Ballot: Bowmore x Aston Martin 21 Year Old Masters’ Selection at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

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Bowmore x Aston Martin

The Masters’ Selection by Bowmore is where two worlds collide. This limited edition 21-year-old is a stunning collaboration between Ron Welsh, Bowmore’s Master Blender, and Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, each of them a master of their own art. Register your interest at the ballot link below and we will then contact all successful entrants with a link to buy.


Bowmore x Aston Martin
Masters’ Selection 21 Year Old

‘The Golden Ratio’ is at the heart of every Aston Martin design – a principle that they believe achieves balance and beauty from any angle. Bowmore were hugely inspired by this approach to creativity, crafting the Masters’ Selection which comprises a base of 21-year-old Bowmore matured in first fill Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, with an additional four casks selected for a strong influence of European fortified wines.

This special single malt is bottled at a cask strength of 51.8% abv for optimal flavour experience. The nose leads with aromatic Manuka honey and toasted hazelnuts alongside leather and tobacco, before a warming palate with vibrant sherry notes, a punch of Islay peat smoke, dark chocolate and tangy cherries. The finish lingers with woody spice and satisfyingly sweet coconut.

Bowmore x Aston Martin 21 Year Old Masters’ Selection


The Whisky Lounge “Festive Festival in a Box 2021” – Whisky Lounge News

Welcome to our first and soon to be annual Festive Festival in a Box!

We have put this exclusive pack together, very much with Christmas in mind – to put a big smile on your face, or that of a loved one!

Within our new gift pack, is everything needed to have the most incredible whisky Xmas ever…

  • 23 Amazing whisky and spirit samples, from all over the world
  • 1 Glencairn Whisky Tasting glass – the best glass for tasting whisky
  • 1 Pre-mixed Old-Fashioned – perfect for de-stressing, post Xmas dinner!
  • 1 packet of popcorn and Hawkhead whisky-smoked seasoning – perfect with said Old-Fashioned!

And as if this wasn’t enough, every recipient gets access to over 12 hours of new video content, with exclusive interviews and tastings with the very producers of the whiskies included in the pack!

This should keep even the most dedicated of whisky-lovers happy and busy for the whole Xmas week and beyond!

The whiskies featured are from some of our favourite distillers and have been hand-picked by us. The Festive Festival in a Box gives any whisky-lover the chance to explore whiskies, and even other spirits, from some familiar, and unfamiliar names, from Japan, Ireland, Wales, the USA, Scotland and even England!

Our Black Friday offer to you is a simple one! You can buy 1 or more Festive Festival in a Boxes for 25% less than the full price, using the code below. That’s a saving of nearly £20!

The code you need (when checking out) is:
Simply click on the button below.

If you want to pass this email and code onto any deserving friends or family, please do!

We are working with a new (to us) fulfilment partner and we are confident these will be delivered to you, or your nominated addressee, well before Xmas day.

Video content will be made available from Xmas day onward!

BUY NOW – Festive Festival in a Box 2021


The Whisky Exchange “Win our biggest-ever tasting set – The Perfect Measure Giveaway” – Whisky Giveaway News


You may have noticed that Christmas is approaching. While we’ve got loads of great things happening on our website – and you can find them through our Christmas page – we also have lots going on in our London shops, including one of our biggest giveaways ever: three lucky winners will start the new year with hundreds of tasty things things to drink…

The Perfect Measure…to share?

For the whole of December, each of our three London shops will have a big box of bottles for visitors to admire. Each will be filled with samples from The Perfect Measure, our Fine Christmas Malt 2021 and a handful of deliberately deceptively sized boxes and baubles, and your mission is simple: guess how many samples there are in the box. The prize? The contents of the box.

Each shop has its own box, each with a different number of Perfect Measures, and you can make a guess for each one – that’s three chances to win a huge pile of tasty drinks. There’ll be a QR code to scan in-store to take you to the competition sign-up page, and once you’ve popped in your email and made a guess, you’ll be in with a chance of winning.

What’s in the box?

Not only have we grabbed currently available samples from across The Perfect Measure range, but we’ve also dug deep into the archive, and raided my own stash of long sold-out bottles.

We’ve got drams from closed distilleries like Imperial, sought-after favourites including a few 1996 Ben Nevises (Ben Nevii?), and a stack of no-longer-available TWE-exclusive bottlings that I’d been saving for a special occasion. That occasion is this December.

On top of all of that, each box will contain a sample of the recently released (and sold out) Karuizawa 34 Year Old Ruby Geisha. The penultimate entry in the Karuizawa Geisha range, it and its sister bottling were sold by ballot, with the 34yo commanding a price of £18,000. Based on bottle price alone, a 3cl sample is worth more than £771.

Get to the shops!

So, if you want to be in with a chance of winning our biggest-ever tasting set, head down to our London shops this December. You can find out where the shops are, when they’re open and how to drop them a line over on our website:

Covent GardenGreat Portland StreetLondon Bridge

Good luck and happy counting!



Seven Barton 1792 Bourbons Awarded Gold Medals

BARDSTOWN, KY (Oct. 28, 2021) – Barton 1792 Distillery bourbons received 10 medals at the 2021 Spirits Business Luxury Masters. Two of those medals were Master medals, awarded to Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon and Thomas S. Moore Chardonnay Finished Bourbon, both limited extended cask finished bourbons released at the end of 2020. Distillery bourbons also received seven Gold medals and one Silver medal.

Master medals went to

  • Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon
  • Thomas S. Moore Chardonnay Finished Bourbon

Gold medals went to

  • 1792 Small Batch
  • 1792 Single Barrel
  • 1792 Full Proof
  • 1792 Aged 12 Years
  • 1792 Bottled In Bond
  • Thomas S. Moore Port Finished Bourbon
  • Early Times Bottled In Bond

Silver medal went to

  • Early Times

The Luxury Masters competition, chaired by The Spirits Business and judged by a panel of leading spirits specialists via blind tasting, aims to find and reward the finest luxury spirits brands. A full list of results for the 2021 Luxury Masters can be found at

For more information about Barton 1792 brands, please visit

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year for 2020.  To learn more visit

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Win a bottle of Fiona Macleod 33 Year Old worth £410 at The Whisky Shop! – Scotch Whisky News

Win a bottle of Fiona Macleod 33 Year Old!

Our latest Golden Dram giveaway features The Character of Islay range – any purchase of Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old (currently reduced to £38.95) will be entered into a draw to win a bottle of Fiona Macleod 33 Year Old worth £410! You have until 30th November or whilst stocks last – worth a shot isn’t it?

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Malt Messenger No. 131 by Andrew Ferguson – 4 New Exclusive Casks & Much More! – Whisky More News

It has been a busy week and a half since our Fall Super Sale. We are nearly caught up with packing, but due to seasonal demand there is still a bit of a wait. And all but a couple of dozen of the KWM 2021 Whisky Calendars have been picked up. If you purchased a KWM 2021 Whisky Calendar and you haven’t yet arranged pick-up, you may want to do so soon… Advent is less than a week away.

There are lots of bottles to pique your interest in this edition of the PCU. For starters, we have two new casks to fill you in on. Our 12th Arran exclusive single cask arrived over the weekend, and it is a stunner. The 11-year-old is beautifully sherried and moderately peated. It is a marriage made in heaven, and if doesn’t sell out before Christmas I’ll be surprised!

Speaking of selling out before Christmas, one of our two new Gordon & MacPhail casks is also not expected to last long. We only yesterday received a 2007 Clynelish matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead and a 1998 Mortlach matured in First Fill ex-Bourbon, both bottled under the Connoisseurs Choice range.

We also have a Tomatin 2009 Private Cask, bottled for a Canadian regiment. A portion of the sales from every bottle sold will be donated to the Veterans Foodbank of Calgary.

Fun fact: both the Arran and Tomatin casks were bottled on the same day! This doesn’t actually mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but it was interesting to see (at least to Evan)!

On the new whisky front, we have whiskies from BenRiach, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Bushmills, Eau Claire, Burwood, and Smokehead to fill you in on. There are also new 2021 Distillers Editions from Lagavulin, Oban and Talisker. Not to mention, we have a handsome new giftpack, the Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke, arriving on the weekend.

We also have a few new and returned whiskies we are only offering by ballot. There are a pair of whiskies each from both Nikka and Springbank., which are in the first ballot. The second ballot is for Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Batch 3. Please don’t ask me to include you in the draws, kindly do it yourself. It only takes a minute, and my time, like yours, is valuable too! Details below.

We also just received a new shipment from the Arran Distillery, and a quartet of popular releases have returned. Also a sherried Bunnahabhain.

Everything in this PCU, with the exception of the draws, is available for order or pre-order online and is linked.

We have three other KWM exclusive casks arriving soon, details to be released in the next PCU. But if you can’t wait until then, they will be in the next Malt Messenger.

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).


Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market


1. New Arran 2009 KWM Cask

2. Two New Gordon & MacPhail KWM Casks

3. Tomatin Cask for a Cause

4. Lismore 21 Year is Back!

5. Introducing: BenRiach Batch 17 2008 Cask 5813

6. Introducing: Glenfiddich 23 Year Grand Cru

7. Introducing: Glenmorangie 18 Azumo Makoto

8. Introducing: Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke

9. Introducing: Bushmills Causeway Collection 10 Year

10. Introducing: Eau Claire Single Malt Batch 005

11. Introducing: Burwood The Bee Whisperer Single Malt

12. New 2021 Distiller’s Editions

13. Two New Smokeheads

14. Available By Ballot

15.Arran Whiskies Back In-Stock

16. Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Back & Limited

17. Upcoming Tastings

18. Currently On Sale – The Sale After the Sale


This is our 12th KWM exclusive Arran single cask, 13th if you count the cask we did for the Companions of the Quaich…It was distilled in 2009 and matured in a single Sherry Hogshead cask #838, before botting at 11 years and 57.1%. At the bargain price of $125, this is a cracker of a dram!

Arran 2009 KWM Cask 838 – 57.1% – 11 Year – Sherry Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: dunnage warehouses and sherry casks; soft leather, Christmas cake, and dark chocolate rise first, followed by Christmas spices, juicy malt, and a hint of peat; Wine Gums and Jujubes to round things out. Palate: rich, earthy, and malty with a lovely balance of sherry and peat; more Christmas cake, polished new leather, Dominican cigars, and espresso beans; dark baker’s chocolate, more Jujubes, and Wine Gums with a touch of tropical fruits too: mango and papaya; spices galore: Christmas baking spices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Finish: long, coating, and rich with layers of peat, chocolate. spices and fruits. Comment: tasted blind you might be tempted to think this is an old Ileach; it is hard to believe this is just 11 years old as it has the elegance of a much older whisky; a fine balance of gentle peat, sherry, and malt; with the bottled product finally here, nearly 9 months after we first selected the cask, I can see clearly why we were so excited about this young Arran!” – $125


It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had the privilege of bottling a Gordon & MacPhail cask, and we have not one, but two. We selected these casks nearly 10 months ago, and we are thrilled to finally have them…just in time for Christmas. And they were totally worth the wait!

G&M Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish 2007 KWM Cask – 56.5% – 13 Year – Refill Sherry Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: nutty with dark chocolate, Christmas cake, and cigar tobacco; maple syrup, candied nuts, Caramilk, and honeycomb; Glosset Raisins, sticky toffee pudding, and jammy fruits: strawberry and raspberry. Palate: rich, fruity, and decadent; more maple syrup, sticky toffee pudding in treacle sauce with vanilla bean ice cream and Christmas cake; more Glosset raisins, figs dipped in honey and date squares; still jammy, more raspberries, strawberries, and apricots too; building earthy sherry tones: espresso beans, candied nuts, and dunnage warehouse tones; more leather and tobacco and some late coating waxy tones.

Finish: long, coating, fruity, and elegantly sherried; waxy notes poke out from beneath gentle leather, chocolate, tobacco, and spices.

Comment: Wow; this is quite simply superb… the sherry notes are rich but balanced; there was a faint hint of struck matches when I first poured it, but that blew off almost instantly; I could wax on–see what I did there–but just trust me on this… you need one!” – $155 – Limit 2 Per Customer!

G&M Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1998 KWM Cask – 58% – 22 Year – First Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel – My Tasting Note: “Nose: agave nectar, Sauternes, and foie gras… damn this has me craving foie gras and sauternes; a touch waxy, coconut icing sugar and Wine Gums; floral with soft toasted oak, candied lemon, and moving into tropical fruits: ripe pineapple, kiwi and guava. Palate: soft, fruity and floral; still waxy with more decadent agave nectar and Sauternes; I don’t find foie gras on the palate, but definitely some sweet and sour pork… a gentle nod to Mortlach’s classic meaty note coming through? loaded with fruit, melons, apricot, kiwi, and pineapple; toasty with Wine Gums, and sweet spices.

Finish: warming and decadent with fading spices and tropical fruit; medium-long, soft, and coating. Comment: this is bright, elegant, fruity, and decadent; not the meaty-sulphury Mortlach you’re used to; a stunning twenty-two-year-old tropical fruit bomb!  – $300



This 2009 Tomatin cask was selected with the assistance of KWM and bottled for the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s). It is an Oloroso Sherry Hogshead, Cask 3450, bottled after 12 years at 59.6%. The regiment and its friends took most of the cask, but we have some bottles to offer in-store, and that gave us an idea. We know the Calgary Veterans Food Bank is struggling this year, so we thought we might be able to use the bottles we have to raise a little money for Veterans in need. So, for every bottle of this whisky bought between November 19 and December 19, we will donate $15 to the Veterans Foodbank of Calgary.

Tomatin 2009 Private Cask 3450 – 59.6% – 12 Year – Sherry Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: cedar shakes, Christmas spices, dark chocolate and candied nuts; earthy with firm leather, candied ginger and cinnamon sticks. Palate: big, rich, and spicy with a backbone of sweet nutty sherry; maple syrup, Christmas cake and mulled cider; warming with Caramilk, more candied ginger, Cherry Heering, and Jujubes. Finish: decadent, warming, and spicy; more Christmas cake, Cherry Heering, nutty sherry, and chocolate. Comment: this is unapologetically sherried but balanced, and without flaws; a lovely dram!” – $145 – $15 Per Bottle to the Veterans Food Bank Calgary!


No matter how you look at it, this is an excellent value for a 21-year-old single malt whisky! Bottled at 43%, this mystery “Highland” (we suspect it is actually Glenfarclas from the Speyside)!

Lismore The Legend 21 Year – 43% – My Tasting Note – 2021 – Lot 07-04-21: “Nose: polished oak pews, brandy-soaked cherries, Wine Gums and leather; goat’s milk dark chocolate, candied nuts, and marzipan; fruity pipe tobacco, oranges, and sliced melons. Palate: rich, fruity, and floral with a warm, buttery mouthfeel; still oaky, with more polished oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean; creme caramel and dulce de leche with mandarin orange and brandy-soaked cherries; more tobacco, dark chocolate, and leather to boot. Finish: medium in length it coats the palate with warm spices, creamy vanilla, and soft fruits. Comment: not as sherried as the last batch I tasted, but more elegant and complex; the origins of this whisky are not entirely clear, though the brand is owned by a famous distillery on the Ballindalloch Estate!” – $165



We’ve been waiting more than 2 years for this expression to hit our shores. I remember sampling it at Whisky Live Paris in 2019, where it was flowing like water… Matured in Bourbon & Sherry, this whisky was then finished in “French Cuvee casks” (translation Champagne).

Producer Description

“This exclusive Glenfiddich expression has been matured for 23 years in American and European oak casks and elegantly finished in rare French Cuvee casks. The finest flavours from Scotland and France have been fused together through the art of experimentation, to redefine moments of celebration and create a new and extraordinary drinking experience.”

Glenfiddich 23 Year Grand Cru – – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Apple blossom, freshly baked bread and candied lemon. Taste: Layers of rich vanilla oak, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape. Finish: Long, opulent and sweet.” – $575 – Limit 1 Per Customer



The glory days of KWM struggling to make room on the shelf for 16 different BenRiach single casks are sadly long gone. BenRiach is no longer parcelling out their batch release single casks to every market. Rather they are selecting exclusive casks, such as this 12-year-old, bottled exclusively for Canada. There is good news here though, we pushed back on the first price offer, and can take some credit for this whisky being $60-70 less expensive than it might otherwise have been.

BenRiach Batch 17 2008 Cask 5813 – 61.3% – 12 Year – Sauternes Barrique – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: honey, apricot and stewed plum, with fleshy orange, mixed nut and tropical fruit. Taste: sweet mandarin orange, lemon curd and ground nutmeg with lingering ginger and toasted malt.” – $215



A beautiful limited edition collaboration between floral artist Azuma Makoto. Limit 1 per customer!

Producer Description

“Captivated by the scents he found in our 18 Year Old’s bouquet, the floral artist likened our single malt to the wonder of a flower in bloom. He explains: “It begins with rich, rounded aromas of dried fruits and honey, then unfurls into a bouquet of geranium, tuberose and jasmine. They dance on the tongue with honeysuckle and sweet pea, figs and nuts until the blossoms fade into a sweet and lingering finish. As Azuma Makoto translated the whisky’s delicious bourbon cask softness and sweet, Oloroso sherry cask hints, he drew on the beauty of almost 100 different blooms from across the world. He coaxed each one into blossom at his Tokyo studio for his floral masterpiece Dancing Flowers of Glenmorangie, which we share in this wondrous limited edition.”

Glenmorangie Azuma Makoto – 43% – ex-Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry – Producer Tasting Note: “Aroma: Rich, rounded and sweet with dried fruit and complex floral notes such as geranium, jasmine and narcissus. Taste: A silky balance of honey, malt and a host of flowers including tuberose, sweet pea and honeysuckle. Rich figs and dates emerge with a hint of wood smoke in the background. Finish: Long and enticing with the sweetness of dried fruit and subtle dryness of Oloroso nuttiness.” – $170 – Limit 1 Per Customer!


This charming little set consists of 3 200ml hip flask bottles of Ardbeg: Wee Beastie, 10 Year, and An Oa.

Producer Description “Containing a 20 cL bottle each of Ardbeg’s iconic smoky single-malt whiskies, the Monsters of Smoke trio unleashes flavour in a big way. Each collectable bottle is decorated with a unique artwork hiding beneath the label. Peel to reveal yours. Includes the flagship Ardbeg Ten Years Old, the feisty and youthful Ardbeg Five Years Old Wee Beastie and Ardbeg An Oa, an incredibly complex Islay scotch finished in three different types of cask.”

Summarized Producer Tasting Notes:

1. Ardbeg Ten Years Old – A veritable explosion of flavours includes lime juice, black pepper and cinnamon-spiced toffee, which precede smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants.

2. Ardbeg Five Years Old Wee Beastie – Rich and textured, with chocolate, tar and cracked black pepper in the mouth. The finish is long with hints of fudge and savoury meats.

3. Ardbeg An Oa – On the palate, this is a smooth and creamy whisky, with flavours of chocolate, toffee and smoky spices, all balanced by a lingering, smoothly sweet finish.

Order Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke$65


This limited edition 10-year-old Bushmills has been bottled under the Causeway Collection, a reference to the nearby Giant’s Causeway. The whiskey was matured in Bourbon & Sherry before finishing in Cognac casks.

Bushmills 10 Year Causeway Collection Cognac Finish – 46% – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Aromas of rounded sweet-spicy wood. Palate: With a deep rich dried fruit character, hints of pear and almond combine with a warming sweet vanilla spice and cinnamon undertones. Finish: Exceptionally long with complex wood flavour lingering on the palate.” – $84



Batch 005 is here! Made from 100% malted Alberta barley, and matured in New European (Hungarian Oak), Ex-Bourbon (American Oak), and Ex-Sherry (French Oak), it has been bottled at 43%.

Distiller Caitlin Quinn’s Notes: “Batch #005 is a throwback to Batch #002 (many people’s favourite batch) with the reintroduction of ex-sherry casks within this blend. As with other batches the use of ex-bourbon and new European (Hungarian oak) barrels is still apparent but complemented by the increase in sherry content in this batch vs batch #002. Notes of cherry and peaches on the nose are apparent from the influence of the sherry casks with the underlying apple flavour from all our batches manifesting as a stewed apple aroma coming through in this batch. Batch #005 is an outstanding addition to our whisky portfolio and I believe this will turn out to be a lot of people’s favourite batch so far. I’m excited to see the feedback from this release and hope everyone loves it as much as we do at Eau Claire!”

Eau Claire Single Malt Batch 005 – 43% – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Red fruit, burnt sugar, graham cracker, dark chocolate. Taste: Nutty, white pepper, biscuit, and sweet toffee. Finish: Long warm finish, slight drying tannic effect.” – $105



The second release of actual whisky we’ve seen from Calgary’s Burwood Distillery pays homage to the barley farmer and the beekeeper.

Producer Description: “Here, we pay homage to two of Alberta’s most treasured resources: the barley farmer and the beekeeper. A truly novel marriage between our rich, full-bodied single malt whisky and our distilled, barrel-aged local honey spirit. Consider it an invitation to fall in love with Alberta’s famed farming heart.”

Burwood The Bee Whisperer – 46% – Producer Tasting Note: “Smooth and iconic. Fruity single malt whisky flavours shine in the forefront, but upon careful tasting, notes of wildflowers, honeysuckle, and a warming caramel character dance across the palate.” – $70



For the first time possibly ever, Diageo Canada has launched some of their annual Distillers Editions, in the year they were bottled… quite a novelty. It is especially exciting for stores like ours, who have supported the brands for years, but who get paid lip service by the importer…

Maybe we need to sell Crown Royal Apple and Smirnoff Vodka flavours to be on their radar. Look for an offer on both of these fine products in the next PCU!

1. Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2021 – 43% – Distilled in 2006 – Double Matured in ex-bodega Pedro Ximenez Casks – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Satisfying and enticing; intense peat, vanilla. A raisiny sweetness checks the smoke. Crisp, roasty malt. Palate: Sweet and luscious; clear malt, smoke fills the mouth. Very salty tang; coffee, vanilla, a glimmer of fruit. Finish: Incredibly long, even for Islay. Fruit, peat, and long-lasting oak. Very engaging and enjoyable.” – $172

2. Oban Distillers Edition 2021 – 43% – Distilled in 2007 – Finished in Montilla Fino Sherry Casks – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Outstanding. Fruity and pungent; salty sea breezes, grapes, orange, hints of smoke – massively complex. Palate: Most explosive Oban ever. Soft malt, wave upon wave of delicate yet rich fruit carried on a salty tide. Finish: Sweetened Jamaican coffee and oak, with an attractive malt-biscuit effect as it dies down.” – $160

3. Talisker Distillers Edition 2021 – 45.8% – Distilled in 2011 – Finished in Amoroso Sherry Casks – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Remarkable; the stuff of legend. Very well focused. Wonderful grapey sultana sweetness. Clean, tempting. Palate: Magnificent; crisp peat softens to enormous richness, then wafts around sweet, roasted malt, leaving a heathland dryness. Wood controls the pepper; luscious, slightly oily sweetness; ripe, juicy fruit. Finish: Deep cocoa, vanilla and lingering, earthy peat. Very engaging; great sweet-dry balance, led by sweetness.” – $122




Smokehead is a mystery Islay single malt brand that has long had a devoted following. Maybe that’s because the whisky is rumoured to hail from the Ardbeg Distillery, or maybe it’s because it tastes like that. In any case, where once there was only one expression, now there are four.

Last month we introduced the Smokehead High Voltage, which is currently exclusive to KWM. Now we have two more expressions to share, one finished in rum, the other sherry, and they are both on sale!

1. Smokehead Rum Rebel Islay Single Malt – 46% – Finished in Rum Casks – Not a Committee Release, but a DRUM you can actually get your hands on? Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Hanging out in Caribbean rum casks gives this Smokehead a jolt of immense smoke and fiery peat, followed by soothing citrus and tropical fruits. And is that marshmallow and bacon in there…? Palate: Face down a fearlessly rich and peaty punch, thick oils and bracing sea spray, tempered with dried spices, banana and dark wood. Finish: The safety of dry land is in sight. Notes of caramel and cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, add a delicate contrast to the lingering smokiness.” – $91 – SAVE 15% – Now $77.34

2. Smokehead Sherry Bomb Islay Single Malt – 48% – Finished in Sherry Casks. Possibly found ageing away in a Dark Cove somewhere. Worth an Uigeadail ogle if you haven’t grabbed one already. Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Thick peat lets you know you’ve got a serious Islay single malt on your hands. Then a fruitier, creamier feel – soft rich oak, soothing custard and vanilla. But don’t get comfortable – this is only the beginning. Palate: Tie yourself down and wait for the hit of oily black smoke, with a rich, heavy mouthcoating peaty feel. Then along comes a sweet sticky flavour of barbecued banana (yes, really), tangy sultanas and dried fruits. Told you it was different. Finish: The peat returns, just as you hoped/feared it would. This time it’s brought some authentic Spanish sherry oakiness with it, pleasingly and disturbingly sweet. And one last sharp salty reminder that you’re not dealing with the ordinary here.” – $115 – SAVE 15% – Now $97.74




Sometimes we just have a feeling that demand will far exceed supply, and in that case ‘first come first serve’ isn’t fair. So the only option left, no matter how unpalatable, is to draw names by ballot. Accordingly, we will draw names next week for 4 whiskies. The first duo will likely make sense, as they are limited edition Japanese whiskies. The other two will likely come as a surprise, as for most of the last 18+ years they have been a staple on the shelves here at KWM.

Demand for Springbank is through the roof, and supply has been trending in the other direction, at the same time that more and more retailers want in on the action. Like it or not, Springbank 10 and 15-year-olds are now only available by ballot!

1. Nikka Miyagikyo Peated Limited Edition – 48% – Producer Description: “This limited edition of Miyagikyo single malt was introduced in 2021 as the first of the “Nikka Discovery” series. In anticipation of Nikka Whisky’s 90th Anniversary, the series offers an inside look at the various experiments in the whisky-making process that Nikka has practiced over the years. This expression is crafted solely from batches of peated malt, offering a significant distinction from the “light and fruity” image of Miyagikyo. It showcases the exquisite combination of bold, distinctively peaty notes while leaving its signature estery hint in the aftertaste.” – $240 – Available by Ballot

2. Nikka Yoichi Unpeated Limited Edition – 47% – Producer Description: “This limited edition of Yoichi single malt was introduced in 2021 as the first of the “Nikka Discovery” series. In anticipation of Nikka Whisky’s 90th Anniversary, the series offers an inside look at the various experiments in the whisky-making process that Nikka has practiced over the years. This expression is comprised solely of unpeated malts as opposed to the preconceived “peaty” image of Yoichi. It offers a delicate balance of bright fruitiness and rich mouthfeel, along with its distinctive smokiness generated by coal-fired distillation.” – $240 – Available by Ballot

3. Springbank 10 Year – 46% – Bourbon & Sherry Casks – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Orchard fruit (pear) with a hint of peat, vanilla and malt. Palate: Malt, oak, spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla essence. Finish: Sweet, with a lingering salty tingle.” – $95 – ETA December – Available by Ballot

4. Springbank 15 Year – 46% – Bourbon & Sherry Casks – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Demerara sugar, dark chocolate, Christmas cake, almonds, toffee, oak. Palate: Creamy, raisins, dark chocolate, figs, marzipan, brazil nuts and vanilla. Finish: Oak and sherry notes sustain and mingle with hints of leather.” – $130 – ETA December Available by Ballot

The above 4 whiskies are only available by entering the ballot linked below. Please click the link and enter your details. Kindly do not email me asking to enter you in the ballot. It takes less than a minute to fill out!




We are also holding a ballot, for a chance to purchase a bottle of Ardbeg 19 Year Traigh Bahn Batch 3. Again, supply is expected to greatly exceed demand. As always, if you’ve managed to acquire a bottle elsewhere, kindly stay out of this draw…

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Batch 3 – 46.2% – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: In this whisky, faint waves of scented woodsmoke mingle with sea spray and pine resin. Wisps of aniseed toffee and sweet lilies follow on the breeze while fresh citrus zest laps over notes of cayenne pepper. With a splash of water, waxy notes and charcoal flow into droplets of classic Sherry and linseed oil. Palate: A rush of rich, sappy textures is followed moments later by classic sweet smokiness. Tarry rope and treacle toffee plunge the palate into a second wave of soot and aniseed twists. Smoke bobs on the horizon, while smoked brown sugar, walnuts and spices gently dissolve away. Finish: A long, unhurried finish carries bitter almonds and clove in its wake, before slowly drifting away.” – $300 – Available by Ballot



In addition to our KWM Casks, we’ve received a top-up of some popular releases from the Isle of Arran Distillery.

1. Arran Quarter Cask – 56.2% – 125L American Oak Casks – Bottled 26/03/21 – More Details on Our Website – $85

2. Arran Sherry Cask “The Bodega” – 55.8% – Sherry Hogsheads – Bottled 11/05/2021 – More Details on Our Website – $85

3. Arran 18 Year – 46% – Matured in Sherry Casks – Bottled 07/09/2021 – More Details on Our Website – $140

4. Arran 21 Year – 46% – Matured in Sherry Casks – Bottled 14/09/2021 – More Details on Our Website – $210



We were surprised to be offered more of this. If you’ve already acquired a bottle, through KWM, or another retailer, kindly let someone else grab a bottle!

Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Cask Matured – 52.3% – 11 Year – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Salted caramel, creamy berries, rich oak, honeyed cashew nuts, dried fruit and spice. Palate: Pleasing overtones of dried fruit and figs, tumbling with subtle notes of sweet malt, candied fruit, rich oak and toffee. Finish: Dried fruit with salted caramel.” – $225


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.


·     Date: Thursday, December 2

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $45

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

Who can believe it’s already nearly December? The final Outturn Tasting fo 2021 has some very intriguing bottlings in it, and by taking part in the Outturn Tasting, you will be not only amongst the first to know, but you’ll also get first crack at the bottles. Join the KWM whisky team as you sample your way through 7 new single cask, cask strength, Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings. 8 PM, Thursday, December 2. Samples will be available for pickup November 19.

Dewars: Not Your Grandpa’s Blend Anymore

·     Date: Tuesday, December 7

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Cost: $30

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

In 2019 Dewars released their Double Double range. It is nothing to do with Tims, and it doesn’t involve 2 each of cream and sugar. It is a range of whiskies: 21, 27 and 32 years old, developed by Dewars’ current master blender, Stephanie Macleod. The whiskies are created using a 4 stage ageing process for added “smoothness”. Whatever the alchemy, the results are impressive. We will be sampling this trio, along with the new trio of 8-year-old Dewars: Caribbean Smooth (rum cask), Portuguese Smooth (port cask) and Illegal Smooth (mezcal cask). To top off this very smooth tasting, we’ll also be sampling the Dewar’s 25 Year, a Duty-Free expression. We have held back stock of the Dewar’s 27 and 32 to give participants in the tasting an opportunity at a bottle!

What we can say for sure, is this is not your Grandpa/Grandma’s Blended Scotch anymore, and even the Zohan would agree this tasting will leave you feeling silky smooth! 7 PM, Tuesday, December 7.


Welcome to the Diageo release archives!

Here are some of the most highlights for our ever-evolving list of deals:

1. Aberfeldy 16 Year Madeira Cask – $155 – Save 25% – Now $116.24

2. BenRiach Batch 16 1993 Cask 7944 25 Year – $660 – SAVE 30% – Now $461.99

3. Bull Run Straight Rye Whiskey

4. Cragganmore Flavour Led – $1200 – Save 25% – Now $899.99

5. Glendronach 2009 – $95.99 – SAVE 25% – Now $71.99

6. Glenkinchie Distillers Edition – $110 – SAVE 25% – Now $82.49

7. Johnnie Walker Celebratory Blend – $110 – SAVE 25% – Now $82.49

8. Mackinlay’s Shackleton – $69 – SAVE 40% – Now $41.39

9. Old Pulteney Huddart – $84 – SAVE 35% – Now $54.59

10.  Rock Island Sherry Edition – $98 – SAVE 20% – Now $78.39

Arriving Tomorrow, but Going on Sale! – Pre-order now!

1. Mortlach 12 – $97.99 – SAVE 25% – Now $73.49

2. Mortlach 16 – $140 – SAVE 25% – Now $104.99

3. Smokehead Rum Rebel – $90.99 – SAVE 15% – Now $77.34

4. Smokehead Sherry Bomb – $114.99 – SAVE 15% – Now $97.74

5. Teaninich 17 Year (2017 Release) – $615 – SAVE 25% – Now $461.24

But there is much more than that on sale, at present nearly 40 whiskies!

Browse all the deals here!


Physical distancing is made easy with curbside pickup.

Order online or by phone, wait for confirmation your order is ready then call us when you are out front.


We are proud to offer Free City Wide Delivery on all orders over $100 Monday-Friday!

Orders under $100 are subject to a flat rate $10 deliver fee.

We are expecting high demand for delivery after the sale so please be patient!


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Sat 10AM – 8 PM

Sun 11PM to 6PM

*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.*

Scotch Whisky Industry Set to Reunite in Glasgow – Scotch Whisky News

Scotch Whisky Industry Set to
Reunite in Glasgow

The national awards celebration event which recognises and promotes Scotland’s greatest global product is now only two weeks away.

The Scottish Whisky Awards takes place as a live celebration dinner on St Andrews Day and is set to reveal the winners in the 3rd annual competition which presents prizes for both taste and business performance.

The results of the popular competition will see 14 Gold Medals presented to Scotch whiskies which scored the highest marks in a blind tasting competition of 225 Scotch whiskies as assessed by a judging panel of 45 industry professionals and experts.

The ultimate award of the evening, Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, has four West Coast distilleries vying for the title.  Ardbeg, Ardnamurchan, Glen Scotia and Glasgow Distillery are all in the running.

The awards celebration is hosted by Heart FM and BBC broadcaster, Des Clarke, and takes place on Tuesday 30 November 2021 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central.

With over 300 guests already booked, it is not too late to secure a table at the epicurean event which includes a three-course gourmet meal, paired with three Scotch whiskies and including wine.  Welcome drinks have been kindly supplied by The Glasgow Distillery Co. who in 2020 were awarded the Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year.

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Brilliant Black Friday deals now live 🔥 at Loch Fyne Whiskies – Scotch Whisky News

Black Friday Deals!

With free UK delivery on orders over £75, join in with all the Black Friday fun and grab yourself a wee bargain!

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Glenfiddich Project XX

The result of bringing together twenty whisky experts from around the globe, each one choosing a cask from the Glenfiddich warehouse for Malt Master, Brian Kinsman to marry together in a small batch vatting in the way only he can!

£50.00 £39.94
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Make it an unhurried Christmas with Glengoyne Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

Make it an unhurried Christmas

Whether you’re giving Glengoyne as a gift to the whisky lover you know or are looking to treat yourself, we’ve put together a gift guide to help you choose.

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Order in time for Christmas

Surprise someone special this Christmas with their very own personalised bottle of Glengoyne. Choose from our smooth, fruity and incredibly moreish 10 Year Old or 12 Year Old, the perfect balance of oak and sweetness.

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The gift of time

Celebrating our unique connection to time, our Time Capsule gift box sets feature our award-winning 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and limited edition Legacy Series: Chapter Two. The Time Capsule gift sets are available in 20cl and 5cl size bottles, making the perfect stocking filler.

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The perfect companion with a good dram

Designed as the perfect companion to enjoy while savouring a good dram, our limited edition 500-piece jigsaw puzzle features a striking painting of our wonderful distillery by Jolomo, titled ”Heavy Snow at Glengoyne Distillery”

Priced at just £10 each. The Glengoyne Jigsaw is free with any purchase of a 70cl bottle with a value of more than £100.

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Save the date: 4th & 5th December

On the weekend of Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th December, from 10am until 6pm, our Distillery Shop will be hosting a weekend of festive offers, complimentary tastings and the chance to win a Glengoyne hamper including our award-winning whisky and other delectable gifts.

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Christmas Shipping Dates

Last day for UK Christmas Shipping is Monday 20th December.

International Shipping

Unfortunately, post-Brexit, we are unable to ship internationally but are hopeful to be back shipping again in the coming months. As soon as we have further details will be back in touch to update you. In the meantime, thank you for your understanding and patience.


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