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WhiskyIntelligence.com » Weblog Archive » Kensington Wine Market Malt Messenger No. 142 by Andrew Ferguson – Extra About Our Glenfarclas, the KWM 2022 Whisky Calendar Early Chicken & Extra!


Greetings from Tuscany!

In case you are questioning what I’m doing right here, no, they don’t make whisky in Tuscany. At the least not that I do know of, although there’s a single malt distillery in Northern Italy, Puni. I additionally love wine, and it is a crucial a part of my enterprise. The final time I used to be in Italy was 1995, and I used to be 17… After 18 years within the business, and seven and a half as proprietor of Kensington Wine Market, this go to, brief although it might be, is greater than slightly overdue.

My subsequent vacation spot is Paris, for Whisky Reside Paris. I’m solely half-joking once I say that it’s the solely Whisky Reside price going to. I’ll admit I haven’t been to all of the Whisky Lives, however the Paris present is with out query probably the greatest whisky exhibits on the earth. It’s been 3 years since I final attended, and I’m actually trying ahead to it.

After that, I’m off to Scotchland, with one in all my managers, Shawn Younger. Now we have a jam-packed 5-day itinerary that may take us to Arran, Islay, and Campbeltown; removed from sufficient time to do the areas justice, however sufficient to get a style. Then we’re off to London for The Whisky Alternate’s “Whisky Present”. A rival with Paris for the perfect whisky competition, IMHO.

As promised final week, we had some information that didn’t appear acceptable to share on the time, out of respect for Her Majesty’s passing. For one, the Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1952 70 Yr Diamond Jubilee bottling has arrived. It didn’t make sense to proudly proclaim the arrival of a whisky honouring her 70 years on the throne, whereas her household and the British Commonwealth have been in mourning for her passing.

With the Royal funeral behind us, it additionally feels slightly extra acceptable to share simply how good our Glenfarclas 1992 KWM thirtieth Anniversary Household Cask. Past good, truly; actually, tremendous good! I’ve included my full tasting observe and particulars on find out how to purchase a tasting pattern of the whisky. One thing we would begin calling a ‘Drample’.

We even have a variety of sought-after poll bottles to inform you about. The FOMO on these is bound to be nice, so there was no must rush their announcement. I’m nonetheless considering ‘sluggish whisky’ must develop into a factor. Technically there are two ballots: One is for the Ardcore Committee Version, and the opposite is usually Springbank with the Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2022 thrown in as a cherry on high.

Provides are restricted, so set your expectations accordingly. For the Ardbeg Poll, you have to be a Committee Member, which anybody may be with 5 minutes of free time and an internet-connected machine.

For the opposite poll, you have to be an present KWM buyer in our database, with at the very least one prior buy of $0.01 or better for the reason that begin of 2020.

The most important information on this Malt Messenger is that we’re lastly prepared to start out taking orders for the KWM 2022 Whisky Calendar. 25 Days of Dram Tremendous Whisky is again for the ninth yr in a row!

It took us slightly longer than standard to kind out all the main points, however, we’re assured that we now have put collectively one other improbable journey of whisky discovery! Our early chook pricing is in impact till October 5. Pay in full by that date, and you’ll save $60 on the KWM 2022 Whisky Calendar!

Evan’s SMWS nook can also be again, with the September Outturn from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. And we’ve highlighted a number of the many actually cool upcoming tastings we now have, each in-store and on-line.

All that and extra on this version of the Malt Messenger.

As all the time, within the occasion of a discrepancy in value, the purpose of sale at KWM will likely be taken as right. On-line ordering and in-store buying are all the time our preferences.

As they are saying in Tuscany, and most of Italy for that matter… ciao!

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

1. Introducing: The Glenfarclas 1992 KWM thirtieth Anniversary Household Cask

2. Saying: The KWM 2022 Whisky Calendar & Early-Chicken Supply

3. Introducing: The Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1952 Platinum Jubilee

4. Particular Characteristic: North And South Star Tasting with Ian Croucher on September thirtieth

5. Evan’s Nook: SMWS Canada September 2022 Outturn

6. One other Blended Poll of Hyped-up Stuff

7. Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Poll

8. The Fall Tasting Schedule is Now Up

9. A Brief Checklist of Sale Bottles

INTRODUCING: OUR GLENFARCLAS 1992

KWM 30TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY CASK!

I do know we talked about this within the final publication, however I assumed we must always give it its correct due…

We got the chance to pattern a number of Glenfarclas 1992 casks final yr, to pick out one for bottling as a particular Kensington Wine Market thirtieth Anniversary launch. We had the privilege to bottle a 1997 Household Cask in 2011. As demand and costs for Household Casks rose during the last decade, I by no means thought we’d ever bottle one other.

Final summer season we have been proven some samples of Glenfarclas distilled in 1992, and supplied the chance to pick out one to assist us mark our thirtieth Anniversary. 1992 is, in spite of everything, the yr we first opened our doorways, and whisky from the early Nineteen Nineties is getting more and more scarce and costly. I by no means doubted for a second that we’d discover a cask we appreciated, however somewhat I anxious in regards to the whole price of committing to a full cask of whisky from 1992.

After reviewing the samples, one of many casks clearly stood out; it was beautiful. I knew at that second that we couldn’t presumably move on the chance to bottle one other legacy bottling like this, and I feel that gamble has greater than paid off.

That is our eighth KWM unique bottling of Glenfarclas, and our second Glenfarclas Household Cask. The whisky was bottled on the twentieth of January, 2022, at 29 years of age, as a particular thirtieth Anniversary bottling.

Whereas not cheap, it’s, comparatively talking, an excellent deal: $100 lower than the Summer season 2021 Household Cask launch of 1992; and $240 lower than the present pricing for Glenfarclas 30 Yr. With the correct perspective, this whisky is, actually, a steal!

We’d wish to thank our associates at Glenfarclas, and their importer Pacific Wine & Spirits, for being such large supporters of our humble enterprise during the last couple of a long time. And likewise for giving us the chance to bottle whiskies like this which set us other than our competitors!

Glenfarclas 1992 KWM thirtieth Anniversary Household Cask – 52.6% – 29 Yr – First Fill Sherry Butt – My Tasting Observe: “Nostril: large, wealthy, and nutty with a great deal of candied fruit, chocolate, licorice, and treacle; that is old skool sherry, and really tropical… 5 Alive, mangos, papaya, and nectarines; fancy Italian leather-based; chilly tea dregs and Demerara sugars; a contact of menthol and eucalyptus. Palate: rattling… that is each bit as wonderful because the nostril implied it will be; soooohhhh old skool; a great deal of chocolate, easy leather-based, and fruity tobacco; sticky toffee pudding with heat treacle sauce; dried and candied fruits, cracked nuts and a aspect of Manzanilla sherry; nonetheless tropical, extra mango, papaya, and guava, but additionally some stone fruits too, plums and nectarines; decadent spices, licorice, anise, and candied fennel. End: lengthy, elegant, and wealthy; extra candied fruit, Christmas cake, treacle, and Aussie licorice; chocolate, leather-based and spices besides, that is the total package deal! Remark: I by no means thought we’d ever have a chance to purchase one other single cask of Glenfarclas; however slightly greater than a yr in the past we have been supplied some samples of 1992 Glenfarclas, for consideration as a thirtieth Anniversary bottling, and one in all them was beautiful, we merely couldn’t flip the chance down; and better of all, the bottled product is pretty much as good or higher than the pattern we tasted in 2021; that is old-school, tropical, sherried whisky; it’s the type of whisky we don’t usually see anymore… and it’s wonderful; better of all, within the time it took to get right here, the whisky is trying like even higher worth than it did a yr in the past; you’ll by no means see one other whisky like this, at something approaching this value ever once more!” – $600

We’re additionally providing 15ml samples of the whisky on the market, to present folks a chance to attempt it before you purchase it… they’re linked to a tasting video. I’m toying with the thought of calling them Dramples!

Glenfarclas 1992 KWM 30 Annv 15ml Pattern – $13.99

THE KWM 2022 WHISKY CALENDAR NOW

EARLY BIRD OFFER

Pre-Pay Early Chicken Particular Supply

Choose this selection in case you want to save $60 on the common value of $460, by prepaying now in full (please observe this can’t be mixed with different affords or reductions). You can be charged $400+gst after we obtain your order.

$400+gst

(no reductions)

EARLY BIRD PRICING OPTION ENDS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER fifth, 2022!

The KWM Whisky Calendar, aka “25 Days of Dram Tremendous Whisky”, is again for the ninth straight yr. As soon as once more the calendar may have a recent new look, which will likely be revealed in a number of weeks’ time. This yr’s calendar consists of 24 50ml premium whiskies, a customized emblem Glencairn glass, and a 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky for Christmas Day. You possibly can comply with together with us on the KWM Weblog beginning December 1st or on one in all our numerous social media channels as we introduce and focus on every day’s whisky. And there’s extra…

As a result of they have been such a giant hit the final two years, we are going to as soon as once more be internet hosting the Whisky Calendar Recap Tastings all through the month of December. Purchasers and recipients of the KWM 2022 Whisky Calendar will be capable of be a part of us for any or all the 5 digital tastings on December 5, 10, 15, 20 and after Christmas on the twenty eighth, at 7 PM MT. Every of them will cowl the 5 earlier day’s whiskies within the Calendar.

We all the time hold the precise whisky record a secret – there are too few surprises left on this life – however we can inform you this yr’s Calendar consists of 3 KWM unique casks, a few whiskies of their 20s, and greater than a dozen distilleries and producers by no means earlier than featured in any of our prior Whisky Calendars. We’re assured that we now have put collectively one other improbable Calendar this yr, and we all know you’ll like it!

Better of all, if you choose the pre-pay preorder choice, you’ll save $60! This feature was extremely popular final yr, and utterly bought out 2020’s unique manufacturing in simply 2 weeks!

We anticipate the KWM 2022 Whisky Creation Calendars ought to be prepared for choose up in early November. That’s, as long as the whole lot goes as deliberate, which, within the Put up-Covid Period, you possibly can by no means be 100% positive of. However we’ve deliberate accordingly, and ordered early from all of our suppliers!

INTRODUCING: THE GORDON & MACPHAIL

GLEN GRANT 1952 PLATINUM JUBILLE

That is the primary cause we held off placing out a full Malt Messenger final week, and the reasoning ought to be self-evident. Its significance could also be extra poignant in gentle of her Majesty’s current passing.

We had the privilege of launching this whisky’s sister bottling in 2012, the Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1952 Diamond Jubilee 60 Yr. That whisky was stuffed into cask just a few days earlier than the Queen’s coronation and bottled at 60 years to the day. The 70 Yr was stuffed earlier in 1952, on January twenty sixth to be particular, which is of no significance, aside from it was precisely 26 years earlier than I used to be born. It was bottled on the anniversary of the coronation, February 6, 2022.

From Gordon & MacPhail

“Honouring the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Gordon & MacPhail Personal Assortment 1952 from Glen Grant Distillery has spent the previous 70 years maturing in a primary fill Sherry cask. It was bottled on sixth February, the date of the Queen’s accession, and serves as a becoming tribute, exemplifying how character, endurance and knowledge can mature over a long time to ship an distinctive legacy.”

Gordon & MacPhail M Glen Grant 1952 Platinum Jubilee 70 Yr – 52.3% – First Fill Sherry Butt – Notes of beeswax polish give approach to ripe fig aromas, toffee and orange zest. Aged leather-based tempers rum and raisin. Style: Stewed blackberry compote, candy clementine and milk chocolate flavours are adopted by a menthol undertone. End: An extended end with a contact of smoke and a touch of pepper.” – $35,000.00

SPECIAL FEATURE: NORTH AND SOUTH STAR WHISKY TASTING WITH IAIN CROUCHER ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

Normally, we’d put this tasting in with the remainder of our Fall Tasting Schedule launch, which you’ll have already perused in final week’s e mail. Nonetheless, we have been late getting the data on this in-store tasting up and it’s occurring in 10 days.

In case you are not but acquainted with North Star Spirits (and South Star), that’s comprehensible. Past being a more recent impartial bottler (based in 2016) that has shortly developed a repute for strong releases (together with a number of very good older grains and spectacularly sherried blended malts), what makes it so fascinating?

Take part on this tasting and ask that query on to North Star Spirits founder Iain Croucher, who’s coming to Kensington Wine Market to guide this tasting. He’ll lead those that attend by way of a powerful lineup that features a splendidly citric, grassy, and fruity 26-year-old Tobermory, a HEAVILY sherried 13-year-old Glenallachie, and the well-known 7-year-old blended malt that was bottled to help Ukraine.

If you happen to handle to maintain your wits about you through the tasting, you can additionally ask Iain about his firm’s plans to construct their very own distillery, and why the heck he thinks placing it in Campbeltown of all locations is a good suggestion.

The tasting is going on on Friday, September thirtieth @ 7 PM at Kensington Wine Market and is restricted to twenty seats.

Reserve your spot for under $30

Hopefully, we are going to see you there!

-Evan

EVAN’S CORNER:

SMWS CANADA SEPTEMBER 2022 OUTTURN

Andrew wrote up the August Outturn a number of Malt Messengers again, however now you might be as soon as extra caught with my ramblings! Beneath are my ideas on the September Outturn.

48.143 – WORM SILK

Placing worm within the title of a whisky bottle appears misplaced – till you notice it is likely to be a touch as to which distillery the whisky comes from. Suppose Worm Tubs – a chunk of know-how from a bygone period that just a few Scottish distilleries proceed to make use of.

This bottle was the primary within the lineup and shocked many with its concentrated flavour. It’s no shrinking violet, although there are some great floral notes to be discovered all through.

10.229 – MEXICAN MIXED PEBBLES

That is what I consider as atypical in terms of Bunnahabhain. Normally, indie bottlings of Bunna round this age are both unpeated and closely sherried or closely peated from ex-Bourbon casks. That is a kind of uncommon bare and extra delicate Bunnas that’s unpeated and aged in ex-Bourbon. It makes for a salty, floral and fruity deal with with a touch of spice and ozone. You possibly can style the coast on this one, however with out the smoke or sherry mucking all of it up.

105.40 – THE SWEET KISS OF LEATHER SPLINTERS

With a whopping ABV of 66.2% you’ll assume this dram would pummel your nostril from the primary sniff and decimate your tongue upon tasting, however even neat you’ll be flawed. Whereas it is a very concentrated spirit, additionally it is remarkably properly balanced for one thing doubtlessly flamable. The mix of natural, nutty and fruit notes made this uncommon younger Tormore one in all my favourites of the night time.

36.185 – AN ITALIAN GRAPE CAKE

This 18-year-old Sauternes cask end from Benrinnes managed to take to the dessert cask fairly properly, with notes of spice and nuts and a nostril that hints at Limoncello. A scrumptious dram and the oldest whisky within the Outturn.

DOURO CRUISE

Potential relation to Tom Cruise? Nobody can say for positive. What is thought is that it is a 10-Yr-Previous SINGLE MALT Batch bottled at 50% ABV. The batch is constructed from ex-Bourbon barrels and ex-Ruby Port Pipes. This can be a juicy and wealthy dram for 50%.

My solely concern with it’s self-inflicted: I put this too late within the tasting order. In hindsight, I ought to have had it within the third spot or presumably even the second. Reside and be taught!

44.149 – THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM

Talking of worms and worm tubs, this Oloroso cask end Craigellachie shocked me by not having the hit-you-over-the-head meatiness that appears typical of whisky from this distillery – particularly when it combines with sherry casks. As a substitute, it’s an intriguing mixture of each tropical and dried fruit notes together with nuts and spices. Like THE SWEET KISS OF LEATHER SPLINTERS, it is a great dram that exhibits poise and steadiness regardless of carrying large flavour and alcohol degree.

42.75 – COASTAL CONVOLUTIONS

If there’s one draw back to being a member of the Canadian chapter of the SMWS, it needs to be that we don’t get a Ledaig each single Outturn. The identical goes for Loch Lomond and Glen Moray. And Bunnahabhain. Oh, and peated Glenturret. Clynelish. Glen Elgin. Teaninich…

I suppose what I’m actually complaining about is that we solely get seven new drams every month. Anyhow, again to this 42. I used to be excited once I noticed this was going to be within the September Outturn and couldn’t wait to style it. It undoubtedly didn’t disappoint (until your title is Curt, who believes Ledaig nearly all the time smells like a tire fireplace filtered by way of a pair of outdated knickers…when he’s being beneficiant along with his reward, that’s) and comes throughout like a mixture of Caol Ila and Laphroaig. High quality-wise, this bottle is up there with the small quantities of single cask teenage Ledaig we now have seen from The Single Malts Of Scotland, Relaxation & Be Grateful, LMDW, The Whisky Company, and extra. Could the teenage Ledaig by no means cease flowing! Nonetheless, this man is just about bought out.

Cheers,

Evan

ANOTHER MIXED BALLOT

We’re maintaining a number of the different poll phrases, situations, and solutions from prior choices:

1. So long as your title is in our buyer database, and also you’ve spent greater than $0.01 at KWM since January 1, 2020 (greater than 2 1/2 years), you might be welcome to enter this poll.

2. You’re welcome to enter your title for just one, or all the whiskies on the poll, however please observe we can’t accommodate preferences; please don’t enter the ballots for any bottles you don’t intend to truly buy.

3. We will likely be making an effort to ensure as many individuals as potential get at the very least 1 bottle of one thing, accordingly, nobody will likely be chosen to buy greater than one of many bottles on supply.

4. Don’t be a dick… please don’t enter the poll for any bottles you’ve gotten already acquired elsewhere or which you plan to flip for a revenue proper after selecting them up. Consult with my intro in case you want extra context on this.

5. In case your title is drawn you’ll be billed or contacted in your cost data inside 1 week of the poll closing.

6. Don’t name or e mail us asking in case you have been chosen for a bottle, please wait till you hear from us!

7. Please don’t submit greater than 1 entry, or enter the poll with an alias, on behalf of your partner, youngsters, roommate, canine, or teddy bear. We aren’t silly. If we really feel you are attempting to extend your probabilities of profitable, chances are you’ll be disqualified.

8. The poll closes at midnight, Friday, September 30.

*PLEASE DON’T EMAIL ASKING TO BE ENTERED IN THE BALLOT. YOU MUST DO SO YOURSELF. EMAIL REQUESTS WILL BE IGNORED!

On this poll:

1. Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2022 – 46% – Producer Description: “The 2022 Version was matured in oloroso sherry butts for at least eight years. The 22 casks chosen are a mixture of 20 recent and a couple of refill casks. Producer Tasting Observe: “Nostril: Intense candy pipe smoke, adopted by waves of freshly reduce strawberries and candied lemon peel. Lighter notes of Neroli (orange blossoms), gentle toffee and cloves. Palate: An preliminary observe of darkish chocolate and toasted walnuts, light tobacco smokiness, hints of caramel and dates accompanied by delicate warming peat smoke. End: Lengthy and evolving with cinnamon and liquorice wooden, chocolate bitters and lingering earthy smoke.” – $137+gst – Out there for buy solely by poll!

2. Springbank Hazelburn 15 Yr 2022 – 54.2% – Producer Description: “The yearly launched Hazelburn Sherrywood vary gives a stark distinction to the absolutely Bourbon matured Hazelburn 10 yr outdated. Matured in 100% Oloroso Sherry casks, this 15-year-old launch is a posh, full-bodied dram.” Restricted launch of solely 9,000 bottles. Producer Tasting Observe: “Nostril: Zesty orange and tangerine notes provoke this dram, opening as much as hints of milk chocolate, wine gums and fruit cake. Palate: The Oloroso maturation presents itself in notes of cinnamon, laborious toffee and milk chocolate. There’s a musty factor harking back to cigar packing containers and nutmeg. End: The cinnamon observe persists, with notes of gingerbread and floor pepper creating within the end.” – $145+gst – Out there for buy solely by poll!

3. Springbank Hazelburn 21 Yr 2022 – 46% – Producer Description: “This Hazelburn 21-year-old was launched in June 2022, with 3600 bottles accessible. Strong but delicate, there’s a complexity to this triple distilled providing.” Cask make-up: 70% Sherry, 30% Bourbon. Restricted launch of solely 3,600 bottles. Producer Tasting Observe: “Nostril: A daring introduction to this dram, there are notes of caramel, treacle and sticky toffee pudding. Creamy chocolate liqueur and hints of ginger add to the punchy nostril. Palate: A triple distilled dram with a sturdy palate, there are notes of creamy marzipan, prunes and choux pastry, balanced with a bitterness harking back to darkish chocolate. End: A creamy mouthfeel with hints of sandalwood and liquorice spherical off this dram. – $490+gst – Out there for buy solely by poll!

4. Springbank Longrow 23 Yr 2022 – 58.1% – Sadly, there aren’t loads of particulars floating round for this one. That’s usually the case for single cask bottlings. What we do know is that this was bottled in 2022 after maturing in a Refill Sherry Butt for 23 years. So…a 1998 or ’99 classic we’d guess? Restricted launch of solely 546 bottles. Whiskybase rating of 90.43/100 – $620+gst – Out there for buy solely by poll!

5. Springbank 30 Yr 2022 – 46% – Producer Description: “This restricted launch is an ideal encapsulation of Springbank’s character; candy and syrupy with a waxy mouthfeel, this 30-year-old is well worth the wait.” A wedding of Bourbon/Sherry. Restricted launch of solely 1,400 bottles. Producer Tasting Observe: “Nostril: Characteristically Springbank on the nostril, tropical fruits dominate with notes of pineapple, tangerine and peach, and a vanilla observe creating over time. Palate: Candy, citrusy notes of lemon and tangerine are outstanding on the palate, complemented by the fragile peat smoke affect. There are notes of opal fruits, sherbet sweets and turkish delight, together with hints of coconut. End: The tropical fruit notes carry by way of to the end, together with a waxy factor and notes of mint leaf to spherical off this dram.” – $2000+gst – Out there for buy solely by poll!

Enter The Blended Poll Right here

ARDBEG ARDCORE COMMITTEE BALLOT

*PLEASE DON’T EMAIL ASKING TO BE ENTERED IN THE BALLOT. YOU MUST DO SO YOURSELF. EMAIL REQUESTS WILL BE!

As with all restricted version Ardbegs as of late, this whisky is simply accessible by poll.

Producer Description

“From a Distillery with extra ups and downs than a pogoing punk comes Ardcore. Created with roasted black malt, roasted to the intense, this spirit is all about what occurs up entrance – centre stage. The malt is what defines its distinctive profile. Described as tasting like ‘biting on a spiky ball’, Ardcore is a dram that wears its coronary heart on its sleeve… its black coronary heart! Notes of charcoal and candy smoke make for an in-your-face nostril, whereas potent notes of aniseed and darkish chocolate stamp this bottle out as one match just for essentially the most Ardcore of followers.”

Ardbeg Ardcore Committee – 50.1% – Producer Tasting Observe: Nostril: Spicy and savoury, Ardcore grips the senses with waves of marmite, burnt toast, chicory charcoal and infused espresso grounds making for a mosh pit within the glass. Like a security pin by way of the septum, a basic Ardbeg natural high observe is current, whereas swirling, smoky bonfire and molasses loiter backstage. Style: A jaw-dropping spicy and fiery mouthfeel results in an explosion of wealthy, smoky flavours – cocoa powder, darkish chocolate, peanut brittle toffee, smoked lime and a suggestion of soot and bonfire embers all pogo in unison on the palate. Amped up aniseed and malty biscuit elbow their approach to the fore, punkturing style buds. End: In an altogether sweeter end, lengthy, lingering notes of treacle toffee, soot and smoke make for an anarchic, however scrumptious, aftertaste.” – $185+gst – Out there for buy solely by poll!

Enter The Ardbeg Ardcore Committee Poll Right here

UPCOMING TASTINGS

Our Fall Tasting Schedule is coming quickly, however within the meantime, listed here are a number of occasions to entertain and delight you!

North & South Star Whisky with Iain Croucher

·     Date: Friday, September 30

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $30

·     That is an in-person tasting!

Iain Croucher, the person behind North Star and South Star whiskies, in addition to the approaching new Dál Riata Distillery in Campbeltown, is coming to city for the primary time, so we’re rolling out a fantastic vary of malts. We’ll pattern 8 expressions of North & South Star whisky, together with the Blended Malt for Ukraine, a 13-year-old somewhat sherried GlenAllachie, and a 26-year-old Tobermory. A steal for $30.

Friday, September 30 @ 7PM.

SMWS October 2022 Digital Outturn

·     Date: Wednesday, October 5

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $55

·     This can be a VIRTUAL TASTING!

Log in, pour your drams, and be a part of us from dwelling, the seaside, or the woods for the October 2022 Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada Digital Outturn Tasting. The KWM crew will likely be your information as you pattern by way of an thrilling vary of seven new, never-before-sampled SMWS whiskies. Wednesday, October 5, 7 PM.

*Lively SMWS Members will Save $10 on one set of samples for the tasting. For the $10 low cost, particular person SMWS members should register independently. The value won’t present on-line while you submit however will likely be adjusted after we overview and course of the order.

Wednesday, October fifth @ 7 PM

SMWS October 2022 In-Individual Outturn 6 PM

·     Date: Thursday, October 6

·     Time: 6 PM

·     Value: $60

·     That is an in-person tasting!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada’s October Outturn tasting will function new, never-before-featured whiskies. The vary would be the identical because the digital tasting the night time earlier than however can even embody nibbles from our associates at Peasant Cheese, and the comradery that may solely come from 20 SMWS Members in our tasting room. Please observe we won’t be holding again inventory of the Outturn bottles particularly to buy for this in-person tasting, although there’ll probably be bottles of most whiskies nonetheless accessible.

Thursday, October 6 @ 6 PM.

 

Amrut Whisky with Ashok Chokalingam

·     Date: Friday, October 7

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $55

·     That is an in-person tasting!

Our buddy Ashok is returning to Calgary for the primary time in a lot of years and we’re thrilled to have him in retailer for an in-person tasting. Rather a lot has modified since we final noticed Ashok, he’s now Amrut’s Distillery Supervisor. We’ll pattern 7 Amrut expressions, together with, if the celebrities align, a particular deal with.

Friday, October seventh @ 7 PM

OLD first MALT version CASKs

·     Date: Tuesday, October 11

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $50

·     Digital Tasting

Now that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Excuse the cheek, however we really feel that is going to be an superior tasting! We’ve just lately obtained a curious new vary of Previous Malt Cask and First Version whiskies from our associates at Hunter Laing. The tasting will embody 7 single cask whiskies from Ben Nevis, Glenburgie, Highland Park, Jura, Linkwood, Miltonduff, and Royal Lochnagar. All in all, we are going to dabble in 141 years of single malt Scotch whisky.

Tuesday, October eleventh @ 7 PM

KWM Casks Bruichladdich Cask Launch – In-Retailer Tasting

·     Date: Thursday, October 13

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $50

·     That is an in-person tasting!

We’ve by some means managed to maintain a lid on the truth that we now have had a brand new KWM unique Bruichladdich cask quietly slumbering up at our warehouse for months. Because of our favorite Bogyman – “Provide Chain Points” – we now have obtained no fewer than a dozen single casks within the final 3 months; a typical yr’s price. One of many final of the dozen casks to reach, we made the choice to carry the Laddie again for a Fall launch to present a few of our different casks an opportunity to shine. Along with being the primary shoppers to pattern our new Bruichladdich cask, tasting contributors can even have the chance to pattern our prior Bruichladdich cask and a choice of 5 different current KWM single cask bottlings. If historical past is any information, this Bruichladdich cask gained’t final lengthy. So the icing on the cake for many who attend our digital or in-person tasting is that they may have a chance to buy a bottle every week earlier than every other shoppers!

Thursday, October thirteenth @ 7 PM

KWM Casks Bruichladdich Cask Launch – Digital Tasting

·     Date: Friday, October 14

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $40

·     Digital Tasting

Identical as above, however Digital. From the consolation of your personal dwelling!

Friday, October 14th @ 7 PM

Shelter Level Returns with Chris Learn

·     Date: Tuesday, October 18

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $20

·     That is an in-person tasting!

Considered one of our favorite Canadian Distilleries, Shelter Level, has been on a little bit of a hiatus from Alberta in current months. Now they’re coming again, and in fantastic type too, with new whiskies, a brand new model ambassador, and a brand new importer. Model Ambassador Chris Learn will likely be our information as we pattern by way of 7 Shelter Level whiskies, together with the soon-to-be-released Evans Household Reserve, and Shelter Level 10 Yr.

Tuesday, October 18th @ 7 PM

Rye Not Rye? Digital Tasting

·     Date: Tuesday, October 20

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $40

·     Digital Tasting

If all of Rye is Crown Royal, we’re sorry (largely as a result of we imagine Rye Whisky ought to truly include…properly…rye; absurd, proper?). Rye is making a comeback and as a metropolis that’s dwelling to probably the greatest Rye producers on the earth, we’re not strangers to good old style (not the cocktail) near-100% Rye whiskies. Fortunately increasingly more persons are leaping on the rye practice and the flavours are vastly completely different even when the mash payments are the identical. Canada has very loosey-goosey guidelines in terms of what makes Canadian Rye Whisky, different nations have extra agency guidelines on how Rye Whisky may be made and we need to share these with you. Concord and Evan are proud to current a lineup of near-100% Rye-based whiskies which can be positive to knock your boots off.

Tuesday, October twentieth @ 7 PM

Glenfarclas KWM thirtieth Anniversary Tasting with Deborah Stewart – 6 PM & 8 PM

·     Date: Tuesday, October 25

·     First Seating Time: 6 PM

·     Second Seating Time: 8 PM

·     Value: $40

·     These are each in-person tastings!

Glenfarclas’s Deborah Stewart will likely be our particular visitor as we rejoice the launch of our Glenfarclas 1992 KWM thirtieth Anniversary Household Cask with an unimaginable vertical tasting. We’ll pattern the Glenfarclas 15, 21, 25, 30, and 40-year-olds, in addition to the KWM Cask Power 21 Yr and our new 1992 Household Cask. In all, 181 years of liquid historical past for simply $40!!!

Tuesday, October twenty fifth @ 6 PM andTuesday, October twenty fifth @ 8 PM

Kinda Uncommon & Previous Whiskies: 20 is the brand new 30

·     Date: Wednesday, October 26

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $150

·     Digital Tasting

It’s best to know the drill by now: the large man has recognized a spread of whiskies he desires to style, and the vary is unlikely to disappoint. This time round we now have a spread of 8 whiskies: 6 of their twenties and a couple of of their early thirties. Now we have a trio of outdated Edradours, a pair of Millstones distilled within the Nineteen Nineties, a Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff from 1989, and OB single casks of BenRiach (1997) and GlenDronach (1990). In whole, you’ll take pleasure in simply shy of 200 years price of single malt whisky!

Wednesday, October twenty sixth @ 7 PM

Bathroom v. Bodega: Peat Monsters & Sherry Bombs

·     Date: Thursday, October 27

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $80

·     That is an in-person tasting!

Peat and sherry are unquestionably the large weapons within the whisky world. Whereas these are arguably essentially the most polarizing types of whisky on the market, they’re additionally far and away essentially the most in demand. The theme for this tasting is elegantly easy: dark-sherried beauties meet daring smoky beasts. From the bodegas of Jerez to the peat banks of Scotland, we’ll work our approach by way of a number of the most intense flavours on the spectrum. Although not a tasting for the faint of coronary heart, Curt has pulled collectively some particular bottles for this vary!

Thursday, October twenty seventh @ 7 PM

Boutique-y North-West Euro Categorical w/ Dave Worthington

·     Date: Saturday, October 29

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Value: $50

·     Digital Tasting

Are you able to consider a greater approach to spend an early Saturday night in October than geeking out on whisky with Boutique-y Dave and the KWM crew? Now we have chosen 8 whiskies for the tasting, launched as part of Boutique-y’s North-West Euro Categorical. The vary highlights single malts, ryes, and a buckwheat spirit (that may’t legally be known as whisky) from North West European Distilleries. We’ll be sampling drams from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

Saturday, October twenty ninth @ 5 PM

Glenfarclas Household Casks 2021 – The Nineteen Nineties

·     Date: Tuesday, November 1

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $100

·     Digital Tasting

On the one hand, this tasting was an ideal alternative for us to function our new Glenfarclas 1992 KWM thirtieth Anniversary Household Cask… Nevertheless it additionally has the additional benefit of permitting us to pattern a number of the wonderful Summer season 2021 Glenfarclas Household Casks we obtained within the Spring. There have been too many to suit into one tasting, so we broke them down into the 1990 and the 2000s. This tasting will function the next S21 vintages: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1998; in addition to our personal unique 1992 cask.

Tuesday, November 1st @ 7 PM

Elixir Distillers Single Casks w/ Celine Tetu

·     Date: Friday, November 4

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $50

·     That is an in-person tasting!

Elixir Distillers has develop into one in all our greatest companions lately, they usually hold feeding us some completely wonderful single casks. The newest batch was chosen within the Winter or Spring of 2021, however because of all of the challenges round logistics as of late, they solely simply arrived within the late Spring! We did a model of this tasting in the summertime with Elixir Distiller’s Celine Tetu, and now she’s coming to city, so we’ll function the identical vary in-store. Friends will pattern 7 Single Malts of Scotland bottlings, with 6 of them being cask energy, single cask whiskies. Contributors will attempt the 4 most up-to-date KWM casks: Ardmore 11 Yr, Glenburgie 22 Yr, Imperial 22 Yr, and Mannochmore 13 Yr, and three others: Ben Nevis 1997, Linkwood 11 Yr, and Reserve Casks Glencadam 10 Yr.

Friday, November 4th @ 7 PM

…By Any Different Identify: Secret Whiskies from Not So Secret Distilleries

·     Date: Tuesday, November 8

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $40

·     Digital Tasting

“What’s in a reputation? That which we name a rose by every other title would scent as candy.”

A bit little bit of Romeo and Juliet for you, people. However what’s in a reputation? We sorta suppose that’s a subject for group dialogue. And a dialogue is sort of all the time extra pleasing over a number of drams (that is incontrovertible reality). There are a number of distilleries in Scotland which can be very protecting of their model. There are others that merely produce a handful of in-house types beneath completely different names. In each circumstances, we regularly discover labels that make us second-guess our distillery data. For this occasion, we’ll be tasting a number of very well-known distilleries bottled beneath some very completely different names. We’ll inform some tales and possibly even speculate a bit in some circumstances. Be part of us for a night of sipping, sleuthing, and secret revealing. Curt was actually enthusiastic about this vary, and we will guarantee you it gained’t disappoint.

Tuesday, November eighth @ 7 PM

Fall Single Malt Pageant – Night time 1 & Night time 2

·     Date 1: Tuesday, November 10

·     Date 2: Tuesday, November 24

·     Time: 7 PM to 9 PM

·     Value: $75

·     That is an in-person competition tasting!

As we did within the Spring for our thirtieth Anniversary, we’re providing two more-or-less an identical Fall Single Malt Festivals, two weeks aside, each for a reasonably smaller crowd than standard, to present as a lot of our whisky associates as potential an opportunity to attend. There will likely be as much as 100 whiskies to pattern, and the value features a thirtieth Anniversary KWM emblem glass. As all the time, our neighbour Peasant cheese will likely be lining your stomachs with scrumptious cheese, charcuterie, sausage rolls, and different treats! Each Festivals are restricted to 80 contributors and we’re asking folks to solely register for one date or the opposite, not each, out of respect for different clients.

Thursday, November 10, 7 PM – 9 PM & Thursday, November 24, 7 PM – 9 PM.

Boutique-y Cool & Uncommon Whisky w/ Dave Worthington

·     Date: Saturday, November 12

·     Time: 5 PM

·     Value: $70

·     Digital Tasting

It will certainly be one of the vital enjoyable ranges we pattern with Boutique-y Dave. It consists of 4 just lately launch That Boutique-y Whisky Co. Blends at 22, 32, 42 and 52 years of age! The final one is an actual curiosity, as having fallen under 40% it isn’t legally whisky… however it is going to be fascinating to attempt! To spherical out the lineup we’re including Ledaig 21 Yr, Allt-A-Bhaine 23 Yr, and a teaspooned presumably Glen Scotia 24 Yr. 216 years of liquid historical past, with one of many business’s most entertaining hosts!

Saturday, November twelfth @ 5 PM

Glenfarclas Household Casks 2021 – The 2000s

·     Date: Tuesday, November 15

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $65

·     Digital Tasting

No, we gained’t be sampling the KWM thirtieth Anniversary Household Cask on this session, however we nonetheless have an unimaginable lineup of Glenfarclas single casks. We held again a bottle every of a number of the highlights from the Summer season 2021 Glenfarclas Household Cask releases. On this session, we’ll pattern bottlings from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Tuesday, November fifteenth @ 7 PM

Kinship Assortment 2021 +1

·     Date: Tuesday, December 6

·     Time: 7 PM

·     Value: $225

·     Digital Tasting

Who doesn’t love outdated Islay malts? We purchased a few units of the 2021 Kinship Assortment from Hunter Laing as a result of we knew we have been going to need to open one for a tasting. The set consists of:

Ardbeg 19 Yr, Bowmore 33 Yr, Bruichladdich 29 Yr, Bunnahabhain 31 Yr, Caol Ila 40 Yr, and Laphroaig 23 Yr. However that’s solely 6 whiskies, and we wish to have at the very least 7 at our tastings, so we’re tossing in a beautiful sherried First Version Laphroaig 14 Yr to spherical out our vary. Be part of the KWM crew as we sip our approach by way of 189 years of Islay glory!

Tuesday, December sixth @ 7 PM

A SHORT LIST OF BOTTLES ON SALE

Even when we’re not within the midst of a store-wide sale, we regularly nonetheless have a bottle or three discounted. This may be because of us carrying an excessive amount of inventory or an importer’s limited-time supply the place we move the financial savings onto our clients.

Beneath is a choice of bottles at the moment on sale.

You possibly can browse all of our on-sale objects right here.

La Maison Du Whisky Artist 4.5 Royal Brackla 13 Yr

A part of the Artist Collective Collection 4 from La Masion Du Whisky, this 13 yr outdated Royal Brackla was matured in 2 Refill Sherry Butts stuffed in 2007 and bottled at 48%.

$169.99 $127.49

25% OFF

Maltbarn Highland Malt 1993

Distilled in 1993 and bottled at 48.3% in 2019. Solely 141 bottles from a Bourbon Cask.

There’s a wee little bit of rumblin’ that this will, maybe, simply may, may presumably be, Glenmorangie. However then once more, even the importer hasn’t had affirmation, so who is aware of? Generally which may appear to be a bet. With Maltbarn, nevertheless, you possibly can often wager on it being a very good bottle, irrespective of the who, what, why, the place, and when.

$349.99 $262.49

25% OFF

Benromach 10 Yr Previous

Bottled at 43% after maturing in a mixture of ex-Bourbon & Sherry casks, the calmly peated 10-year-old is without doubt one of the finest 10s round and has been bottled within the distillery’s new livery!

$73.99 $55.49

25% OFF

Cooper’s Selection Previous Rhosdhu 1994

Previous Rhosdhu is a fruit pushed single malt produced by the Loch Lomond Distillery. It’s a type that we haden’t seen for almost a decade, till a handful of bottlings began to look lately. This specific bottling was distilled in 1994 and bottled after 27 years at 47%.

$324.99 $259.99

20% OFF

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