The Ardbeg Auriverdes is nearly here. It will be in store at KWM, North America’s first Ardbeg Embassy, on Wednesday June 25th. Demand for the whisky, which was first sampled at Ardbeg Day Festivities coordinated by KWM, has been very strong, and pre-order requests have been brisk. It is not too late to reserve your bottle. My tasting note can be found below. We also still have a little stock left of the Ardbeg Galileo which was surprisingly re-released in Alberta a couple of weeks ago.
There are also a couple of exciting new whiskies available from KWM. The Gordon MacPhail Glentauchers 1994 is perhaps the most interesting, $114.99. Very few bottlings are seen from this Speyside distillery, and this one caught our attention when it scored 96.5pts in the Whisky Bible. It is a KWM exclusive. There are also some very tasty left over bottles of Berry’s Linkwood 1993 from a single cask bottled for the Companions of the Quaich. The club took most of the bottles, but there are a few left over for the public to sample and purchase at $125.
I hope you enjoy this Malt Messenger Bulletin, and I hope we’ll see you in store soon to share a dram and check out some of our exciting new offerings.
In this Edition:
1. Ardbeg Auriverdes Due This Coming Wednesday
2. Introducing Gordon MacPhail’s Glen Tauchers 1994
3. Berry’s Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask Available to the Public
4. Lagavulin 37 Year
5. Finally the New Whiskies from Bruichladdich are Here!
6. Ardbeg Galileo is Back
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Ardbeg Auriverdes in-store Wednesday June 25
Ardbeg’s tasty 2014 Ardbeg Day Release is Nearly Here!
Demand has been strong for Ardbeg’s 2014 Ardbeg Day special release Auriverdes. The whisky will be available from Kensington Wine Market, North America’s first Ardbeg Embasssy on Wednesday June 25. The limited release was first tasted at Ardbeg Day in Calgary at events held by the brand and KWM. A soccer match was held on Saturday May 31 followed by release celebrations for the Auriverdes later that afternoon at the Bow Valley Lawn Bowling club. The whisky was a hit.
Auriverdes is Latin for Green Gold, a nod to Ardbeg’s classic green bottle and precious golden nectar. Green Gold is also the nickname of Brazil national soccer team, and so a tip of the hat at 2014′s World Cup. Distilled in 2002 the whisky is a tweak on the distillery’s flagship 10 year old bottling. The whisky was matured in 2nd Fill American oak barrels, fitted with custom toasted heads (barrel ends). Bottled at 49.9% it is creamy, fruity and decadent Ardbegian.
Ardbeg Auriverdes – 49.9% – My Tasting Note: ‘Nose: honeyed, fruity and subtly floral with decadent sugars and toffee, coconut butter and a hint of mocha; soft earthy peat, tinges of sea salt, spice and juicy malt lie beneath; both white and tropical fruits; Palate: still honeyed, lots more tropical and white fruits and decadent sugars with more mocha; the salty peat is very soft, and the barley is held well in check considering its age; light sugary spices dance all over while some licorice notes evolve; Finish: long, fresh and fruity with fading spices and soft-salty-peated-malt. $129.99
The Auriverdes is not expected to last long. It is already sold out in the UK, and it was only released just over 2 weeks ago. We are still taking pre-orders, and will have a bottle open for customer sampling on Wednesday. The whisky is exclusive to Ardbeg Embassies for 2 weeks, and will be available in limited quantities thereafter.
Introducing Gordon MacPhail Glentauchers 1994
Exclusive to KWM, 96.5pts Whisky Bible!
Glentauchers distillery was built in 1898 at the height of what became known as a the Pattison Whisky Crash, the devasting bursting of a late 19th century industry bubble. Unlike many of the distilleries founded around that time it survived and has been in production for the most part ever since. From the bottler: ” The Glentauchers Distillery Company started as a joint venture between James Buchanan, the creator of the “Black White” and “Buchanan” blends and WP Lowrie. The distillery was designed by local architect John Alcock.”
The distillery is currently owned by Pernod Ricard, and there are virtually no official bottlings. The closest thing available are those released by Gordon MacPhail, such as this 1994 vintage which scored 96.5pts in the last edition of the Whisky Bible. On a recent visit to Gordon MacPhail in Elgin, Scotland, I had a chance to sample it. My tasting note from that visit is below. The whisky is available exclusively from KWM in Alberta, and is a lovely summer dram!
GM Glentauchers 1994 – 43% – Refill Sherry Butts Recharred American Oak Hogsheads – My Tasting Note: “Nose: melons, pinapple and kiwi fruit; lots of honey, beeswax and citrus, subtle honey and soft floral tones; Palate: creamy, honeyed and still floral with smooth decadent oak and gentle spices; more melon and pineapple with a building creamy oakyness; Finish: long, clean and sweet, still fruity, soft and decadent.” – $114.99
Berry’s Linkwood 1993 Companions of the Quaich Cask now available to the Public
Only a couple dozen bottles of this soft and tropical whisky available!
This independently bottled single cask of Linkwood is excellent value for a cask strength 20 year old whisky. Selected by and bottled for Canada’s Companions of the Quaich whisky club, there were a few bottles leftover after the members had their share, and these are now available to the general public.
Berry’s Own Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask – 20 Year – 53.2% – Refill Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very soft, decadent and sugary with toasted oak, citrus and some silky floral tones; honey dew melon, marmalade and clotted cream with mint leaves sprinkled in powdered sugar; Palate: round, creamy and toasty with more sugars, citrus and floral notes; this is a sweet, decadent whisky and very soft; more melon, orange and clotted cream, but with pineapple, toasted oak and building spices too; Finish: long, coating and creamy with fading sugars and fruits.” – $124.99
Lagavulin 37 Year
Only 6 bottles coming in to KWM this Wednesday, all but 1 are sold!
The window is closing to acquire a bottle of the oldest Lagavulin ever bottled for your collection.
Lagavulin 37 Year – 51% – Distilled 1976 – Bottled 2013 – 1868 Bottles – Tasting Note by Serge at http://www.whiskyfun.com/: ” the oak feels a bit (astringency) but only for fraction of a second, because lemons, smokes and especially lapsang-souchong tea are soon to come to the rescue. I think we’re really in the world of tea here, it’s sharing many similarities with an old pu-erh, the soft kind of woodiness (incense once again, sandalwood, ‘sweet’ cinnamon), the mild fruitiness around kumquats and dried papayas, the earthy smokiness… Then there’s some honeydew, lemon pie, a faint camphory touch, certainly some cough syrup ‘as always’, some black chocolate, oysters, lemon balm… We’re experiencing the same phenomenon as on the nose, it keeps changing. Oh, and there are lovely touches of ripe melon.” 94pts Read the full tasting note here. – $2749.99 (priced over CAD$3,500.00-4,500.00 in other countries)
Finally the New Whiskies from Bruichladdich are Here!
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, Port Charlotte Scottish Barley, Bruichladdich Black Art 4 Octomore 6.1
All four of Bruichladdich’s new expressions came in to KWM this week, and while our most of our initial order has sold we have more of each on the way this coming week! I hope to get my own tasting notes up on them soon. In the meantime, here are some details:
1. Bruichladdich Scottish Barley – 50% – From the Distillery:Made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, then matured for its entire life by the shores of Lochindaal in premium American oak, it is a testament to the quality our ingredients. – $60.99
2. Port Charlotte Scottish Barley – 50% – From the Distillery: “This whisky is testament to our belief that raw ingredients matter. Trickle distilled from 100% Scottish Barley the spirit gently matures in the lochside village of Port Charlotte before being bottled here at the distillery using Islay spring water.” – $81.99
3. Bruichladdich Black Art IV – 49.2% – From the Distillery:”
Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich.” – $174.99
4. Octomore 6.1 – 57% – From the Distillery:”The world’s most heavily peated whisky, this is the sixth edition of the uber-experimental cult Octomore. Titanic amounts of peat but with a light, delicate complexity and a beguiling finesse. Young, yet eminently mature, it defies us. It remains an enigma. We embrace that. Here, we pay tribute to its pedigree, to the land from which it came and the raw materials that gave it life: Octomore Scottish Barley. We believe challenging convention matters.” – $131.99
The Black Art and Octomore aren’t expected to last long!
Ardbeg Galileo is Back!
But only for a very limited time…
A limited Ardbeg 11 Year old distilled in 1999, and released to celebrate the first whisky sent into space! Bottled in 2012 after maturing in Bourbon and Marsala cask, it is 49%. This whisky sold out very quickly in the Fall of 2012, and we were thrilled to get some back. Only 30 bottles left, they won’t last long!
Ardbeg Galileo – 49% – 11 Year – 1999 – My Tasting Note: Nose: surprisingly mellow for Ardbeg (but not Blasda mellow), lots of barley sugar, biscuitty peat, chocolate orange and candied coated fennel; very fruity with raisins and figs, ripe oranges and grape fruits, and mixed berries; Palate: creamy, earthy, peaty, sweet and spicy all at once; the citrus fruits, creamy vanilla and chocolate are all there but loosely buried under the surging peat and barley; more candied fennel along with oily-heathery-peat; Finish: drying, peaty and still sweet showing more chocolate, fennel and orange and lime peels; Comments: this whisky will take off like a rocket! – $119.99
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