Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Grand Opening of Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience – American Whiskey News

Heaven Hill Distillery Announces Grand Opening of Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience

Renaming, opening of state-of-the-art visitor center in Bardstown, Ky. commemorated by official proclamation of “National Bourbon Day” in Kentucky by Gov. Andy Beshear

First opened on October 15, 2004 as the Bourbon Heritage Center under the guidance of the late Harry Shapira, Heaven Hill’s presence as one of the first visitor centers on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail has played an instrumental role in establishing Kentucky as a top tourist destination. The new Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience triples the previous footprint with more than 30,000 square feet, capable of welcoming over 900 American Whiskey enthusiasts or newcomers at any given time to witness history brought to life. From the 85-year history of Heaven Hill Distillery as nurturers of America’s spirit to the quintessential American success story of the Shapira family, the full breadth of whiskey splendor is on display including a new product unique to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience and select Kentucky retailers. Five Brothers Bourbon is a small batch blending of five ages of Bourbon ranging from five- to nine-years-old, paying homage to the courage, dedication and solidarity of the five Shapira brothers who started it all in 1935 (more details to be released later this week). The new experience also added 13 new staff positions to ensure every guest receives that quality experience for which Heaven Hill is known.BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Distillery today celebrated the grand opening of the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience in Bardstown, Ky. The expansion, renovation and renaming are the culmination of a multi-year $125 million investment in Kentucky’s signature industry and model for the future of tourism since 2018. The state-of-the-art visitor center received a $19 million upgrade to become an interactive, educational space offering signature exhibits unique to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience. Heaven Hill also invested $106 million across American Whiskey production including new barrel warehousing, bottling line and equipment upgrades, increased holdings of Bourbon Whiskey, and distillery enhancements. Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear presided over the ribbon cutting to commemorate the occasion, silhouetted against the new 1935 distillery replica exterior. Gov. Beshear also presented Shapira and Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory with a proclamation to henceforth name June 14 as “National Bourbon Day” in Kentucky.

“In the heart of Bourbon country, we welcome fans back to experience America’s Native Spirit, immerse themselves in the long history of Heaven Hill, and learn about the award-winning portfolio of storied brands now told on these walls,” said Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira. “We honor the vision held by my father and his four brothers, celebrating the people who built the foundation upon which we stand today. The Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience is an innovative, state-of-the-art tourism model, grounded in history, and developed to entice fans for generations to come.”

Breaking ground in November 2018 in partnership with Solid Light and Abel Construction, Heaven Hill first unveiled the renovation phase of the new experience in November 2019 featuring three beautiful tasting rooms, each representing a pivotal Heaven Hill brand or story. Positioned around a larger-than-life barrel, the iconic tasting rooms overlook Heaven Hill’s main campus of rickhouses for spectacular views of Bourbon country. Prior to completing their designated tours, guests will join their bourbon host in the barrel for a wide-screen video about how barrels are made and their importance to the bourbon production process.

“I am proud to be in the heart of bourbon country to proclaim today National Kentucky Bourbon Day and I am thrilled to be here to congratulate the Shapira family and the Heaven Hill team on another successful project investing millions in Kentucky and our people,” Gov. Beshear said at the grand opening. “As we emerge from this pandemic with our economy booming, we are announcing more jobs and investment in the commonwealth every week, and the bourbon industry is no exception. This state-of-the-art visitor center will give people one more great reason to visit Kentucky and experience the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, creating even more jobs and opportunity.”

The innovative exhibits at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience offer an in-depth perspective not yet told on the Bourbon Trail, as a multi-sensory showcase of stories weaves the key turning points in history that brought to bear the legendary brands on the market today.

  • The “You Do Bourbon” immersive space invites guests into a classroom style tasting room where a host will guide them through a tasting of unique products. To commemorate their visit, they will have the opportunity to bottle their favorite Bourbon or whiskey from their tasting through the custom-designed filling machines, apply the label and personalize it in the adjacent Bottling Room. Finally, guests will experience a day in the life of a quality technician in the You Do Bourbon lab. Quality technicians ensure the consistency, quality, and integrity of all Heaven Hill products. Step into their shoes, inspecting through microscopes, gauging the proof of whiskey, and testing your sense of smell at the nosing station. At any given time, there will be three to four mashbills available to choose from: Heaven Hill Bourbon, Heaven Hill Wheat Whiskey, Heaven Hill Wheated Bourbon, and a fourth option on rotation. Guests will be able to select a commemorative mashbill and label in honor of the grand opening while supplies last.
  • The 1935 Distillery Theater invites up to 40 guests to experience an immersive 11-minute show put on display by seven custom screens that fly in and out using DMX technology at various moments throughout the story of the Shapira family and Heaven Hill Distillery. The high-speed roll down system is equipped with vinyl mesh so the theatrical lighting system can bring the full show to life with special effects lights and custom panel lights designed to look like the windows of the original 1935 Distillery. The projection system consists of three Panasonic projectors that showcase a seamless display just shy of a true 4K resolution. With the addition of 5.1 surround sound audio, the visitor is truly immersed into the story of Heaven Hill.
  • After walking through the Family Gallery, which details important people behind Heaven Hill’s rise within distilled spirits, visitors will enter three new self-guided, interactive exhibition spaces dedicated to integral players and movements within American Whiskey:
    • The Elijah Craig exhibit immediately immerses guests in a charred barrel, the “Father of Bourbon’s” claim to fame. Walls made of charred oak, curved in a barrel shape, enclose a fabricated ring of fire where guests can learn how the char on the inside of a barrel affects the aging process and flavor development of a whiskey and understand the nuances of each product in the Elijah Craig family.
    • The Larceny space takes guests behind lock and key into Treasury Agent John E. Fitzgerald’s room where he kept the registry comprised of his “Fitzgerald” barrels. Guests are invited to learn how to properly thieve whiskey from a barrel, interact with talking decanters detailing Fitzgerald’s ability to choose only the best barrels, and understand the key differences between Wheated Bourbon, like Larceny, and Rye Bourbon.
    • The Bottled-in-Bond exhibit showcases Heaven Hill Distillery’s leading portfolio of bonded products, the most available on the market today. The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was an important turning point in the history of Bourbon as exacting standards set forth offered consumers a guarantee of quality and transparency. Today, this designation continues to offer those same guarantees, which guests will take a deep dive into through the exhibit.
  • The new Five Brothers Bar & Kitchen located on the second floor boasts an upscale, approximately 25-foot bar fully equipped to serve craft cocktails and Bourbon tastings, a lounge area and dining space for the soon-to-be-opened restaurant. Guests can also take their cocktails to the rooftop area connected to the lounge space to enjoy views of Heaven Hill’s rickhouses. Tucked in the corner of the lounge is the unicorn case, where rare, historic bottles seldom available today and other Kentucky Bourbon artifacts will be on display. Just off the bar, the Generation Loft is the space perfect for corporate meetings, intimate dinners, and small celebrations.
  • Guests are welcomed onto the Heaven Hill campus by several rickhouses, filled with up to 52,000 barrels each. The exterior of the new visitor center showcases a replica of how the distillery looked in 1935, an authentic, vintage barrel truck representative of what the Shapira brothers may have driven in the 1940s, and an updated sign celebrating the new name. The newest rickhouse on site features a bird’s eye view into the resting barrels with a glass window corner spanning the seven floors and new Heaven Hill sign. The new rickhouse will host single barrel selections and accommodate future tours soon to be launched at Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience.

The Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience, which officially open its doors to the public at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Five Brothers Bar will be open for cocktails Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tour reservations can be made online here and initial tour offerings will include:

  • Magic of the Mashbill: Heaven Hill is the only heritage distillery that features every major category of American Whiskey – and it all begins with the grain. Guests will enjoy five nationally acclaimed American Whiskeys, each from a different mashbill, in one of the iconic tasting rooms. Learn about both the fascinating history of Bourbon as well as the story behind Heaven Hill Distillery, family owned and operated since 1935 in the 1935 Distillery Theater. Immerse yourself in Bourbon history through the educational, self-guided galleries. The Magic of the Mashbill is a 45-minute tasting offered daily on the hour and costs $15.00.
  • Whiskey Connoisseur: A Bourbon Host will discuss the unique characteristics of five of Heaven Hill’s premium or limited release American Whiskeys, focusing on the color, aroma, taste and finish. Learn about both the fascinating history of Bourbon as well as the story behind Heaven Hill Distillery, family owned and operated since 1935 in the 1935 Distillery Theater. Immerse yourself in Bourbon history through the educational, self-guided galleries. The Whiskey Connoisseur experience is a 45-minute tasting offered daily on the half hour and costs $20.00.
  • You Do Bourbon: As previously mentioned, the You Do Bourbon invites guests for a hands-on lab experience as they learn mashbills, bottling, labeling and quality control. The one-hour experience costs $40, which does not include the price of the personalized bottle. A donation of $5 per bottle will be made to a rotating charitable cause, with Bernheim Forest receiving the donations for the first six months. The You Do Bourbon tour will be open for reservations at the beginning of July.

Heaven Hill’s investment in the future of American Whiskey is also focused on the communities that lift up the industry. Bernheim Forest Executive Director Dr. Mark Wourms joined Shapira and Gov. Beshear on stage to celebrate Heaven Hill’s corporate partnership with Bernheim, as well as the commitment to donate $5 per bottle from the “You Do Bourbon” experience to Bernheim Forest for six months up to $10,000. Heaven Hill previously committed $10,000 to the new Rites of Passage program at Bernheim, which includes immersive experiences in nature as part of nurturing a new generation of young Black men and women during a critical phase of development.

The former Bourbon Heritage Center is a multiple past winner of Whisky Magazine’s “Visitor Attraction of the Year” award at the magazine’s annual “Icons of Whisky” Awards, consistently ranked as one of the top tours in the Bardstown area, drawing 60,000 visitors per year. In Louisville, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is dedicated to the story of Kentucky’s First Distiller and the world’s 2nd largest Bourbon brand also under the Heaven Hill Distillery umbrella, Evan Williams. Typically hosting 100,000 visitors annually, it was the first distillery back on Whiskey Row in Downtown Louisville. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail (, takes visitors through the heart of the Bluegrass and a stop in on the state’s distilleries. More than 1.3 million people visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries in 2019, with 38+ tourism experience across the state.

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 63 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky, Parker’s Heritage Collection, and Old Fitzgerald along with its extensive Bottled-in-Bond label collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2020 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, the second Whisky of the Year for Heaven Hill Distillery in the past four years. In 2019 Heaven Hill Distillery was named San Francisco World Spirits Competition Distillery of the Year, Best in Show Whisky, and previously held the titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Word Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year. For more information, please visit

The online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky is here 🥃 with The Edinburgh Whisky Academy – Whisky News

The online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky is here

After many months of preparation and a hugely enjoyable run-through with our pilot group, we’re delighted to announce that the course is available to buy. You can now earn your SQA-certified whisky diploma – our highest award – from the comfort of your own home. Over three weeks, you’ll discover a world of knowledge from the in-depth material, allowing you to better appreciate your favourite drams and get more from every drop. 


Compass Box ~ Have you signed up for our June 27th adventure yet? – Scotch Whisky News


We want to introduce a special guest joining our next Adventure in Deliciousness. Head brewer Nick Blake from Big Smoke Brew Co. is a fountain of knowledge on the subject and the creator of award-winning beers, as you’ll discover when you come along to our online event on June 27th.

You could say whisky actually starts out life as beer before additional processes take them in different directions, and as distant cousins they get on marvellously. Nick, our founder John Glaser and our whiskymaker James Saxon will be exploring the exciting reactions when the two are sipped together.

Grab your drinks ready for the adventure

In the UK, you’ll be able to pick up the beers we’ll taste direct from Big Smoke Brew Co. – shop for their Shadowlands, Pilsner and Secret Machine. They’re offering a special pack for the occasion too. For those outside the UK, stock up on a stout or porter, a hoppy pilsner and an IPA or double IPA. No strict rules though – go for what you fancy!

Wherever you are, you can buy our Malt Whisky Collection gift pack at our web shop. With Father’s Day around the corner, why not order one for Dad and invite him to the event too?

Not signed up yet?

Registration for the event is free – just head over to:

Nick is as passionate about beer as John and James are about whisky, so it’s going to be a great conversation.

Share & Enjoy!
The Compass Box Team

A Virtual Tasting of Murray McDavid with Dean Jode, Head of Whisky Creation 7pm Saturday 26th June at Inverurie Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News


A Virtual Tasting of Murray McDavid with Dean Jode, Head of Whisky Creation 7pm Saturday 26th June


A Rare chance to try these hand selected cask releases from some of Scotlands finest distilleries from Murray McDavid Independent Bottler.

During the event Dean Jode of Murray McDavid, alongside Inverurie Whisky Shop owner Mike Stuart, will guide you through 6 wonderful, hand-picked whiskies from the range, including a cracking 30 Year Old from the now closed Cambus Distillery

Dailuaine 12 Year Old Sauternes Finish

Blair Athol 12 Year Old Oloroso Finish

Craigellachie 12 Year Old Tawny Port Finish

Cambus 30 Year Old Limousine Oak

Safe Haven 6 Year Old PX Finish – A Mystery Malt!

Peatside 6 Year Old Blended Malt

Our packs can be collected in store or sent across to certain European countries so that you and your friends can join us from your own home, using the Zoom platform. Join us on a voyage of extraordinary discovery as we welcome this fantastic range to Inverurie Whisky Shop.


ENGLISH WHISKY FESTIVAL 2021- 3rd & 4th September (online) 2021 – English Whisky News

Back for just the second year ever, Exploring English Whisky is proud to announce that the ENGLISH WHISKY FESTIVAL 2021 will be taking place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th September (online).

With 5 more distilleries & independent bottlers taking part than last year (19 in total), and an entirely new line-up of products, the two day event promises something special for those returning for their second year, or anyone joining for the first time.

Replicating the same accessible, informative and entertaining format, there will be 6 sessions, as well as entertainment and cocktail making masterclasses in between. Attendees will hear directly from each distillery or bottler as they take us through their product & story, focused on the theme of each session.

11 products in the line-up are completely new releases, some of which won’t be available until after the festival (or available at all as they’re cask samples drawn exclusively for this event). Many of the distilleries are now multi-award winners, including World Whiskies Awards, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, International Spirits Challenge and Icons of Whisky.

Tickets are available from £27.50 for a standard session (10% off for members of Exploring English Whisky) for UK residents only, and £31.50 for the chocolate and whisky pairing session. Or why not go for The Full English and save £9 (and multiple postage charges) when you buy all 6 packs together? 

Ticket Link:

Membership Info:

When: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th September 2021

Where: Online (secure link sent out to attendees a couple of days before the event)

What: 29 samples of English Whisky, maturing spirit and new make spirit from established and new distilleries – each bringing something new and exciting to the line-up.

Who: List of participating distilleries (below)




Bimber Distillery


Boutiquey Whisky Company Circumstance Distillery


Cooper King Distillery


Copper Rivet



Cotswolds Distillery


Dartmoor Whisky Distillery


East London Liquor Company


Forest Distillery


Henstone Distillery


Ludlow Distillery


Mercia Whisky


Samuel Gulliver & Co. The English Whisky Company


The Lakes Distillery


The Oxford Artisan Distillery


The Single Cask Wharf Distillery

(Northampton- shire)

White Peak Distillery


Session hosts this year include:

  • Amy Seton (Birmingham Whisky Club)
  • Felipe Schrieberg (Forbes / Rhythm & Booze)
  • Fiona Shoop (Whisky writer)
  • Stephanie Jordan (Avallen Calvados / Drinking Out Loud)
  • Tim Etherington-Judge (Avallen Calvados / Healthy Hospo)
  • Glassmates (Ortis Deeley, Jimmy Harris, Nigel Mark)

Our snack partners this year include:

And the chocolate for our Chocolate & Whisky pairing session will be coming from a bean-to-bar producer of ethical, sustainable chocolate – Lucocoa (


FRIDAY 3rd September

6.00pm – Festival Welcome

6.30pm – Session 1: New Horizons

Forest Distillery – New Make spirit

Henstone Distillery – Whisky Release No.2

The Lakes Distillery – Whisky Makers Reserve No. 4

Wharf Distillery – Solstice Whisky

White Peak Distillery – First Release Whisky

8.00pm – Session 2: Expert Blind Tasting


9.30PM – Entertainment

10.45pm – END



SATURDAY 4th September

3.00pm – Session 3: Whisky & Chocolate Pairing

Bimber – new Small Batch release

Cooper King – Maturing Spirit

The English Whisky Co.  – Rum Cask

The Lakes – new Editions release

4.30pm – Session 4: Bottling It (Independent bottlers)

Gulliver’s 47, Ex-Bourbon Cask

Gulliver’s 47, 10yo Quarter Cask

The Boutiquey Whisky Company – Cotswolds 3yo Whisky

The Boutiquey Whisky Company – White Peak 2yo maturing spirit

The Single Cask – Peated 12 years old whisky (cask 106RR)

6.00pm – Break

6.30pm – Session 5: Heart & Graft

Cotswolds – Hearts & Crafts release

Copper Rivet – new Column Malt

Ludlow – new Whisky release

Mercia – Rye spirit

Dartmoor – Sherry Cask

8.00pm – Session 6: Against the Grain

Adnams – Rye Whisky

Circumstance – Mixed Grain Spirit

East London – Rye Whisky

The English  – Parched (Grain Whisky)

The Oxford Artisan Distillery – Anniversary Rye Whisky

9.30pm – Entertainment

10.45pm – END

Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger Bulletin by Andrew Ferguson – Mid June 2021 – New Virtual Tastings & a Single Cask for a Cause – Whisky News

Kensginton Wine Market’s Whisky E-Newsletter

I hope this finds you well! Before we get to the meat of this article, I hope you won’t mind a heads up about a big transition we are in the midst of.

As you know, there is always a lot going on at KWM. People visiting us for the first time are almost always shocked by how small the store is because our virtual footprint is so much larger than the actual one. To borrow from an advertising campaign lodged somewhere in my brain, I’ve long thought of Kensington Wine Market as being “smallnormous.” Our ambition, ideas, and presence often exceed our limitations.

The month of June has proven to be an exceptional case of this. Even though we currently have more staff than we have ever had, and things have slowed a little, especially compared to last year. It has been more than a little crazy over the last while. While continuing to serve customers and host virtual tastings we are upgrading our phone systems, migrating our email hosting and trying to get a new website ready to launch in July.

We are especially excited about the new website. In addition to being even more secure, and far less likely to crash, it will also be more visually appealing. It will also give us the opportunity to geek out and share more information about our favourite partners and suppliers. It will also be easier to use, especially on your cell phone, with a simplified purchase and checkout process.

Getting it ready to launch though is an enormous undertaking. The text for each product needs to be reformatted, and we have to start from scratch with our pictures, which will be higher resolution. You may be better able to appreciate the scale of this project when you consider we have 3000+ products in-store at any given time, and more than 6000 over the course of the year.

In order to get the new site ready to launch, we will be no longer updating the old one with product information after this week. It will still list all the products we have in stock, and you will still be able to purchase bottles and tastings from it without issue. But photos and descriptions will no longer be updated, so that energy can be directed to getting the new site over the finish line.

As with any transition this monumental, there are bound to be hiccups along the way. So I am preemptively asking for your patience and understanding!

As with many events in the last 15 months, the 10th Annual MS Calgary Whisky Festival was not able to take place this past January. We wanted to do something to help the MS Society raise a little money, and our good friend Andy Dunn of Gold Medal Marketing suggested we offer a special single cask bottling.

He approached another good friend of ours, Anthony Wills of Kilchoman, who in turn came up with something very special for us. Kilchoman Distillery opened in 2005, with the first spirit flowing from the stills in June. Amongst others, KWM has been fortunate to bottle a pair of 10 year old casks, and in 2020 a 12 year old from Kilchoman. For the fundraiser Anthony Wills offered one of the distillery’s oldest casks, from their first full year of production. The Kilchoman 14 Year MS Society YYC Cask is the oldest whisky from this distillery ever to come to Canada, and it has arrived! $25 from every bottle sold will be going to the MS Society. More details below.

We have also just opened up a slew of new virtual whisky tastings, which will take us through the end of July. We are going to slow things down a little in August, so we can plan for the fall, including our ongoing virtual tastings. More about that in the next full Malt Messenger.

But for now, we have some really cool additions to the virtual tasting schedule, including Kilchoman with Anthony Wills on July 24, which will feature the new 14-Year-old cask. There is also, Highland Park: We’re Not in Scotland Anymore!? on July 15, which will feature a range of whiskies to appeal to the inner Viking in all of us. And then there is Really Rare & Old: Things Andrew Wants to Try, which will feature a 35-year-old Port Ellen, the official Rosebank 30 Year, a 45-year-old Teaninich and the Arran 25 Year amongst others. This tasting isn’t inexpensive, but for what you have the opportunity to try, a range worth more than $13K, it is in another sense priceless.

We also have room in a couple of other upcoming tastings, like Canada D’Eh: Shelter Point, Canada D’Eh: Two Brewers and Introducing: The Whisky Trail with Julie Hamilton & Celine Tetu. Details on these can be found below too.

Lastly, we have also added some more whiskies to our ongoing sale list. As long as certain importers keeping tempting us with deals, we continue to pass them on!

Everything in this newsletter can be purchased online, so please do so if you can! 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 or comments. But be patient, I may be head down working on the new site.


Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market


1. Introducing: The Kilchoman 14 Year MS Society Calgary Cask

2. New Virtual Whisky Tastings

3. Other Up-Coming Virtual Tastings

4. New Additions to the Whisky Bin Ends Sale List!



As many of you know, the Kensington Wine Market is the title sponsor of the MS Calgary Whisky Festival. January 2021 would have been our 10th Annual event, but for obvious reasons, we had to pull the plug. Over the last few months, we hatched an idea with our good friend Andy Dunn of Gold Medal Marketing, to select and bottle a cask of whisky, as a fundraiser for the the MS Society of Canada’s Calgary chapter.

Another good friend of KWM, Kilchoman Distillery’s Anthony Wills offered something incredibly special… a 14 year old Kilchoman. This is by 2 years, the oldest Kilchoman ever to come to Canada. The next being our Kilchoman 12 Year KWM Bourbon Cask 338. The Kilchoman 14 Year MS Society YYC Cask has arrived in-store, and is selling for $225+gst, with $25 from every bottle sold going to support the MS Society of Canada.

Kilchoman 14 Year MS Society YYC Cask – 53.4% – Bourbon Cask 78/2006 – Distilled: May 5 2006 – Bottled March 15, 2021 – My Tasting Note: “Nose: soft, doughy and fruity with hints of spruce and beach bonfires; butter poached scallops drizzled in butter and salty lime-mezcalritas; coconut icing on vanilla cupcakes; seaspray on a warm summer day. Palate: big, bold and earthy with a teetering ballance of chewy malt, tarry peat, salty maritime tones and juicy citrus; more lime mezcalritas, lemon drizzled scallops and coconut icing; Dutch licorice, spruce tips and distant beach bonfires to round things out. Finish: long and warming with mildly medicinal tarry peat, loads of citrus, scallops and clean smoke. Comment: compared to our current 12 Year KWM Cask this 14 year old is both bolder with respect to peat and tar, and brighter with respect to its citrus fruits; both are lovely, but completely different animals.” – $225 – $25 per bottle to the MS Society!


We have a lot of fun with our virtual tastings, which is partly why they are so successful. We’re a business, and obviously we like to sell things. But we also like trying things we are curious about, and

Highland Park: We’re Not in Scotland Anymore… Are We?!

·     Date: Thursday, July 15

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $65

·     Pick-Up Date: June 21

While looking for tasting ideas we were surprised to discover that a couple of the Highland Park themed whisky pairs were still kicking around. Highland Park went heavy on the Viking themes about a decade ago, the pinnacle of which was Light & Dark, Fire & Ice. We thought it might be fun to revisit these curiosities, along with a couple of friends. Join us for a dissection of Highland Park whiskies including: Ice Edition 17 Year, Fire Edition 15 Year, The Dark 17 Year, The Light 17 Year, Valknut, Valfather, 18 Year and an 18 Year IB single cask. 8x 15ml samples. 8P M, Thursday July 15.

*Samples available for pick-up Monday June 21.

Really Rare & Old: Things Andrew Wants to Try

·     Date: Thursday, July 22

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Cost: $300

·     Pick-Up Date: June 25

If you think Andrew looks excited in the photo above, imagine him with the range below in front of him!

We’re back with another baller range of whiskies the big guy is dying to try. The Covid-19 pandemic hit just days before we were supposed to host our first-ever Rare & Old Whisky Festival. We were gutted to have to pull the plug, but it was the right decision, and it will likely be next winter before we return to sit-down in-store, let alone festival-style tasting… but we’ve still had some fun, and will continue to. There are more than a few old and rare whiskies we want to taste, and we know we are not alone in this. The first “Rare & Old: Things Andrew Wants to Try” tasting was a hit. So we are following it up by taking things to a whole other level, with “Really Rare & Old: Things Andrew Wants to Try”. This time our range includes: XOP Port Ellen 35 Year, XOP Blacks Glenrothes 30 Year, North of Scotland 50 Year & Teaninich 45 Year, as well as the official Rosebank 30 Year, Johnnie Walker Bicentenary Blend & Arran 25 Year. In all nearly 250 years of whisky worth north of $13K+gst, including 2 closed-ish distillery drams. 7 PM Thursday, July 22. Includes 7x15ml samples.

*Samples available for pick-up June 25th (Estimate).

Kilchoman Virtual Tasting with Anthony Wills

·     Date: Saturday, July 24

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Cost: $35

·     Pick-Up Date: June 21

We are usually fortunate to welcome Anthony Wills of Kilchoman at least once a year for a tasting in-store. But due to Covid-19, it’s been a wee while. Since he last visited our shores, we’ve launched a 12 Year Kilchoman KWM Cask, and we’ve just received a Kilchoman 14-Year-old cask, bottled for the MS Society. So we are long overdue for a tasting and thrilled that Anthony has agreed to join us live from Scotland for a virtual Kilchoman tasting. In all, we have set aside a range of 8 Kichoman whiskies for the tasting: Machir Bay, Machir Bay Cask Strength (sold out), Sanaig 2021, Loch Gorm 2021, Fino Sherry Matured (sold out), 100% Islay 2020 (sold out) and the two casks: 12 Year KWM Cask and 14 Year MS Society YYC Cask. 5 PM, Saturday, July 24. 8x 15ml samples.

*Samples will be ready for pick-up Monday June 21 (Estimate).


Introducing: The Whisky Trail with Julie & Celine

·     Date: Friday, June 25

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $45

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

·     Only 7 spots left!

With Canada Day approaching, we thought we’d shine a little extra light on a few of our favourite Canadian Distilleries. We’re teaming up with our friends at Yukon Brewing & Distilling, aka Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt to put on a virtual tasting of some of the finest whisky made in Canada. We’ll be joined by distillery co-founder Bob Baxter for a 7 whisky vertical Two Brewers tasting featuring Releases 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, and 25, as well as the stunning, recently arrived KWM Cask.


Canada D’Eh: Shelter Point Distillery

·     Date: Tuesday, June 29

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $25

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

·     Only 14 spots left!

With Canada Day approaching, we thought we’d shine a little extra light on some of our favourite Canadian Distilleries. We’re teaming up with our friends Jacob and Leon at Shelter Point to put on a virtual tasting of some of the finest whisky made in Canada. Our range will include 7 15ml samples of Shelter Point Whisky: The Collective, Smoke Point Batch 2, Double Barrel Batch 5, and The Forbidden, as well as some soon to arrive releases: Smoke and Oak, Ripple Rock & the 3rd and final KWM Rye (Alberta Distillers) Cask!


Canada D’Eh: Two Brewers Whisky

·     Date: Wednesday, June 30

·     Time: 8 PM

·     Cost: $25

·     Pick-Up Date: Available Now

·     Only 6 spots left!

We will be joined by Elixir Distillers Brand Ambassador Julie Hamilton, and International Sales Manager Celine Tetu, as we introduce a new range of independent bottlings with really cool labels, The Whisky Trail. We are starting out with 7 whiskies from the Retro Cars and Video Games labels. Our range will include single cask bottlings of Ben Nevis 1996, Cambus 1990, Glen Elgin 2007, Glenrothes 1989, Invergordon 1987, and a pair of Ardmores’ from 2009 and 1998. Participants in the tasting will not only be the first people in Canada to sample these whiskies, but they will also have the first opportunity to purchase the bottles. Friday, June 25, 5 PM.

*We will be donating $15 per ticket to the Brenda Stafford Center, a local women’s shelter.

**Only 23 spots left, out of 85!!!



When we get a deal, we pass it along. The full whisky sale list can be viewed in the PDF below, or by browsing All Sale Items on our website! Here are some of the latest and greatest new deals, to be added to our seemingly permanent “sale” list:

1. Auchentoshan 12 Year – Regular $61.99 – Save 20% – Sale $49.59

2. Auchentoshan Three Wood – Regular $82.99 – Save 20% – Sale $66.39

3. Bowmore 18 Year – Regular $124.99 – Save 20% – Sale $99.99

4. Bruichladdich Laddie Classic – Regular $74.99 – Save 25% – Sale $59.99

5. Bunnahabhain 12 Year – Regular $74.99 – Save 15% – Sale $63.74

6. Craigellachie 13 Year – Regular $75.99 – Save 30% – Sale $53.19

7. Dalmore Port Wood – Regular $129.99 – Save 20% – Sale $103.99

8. Glenfarclas 12 Year – Regular $69.99 – Save 20% – Sale $55.99

9. Jura Seven Wood – Regular $121.99 – Save 35% – Sale $79.29

10.   Mortlach 16 Year – Regular $139.99 – Save 25% – Sale $104.99

11. Port Askaig 100 Proof – Regular $79.99 – Save 20% – Sale $63.99

12.  Port Askaig 8 Year – Regular $67.99 – Save 20% – Sale $54.39

13. Redemption Bourbon – Regular $54.99 – Save 25% – Sale $41.24

14. Redemption Rye – Regular $49.99 – Save 25% – Sale $37.49

15. Teeling Single Malt – Regular $95.99 – Save 25% – Sale $71.99




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.*

Glenfarclas Distillery “Welcome Back” – Scotch Whisky News

After many long months, we are thrilled to be preparing to welcome visitors back to Glenfarclas.

The doors to our Visitor Centre and shop will open at 10am on Monday the 5th of July and we can’t wait to show people around our beautiful distillery once again.

We have done a lot of work to ensure the safety of visitors and of our distillery team which remains our number one priority.

The Centre will be open from Monday to Saturday. Tours will be running four times a day – 10:30, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30 (10:30, 12:00, 13:15 and 14:30 on Saturdays).

We have had to make some changes to the tour route to ensure that social distancing can be maintained, but you will still get to see the stillhouse, the warehouse and enjoy a dram or two in the famous Ships Room. While these changes are in place, the tour and tasting will be free of charge.

At present, only the Classic Tour is available, but we hope to start offering more in-depth tour and tasting experiences as Covid restrictions ease later in the year.

Spaces on tours are limited, so pre-booking is essential to avoid missing out. Email our Visitor Centre to secure your place.

The Visitor Centre shop is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturday.  No booking is needed if you wish to drop in.

Our Visitor Centre Manager, Matthew, getting ready to fly the Glenfarclas flag once again.

We have made some changes to the layout of the Visitor Centre and Shop, please follow all signs.

All social distancing rules will be observed.  If you (or anyone you have been in contact with) have reason to believe you have Covid 19, please postpone your visit for the time being.  We ask that visitors wear face coverings while inside buildings, unless exempt.  A member of staff will advise where this is not required.

GLENFIDDICH GRAND SERIES PRIZE DRAW at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whsiky News



Glenfiddich’s Grand Series is a range of well-aged single malts that have each been finished in an unusual cask – everything from rum to Champagne. To celebrate the series we’re bringing you the chance to win a VIP experience at Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story, including all travel and a stay in a 5* hotel. To enter, just buy any whisky from the series before the end of June.


Still Available: Glen Scotia Dunnage Tasting Packs 🥃 at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Scotia Dunnage Tasting Kits are here!

The Glen Scotia Malts Festival is a celebration of all things whisky, Glen Scotia and the distillery’s hometown of Campbeltown – ‘the whiskiest place in the world’. While we can’t travel to meet face-to-face in Campbeltown this year, Glen Scotia are bringing their much-anticipated private dunnage tasting to your homes, along with a variety of other ways to get involved and celebrate from afar.

What’s in the Dunnage Tasting Pack?

Inside the lid of your Dunnage Tasting Pack is a password you’ll need to join the pre-recorded tasting. Glen Scotia Distillery Manager & Master Distiller, Iain McAlister, has personally selected 5 drams from the dunnage warehouse, and each one offers a window into Glen Scotia’s whisky making history and Campbeltown’s Victorian whisky heyday.

Glen Scotia Double Cask – 46% ABV

Glen Scotia 1st Fill Bourbon 2015 – 60.5% ABV

Glen Scotia Refill/1st Fill Bourbon 1999 – 59% ABV

Glen Scotia Refill Bourbon/1st Fill Oloroso 2002- 58.7% ABV

• Glen Scotia Refill Bourbon/1st Fill Ruby Port 2002- 53.8% ABV

Each pack will contain a link and password to an exclusive tasting with Iain (pre-recorded). Grab a glass, enjoy, and don’t forget to visit the rest of the festival!

Glen Scotia
Dunnage Tasting Kit


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Compass Box ‘Scotch Whisky Meets Beer for a Whole New World of Flavour’ – Scotch Whisky News


This year we’re marking Father’s Day by raising a toast to kinship. Celebrating fathers and families, sisters and brothers, friends and colleagues. And another love of ours, beer and Scotch whisky.

Join Compass Box founder John Glaser on June 27th as we delve into the roots of this age-old partnership, and discover a whole new world of flavour in the process.


As part of our event, we will be exploring beer pairings for three award-winning Compass Box whiskies: The Peat Monster, The Spice Tree, and The Story of the Spaniard.

Available in a black gift pack accented with gold trim (or for our friends in the US, a new design inspired by our much-beloved label art), The Malt Whisky Collection is a perfect present for a loved one with an inquisitive spirit.

In preparation, we’ve been sampling a range of different styles of beer to accompany our whisky, from toasty stouts, to nutty brown ales and puckering sours. So, if you know someone who isn’t afraid to experiment, and would be curious to see how these three distinct whiskies taste alongside different beers, be sure to pick up a Malt Whisky Collection gift pack and sign them up for
the event.


Put the date in your diary: Sunday June 27th at 8pm BST (3pm EDT / 12pm PDT) and reserve your seat below. Join us with your whisky samples and stay tuned over the coming weeks as we share the beer pairings we’ll be tasting on the day to help you get prepared. You can follow our lead, or experiment with your own pairings. The choice is yours! If you have a favourite, please send it our way. We’d love to hear how you drink creatively.

We look forward to seeing you there…
The Compass Box Team

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