J&B Rare – The Unexpected Whisky at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News




Blended Scotch Whisky

70cl 40% ABV

Easy to drink and even easier to mix, no drinks trolley is complete without J&B Rare. A beautifully balanced blended Scotch whisky, made from a unique blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies, each one intrinsic to its subtle, smooth and complex flavour. The result is a light-bodied, fruity whisky with delicate smoky notes that will perfectly compliment your favourite whisky cocktails.

Few whisky brands have a history as gripping and original as J&B Rare, a Scotch that bears the name of a love-struck Italian (Justerini) and a canny Englishman (Brooks), made world famous in the 1930s. At the heart of J&B Rare are whiskies from some of the finest Speyside malts including Knockando, Glen Spey, Auchriosk and Strathmill, which provide the fruity, fresh quality and give J&B Rare its light colour. Added to that are some of the finest grain whiskies Scotland has to offer to create a fresh and vibrant blend.

Fruity and aromatic on the nose with notes of soft apple and pear, J&B Rare is naturally pale in colour, with layers of rich vanilla and a well-balanced, smooth finish. Matured in oak casks for a minimum of three years, the finer ‘heart malts’ are aged for longer to add fullness and depth of flavour, creating the unique taste of J&B Rare.




American Whiskey 12: News on your new issue! – American Whisky News


News on the new issue

The latest edition of American Whiskey Magazine, issue 12, publishes very soon! But while you’re waiting for your copy to land on your doorstep, here’s an exclusive sneak peek into what we’ve got waiting for you…

As always, we love to hear your thoughts on the magazine – please feel free to contact us here.

We hope you enjoy this issue!
Phoebe Calver
American Whiskey

Dekanta Japanese Whisky World – Shizuoka Distillery Tour – Japanese Whisky News

Our new episode of Japanese Whisky World is just minutes away. Tune in now.

Discover the famous whisky from one of Japan’s most renowned distilleries.


2-49-7 Minamiikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo,

Whisky Magazine Issue 173 Out Now – Whisky Magazine News

News on the new issue!

The latest edition of Whisky Magazine, issue #173, publishes today!

Our cover story looks at the family bonds that underpin the whisky industry, and how the craft of whisky-making is so often passed down through the generations. Whether you really do believe that there’s something special about family-owned business, or maybe you think it’s just outdated tradition, our contributor Mark Jennings is here to set things straight. From Cotswolds to Lambay, from old to new, different families tell their stories and their experiences of creating whisky.

Haven’t got issue #173 yet? Get your copy HERE

Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @Whisky_Magazine or Instagram @Whisky_Magazine, or on Facebook @WhiskyMagazine

Christopher Coates
Whisky Magazine

Loch Lomond Whiskies kicks off PRO14 Rugby’s Coach Of The Month – Scotch Whisky News



This month, The Spirit of PRO14 Rugby launches the inaugural Coach of the Month award presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies. The accolade celebrates the excellence achieved by the winner and their team’s successes over the previous month which mirror the spirit of Loch Lomond Whiskies.

Beginning in January 2021, Loch Lomond Whiskies would like fans to vote for their Coach of the Month. Nominees will be put forward by PRO14 Rugby’s podcast ‘Under the Sticks’, who will explore those coaches who have demonstrated the spirit to drive their teams to success, with key characteristics such as passion, innovation, inspiration and teamwork traits that are shared with Loch Lomond Whiskies premium whisky range.

Fans can vote on PRO14 Rugby’s channels with the winner announced at the end of the week. And in return the Coach of the Month presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies will receive a bespoke 18 year old single malt from the multi-award winning Loch Lomond Whiskies range.

David Jordan, Tournament Director, PRO14 Rugby said: “Our tournament provides so many challenges where our coaches must blend tactical and technical nous, a savviness in the recruitment market and ensure they are bringing through the next generation of international talent to the PRO14 while also managing some of the biggest talents in the game.  

“As a result, we have some very innovative coaches in our tournament and in partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskies it’s terrific that we can highlight their successes on a monthly basis.”

The first Coach of the Month Award, presented by Loch Lomond Whiskies will be announced on Friday 5th February.

Earlier in 2021, multi-award winning Loch Lomond whiskies announced it will partner with PRO14 Rugby for the next three years. To learn more about the PRO14 Rugby partnership and to discover the Loch Lomond Whiskies range, go to:   

About Loch Lomond Group 

Loch Lomond Group is a multi-award winning leading international distiller of malt, blended and grain whisky with a rich heritage dating back to the foundation of its unique Littlemill Distillery (Scotland’s oldest distillery) in 1772. Its brands are present in over 120 countries around the world. Its key premium Scotch whisky brands include Loch Lomond – “The Spirit of the Open”, Glen Scotia, a Campbeltown malt whisky from the west coast, and Littlemill, the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland. It also produces High Commissioner and Loch Lomond blended Scotch whiskies, as well as Glen’s Vodka, Scotland’s number one vodka brand, and Ben Lomond, premium Scottish Gin.   

With production sites across Scotland, Loch Lomond Group is one of the few distillers in Scotland to have a fully integrated production and supply capability. It operates three distilleries – Two (malt & grain) at Loch Lomond Distillery in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire which has on-site cooperage facilities and Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown, Argyll. The group also owns and operates Scotland’s largest independent bottling plant in Catrine, Ayrshire.  

About Loch Lomond Whiskies 

Loch Lomond distillery has been producing the finest single malt whiskies since 1814. The multi award winning Loch Lomond whiskies range includes the Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old which has been awarded the Platinum Award in 2020, one of only 7 single malts to be awarded this honour at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge 2020. Other expressions in the range are the single malts Loch Lomond Original; Loch Lomond Classic; Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old; Loch Lomond 50-Year-Old; the Loch Lomond Island’s Collection which includes the Inchmurrin and Inchmoan ranges as well as the deluxe blend Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond Single Grain  

Loch Lomond Inchmoan 12-Year-Old has been awarded Best Highland Single Malt 12 Years and Under at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards and a Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco 2020 Awards  

Loch Lomond Whiskies was recently also awarded the following medals at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: 

    • PLATINUM: Loch Lomond 12-Year-Old  
    • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Inchmurrin 12-Year-Old  
    • GOLD MEDAL – Inchmoan 12-Year-Old  

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Loch Lomond 18-Year-Old   

In 2018 the company signed a five-year partnership with The R&A for Loch Lomond Whiskies to become “The Spirit of The Open”. The period includes the playing of the landmark 150th Open in 2021 at St Andrews, the home of golf. 

For further information visit Loch Lomond Whiskies on Twitter: @LochLomondMalts, Instagram: @lochlomondmalts Facebook: Loch Lomond Whiskies and at

Join the English Whisky Members Club! – English Whisky News

Join the English Whisky Members Club! 

Receive 6 x bottlings a year – one bottle delivered bi-monthly

Discounts on all future purchases

Unlimited St George’s tours free of charge and free guest passes.

Each members bottle is carefully selected to showcase the work of our distillers. Some bottles will be unique for our members and some will be tasters of launches to come.  

From £10.33 pcm



Mark Littler Ltd Update Help Customers Sell their Whisky Even More Easily – Whisky News

Mark Littler Ltd Update Help Customers Sell their Whisky Even More Easily

Mark Littler Ltd has been helping private whisky owners sell their whisky online since 2016. In 2021 their updated website and services makes the process even easier.

As a private owner of whisky it can be difficult to know where to start when looking to sell whisky, whether it be rare bottles or whisky casks. With over four thousand visitors a month using their whisky-value webpage and another two thousand a month using their How to Sell Whisky Online blog,  Mark Littler Ltd have recently updated the sell whisky side of their website to help whisky owners looking for a way to legally sell their whisky.

The turbulent year of 2020 saw Mark Littler Ltd launch their exclusive online shop and their auction coordination service, which along with their traditional private buyers system aims to help customers find the most suitable route for selling their whisky in the way that meets their needs. The new webpages reflect the recently added services and help potential sellers explore the options to find out which might be most suitable for them.

The new sell bottles pages also include 39 guides to some of the most collectable single malt whiskies of the moment with 11 new pages dedicated to collectable Japanese whisky.

“We have seen a significant increase in interest in Japanese single malt whisky with our buyers over the last 12-24 months, which we think is in part driven by the success of Karuizawa and partly due to the 25% tariff on Scotch whisky that was introduced in America. Hopefully the end of the tariff is in sight, but we don’t see the popularity of Japanese whisky fading any time soon.”


Mark Littler
01260 218 718
Link please click HERE

Distillery Focus – Wolfburn at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News


In 1821 William Smith founded a distillery on the outskirts of Thurso and named it Wolfburn after the watercourse it drew from, “burn” being the Scots word for stream or small river. Despite great success in its early years, the distillery suffered greatly after the war and by the 70s it was recorded on the first ever Ordnance Survey map in ruins.

In 2011 planning began to reinstate the Wolfburn brand and distillery. By 2013 Shane Fraser from Glenfarclas and Iain Kerr from Glenlivet have joined and the distillery is once again in operation. 150 years after its inception and just a short walk from the original distillery site. Since then, they have released  a number of well-received expressions and won a plethora of coveted awards.


Gift them virtually! With The Loch Fyne Gift Voucher – Scotch Whisky News

Gift them virtually!

Let them choose their favourite dram for themselves with an e-gift card. Just set the amount, when they should receive it, add a personal message and we’ll do the rest. We’ll send an email to the recipient at 12:00am on your selected date with a link to redeem their voucher for use online at Loch Fyne Whiskies. Vouchers will remain valid for 24 months from the date of issue to the recipient and don’t have to be redeemed all at once.

For use online only, cannot be redeemed in our shops.

Buy now ›

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Hunting!

Andrew Ferguson


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

Tomatin Contrast

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

Was $210 – SAVE 35% – Now $136.49

Jura Seven Wood

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

Was $122 – SAVE 35% – Now $79.29

Port Askaig 100 Proof

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

Was $80 – SAVE 25% – Now $59.99

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Year

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

Was $97 – SAVE 25% – Now $72.74

Craigellachie 13 Year

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

Was $80 – SAVE 30% – Now $55.99

Compass Box GKS Glasgow KWM Cask

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

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

Was $94 – SAVE 25% – Now $70.49

Talisker Port Ruighe

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

Was $120 – SAVE 30% – Now $83.99

Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

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

Was $102 – SAVE 25% – Now $76.49

SMOS Caol Ila 8 Year KWM Cask

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

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

Was $85 – SAVE 15% – Now $72.24


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

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

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

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

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

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

·     Please place your order online!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Signatory Vintage & The Single Cask

·     Date: Friday February 12 8PM MT

·     Cost: $60.00

·     Pick-up Date: Available Now!

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


Boutique-y Whisky Roulette Double Header with Dave Worthington

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

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

·     Pick-up Date: Available Now!

·     Only 6 Spots Left!

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


We Are Offering Some Great Deals


Free City-Wide Delivery for Orders Over $100

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

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Precautions at KWM

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

Please do not enter the store if:

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

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

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

Precautions we are taking in-store:

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

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

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

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

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

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

·     Staff are frequently washing and disinfecting their hands.

·     We have cancelled all in-store tastings.

·     We are monitoring our staff for symptoms.

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



Store Hours

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Mon – Wed: 10am – 8pm

Thu – Fri: 10am – 9pm

Sat: 10am – 8pm

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

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