Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger No. 128 by Andrew Ferguson – Resist the FOMO Edition! – FOMO Whisky News

I hope this email finds you well and full of Turkey. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

The Malt Whisky Yearbook 2022 is arriving today, and our KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar is now 80% pre-sold!

A quick update for the upcoming Ultimate Bunnahabhain Tasting, which features 271 years of Bunnahabhain whisky. Mike Brisebois, who recently stepped down as Brand Ambassador for Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory Distilleries, will be joining us as a special guest host!

We are partnering with Prairie Dog Brewing for our first in-person event since March of 2020… Fully vaccinated individuals can register now for Arrrrrrrdbeg Scotchtoberfest, on Saturday, October 23. The event will be the first opportunity to sample the Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg, a limited edition whisky bottled to mark the retirement of Distillery Manage Mickey Heads. Details on the tasting and how to be included in the draw for the bottle can be found below.

In the “what’s new” department, there is much to fill you in on. We have just received the first release of whisky from the Isle of Raasay Distillery to come to Canada. There is also the stunning Peat’s Beast 30 Year Islay Single Malt. We aren’t sure what it is, but it is excellent… seriously good! And from Cadenhead, there is the 7 Stars Blend, which is a reboot of a historic blend by the Campbeltown firm.

There are a pair of new releases of Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Whisky, new releases from Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers and Single Cask Nation, as well as new whiskies and rums from Valinch & Mallet. There is also Kavalan Solist Sherry “Canada Cask,” and a trio of 2 Masters Rums from Dictador, which have actually been here for a while, but we forgot about them!

Arriving soon are some new whiskies from Maltbarn.

Last but not least, we have just been restocked by Glenfarclas and Glengoyne. From the former, 17, 21, 25, 30, and 40-year-olds, and from the latter, 18, 25, and 30-year-olds are back in stock. And one last-minute addition, the Angel’s Envy Bourbon has also just returned. While supplies last.

The new Malt Messenger will be out soon, full of anticipated fall arrivals!

Everything in this Malt Messenger is available for order or pre-order online and is linked. If there are no descriptions or photos on the website, we’ll get caught up soon.

As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the point of sale at KWM will be taken as correct. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or requests (but online ordering works too).

Sincerely,

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

IN THIS EDITION – A Lot…

1. Arrrrrrrdbeg Scotchtoberfest

2. KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar Update

3. The Malt Whisky Yearbook 2021 Is Here

4. Introducing: Raasay Single Malt Whisky

5. Introducing: Peats Beast 30 Year Islay Single Malt

6. Introducing: The Cadenhead 7 Stars Blend

7. Two New Whiskies from Two Brewers

8. New Whiskies From Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

9. New Whiskies From Single Cask Nation

10.  Introducing: Kavalan Solist Sherry Canada Cask

11. New Rums From Dictador

12. COMING SOON: New Whiskies From Valinch & Mallet

13.  COMING SOON: New Whiskies from Maltbarn

14.  COMING SOON: New Rums from Valinch & Mallet

15. Glenfarclas Whiskies Back in Stock

16.  Glengoyne Whiskies Back in Stock

17.  Angel’s Envy Bourbon is Back in Stock

18.  Up-Coming Tastings

ARRRRRRDBEG SCOTCHTOBERFEST

To celebrate the launch of the Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg, which itself marks the retirement of Ardbeg Distillery Manager Mickey Heads, we’ve teamed up with Prairie Dog Brewing and Moet Hennessey Canada, to host an Arrrrrrrdbeg Scotchtoberfest!

Join us on October 23rd for a Scotchtoberfest fusion that would make even groundskeeper Willie proud. Enjoy a cocktail to start, followed by games as you move between four pairing stations, each one featuring either the Ardbeg 10 YO, Uigeadail, An Oa, or the limited edition Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg. Sample a dram of Ardbeg, some Prairie Dog beer and the chef-curated food pairing, and vote for your favourite pairing to win!!

Enjoy patio games, good company and of course, don’t forget your jacket- it is Calgary after all. Each attendee will also get a goodie bag to take home with them!

The event will be held outdoors on their patio (with heaters) weather permitting. Masking is required when not seated. Prairie Dog is participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, so all participants must show proof of vaccination, and are kindly requested not to be a jerk (😉) to enter. So grab your vaccinated friends for an evening like none other!

Participants in the tasting will have an opportunity to put their name in the first draw for a chance to purchase an Ardbeg Arrrrrrdbeg.

I’m sure I’ve opened a can of worms by referencing the Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg at all… but take a deep breath and calm the FOMO. A second draw will be held for all other interested parties in the week following the tasting. You can join the waiting list for the second draw for Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg, if you haven’t already done so, by entering it here.

Tickets for the event are $50 and are only available from Prairie Dog Brewing. Follow the link below to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/who-says-theres-no-such-thing-as-scotchtoberfest-tickets-185000279817

KWM 2021 WHISKY CALENDAR UPDATE

“25 Days of Dram Fine Whisky”, aka the KWM Whisky Calendar is back for the 8th straight year, and we’re finally ready, and thrilled to share this year’s design. As with all past editions it was designed by our own Jean-Paul Berube. We gave him only one word as inspiration for this year’s edition, we wanted it to be heroic, as KWM is closing in on its 30th Anniversary.


At the time of writing, the KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar is 80% pre-sold….

More details available online.

We anticipate the KWM 2021 Whisky Advent Calendars should be ready for pick up in early November. For more details check out the website.

KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar – $435+gst

THE MALT WHISKY YEARBOOK 2021 IS HERE!

Our favourite annual whisky tome is here, the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2022. The book features writeups on most single malt distilleries around the world with a focus on distilleries in Scotland. There are also tasting notes and articles by notable whisky writers.

From the Producer: “Malt Whisky Yearbook has become an authoritative book that whisky enthusiasts worldwide look forward to each autumn. This is the 17th edition – Malt Whisky Yearbook 2022 – revised, fully updated and with new exciting articles.”

“The latest edition also includes articles on:

·     Back To the Future

·     What Is Whisky

·     Japanese Whisky Rules

·     Roasted Malt

·     The Trailblazers of Malt Whisky – innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers!

“And as always fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on whisky distilleries from all over the world, hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included.”

Malt Whisky Yearbook 2022 – $34

INTRODUCING: RAASAY SINGLE MALT

This is the first single malt from the Isle of Raasay Distillery to find its way to Canada, release R-01. Produced from 100% Scottish concerto barley, peated to 48-52ppm and matured in a mix of First fill ex-Rye Whiskey, virgin Chinkapin oak, and first fill Bordeaux red wine. Bottled at 46.4%. The whisky is matured and bottled on the Isle of Raasay without chill filtering or added colouring.

Isle of Raasay Single Malt R-01 – 46.4% – American & Chinkapin Oak & Wine Casks – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: green, grassy and malty; salty and subtly smoky with pickle juice and olive brine; spicy and citrussy with langoustines and kelp drying on the beach. Palate: thick, malty and creamy with building toasted oak, honey, and spices; soft ashy peat with loads more salty tones: olives, langoustines, and beach bonfires; still a touch grassy with leather and dried fruits creeping in; citrus and a bit more pickle juice. Finish: shortish with juicy malt, toasted oak, gentle peat, and spices; a touch of leather along with seafood-y notes and Mezcal. Comment: a promising start and sign of things to come to this malt grows on you with every sip; the unique packaging is pretty cool too; a first-ever trip to Raasay seems to be in order this Spring.” – $100

INTRODUCING: PEAT’S BEAST 30 YEAR

ISLAY SINGLE MALT WHISKY

It is more than a little curious that these undisclosed twenty and thirty-something Islay malts keep popping up. There has been a serious paucity of aged Islay single malts in the last few years, and prices of distillery bottlings have been skyrocketing. So perhaps we shouldn’t be looking the gift horse in the mouth here… getting good Islay malts at a reasonable price is a win-win.

Peat’s Beast 30 Year Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 50.6% – Oak Casks – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: toffee apples, salted caramel, and silky toasted oak; agave nectar and soft fruits: starting with citrus and stone fruits, it is heading in the tropical direction with mango and papaya to boot; dark milk chocolate and horse stables… not necessarily together, nor separate. Palate: soft, smoky and decadent; for a split second it seems very tame, but it quickly builds from there; loads of vanilla, creme brule, and salted caramel; soft clean smoke with a faintly medicinal edge; the fruits hold their own on the bold and decadent palate: dried apricots, baked apple, grilled pineapple, and juicy papaya; the oily smoke at the back end comes with a touch of gunpowder; more dark milk chocolate and Peeking Duck. Finish: long, coating, and decadent with smooth smoke and delicate fruits which leave the palate watering in anticipation of more. Comment: we have no idea what this is… the jury is divided between Lagavulin and Laphroaig, though we are leaning in the direction of the latter; if for no other reason than just pure probability; regardless, it is dangerously drinkable, and quite simply superb.” – $615

INTRODUCING THE CADENHEAD 7 STARS BLEND

Cadenhead 7 Stars is a historic Blended Scotch Whisky, which hasn’t been bottled in decades… until now! The blend is composed of whiskies sourced from all over Scotland, which are then finished in Oloroso sherry casks “giving it a bolder, yet well balanced, flavour.”

Cadenhead 7 Stars Blended Scotch Whisky – 46% – Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Strawberries and cream, Apple crumble, butter biscuits. Flavour: Tangerine skin, Muscovado sugar, ginger snap biscuits. Finish: Raisins, cold cocoa drink, slightly hoppy and zesty.” – $70

TWO NEW WHISKIES FROM TWO BREWERS

Our friends in the Yukon have been busy, with two new releases out.

1. Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 27 – 46% – Matured in ex-Bourbon & Finished 19 Months in Peated Whisky Casks – Producer Tasting Note: “Deep malt aromas rise as misty wafts, quelling the taunting spirit. The cereal weight is evident, rich as buckwheat honey, nuts and nougat engage the palate. Oak and smoke, remnants from peated barrels, brace the continuing composition, absorbing for the attentive listener.” – $105

2. Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 28 – 46% – Finished 2 years in 2nd Fill ex-Sherry Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Note: “The lush aroma is complex, pulpy fruit and granola, opening with a pleasant coating entry. The heart is sweet and savoury, mango and papaya with brine, spice and cane sugar. Mature sherry and Hungarian oak, toasted with cocoa build to a bold and compelling finish.” – $105

NEW WHISKIES FROM:

MORRISON SCOTCH WHISKY DISTILLERS

A new range from Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.
1. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Benrinnes 2008 – 47.5% – 12 Year – First-Fill Hogshead #736 – Producer Tasting Note: “A Dram of this 2008 Benrinnes brings the beautiful warmth of vanilla to your palate, followed by ripe orchard fruits.” – $120

2. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Teaninich 2013 – 47.5% – 8 Year – Red Wine Cask #1455 – Producer Tasting Note: “Hints of red berries and strawberries covered in butterscotch sweetness that gently evaporates towards the end.” – $105

3. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Tormore 2011 – 47.5% – 9 Year – Peated Cask #1308 – Producer Tasting Note: “A delicate balance of smoke covers fresh stone fruit and fresh apples. An interesting hint of smoke from the cask.” – $105

4. Celebration of the Cask Glenlossie 1993 – 49.5 – 27 Year – Bourbon Barrel #185 – Producer Tasting Note: “This 27-year-old Glenlossie is a beautiful summery dram with notes of vanilla, cotton candy and warm peaches.” – $350 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

NEW WHISKIES FROM SINGLE CASK NATION

Single Cask Nation is an American independent bottler of single casks… simple as that!

1. Single Cask Nation Glen Elgin 10 Year – 61.6% – Refill Bourbon Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Honeyed cereals and cooking spices, with spicy caraway and cumin powder popping up along the way. Palate: Chocolate brownie, toasted barley and a touch of peppercorn. Finish: Milky coffee, vanilla blossom and orange oil.” – $105

2. Single Cask Nation Teaninich 13 Year – 56.2% – 2nd Fill Bourbon Cask – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Hazelnut chocolate spread on rye toast, slightly floral barley and some toasted almond flakes. Palate: Still enjoyably nutty, but with fruity hints of lemon and apple coming through.” – $134

3. Single Cask Nation Tomatin 12 Year – 58.1% – Bourbon Barrel – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Quite light and floral, with a touch of spiced fruit compote and cedar. Palate: Sharp green fruit, vanilla, walnut and a very subtle hint of charred oak. Finish: Still packs plenty of vibrant, zesty fruit on the finish.” – $125

INTRODUCING: THE KAVALAN

SOLIST SHERRY CANADA CASK

This is the first Solist Sherry we’ve seen from Kavalan in some time, and it is a single cask bottled exclusively for Canada. One of only 3 released globally.

Kavalan Solist Sherry Canada Cask – 57.1% – Oloroso Sherry Cask – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Clean and complex with multiple layers of dried fruit, nuttiness and spices with some marzipan and vanilla touches to it as well. Palate: Rich, oily and full with pleasant dried fruit and spices that linger on in the mouth plus a hint of fine coffee.” – $230

NEW WHISKIES FROM VALINCH & MALLET

The chaps at Valinch & Mallet don’t believe in writing tasting notes as everyone’s taste is unique. I get that, but it also makes it difficult to understand what you are getting into. This is mildly frustrating, especially when single casks can vary so much. Thankfully the base level of quality from these guys is high!

1. Valinch & Mallet Benriach 12 Year – 52.6% – 2009 – Sherry Hogshead #185 – $164 – Limi 1 Per Customer!

2. Valinch & Mallet Caol Ila 11 Year – 52.4% – 2009 – Bourbon Hogshead #5431 – $162

3. Valinch & Mallet Craigellachie 13 Year – 54.1% – 2007 – Sherry Hogshead Cask 900657 – $164

4. Valinch & Mallet Glenallachie 12 Year – 52.8% – 2009 – Bourbon Hogshead #900354 – $150

5. Valinch & Mallet Glendullan 12 Year – 53.1% – 2009 – Sherry Hogshead – “Unpredictable Ecosystem” by Anne Boleyn – $165 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

6. Valinch & Mallet Glen Keith 22 Year – 52% – 1998 – Bourbon Hogshead Cask #7136 – $396

7. Valinch & Mallet Glentauchers 24 Year – 47% – 1996 – Koval Bourbon Cask #22062 – $325

8. Valinch & Mallet Linkwood 11 Year – 52.9% – 2010 – Sherry Hogshead # 135 – $169

 

NEW WHISKIES FROM MALTBARN

Maltbarn is a German Independent Bottler that bottles their whiskies in the most basic bottles, with a simple but elegant label and no box or tube. In their words: “We don`t care about the latest hype, marketing tricks, or fancy packaging. Instead, we only sell whisky we love to drink ourselves!”

1. Maltbarn Benriach 1995 – 49.1% – 25 Year – Sherry Cask – $448 – 86.61pts

2. Maltbarn Glen Mosset 2013 – 54.2% – 7 Year – Sherry Cask – Suspicion it Could Be Benromach – $188

3. Maltbarn Port Charlotte 2007 – 53.6% – 13 Year – Bourbon Cask – $340 – 87.52pts

4. Maltbarn Old Rhosdu 1993 – 50.8% – 27 Year – Bourbon Cask – $426 – 87.9pts

GLENFARCLAS WHISKIES BACK IN STOCK

Seems Glenfarclas is getting tight on some of their older core skus, a sign of the times it would seem. But one could argue that perhaps their whiskies have been too well priced for too long! Some of them are getting especially tight, including the 17, 21 Year and 40-Year-olds. In fact the 21 might stock out for a couple of years and the 40 is all but certain to go up in price in the near future.

Here’s what just landed:

1. Glenfarclas 17 Year – 43% – Sherry Cask Matured – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: complex with distinctive butterscotch and sherried fruit. Palate: big, full-flavoured, with excellent balance, develops slowly, full of sherry sweet malty tones. Finish: long-lasting and smooth, with a hint of spice and sherry sweetness.” – $130

2. Glenfarclas 21 Year – 43% – Sherry Cask Matured – My Tasting Note: “Nose: buttery, fruity and elegant all at once; I used to think that it was like a warm blueberry pie right out of the oven, but it is more like butterscotch pudding or sticky toffee pudding drowning in cream; some soft leather, spices, and dark fruits–truly a lot going on. Palate: rich, fruity and spicy; still very buttery, and while I can still taste blueberries it is more like wholewheat blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and a side of thick-sliced bacon; leather, tobacco, dark fruits and spices develop. Finish: very long, coating, pleasant and elegant. Comment: this was one of my favourite malts when I just started in the industry 14 years ago, and it still holds up today!” – $170

3. Glenfarclas 25 Year – 43% – Sherry Cask Matured – My Tasting Note: “Nose: peach crumble, decadent vanillans, oranges, mango, and canned pineapple; soft spices, earthy-oaky tones and a hint of pine. Palate: big, rich and very fruity; layers of spices, fruit and balanced oak; more peach crumble, flambéed banana, pineapple, and mango; it tastes old, antique-y: like opening an old book with a sherry in a soft leather armchair. Finish: long, fruity, and rich; the layers continue long into the finish. Comment: not as heavily sherried as I remember older vintages to have been, but more subtle, layered, and complex; a beautiful old malt.” – $278

4. Glenfarclas 30 Year – 43% – Sherry Cask Matured – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Full complex aromas with fruit and full sherried malty tones. Palate: With Sherry, cognac, brandy, fruit, nuts, marzipan (and even icing), this is a wonderfully indulgent Christmas cake, in a glass! Finish: A whisky you never want to end and it very nearly doesn’t. The finish is exquisite with a real taste of burnt chocolate at the back of your mouth.” – $700

5. Glenfarclas 40 Year – 43% – Sherry Cask Matured – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Antique leather, walnuts and chocolate covered raisins. Palate: A sweet initial taste, orange segments, chocolate. Then a lovely flavour of burnt brown sugar. Finished: The dry finish oozes big tannins and more rich dark cocoa beans. Let the whisky breathe a little or add a drop or two of water to fully open up the dram.” – $1300

GLENGOYNE WHISKIES BACK IN STOCK

A few older bottlings of one of our go-to sherried malts are back, in limited quantities. We had an awesome vertical tasting with Gordon Dundas a few weeks back and not surprisingly they all showed really well!

1. Glengoyne 18 Year – 43% – “Matured in 35% 1st Fill European Oak Sherry, 15% 1st Fill American Oak Sherry, and 50% Hand-selected quality Oak Refill casks” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Awash with red apple and ripe melon. Heavenly and well rounded, it drifts into hot porridge topped with brown sugar. Palate: Full bodied, round and rich. At first macerated fruits, marzipan and walnuts; then warm spices, dry cocoa and lingering Seville marmalade. Finish: Long, warm and dry.” – $190

2. Glengoyne 25 Year – 48% – 100% Sherry Oak Matured – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Red Fruits, old leather and brown sugar. Palate: Soft oak, cinnamon, stewed fruits and a Seville marmalade tang. Finish: Very long, with spicy liquorice, slowly drying.” – $520 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

3. Glengoyne 30 Year – 46.8% – 100% Sherry Oak Matured – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Black Cherry, Sherry Trifle, Marmalade, Tea Rose, Rum & Raisin Chocolate. Palate: Burst of sweetness changing quickly to Plum compote, Cinnamon, Cloves and Tangy Marmalade. Finish: Soft Oak dryness and Cinnamon.” – $1100 – Limit 1 Per Customer!

ANGELS ENVY BACK IN STOCK

At long last Angel’s Envy Bourbon has finally arrived in Alberta. Finished in Port Casks before bottling at 43.3%.

Producer Description: “Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. We guide each batch’s conditioning, blending our handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time. It’s typically aged for up to 6 years. While we lose about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share,” what’s left behind after we’re done is truly worthy of envy.

“Once it’s deemed ready, we finish our bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. Our port finishing process lasts between three to six months, depending on taste. We use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness, and balance.”

Angel’s Envy Bourbon – 43.3% – Port Cask Finish – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: You’ll detect notes of subtle vanilla, raisins, maple syrup, and toasted nuts. Palate: Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast, and bitter chocolate. Finish: Clean and lingering sweetness with a hint of Madeira that slowly fades.” – $70 – Limit 1 Per Customer!UPCOMING KWM VIRTUAL WHISKY TASTINGSWe have a pretty packed tasting schedule over the next two months, and we are now starting to roll out some November events. This is just the first 5 (technically 2 are in October…), and don’t be surprised if we slip in a few more!

Wine vs Whisky with Abi & Evan

·     Date: Friday, October 22

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $55

·     Pick-Up Date: Day of the tasting! Friday, October 22

·     Only 3 spots left!

Abi knows Wine.

Evan knows Whisky.

What would happen if they switched roles?

For this tasting, Evan will select and talk about samples of wine while Abi will take charge on the whisky side, choosing three samples as well. Worlds will collide on this wine and whisky tasting. Which choices will come on top?

Included in the tasting kit:

– 3x 1.7 oz / 50 ml samples of wine

– 3x 0.5 oz / 15 ml samples of whisky

– A few small Halloween-themed snacks for pairing.

This offers enough of a sample size for all the singles out there. Those of you making a date night out of it might want to purchase two kits.

*Because the wine is a bit more perishable than the whisky, we will not be pouring it into sample bottles until the day of the tasting. Samples will not be ready for pickup until the day of the tasting*

Cooper’s Choice Curiosities

·     Date: Tuesday, October 26

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $40

·     Pick-Up Date: Available NOW

Having recently received a curious parcel of bottlings from Cooper’s Choice, we knew we’d have to build a tasting around them. For one, there are a pair of Secret bottlings, one each from the Lowlands and Islay, and the Ileach is believed to come from a distillery that rhymes with Lardbeg! Also from the Lowlands, a region we rarely talk about, there is the first bottling we’ve ever seen from the new (established 2015) InchDairnie Distillery… and adding to the intrigue it is a peated Lowland single malt! We’ll also be sampling a 25 year old Old Rhosdhu, an intriguing Blended Malt, a Caol Ila and a late teens Ardmore. Expectations are high for this rag tag bag of drams! 8PM Tuesday October, 26.

Rare Malts: Single Casks & Small Batch Bottlings

·     Date: Tuesday, November 2

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $60

·     Pick-Up Date: September 15

·     Only 8 Spots Left!

The allure of this tasting should be almost self-explanatory… It is a range of Rare and Limited Edition malts, that we are dying to share with you. We will be sampling the Daftmill 2009, Ardnamurchan Paul Lanois, Compass Box Menagerie, and Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak as well as three brand spanking new KWM exclusive casks from Berry Bros. & Rudd: Orkney 2003 (Highland Park), Blended Malt 1999 (who knows what this is… and who cares? it’s awesome!), and Tormore 1995. None of the whiskies in this range have ever appeared in a prior KWM tasting, save perhaps the Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak, and I’d wager it’s been at least 10-12 years since we’ve cracked a bottle of that! 8PM Tuesday, November 2.

Evan Even More Blinded By Bourbon

·     Date: Tuesday, November 9

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $45

·     Pick-Up Date: October 22

Evan loves his Bourbon, and everybody enjoys blind tastings, so we are pairing the two ideas up once more. This time around we will be including 8 different samples of American Bourbon and Rye to taste through and talk about. Evan won’t say exactly what is in the lineup, but there are at least 3 limited releases that never even hit our store shelves in the mix this time around, a new bottling of an old favourite, and more. Grab your tickets while you can because these Bourbon tastings tend to sell out quickly!

The Ultimate Bunnahabhain Tasting 271 Years

·     Date: Thursday, November 25

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $300

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

A few of our team here, independently noted that we have a lot of old Bunnahabhains right now, and I mean a lot. There are the 43 and 44-year-old Director’s Special bottlings, 40 and 42-year-old Signatory Vintage bottlings and the Port Askaig 45 Year (also a Bunna) is returning this Fall. Add to that a Boutique-y Bunnahabhain 27 Year and a Bunnahabhain 30 Year OB I tucked away for a tasting, because there wasn’t enough to sell, and we had 271 years of Bunnahabhain just begging to be tasted… we couldn’t let this opportunity slip by without having an Ultimate Bunnahabhain Tasting! 8 PM, Thursday, November 25.

The Kinship Collection 2020 – 178 Years

·     Date: Tuesday, November 30

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $200

·     Pick-Up Date: Available NOW

It is likely someone will eventually purchase a full set of the Kinship Collection 2020 from us… but we won’t be selling two! That’s because one of those sets is going to get cracked for a tasting. How can it not?! The set is comprised of a 28-year-old Ardbeg and 30-year-old whiskies from Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Highland Park and Laphroaig. In all, it is 178 years of Islay malts & Highland Park. Reviews of the range are not so shabby either, averaging 90+pts on Whisky Base.

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