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:

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.


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


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


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

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

We will do our best to answer and process as many phone orders as we can. Call us at 403-283-8000. We are offering some great deals too. More on that below, see the bottom of the Malt Messenger! Customers are still welcome to come in to the store to pick up orders as well as browse and purchase in-store. We are routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and have hand sanitation stations around the store.

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

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger! 

Contact & Disclaimers 

If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store. All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change and don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger.


Andrew Ferguson

Owner & Scotchguy

Kensington Wine Market


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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