bottles Left – Old Malt Cask 1996 Bowmore KWM Cask 

A Whisky That Took us Over 10 Years to Find…

This was one of the most exciting whisky launches we’ve had in recent years. Firstly, because I had been wanting to bottle a single cask of Bowmore for more than a decade. Secondly, because by pure serendipitous coincidence, Jim McEwan, who had been distillery manager at Bowmore when this whisky was distiller, just happened to be in Calgary the day the first bottles arrived in store. He was kind enough to pop in and sign the first 90 bottles, which sold out in mere hours.

Our first KWM Single Cask Bowmore is from Old Malt Cask and bottled after 21 years at 50%. Normally we prefer all of our casks to be bottled at cask strength, which would have been around 53% for this whisky. But to bottle it at cask strength, in the “First Editions” packaging, would have added nearly $75 to the price. So we were willing to compromise. Bottled at 21 years old from a Refill Hogshead, distilled March 1996 and Bottled June 2017.

Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1996 KWM Cask – 50% – Refill Hogshead – 21 Year – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, floral and sweet; a touch of Parma Violets (sweet lavender candies) clotted cream, Crème Brule and salted caramel ice-cream; light-savoury-smoke, lemon and pear drops, vanilla bean Jelly Bellies and wine gums. Palate: creamy, buttery, oily and fruity; silky layers of honey and vanilla are rolled out with lots of soft fruits: guava, Midori melon, green banana and lots of citrus; more wine gums; the smoke is delicate, floral and decadent, with more lavender and peppermint; the clotted cream caries through on a dry Brittish scone; more ice-cream too: a double scoop of salted caramel and Earl Grey tea. Finish: long, silky and creamy with layers of fruit, floral tones, elegant smoke and gentle toasted oak. Comment: this was worth the wait; a beautiful malt; my kind of Bowmore! Comment: this whisky was worth the wait, when we cracked the sample from Hunter Laing, we knew we had a winner. – $200


Only 15 Bottles Left – Duncan Taylor Octaves Bunnahabhain 2008 KWM Cask 

Young, but with a Profile Mature Well Beyond It’s Years…

It seems like it only just got here, but sadly it is nearly gone. Our most limited KWM exclusive single cask in a while, just 66 bottles were produced and just 15 remain. Matured 9 years in oak casks and finished for 4 months in a bespoke Duncan Taylor Sherry Octave. Bottled at 52.6%.

 Duncan Taylor Octaves Bunnahabhain 2008 KWM Cask – 52.6% – 9 Year – Finished 4 Months in a Sherry Octave – My Tasting Note: “Nose: jujubes and a leather barber’s strap; old-fashioned shaving soap in a polished wooden bowl; a touch of chocolate, raisins and figs dipped in honey. Palate: big, heavy and malty with bold sherry notes over a base of honey-vanilla; a thick chocolate base with orange, raisins figs and decadent spices; more polished wood and old-fashioned shaving soap; still leathery, musty and oaky, soft nutty tones and more jujubes; spices transition into candied fennel and a touch of clove. Finish: long, drying and bold; the palate is coating and leathery with more chocolate, citrus, dried dark fruits and spices. Comment: if this was an SMWS malt, I would call it “Eating chocolate & jujubes in a barber’s chair.” – $100


Only 20 Bottles Left – Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask 

Our First Single Cask of 100% Rye…

This is our first single cask of Millstone whisky, and it will not be our last! It is also our first exclusive single cask of 100% rye whisky, and our first ever exclusive cask of whisky from the Netherlands. This 100% whisky is distilled in pot stills from a mash of 50% malted and 50% unmalted rye grain milled in Dutch windmills. The only way it could be more Dutch is if the distillers were wearing clogs. It was matured in a single virgin American oak cask, bottled at 53.2%. Only 144 bottles were produced, and just 20 remain!

Millstone 100 Rye KWM Cask – 53.2% – Matured in Virgin American Oak – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: sweet, creamy and honeyed with fresh Jujubes and dill pickle juice; some orange sherbet and vanilla icing sugars; toasted oak and firm spices; doughy and fresh with a hint of liquorice. Palate: big, round and earthy; perfumed and oily; more liquorice and assorted fresh Jujubes; tangy citrus meets spicy-oily rye tones; juicy and toasty with Demerara sugars.

Finish: big, rich, bold and lasting; fruits, liquorice and spices linger through a long creamy finish. Comment: the virgin oak has leant this whisky and maturity and richness beyond its years, also a silky backbone which tames the bold 100 rye spirit.” – $88


Only 23 Bottles Left – Arran 1996 KWM Cask 964 

My Favourite of the Two 20 Year Old KWM Arran Casks…

Although this is a Sherry Hogshead matured whisky, we believe it to be an American oak hoggie based on its colour and profile. One of two single cask, cask strength, 20 year old Arrans, bottled exclusively for KWM in 2017. It is my favourite of the two and a classic elegant old single malt. The whiskies are the oldest Arrans yet to come to Canada…, until our 21 year olds arrive this Spring. Bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% after maturing in a sherry hogshead filled on 12/08/1996 and bottled 05/04/2017.

Arran 1996 KWM Cask 964 – 52.5% – Sherry Hogshead – 20 Year – Andrew’s Tasting Note

Nose: bright, floral and citrussy; lemon slices, peeled orange and tangerines; cinnamon spiced honey butter and soft leather leads to apricots and dried dark fruits; all along there is a creamy base with bright floral top notes. Palate: very honeyed: liquid, honey butter and honey sticks; more orange and tangerines, big juicy citrus tones and a base of creamy, floral vanilla bean (American oak?); chewy with sweet waxy Starburst fruit candies and a touch of darker dried fruits; more dried apricot and soft silky leather; some gentle earthy tones and soft leather hinting at sherry seasoning and dunnage warehouse maturation. Finish: long, sweet, coating and citrussy with more bright floral tones and all kinds of honey. Comment: despite its age which has given it a silky backbone, this malt is still bright, fresh and layered; it is to borrow a phrase, eminently quaffable; perhaps dangerously so!” – $150

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Andrew Ferguson

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Kensington Wine Market


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching returns for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – Scotch Whisky News


After a successful launch last year, Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching returns for the 19th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Similar to geo-caching, but with whisky, a trail of three Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caches will be hidden across Speyside during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Guests will be able to find the whisky filled caches via a series of clues after registering for the event via the Spirit of Speyside website. The first to find each Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be rewarded with a 200ml bottle of Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, perfect for sharing.

Inspired by the Angels’ share, Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whisky from Grantown-on-Spey based Highfern Ltd, has been created from a selection of Speyside and Highland malts, and is bottled at natural colour, with a sweet nose of apple pie and a taste of heather honey and lemon.Whilst there is no charge to take part, whisky cachers are asked to leave a whisky miniature (or better) in place of the dram they find. Thus everyone who finds an Angels’ Nectar Whisky Cache will be a winner.

Geo-caching is a worldwide treasure-hunting phenomenon, which started in 2000 and has grown to encompass more than three million caches across 190 countries. The Angels’ Nectar version does not require GPS, but as the search for the caches will involve some light walking, outdoor clothing and footwear are recommended. The caches will also contain a logbook for participants to record their visit, and guests are asked to share their experience and tasting notes of the dram they find on social media.

Introducing the event, Robert Ransom, Angels’ Nectar founder said, ‘We hope Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching will encourage festival goers to explore Speyside’s beautiful landscape and discover new drams. Whilst there is no need to have been geo-caching before, for the whisky loving geo-cacher, what could be better than a trail of Angel inspired whisky filled caches.’

Angels’ Nectar Whisky Caching is one of more than 500 events due to take place across Speyside as part of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which this year runs from the from the 3rd to the 7th of May. Angels’ Nectar will also be offering a chance to try their whiskies at Elephants in the Pantry, Grantown, on the 4th of May, Whisky Castle, Tomintoul, on the 5th of May, and Brodie Countryfare, Forres, on the 6th of May.


Scotch Tasting: Benromach Friday, April 6, 5 – 7 PM at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, April 6, 5 – 7 PM

Scotch Tasting: Benromach

Join us for an evening of traditional Speyside single malt! Founded in 1898, Benromach is the smallest distillery in Speyside – only three distillers passionately handcraft every release.The result is a dram reminiscent of ancient Speyside – beautifully balanced, with a light touch of smoke.

This in-store tasting features new and rare scotches by Benromach distillery, presented by whisky experts.

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