Archive for January, 2021

NEW THE GLENLIVET FILM SMASHES CONVENTIONS OF THE PAST TO FORGE A NEW PATH IN THE SCOTCH WHISKY CATEGORY – Scotch Whisky News

NEW THE GLENLIVET FILM SMASHES CONVENTIONS OF THE PAST TO FORGE A NEW PATH IN THE SCOTCH WHISKY CATEGORY

The Glenlivet has unveiled the next instalment of its ‘Original By Tradition global campaignputting the great taste of the whisky firmly in focus as The Glenlivet builds on its ambition to open up the single malt Scotch category.  

The new film  launching across TV and digital in Canada in November before rolling out to other markets including the US, UK, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong – builds on the brand’s mindset of ‘originality’ that has seen The Glenlivet breaking traditions to set new standards in whisky since 1824.  

While the Original By Tradition launch film took viewers on a journey through the brand’s pioneering heritage, the new instalment ups the ante with an even bolder and more visually dramatic film which takes viewers on a journey with founder and true original, George Smith, as he follows the legacy of his life’s work – his The Glenlivet single malt – through to today.     

The opening scene sees George Smith back in his 1800s bothy in Scotland, establishing himself as an original thinker and defining the Speyside style of whisky, where The Glenlivet began. With a lurch the ad places a determined Smith striving forward on a moving treadmill which is constantly throwing up challengesdemonstrating how his drive and vision went against the norm of the time.  

Smith’s challenges initially take the shape of men who represent the strict norms and rigid traditions of whisky fundamentalistsfrom a time when the traditional style of whisky was harsh and smoky. We see how Smith has created a unique smooth style, before facing off against a wall of mirrors reflecting the poor imitations that tried to copy his style of whisky and claim the famous The Glenlivet nameFastforward and Smith stands above these traditionalists and imitations, comfortable in the legacy of his original creation and smashes through a final wall, releasing the delicious tasting notes and smooth taste of The Glenlivet in a vibrant, kaleidoscope of colours and ingredients that capture the essence of his whisky. The final scene finds Smith arriving in a modern bar scene to see how his legacy is still setting new standards across the worldinviting people to enjoy single malt whisky in different ways, whether neat, part of a cocktail in a social settingor even as one of the recent The Glenlivet cocktail capsules. 

“Our new film celebrates the original thinking of our founder George Smith and the legacy he left us, that compels us to keep innovating and pushing boundaries in the category. We have brought to life Smith’s vision with innovations such as the much discussed The Glenlivet Capsule Collection, The Glenlivet 14 Year Old Cognac Cask finish and our most recent release, The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve, finished in Caribbean Rum Barrels. Maintaining the original style of The Glenlivet whisky will always be our key focus and that’s why the whisky is the real hero of this film” said Miriam Eceolaza, Director of The Glenlivet. 

The Original by Tradition campaign launched globally last November and coincided with the release of The Glenlivet’s new modern, bold and vibrant packaging.  

The Glenlivet developed the new campaign in collaboration witCrispin Porter Bogusky London and Director Tom Noakes, who had previously directed the original campaign film.

Whisky Intel is playing catch up, this appears as a matter of record.

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Our Year End Inventory Sale Ends Tonight! – Whisky Sale News

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Our Year End Inventory Sale Ends Tonight!

I’m sure you won’t mind a little update from our Annual KWM Year-End Inventory Sale, currently still in progress!

You have just 24 hours left, both in-store, and online, to take advantage of the deals.

While a number of things have sold out, there are still some awesome deals, which I have highlighted in the lines below.

I’ve also updated the PDF highlighting the Whiskies Discounted More Than 10%. It is linked below.

In-store shopping is welcome, but if you are planning to do so, be sure to dress for the weather, you may be asked to wait. We continue to welcome just 6 customers in-store at a time. Please be sure to don a mask, and if you’re not feeling well, stay home! Order online!

Demand is high, so please be patient. Please wait until you receive confirmation your order is ready before coming in to pick it up. Plan on giving us at least 4-6 business hours to get it ready.

City-wide delivery is available for a $10 fee but is free for orders over $100. We are expecting a lot of demand for delivery next week though, so please be patient! We are currently booking deliveries well into next week.

One last thing, but it is an important one… we’ve changed the date of the Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask virtual tasting to Friday February 12. One of our beloved alumni, Hunter Sullivan, is back for a while, and we’re pulling him out of retirement to co-host the Signatory Vintage & the SIngle Cask tasting with me. We have an awesome range, more details below.

Happy Hunting!

Andrew Ferguson

A FEW OF THE BEST DEALS

There are some phenomenal deals this weekend. For the list of everything discounted by 15-40% see the PDF linked below. But if you’ll indulge us, there are a few highlights we’ve showcased below!

Tomatin Contrast

This is a very interesting two half bottle release from Tomatin Distillery which shows the contrast between ex-bourbon and ex-sherry barrels and their influence on Scotch. The disitllery vatted whiskies from 4 decades, and then further matured it in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry before bottling at 46%.

Was $210 – SAVE 35% – Now $136.49

Jura Seven Wood

Not content with double wood or triple wood, Jura has gone right to SEVEN WOOD with this bottling. Not just a made up golf club, the Jura Seven Wood Single Malt Scotch comes from the Jura distillery on – get this – the Isle of Jura. The Jura Seven Wood is composed mostly of unpeated Jura Single Malt plus a small portion of peated Jura as well. It is aged in a combination of American Oak ex-Bourbon barrels and SIX different French Oak Barrels. Bottled at 42%.

Was $122 – SAVE 35% – Now $79.29

Port Askaig 100 Proof

Port Askaig is a line of mystery Islay single malts. The whiskies are reputed to come from the Caol Ila distillery. The 100 Proof is a no age statement whisky bottled at 57.1% (100 British Proof). It is named for Islay’s ancient ferry and fishing port on the island’s north-east coast.

Was $80 – SAVE 25% – Now $59.99


Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Year

The Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban recently evolved from a 12 year old, into a 14 Year. Matured initially in ex-Bourbon, the wine is finished in Port casks before bottling at 46%. This whisky is replete with notes of chocolate and orange, which is derived from its time finishing in port casks.

Was $97 – SAVE 25% – Now $72.74

Craigellachie 13 Year

Part of the Last Great Malts series from Bacardi/Dewar’s – this 13-year-old from Craigellachie Distillery is bottled at 46% ABV. This 13yr old along with the rest of the Craigellachie official prime-numbered lineup was introduced in 2014. The whisky was a hit in our 2020 KWM Whisky Calendar, and is very good value at $80/bottle. At 30% off it is a steal!

Was $80 – SAVE 30% – Now $55.99

Compass Box GKS Glasgow KWM Cask

Looking for something both sherried and peaty, this ticks both boxes, and it’s really elegant!

This is our third KWM exclusive Compass Box Blend, and it is one for the peat heads! It is also our second marrying cask from the Great King Street line – this time from the Glasgow Blend – which means it has a bit of sherry cask influence and a dash of peat or more as well! Bottled at 49%, the whisky is the 2018 Glasgow Blend, finished for just under 2 years in a second fill Sherry Butt from the Craigellachie Distillery.

Was $94 – SAVE 25% – Now $70.49

Talisker Port Ruighe

Double matured in port casks, this malt is a toast to the Scottish traders who braved the high seas and were instrumental in the foundation of the port wine trade. Port Ruighe, pronounced ‘Portree’ is the Gaelic spelling of the once-bustling trading port on Skye. The port finish combines Talisker’ s powerful maritime character with succulent sweet notes of rich berry fruits for a superb taste experience.

Was $120 – SAVE 30% – Now $83.99


Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

This whisky was born from the memory of entering a pastry shop for the very first time. It’s about that first moment of finding your senses deliciously overwhelmed, breathing in the sweet scents and wishing you could take a bite of every creamy, flaky treat you see. In Nectar D’Or you can taste it all. To create it, we take the delicate, fruity spirit of our giraffe-high stills and age it in American oak bourbon casks along with casks that once held Sauternes sweet white wine.

Was $102 – SAVE 25% – Now $76.49

SMOS Caol Ila 8 Year KWM Cask

This may only be 15% off, but it has been one of the most popular whiskies over the first few days of the sale. That might be because this 8 year old sherry cask matured Caol Ila is already such a good deal, at just $85. It is big and bold but also balanced for a young malt tipping the scales at well over 60%. Lots of layers given its youth, with the sherry notes building over time to tame the brash young peat and smoke.

Selected by and bottled exclusively for KWM, this 2011 Sherry Butt (Cask 300161) of Caol Ila was bottled after 8 years at a cask strength of 61.2%.

Was $85 – SAVE 15% – Now $72.24

THE YEAR END INVENTORY SALE DETAILS

·     Just about everything that comes in a bottle or can is on sale this weekend only.

·     The Sale is in-store and online only. No phone orders, please!

·     The sale will end promptly at close on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 6 PM, both in-store and online.

·     Sale pricing will not be carried forward after 6 PM on Sunday, nor will sale pricing be applied retroactively to prior purchases.

·     We will be CLOSED Monday, February 1st for Inventory.

·     We will re-open as usual on Tuesday, February 2nd at 10 AM.

·     Please place your order online!

Most* in-stock Whisky and Other Spirits are 10-40% off!

Browse Whisky & Spirits Discounted by 15% or More! – Updated Today

BEFORE BROWSING THE DEALS, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

1. Please order using our website or in person at our store. No phone orders, please!

2. We will likely be busy in the store, so please be patient.

3. If you want your items packed for pickup, note demand will be high and there will be delays of up to a week. To focus on the sale, we will not be packing anything for pickup before February 2nd.

4. There are no additional discounts or promotions and the sale prices do not include GST.

5. In the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct.

6. No discounts will be applied retroactively or carried forward past the end of the Sale, AT 6 PM Alberta Time, Sunday, January 31 (in-store and online).

7. Kensington Wine Market will be closed on Monday, February 1st, 2021 for inventory. We will be back to regular hours and open on Tuesday, February 2nd.

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL WHISKY TASTINGS

We are just getting started with the virtual tastings, and we will continue to add tastings to the lineup over the weeks and months ahead.

·     A Zoom link for each of the tastings will be emailed 12-48 hours prior to the tasting.

·     A pick-up date for the samples is indicated for each tasting!

·     Tasting samples can be delivered in Calgary city-limits for a $10 fee, which will be waived for orders over $100.

Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask

·     Date: Friday February 12 8PM MT

·     Cost: $60.00

·     Pick-up Date: Available Now!

We’ve dragged the legendary Hunter Sullivan out of retirement to be Andrew’s co-host for this vertical range tasting highlighting one of our favourite independent bottlers, Signatory Vintage. We will sample 5 different Signatory whiskies, as well as another two from a new-to-Alberta independent bottler, The Single Cask. The tasting includes 7x15ml samples of whiskies aged 20 to 35 years of age from the following distilleries: Ben Nevis, Cameronbridge, Glen Elgin, Glen Keith, Glenburgie, Glentauchers & Strathclyde.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

Boutique-y Whisky Roulette Double Header with Dave Worthington

·     Dates: February 13, 2021 5PM & February 27, 2021 5PM

·     Cost: $160.00 (2 Tastings & 7 Whiskies)

·     Pick-up Date: Available Now!

·     Only 6 Spots Left!

The boys are back with another Boutique-y Double Header tasting. This time we will be tackling the “Boutique-y Greatest Hits Collection Vol. 1” in a virtual trans-Atlantic game of spin the bottles (the Greatest Hits Collection Spins). The tasting will take part over 2 nights, Saturday, February 13, 5 PM MT and Saturday, February 27, 5 PM MT. On each night we will sample 5 of the 10 50ml bottles in the Greatest Hits Collection, selected at random. Call it Whisky Roulette or Spin the Bottle… We will also sample two bonus drams each night, 28ml samples filled by KWM of 4 other Boutique-y whiskies. Dave Worthington will be our guide, and with a little luck, Sam Simmons will crash the party. 5 PM Saturday, February 13 & 5 PM Saturday, February 27.

STAY HOME… WE’LL DELIVER!

We Are Offering Some Great Deals

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Free City-Wide Delivery for Orders Over $100

FREE DELIVERY – We are offering free delivery for orders over $100 placed online or over the phone, and will do our best to deliver within 72 hours.

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

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

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

www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

We will do our best to answer and process as many phone orders as we can. Call us at 403-283-8000.

COVID-19 Precautions at KWM

To protect our staff and customers we have implemented some policies!

Please do not enter the store if:

·     You have returned from Outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks, or you live with someone who has!

·     You are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected to have contracted COVID-19.

If the above applies to you, please order online or by phone and we can deliver!

Precautions we are taking in-store:

·     All of our staff are wearing masks, and we’d appreciate if you would do so too!

·     We are only allowing 6 customers in the store at any given time.

·     We have hand sanitizer throughout the store for the use of customers and staff.

·     We kindly ask that you do not to pick up products unless you intend to purchase them.

·     We are frequently disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and high contact areas within the store.

·     We are also not accepting cash payment at this time.

·     Staff are frequently washing and disinfecting their hands.

·     We have cancelled all in-store tastings.

·     We are monitoring our staff for symptoms.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate this challenging time!

403-283-8000

888-283-9004

Store Hours

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Mon – Wed: 10am – 8pm

Thu – Fri: 10am – 9pm

Sat: 10am – 8pm

*All Prices Quoted here are subject to change and do not include GST. In the case of pricing discrepancies, the price at our point of sale will be taken as correct.*

Knob Creek® Partners with Reflection Expert Jesse Israel to Give Fans a Hard-Earned Moment to Reflect and Renew in the New Year – American Whiskey News

Knob Creek® Partners with Reflection Expert Jesse Israel to Give Fans a Hard-Earned Moment to Reflect and Renew in the New Year

CLERMONT, KY (January 12, 2021) – Knob Creek® Bourbon, a leader in the small batch bourbon category for more than 25 years, is teaming up with Jesse Israel, reflection expert and founder of The Big Quiet, to help fans of its bourbon take some well-deserved time to reset, especially after the demands and challenges faced in recent months. Knob Creek is introducing Bourbon Reflection, an IGTV video series encouraging people to sit back, reflect and renew for the year ahead.

The Bourbon Reflection series consists of three reflection experiences, each narrated by Israel with cameos from the Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, along with images from Knob Creek’s distillery and bourbon-making process. With no less than nine long years of time and dedication put into making its bourbon, Knob Creek knows the value of a hard day’s work and recognizes that same incredible effort it took so many to get through 2020 and into this new year. This series is a way to encourage those who share the bourbon’s work ethic to make time to reward themselves along the way.

“After a hectic year, more than ever, we could all use a moment to take a deep breath and renew,” Israel said. “I know what it means to work hard, but also know the importance of balancing that work with moments to reset and recharge. The values that Fred and his team uphold when crafting Knob Creek inspire me, as their standards and hard work reflect the same principles people are navigating as they continue to find balance in their lives.”

Watch, listen, and take part as Noe and Israel take you through three reflective video experiences to reflect on the energy and effort you put in every day and prepare for the year ahead. Releasing throughout the month of January, each video focuses on a topic that is not only intrinsic to the values of Knob Creek Bourbon, but also important to its fans:

  • “The Value of Hard Work,” releasing today, is a five-minute reflection with questions to help guide Knob Creek fans into the mindset of finding the balance between working hard and resting as we enter the new year.
  • The series will continue with “Leaving a Legacy,” a six-minute reflection ideal for the new year as it prompts Knob Creek fans to consider the legacy they want to leave behind instead of just working to survive the day.
  • The series will conclude with the launch of “Reward Yourself,” a six-minute reflection using a guided relaxation technique to help Knob Creek fans reflect and reward themselves during a stressful, intense time.

“It isn’t always easy to uphold the highest standards of your work,” said Noe. “But through the years of crafting Knob Creek Bourbon to bring out the biggest flavor and quality possible, I’ve learned hard work only matters if we enjoy our lives and reward ourselves along the way. So, I hope our Bourbon Reflection video experiences provide a much-needed reward to all other hard workers right now.”

Knob Creek Bourbon is patiently aged and crafted, creating a full-flavored spirit that reflects the flavor, strength, care, and patience that define pre-prohibition whiskey. The return of Knob Creek’s 9-year-old age statement, along with the permanent addition of Knob Creek® 12 Year Old Bourbon and introduction of the limited-edition Knob Creek® 15 Year Old Bourbon last year, bear witness to the time and effort that go into each and every bottle of Knob Creek.

The Bourbon Reflection experiences will be available on Knob Creek’s IGTV at https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ8odqrgrOd/ starting on January 12.

About Knob Creek® Bourbon
Part of the original small batch bourbon collection from Kentucky, Knob Creek Bourbon has set the standard for super-premium bourbon for more than 25 years, crafting an extraordinary full-flavored bourbon with a rich taste. Introduced in 1992 by founding distiller Booker Noe, who pioneered the small batch bourbon movement, all Knob Creek expressions are patiently aged in new, maximum charred American Oak barrels, and bottled in unique flask-shaped packaging. No matter the expression, Knob Creek’s hard-earned flavor is crafted without shortcuts, and upholds the standard of what great whiskey ought to be. In recent years, Knob Creek has expanded its rye portfolio, introducing Knob Creek® Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey (115 proof), Knob Creek® Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, a limited-edition offering (119.6 proof), and Knob Creek® Twice Barreled Rye (100 proof). In 2020, Knob Creek expanded its bourbon portfolio with the introduction of Knob Creek® 12 Year Old Bourbon (100 proof) and a limited-edition Knob Creek® 15 Year Old Bourbon (100 proof).

About Beam Suntory
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails.

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 vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, 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 www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 50-60.% Alc./Vol. ©2021 Knob Creek Distillery, Clermont, KY.

BALLANTINE’S LAUNCHES ‘BALLANTINE’S LIGHT’: HALF THE ALCOHOL BUT FULL OF FLAVOUR – Almost Whisky News

BALLANTINE’S LAUNCHES ‘BALLANTINE’S LIGHT’: HALF THE ALCOHOL BUT FULL OF FLAVOUR

Ballantine’s has unveiled Ballantine’s Light, its first ‘light’ expression and lower-ABV spirit drink with half the alcohol but the great depth of flavour that has made Ballantine’s the No.1 Scotch in Europe.

Launching exclusively in Spain from January 2021, Ballantine’s Light is a 20% ABV spirit drink for the growing number of spirit drinkers who want to cut down their alcohol consumption and drink more mindfully, without missing out on the social enjoyment of a drink shared with others[1].

Ballantine’s Light has been carefully crafted by the blending team led by Ballantine’s Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, after months of experimentation with different whisky bases and additional flavours. The new spirit drink is specially designed to deliver on taste even at a lower ABV, with the result being a high-quality, lower-alcohol alternative with distinct citrussy aromas and all the depth of character of the Ballantine’s range.

Sandy Hyslop, our Master Blender, commented: “We wanted to offer Scotch fans an alternative, more mindful drinking option, and were inspired by our founder George Ballantine who, as early as 1827, was innovating and breaking conventional codes of whisky.

“Ballantine’s drinkers are known for their great taste, so we worked tirelessly to ensure that Ballantine’s Light would be light in nothing but alcohol. The result is a lower-ABV expression that is full of flavour – and unmistakeably Ballantine’s – and reaffirms our belief that there’s no wrong way to enjoy Ballantine’s”.

Ballantine’s Light offers the balanced fruity and floral notes typical of Ballantine’s signature style, but delivers fresher notes of juicy green apple, as well as a citrussy zing with aromas of pink grapefruit and orange zest. It is designed to be enjoyed in the same way as your full-strength Ballantine’s – whether neat, on the rocks, with a mixer or in a cocktail.

Ballantine’s Light is bottled at 20% ABV (at half the ABV of Ballantine’s Finest) and will be available exclusively in Spain from January 2021 at EUR 12,45.

For more information on Ballantine’s Light, visit www.ballantines.com

[1] The IWSR predicts the low-no alcohol trend will permanently disrupt the alcohol industry, as more consumers look for a more balanced lifestyle and mindful drinking choices

Malt Messenger Bulletin Year End Inventory Sale LAST DAY TOMORROW! – Whisky Sale News

Malt Messenger Bulletin

Our Year End Inventory Sale

It’s that time of year again, the Annual KWM Year-End Inventory Sale is on now!

The sale has become a staple here at KWM, something that our customers wait for with bated breath. The sale’s origins long predate my tenure, which is now in its 18th year. I don’t know exactly when it began, but there is a method to our madness…

We are closed this coming Monday to do a very detailed store-wide inventory count, but before we start, we are going to try and shed some stock. We have sharpened our pencils to offer some amazing deals throughout the store. Some of these deals are so good they won’t last long.

Now through 6 PM Sunday night (January 31st, 2021), you can SAVE 15-50% on all in-stock Wine, 10-40% on most in-stock Whisky and 5-30% on all Other Spirits in-stockr.

There are PDFs linked below for the wines discounted more than 15% and the Whisky & Spirits discounted more than 10%.

You are welcome to shop in-store, but if you are planning to do so, be sure to dress for the weather, you may be asked to wait. We continue to welcome just 6 customers in-store at a time. Please be sure to don a mask, and if you’re not feeling well, stay home!

Our preference continues to be for customers to take advantage of online shopping where possible. The deals are just as good online – exactly the same in fact – and you don’t need to throw your parka on to browse them.

Demand is high, so please be patient. Please wait until you receive confirmation your order is ready before coming in to pick it up. Plan on giving us at least 5-6 business hours to get it ready.

City-wide delivery is available for a $10 fee but is free for orders over $100. We are expecting a lot of demand for delivery next week though, so please be patient!

One last thing, but it is an important one… we’ve added another new Virtual Whisky Tasting… Join us on Thursday, June 11 for Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask. One of our beloved alumni, Hunter Sullivan, is back for a while, and we’re pulling him out of retirement to co-host the Signatory Vintage & the SIngle Cask tasting with me. We have an awesome range, more details below.

Happy Hunting!

Andrew Ferguson

THE YEAR END INVENTORY SALE DETAILS

Just about everything that comes in a bottle or can is on sale this weekend only.

The Sale is in-store and online only. No phone orders, please!

The sale will end promptly at close on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 6 PM, both in-store and online.

Sale pricing will not be carried forward after 6 PM on Sunday, nor will sale pricing be applied retroactively to prior purchases.

We will be CLOSED Monday, February 1st for Inventory.

We will re-open as usual on Tuesday, February 2nd at 10 AM.

Most* in-stock Whisky and Other Spirits are 10-40% off!

Browse Whisky & Spirits Discounted by 15% or More!

BEFORE BROWSING THE DEALS, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

1. Please order using our website or in person at our store. No phone orders, please!

2. We will likely be busy in the store, so please be patient.

3. If you want your items packed for pickup, note demand will be high and there will be delays of up to a week. To focus on the sale, we will not be packing anything for pickup before February 2nd.

4. There are no additional discounts or promotions and the sale prices do not include GST.

5. In the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct.

6. No discounts will be applied retroactively or carried forward past the end of the Sale, AT 6 PM Alberta Time, Sunday, January 31 (in-store and online).

7. Kensington Wine Market will be closed on Monday, February 1st, 2021 for inventory. We will be back to regular hours and open on Tuesday, February 2nd.

ORDER ONLINE HERE

UPCOMING VIRTUAL WHISKY TASTINGS

We are just getting started with the virtual tastings, and we will continue to add tastings to the lineup over the weeks and months ahead.

·     A Zoom link for each of the tastings will be emailed 12-48 hours prior to the tasting.

·     A pick-up date for the samples is indicated for each tasting!

·     Tasting samples can be delivered in Calgary city-limits for a $10 fee, which will be waived for orders over $100.

Cadenhead Original Collection w/ Cameron McGeachy

Date: January 28, 2021 @ 5PM

Cost: $40.00

Pick-up Date: Available Now

Our friend Cameron McGeachy, WM Cadenhead’s Sales Manager, will join us live from Campbeltown, Scotland, as we virtually taste our through the latest Cadenhead whiskies to reach Canada. Cadenhead’s is not only Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, but it is also one of our favourites here at KWM. We’ll be sampling whiskies from Caol Ila, Deanston, Dufftown, Glenrothes, Strathclyde, Tomatin & Tullibardine. The tasting includes 7x 15ml samples.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask

Thursday, February 11th @ 8 PM

$60

We’ve dragged the legendary Hunter Sullivan out of retirement to be Andrew’s co-host for this vertical range tasting highlighting one of our favourite independent bottlers, Signatory Vintage. We will sample 5 different Signatory whiskies, as well as another two from a new-to-Alberta independent bottler, The Single Cask. The tasting includes 7x15ml samples of whiskies aged 20 to 35 years of age from the following distilleries: Ben Nevis, Cameronbridge, Glen Elgin, Glen Keith, Glenburgie, Glentauchers & Strathclyde.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

Boutique-y Whisky Roulette Double Header with Dave Worthington

Dates: February 13, 2021 5PM & February 27, 2021 5PM

Cost: $160.00 (2 Tastings & 7 Whiskies)

Pick-up Date: Available Now!

Only 12 Spots Left!

The boys are back with another Boutique-y Double Header tasting. This time we will be tackling the “Boutique-y Greatest Hits Collection Vol. 1” in a virtual trans-Atlantic game of spin the bottles (the Greatest Hits Collection Spins). The tasting will take part over 2 nights, Saturday, February 13, 5 PM MT and Saturday, February 27, 5 PM MT. On each night we will sample 5 of the 10 50ml bottles in the Greatest Hits Collection, selected at random. Call it Whisky Roulette or Spin the Bottle… We will also sample two bonus drams each night, 28ml samples filled by KWM of 4 other Boutique-y whiskies. Dave Worthington will be our guide, and with a little luck, Sam Simmons will crash the party. 5 PM Saturday, February 13 & 5 PM Saturday, February 27.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

STAY HOME… WE’LL DELIVER!

We Are Offering Some Great Deals

&

Free City-Wide Delivery for Orders Over $100

FREE DELIVERY – We are offering free delivery for orders over $100 placed online or over the phone, and will do our best to deliver within 72 hours.

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

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

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

www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

We will do our best to answer and process as many phone orders as we can. Call us at 403-283-8000.

COVID-19 Precautions at KWM

To protect our staff and customers we have implemented some policies!

Please do not enter the store if:

·     You have returned from Outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks, or you live with someone who has!

·     You are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected to have contracted COVID-19.

If the above applies to you, please order online or by phone and we can deliver!

Precautions we are taking in-store:

·     All of our staff are wearing masks, and we’d appreciate if you would do so too!

·     We are only allowing 6 customers in the store at any given time.

·     We have hand sanitizer throughout the store for the use of customers and staff.

·     We kindly ask that you do not to pick up products unless you intend to purchase them.

·     We are frequently disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and high contact areas within the store.

·     We are also not accepting cash payment at this time.

·     Staff are frequently washing and disinfecting their hands.

·     We have cancelled all in-store tastings.

·     We are monitoring our staff for symptoms.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate this challenging time!

403-283-8000

888-283-9004

Store Hours

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Mon – Wed: 10am – 8pm

Thu – Fri: 10am – 9pm

Sat: 10am – 8pm

*All Prices Quoted here are subject to change and do not include GST. In the case of pricing discrepancies, the price at our point of sale will be taken as correct.*

Infrequent Flyers at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Return flights!

Infrequent Flyers

We have secured some final bottles from previous batches from the superb independent bottler, Alistair Walker Whisky Co. Glen Spey, Bowmore, Blair Athol, Orkney…

Shop – Alistair Walker Whisky Co.

Tyndrum Whisky Exclusive GlenDronach 1993 – PRE ORDER Open Now – Scotch Whisky News

TyndrumWhisky.com

Brings you an Exclusive 1993

GlenDronach

The spirit from the 1993 Vintage of GlenDronach is said to be amongst the best released. We were offered this cask, way way back in 2019… after tasting and sampling, we took it. This single cask GlenDronach has been bottled exclusively for TyndrumWhisky.com

One of only 701 bottles available
Cask type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
Cask No: 6732
Aged for 26 years
Distilled: 11th June 1993
Bottled: 2020

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Rich mahogany

Nose: Exquisite balance of bramble and stewed stone fruit with layers of chocolate, honey and truffle.

Palate: Elegant, silken fruit with cherry, plum and grape vines, and a gentle trace of cedar.

Cask Number #6732 – £275

Order Now >

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‘AGED AND CAGED’ 25 YEARS OLD BECOMES THE OLDEST ADDITION TO THE ARDBEG CORE RANGE – Scotch Whisky News

‘AGED AND CAGED’ 25 YEARS OLD BECOMES THE OLDEST ADDITION TO THE ARDBEG CORE RANGE 

Islay Distillery releases old and rare expression which proves that age cannot tame Ardbeg’s smoky power

Ardbeg has released the oldest and most prestigious expression yet to join its permanent range of whiskies.

Ardbeg 25 Years Old is a supreme single malt that proves unequivocally that age cannot tame Ardbeg’s smoky power, but it can yield some of the most complex and majestic flavours ever to emerge from the Distillery. It offers whisky lovers the opportunity to experience Ardbeg at its most intricate, balanced and beguiling.

The spirit was distilled during the 1990s, at a time when Ardbeg Distillery was only producing a trickle of new make spirit every year. Ardbeg from this period is therefore extremely rare, but the whisky creation team deemed that after a quarter of a century, the malt was so exquisite that it should be bottled and released as a permanent expression – albeit in limited quantities.

Fittingly for such a precious whisky, Ardbeg 25 Years Old is presented in a unique gun metal bottle encased in an beautifully intricate metal ‘cage’ – a modern take on the classic Ardbeg knotwork, and symbolic of the untamed complexity of this extraordinary whisky.

Ardbeg’s Whisky Creator, Dr Bill Lumsden, said: “After a quarter of a century in the cask, you’d be forgiven for imagining that Ardbeg 25 Years Old would have lost some of the hallmark Ardbeg smoky punch. I can assure you it hasn’t. And yet there’s also a remarkable complexity and elegance to this whisky that I find utterly captivating. It’s unmistakably Ardbeg, but unlike any Ardbeg you’ve tasted before.”

Ardbeg 25 Years Old is released worldwide this week and available from Clos19.com and whisky specialists, RRP: £710. 

www.ardbeg.com

Follow us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ardbeg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ardbeg_com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ardbeg/ 

NOTES: 

TASTING NOTES

Bottled from incredibly rare casks filled during the 1990s, this supreme expression is Ardbeg at its most intricate, balanced and beguiling.

ABV: 46%

Colour:

Bright Amber

Aroma:

A pungent burst of smoked cream, peppermint and toffee, with Ardbeg’s classic fennel and pine resin. Distant earthy bonfires mix with herbal and fruity (banana and tropical) notes, along with fragrant candle wax.

Taste:

An extremely vibrant, hot peppery mouthfeel leads into a burst of sherbet lemon sweetness (candied apples, pears and orange), hints of carbolic soap and tar, more creamy toffee, aniseed and chilli pepper. 

Finish:

A long, mellow, lingering aftertaste, with lots of cream, fudge and delicate antiseptic notes. An elegant, soothing style of Ardbeg.

RRP: £710 

Ardbeg:

Ardbeg prides itself on being The Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky.  Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction.  Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.

Ardbeg Committee:

The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded in 2000 by the formation of the Ardbeg Committee.  The Committee is made up of thousands of Ardbeg followers worldwide who are keen to ensure that “the doors of Ardbeg never close again”.  Today there are more than 100,000 members of the Ardbeg Committee in over 130 countries.  Committee members are regularly consulted on new bottlings and expressions and are offered exclusive Committee bottlings.  Members also receive invitations to special gatherings, tastings and events.  The Committee, chaired by Mickey Heads, is free to join at ardbeg.com.

Awards:

Ardbeg is the world’s most highly awarded smoky single malt whisky.  Since 2008, Ardbeg has won more than 50 gold and double gold medals in key whisky competitions.  Ardbeg was twice awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards (2010, 2013).  At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’.  The following year, Ardbeg’s expressions took the top three spots in Whisky Advocate magazine’s review of the best single malt Scotch whiskies under US$100.  Meanwhile, both Ardbeg Corryvreckan and Ardbeg Uigeadail have been awarded gold medals at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2019, Dr Bill Lumsden was awarded Master Distiller of the Year for the third time in four years. Ardbeg 10 Years Old also won the Best Single Malt Scotch 10 Year Old at the International Whisky Competition 2019, while the Ardbeg Distillery won the Distillery of the Year 2019. In 2020, the International Whisky Competition awarded Ardbeg Corryvreckan first place for Best Single Malt Scotch, Best Single Malt Scotch (No Age Statement), Best cask Strength (Over 57% ABV), Best Peated Scotch and Best Islay Single Malt. Ardbeg Wee Beastie also earned first place for Best Single Malt Scotch Under 10 Year Old and The Ardbeg Distillery achieved another Distillery of the Year award.

The Glenmorangie Company:

The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers and marketers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Company produces Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt.

Responsible Drinking:

Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

Malt Messenger Bulletin – The Year End Inventory Sale!! – Whisky Sale News

Malt Messenger Bulletin

Our Year End Inventory Sale

It’s that time of year again, the Annual KWM Year-End Inventory Sale is on now!

The sale has become a staple here at KWM, something that our customers wait for with bated breath. The sale’s origins long predate my tenure, which is now in its 18th year. I don’t know exactly when it began, but there is a method to our madness…

We are closed this coming Monday to do a very detailed store-wide inventory count, but before we start, we are going to try and shed some stock. We have sharpened our pencils to offer some amazing deals throughout the store. Some of these deals are so good they won’t last long.

Now through 6 PM Sunday night (January 31st, 2021), you can SAVE 15-50% on all in-stock Wine, 10-40% on most in-stock Whisky and 5-30% on all Other Spirits in-stockr.

There are PDFs linked below for the wines discounted more than 15% and the Whisky & Spirits discounted more than 10%.

You are welcome to shop in-store, but if you are planning to do so, be sure to dress for the weather, you may be asked to wait. We continue to welcome just 6 customers in-store at a time. Please be sure to don a mask, and if you’re not feeling well, stay home!

Our preference continues to be for customers to take advantage of online shopping where possible. The deals are just as good online – exactly the same in fact – and you don’t need to throw your parka on to browse them.

Demand is high, so please be patient. Please wait until you receive confirmation your order is ready before coming in to pick it up. Plan on giving us at least 5-6 business hours to get it ready.

City-wide delivery is available for a $10 fee but is free for orders over $100. We are expecting a lot of demand for delivery next week though, so please be patient!

One last thing, but it is an important one… we’ve added another new Virtual Whisky Tasting… Join us on Thursday, June 11 for Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask. One of our beloved alumni, Hunter Sullivan, is back for a while, and we’re pulling him out of retirement to co-host the Signatory Vintage & the SIngle Cask tasting with me. We have an awesome range, more details below.

Happy Hunting!

Andrew Ferguson

THE YEAR END INVENTORY SALE DETAILS

Just about everything that comes in a bottle or can is on sale this weekend only.

The Sale is in-store and online only. No phone orders, please!

The sale will end promptly at close on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 6 PM, both in-store and online.

Sale pricing will not be carried forward after 6 PM on Sunday, nor will sale pricing be applied retroactively to prior purchases.

We will be CLOSED Monday, February 1st for Inventory.

We will re-open as usual on Tuesday, February 2nd at 10 AM.

Most* in-stock Whisky and Other Spirits are 10-40% off!

Browse Whisky & Spirits Discounted by 15% or More!

BEFORE BROWSING THE DEALS, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

1. Please order using our website or in person at our store. No phone orders, please!

2. We will likely be busy in the store, so please be patient.

3. If you want your items packed for pickup, note demand will be high and there will be delays of up to a week. To focus on the sale, we will not be packing anything for pickup before February 2nd.

4. There are no additional discounts or promotions and the sale prices do not include GST.

5. In the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct.

6. No discounts will be applied retroactively or carried forward past the end of the Sale, AT 6 PM Alberta Time, Sunday, January 31 (in-store and online).

7. Kensington Wine Market will be closed on Monday, February 1st, 2021 for inventory. We will be back to regular hours and open on Tuesday, February 2nd.

ORDER ONLINE HERE

UPCOMING VIRTUAL WHISKY TASTINGS

We are just getting started with the virtual tastings, and we will continue to add tastings to the lineup over the weeks and months ahead.

·     A Zoom link for each of the tastings will be emailed 12-48 hours prior to the tasting.

·     A pick-up date for the samples is indicated for each tasting!

·     Tasting samples can be delivered in Calgary city-limits for a $10 fee, which will be waived for orders over $100.

Cadenhead Original Collection w/ Cameron McGeachy

Date: January 28, 2021 @ 5PM

Cost: $40.00

Pick-up Date: Available Now

Our friend Cameron McGeachy, WM Cadenhead’s Sales Manager, will join us live from Campbeltown, Scotland, as we virtually taste our through the latest Cadenhead whiskies to reach Canada. Cadenhead’s is not only Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, but it is also one of our favourites here at KWM. We’ll be sampling whiskies from Caol Ila, Deanston, Dufftown, Glenrothes, Strathclyde, Tomatin & Tullibardine. The tasting includes 7x 15ml samples.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask

Thursday, February 11th @ 8 PM

$60

We’ve dragged the legendary Hunter Sullivan out of retirement to be Andrew’s co-host for this vertical range tasting highlighting one of our favourite independent bottlers, Signatory Vintage. We will sample 5 different Signatory whiskies, as well as another two from a new-to-Alberta independent bottler, The Single Cask. The tasting includes 7x15ml samples of whiskies aged 20 to 35 years of age from the following distilleries: Ben Nevis, Cameronbridge, Glen Elgin, Glen Keith, Glenburgie, Glentauchers & Strathclyde.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

Boutique-y Whisky Roulette Double Header with Dave Worthington

Dates: February 13, 2021 5PM & February 27, 2021 5PM

Cost: $160.00 (2 Tastings & 7 Whiskies)

Pick-up Date: Available Now!

Only 12 Spots Left!

The boys are back with another Boutique-y Double Header tasting. This time we will be tackling the “Boutique-y Greatest Hits Collection Vol. 1” in a virtual trans-Atlantic game of spin the bottles (the Greatest Hits Collection Spins). The tasting will take part over 2 nights, Saturday, February 13, 5 PM MT and Saturday, February 27, 5 PM MT. On each night we will sample 5 of the 10 50ml bottles in the Greatest Hits Collection, selected at random. Call it Whisky Roulette or Spin the Bottle… We will also sample two bonus drams each night, 28ml samples filled by KWM of 4 other Boutique-y whiskies. Dave Worthington will be our guide, and with a little luck, Sam Simmons will crash the party. 5 PM Saturday, February 13 & 5 PM Saturday, February 27.

*SAMPLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP NOW*

STAY HOME… WE’LL DELIVER!

We Are Offering Some Great Deals

&

Free City-Wide Delivery for Orders Over $100

FREE DELIVERY – We are offering free delivery for orders over $100 placed online or over the phone, and will do our best to deliver within 72 hours.

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

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

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

www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

We will do our best to answer and process as many phone orders as we can. Call us at 403-283-8000.

COVID-19 Precautions at KWM

To protect our staff and customers we have implemented some policies!

Please do not enter the store if:

·     You have returned from Outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks, or you live with someone who has!

·     You are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected to have contracted COVID-19.

If the above applies to you, please order online or by phone and we can deliver!

Precautions we are taking in-store:

·     All of our staff are wearing masks, and we’d appreciate if you would do so too!

·     We are only allowing 6 customers in the store at any given time.

·     We have hand sanitizer throughout the store for the use of customers and staff.

·     We kindly ask that you do not to pick up products unless you intend to purchase them.

·     We are frequently disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and high contact areas within the store.

·     We are also not accepting cash payment at this time.

·     Staff are frequently washing and disinfecting their hands.

·     We have cancelled all in-store tastings.

·     We are monitoring our staff for symptoms.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate this challenging time!

403-283-8000

888-283-9004

Store Hours

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Mon – Wed: 10am – 8pm

Thu – Fri: 10am – 9pm

Sat: 10am – 8pm

*All Prices Quoted here are subject to change and do not include GST. In the case of pricing discrepancies, the price at our point of sale will be taken as correct.*


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