Bunnahabhain helps whisky lovers celebrate Fèis Ìle in spirit – Scotch Whisky News

Bunnahabhain helps whisky lovers celebrate Fèis Ìle in spirit

Virtual ‘Feis at Home’ celebrations keep the festival spirit thriving for 2020

Tasting kits allow whisky fans to join in from the comfort of their own home

Exclusive distillery news and competitions revealed to those who tune in

It’s one of the most anticipated calendar dates for the whisky fans who descend on Islay’s shores years after year, but the cancellation of this Spring’s world-famous Feis Ile festival won’t stop Bunnahabhain from throwing its (virtual) doors open to all.

While physical celebrations are on hold due to social distancing guidelines, Bunnahabhain is inviting whisky fans from across the globe to ‘Feis at Home’ and transporting them to the shores of Islay via a special live tasting of not one, but two exceptional new festival editions.

Hosted by renowned whisky expert Dave Broom*, Bunnahabhain Distillery Manager Andrew Brown will be joined by Master Blender Julianne Fernandez, Master Distiller Stephen Woodcock and Visitor Centre Manager Dr Billy Sinclair for the live stream on Friday 29th of May from 8pm (BST). The group will lead whisky fans through a tasting and take part in a panel discussion about the two limited-edition expressions being released to mark the occasion.

Tasting kits available to purchase from the Bunnahabhain website will allow people to follow along from the comfort of their home. And it wouldn’t be Feis Ile without a few surprises…with exclusive details on a new product to be revealed live during the tasting.

Ahead of the tasting, Visitor Centre Manager, Dr Billy Sinclair will take friends of Bunnahabhain on a Facebook Live tour around the distillery and island – a chance to get the full Feis Ile experience from afar. Eagle eyed viewers will also have the chance to win a trip to the world-famous festival in person in 2021, with competition details announced on the first ‘tour’ to go live on Bunnahabhain’s Facebook page at 10am (BST) on Friday the 29th of May.

Bunnahabhain Distillery Manager, Andrew Brown, said: 

Our world famous ‘Music and Malt’ festival here on Islay is a pilgrimage for many a Bunnahabhain fan and we love greeting them here at the distillery. We’ll miss seeing some familiar faces in person, but Feis Ile is always warm and welcoming, so we’re embracing the fact that live streaming technology will allow even more people to join in this year.” 

We’ve got a great panel of experts on board to talk through our wonderful new festival editions, and anyone who’s visited Feis Ile before will know that’s not all we’ve got up our sleeve. You’ll have to tune in to find out more, but we can guarantee a memorable festival, even if it’s not running exactly as we had planned.” 

On sale information on Bunnahabhain’s new festival editions will be announced later this week. 

Bunnahabhain’s virtual ‘Feis at Home’ events will take place on Friday the 29th of May 

A virtual tasting and panel discussion of two new festival editions will take place at at 8pm (BST) 

Live streams from the distillery on Islay will take place at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm (BST) 

Join in on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bunnahabhain 

Tasting kits can be purchased from, priced at £16.50: www.bunnahabhain.com/ 

Please ensure orders are placed by 25th of May (UK) or 18th of May (rest of world) to avoid disappointment

For more information please contact Fiona Hayes, WIRE: fiona@wearewire.co / 07837000900


About Bunnahabhain:

Established in 1881 and situated on Islay’s most northerly point, Bunnahabhain is the island’s most remote distillery, overlooking a notorious passage of ocean known by seafarers as the sound of Islay.

It has long established links to the sea, previously only accessible by boat – with ships loaded up daily before transporting their important whisky cargo back to the mainland for sale.

The word ‘Bunnahabhain’ is actually Gaelic for ‘mouth of the river’ referring to the Margadale River, its source of pure spring water which is distilled in the island’s tallest stills to create the renowned malts. It’s the use of pure spring water that is piped to the distillery which gives it its unique light colouring which sets it apart from other darker liquids on the Islay landscape.

The distillery goes against the grain – quite literally – with a portfolio made up of broadly non-peated expressions, however, its peated Toiteach A Dhà expression recently won in the Scotch Islay: No Age Statement category at this year’s World Whiskies Awards. Bunnahabhain took home a further four titles in the 2020 awards ranging from silver to gold certificates – showcasing the calibre of its range. 

*About Dave Broom:

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow and has spent the past 30 years writing about alcohol. He spent 7 years as features editor on a UK drinks trade weekly then, after working a stage in an Australian winery, returned to the UK to specialise as a freelance writer on spirits.

He has written 12 books, two of which [Rum and Drink!] won the Glenfiddich Award. ‘Whisky: The Manual’ was awarded Best Spirits Book at the Spirited Awards in 2015 and the ‘World Atlas of Whisky’ has been called “a landmark publication”.

His most recent book, “The Way of Whisky: A Journey into Japanese Whisky’ appeared in 2017 and was awarded the John Avery prize at the Andre Simon Awards in 2018.

As well as regular radio and TV work, in 2018/9, he wrote and presented the whisky culture documentary ‘The Amber Light’ (directed by Adam Park).

He has been contributing editor at both Whisky Magazine and scotchwhisky.com and continues to write for a large number of international titles. He launched his new website thewhiskymamual.uk in 2020

The other part of his life is involved with training and speaking. He regularly gives talks at international whisky events. He designs in-house training courses for distillers, and was one of the team which developed (and continues to maintain) the Single Malt Flavour Map.

He has been a tutor on Diageo’s influential Malts Advocates Course for 20 years. He also advises on spirit quality and new product development for a number of distillers around the world.

In 2013, he was awarded the Communicator of the Year at the ISWC awards and in 2015 was voted Best Spirits Writer at the Spirited Awards. He is a Master of the Quaich.

About Andrew Brown, Bunnahabhain Distillery Manager

Andrew Brown’s Bunnahabhain journey began in May of 1988, when the distillery found itself short staffed for unloading malt boats coming into its famous pier. After helping out on a few occasions, he was given a full time role as a warehouseman, and joined the small, hardworking team, of Bunnahabhain Distillery.

He quickly moved on to work in the warehouse and mash house, as the relief mashman, learning the ropes from the team around him on running the still house boilers. In 1997 he took on the role of Assistant Team Leader, progressing to become the Bunnahabhain Distillery Manager in 2010

It’s a position he has proudly held for over 10 years and has seen the production at Bunnahabhain increase substantially in that time.

Finding it impossible to choose one whisky as a favourite, he opts for three, all Bunnahabhain (of course) – 40 year old, Auld Acquaintance then after this the 18 year old.

About Julieann Fernandez, Blender

Julieann Fernandez’ whisky journey started while she was at university with a placement at Chivas Brothers. Working in the Kilmalid lab doing analytical chemistry and new product development created a true passion for whisky and following her graduation with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science, Julieann joined the Scotch Whisky Research Institute as an Analytical Research Scientist.

From there, Julieann returned to Chivas Brothers, moving around the business and learning all aspects of distilling; from grain and malt to developing her organoleptic skills.

She joined Distell in 2017 as Blender and works alongside Senior Blender, Kirstie McCallum, on the single malt, blend and limited-edition portfolios. Julieann is currently studying towards her Diploma in Distilling.

About Billy Sinclair, Bunnahabhain Visitor Centre Manager

Biologist, geneticist, conservationist, diving instructor and commercial coxswain – Billy Sinclair has packed a lot into life. He holds an honours degree in Biology and Biochemistry, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Genetics. He also has more than 50 scientific papers to his name. If you want to know about antibiotic resistant bacteria in remote Australian communities, the evolutionary history of Scotland’s pine forests, paternity testing in rare pigs, or survival strategies in ancient, deep-sea cousins of the octopus, Billy’s your man. In his 25-year career, he’s travelled the globe, working in Scotland, Ireland, England and Australia. He’s also led student field trips in Egypt, Australia and The Gambia. And in 2015 he embarked on a new adventure, when he moved with his family to Islay and added a new passion — serious Scotch whisky — to his long, long list.

His favourite dram (if he’s forced to choose) is the Bunnahabhain 18-year-old.

About Stephen Woodcock, Master Distiller

Stephen Woodcock started his career in chemistry, managing chemical plants to create coloured pigments for the paints, inks and plastic industries.

With parents working in the drinks industry, his father owned a pub and mother worked for Allied Distillers – so maybe it’s not surprising that he ended up there too. He joined Diageo in 2009 as the business leader responsible for pre-distillation. It’s a chemical process after all, just like any other. But a last-minute change of plan saw him take on the management of Dundashill Cooperage in Glasgow instead, where he simultaneously took on a General Certificate in Distillation. It wasn’t until the Dundashill site (sadly) closed in 2010 that he had the chance to put that knowledge into practice.

He moved to Speyside to take charge of the multi-million-pound upgrade and commissioning of Inchgower Distillery in Buckie. Following that Stephen worked in seven different Speyside distilleries, learning more about predistillation and distillation processes with each move. In a bid to understand this further from a more academic perspective he completed the IBD Diploma in Distilling in 2017, and in June 2016 he joined Distell as Distilleries Manager and Master Blender. His role is to protect age old traditions, while working to refine and improve the processes of the distilleries he takes charge of, so they can keep creating the finest whiskies in the world.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bunnahabhain-helps-whisky-lovers-celebrate-feis-ile-in-spirit-scotch-whisky-news/

Malt Messenger No. 110 by Andrew Ferguson – Loads of Exciting New Whiskies Including an Exclusive Glenfarclas! – Whisky News

Malt Messenger No. 110 – Loads of Exciting New Whiskies…

Including a New KWM Exclusive Glenfarclas Cask Strength!

I hope this email finds you all well as we head into the May Long Weekend. Having worked in retail for most of my life, my concept of a weekend is a little different than what the Monday-Friday folk are used to, and Long Weekends… what are those?!

Over the last couple of months, with people in isolation, quarantine and working from home, the lines between weekday and weekend have been seriously blurred, and that is true in the Essential Service of Wine, Whisky, Beer Spirits retail too. I’ve been joking that the last 8 weeks have felt a little like living through the movie Groundhog Day, with each day only slightly different from the last… But we are working, and we have been busy, and we here at Kensington Wine Market are all very, very grateful for that!

I wanted to start by addressing the elephant in the room/World, that of Covid-19 amid the spectre of Alberta beginning to open up. Unusually for the May Long Weekend in Alberta, the weather is going to be fine and many of you will understandably be drawn outside and maybe even in to Kensington for a stroll through the neighbourhood and pop in to the shop.

We love seeing all of you and reconnecting, and we are humbled that our business has fostered a sense of community around it. But, regardless of the fact that precautions are being eased, we are not returning to life or business as usual for a long time. I would to encourage you to continue taking advantage of Curb Side Pickup and our offer of Free City-Wide Delivery in Calgary for Orders Over $50. Order online or by phone.

Please help me keep my staff, other customers and our community safe and healthy. If you need to come in to the store, please keep your visit short. We will continue to allow just 5 customers in-store at a time for the foreseeable future, and as much as possible we would like to keep from having to form a line outside. Please take advantage of our hand sanitation dispensers at the front door and throughout the store, and refrain from touching items unless you intend to purchase them. Please respect a 2 metre social distance with my team and other customers while in-store. And please consider coming earlier in the day, ideally before 3PM. Our store tends to be busiest between 3 6, but is slower in the morning and early afternoon.

I know everyone wants to go back to the way things were, and in time we may be able to do that. But for now, please help us do our part to serve customers safely.

A lot of you were asking after the last Malt Messenger, if there was to be a memorial for Jay Wheelock, and or if there was a cause you could contribute to in his memory. There will be a celebration of life for Jay in the future, when circumstances permit. Until then, J’s partner Kate has asked anyone wanting to make a donation in his memory, to consider donating to Paw Prints in the Sand, a California based animal rescue and rehabilitation organization dedicated to “rehoming abused, abandoned, neglected and stray companion animals.”

This organization was very close to J’s heart. Kate wrote me that “J was immensely proud to donate to them. This animal rescue group is where we rescued J’s beloved dog Neo from.” A few of J’s family, friends and colleagues took part in a small online memorial for him last Friday. It provided a modicum of closure for the many of us who were so fond of him. I will be sure to share details of a future celebration of life for Jay Wheelock, when there is information to share.

We have lots of exciting news in this Malt Messenger, including the arrival of our latest Glenfarclas Cask Strength bottlings, the Glenfarclas 15 Year Cask Strength KWM #2, AKA “Ferg in Front of the Store.” We have a decent outturn on this one, partially by accident, somehow a request for 450 bottles accidentally became 600… but no matter, the whisky is excellent, they arrived yesterday and are already 1/4 sold! More details including my tasting note below.

That is not the only exciting new arrival, we are also thrilled to announce the arrival of the Compass Box Rogues Banquet, the first of a few 20th Anniversary bottlings from our favourite whisky blender. The latest limited release of peated whisky from Knockdhu Distillery, the anCnoc Stack is arriving on Saturday. We also have a boat load of new products from WM Cadenhead including 5 single cask, cask strength Rums and 13 Whiskies from Small Batch Release #28. There are also new whiskies from Tullibardine, Hunter Laing’s Kinship Collection, Morrison Mackay, Two Brewers, and more!

We also have a couple of deals to share including 15% off the final stock of Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask: Batch 4. The next batch is here, in the new Arran livery. We also have a special offer on the American Rockies Bourbon… not only is it 25% off, but we will also donate $5 from every bottle sold to the Calgary Food Bank! More details below.

There is also whisky news on Signatory’s 30th Anniversary Releases, Blackadder’s Shizuoka Spirit from Japan, and a Don Julio tequila finished in Lagavulin casks.

Last, but not least, and tying in to my opening remarks about staying safe as we all navigate our way towards the new normal, we are going to dip our toes into the world of Virtual at Home Whisky Tastings. More details on that below too!

We are open for business in-store, with restrictions, but, our preference is to continue serving you online or by phone. Please strongly consider taking advantage of our Curb Side Pickup, and Free City-Wide Delivery for Orders over $50 offers. As with everyone else, we’d like things to get back to normal as soon as possible, but until then, please help us do our part to serve you while helping to flatten the curb. I updated our most recent Coivd-19 Policy changes in the last KWM Wine Line Newsletter, you can read more about them there.

As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the Point of Sale at KWM will be taken as correct.

Wishing good health to you and yours in these trying times.


Andrew Ferguson

In This Edition:

  1. Introducing: The Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength #2
  2. KWM Virtual Whisky Tastings
  3. SAVE 25% on American Rockies Bourbon Support the Calgary Food Bank
  4. Introducing: Compass Box Rogues Banquet
  5. Introducing: anCnoc Stack
  6. New WM Cadenheads Rums
  7. New WM Cadenheads Whiskies: Small Batch #28
  8. Introducing: Blackadder Shizuoka Single Malt Spirit
  9. Signatory 30th Anniversary Bottles – New Returned
  10. Kinship Collection Singles – Only 1 Bottle Each!
  11. New Tullibardines – A 15 Year 1964 Custodians Collection Release
  12. Two New Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Whiskies
  13. New Whiskies from Morrison Mackay
  14. Save 15% on Arran The Bothy Batch 4
  15. Don Julio Reposado Lagavulin Cask Matured
  16. Evan’s SMWS Corner
  17. Free City-Wide Delivery in Calgary Over $50 Curb Side Pickup

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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Introducing: the Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength #2 

Our 4th Glenfarclas Cask Strength, AKA “Ferg in Front of the Store!”

This is our 4th KWM exclusive Glenfarclas Cask Strength bottling (not including a Family Cask 1997 from way back, which makes 5). It is not a single cask, but rather a batch of their 15 Year bottled exclusively for Kensington Wine Market at Cask Strength. We don’t get to pick or approve the bottling, we just have to trust them that it will be good. Of course this is Glenfarclas we are talking about, and so far they have a perfect batting average, 4 for 4!

We bottled another Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength in 2019. We didn’t understand at the time that we could get creative with the label, and so only our logo featured on it. The whisky didn’t last long, selling out in about 7-8 weeks in the late Winter and early Spring… great whisky at a great price rarely lasts long! While finalizing the details for that whisky we saw the label for a bottling of Glenfarclas commemorating a visit to Glenfarclas, which ended up with a Ford Rental Car in the Spey River. I’m still nor sure how that happened, but the “Ferd [Ford] in the Spey” partially inspired the label for our next Glenfarclas.

The  Glenfarclas KWM Cask Strength, the 21 Year “Ferg in the Spey”  arrived in November and had sold out by early February this year. The label was drawn by one of our team members here at KWM, Jean Paul, and it paid homage to the “Ferd in the Spey” and also an inside joke regarding my usual Scotland travel uniform: shorts and a dress shirt.

With this new Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength (#2), we were inspired by another label, a bottling done for Robbie’s Drams in Ayr, Scotland, which featured a sketch of the front of their shop. Their store front is cool, but ours is iconic… It has become apparent in recent years that the front of our store has achieved a lever of legendary status in the whisky world. The playful and colourful mural was painted by local Calgary artist Dean Stanton many years ago. A photo under it has become an expectation with brand ambassadors, recording their visit for posterity. One brand ambassador told me you haven’t been to KWM, until you get a photo with our team in front of the store!

But we also wanted to tie this label in with the previous bottling, the 21 Year Ferg in the Spey. So it features your’s truly, in shorts, a dress shirt and flipflops, the other part of my Scotland travel uniform, not visible whilst wading in the Spey River! Also, the above image was a draft, the bottles are not numbered and there are 600 of them!

Well the whisky has arrived, it is priced the same as year’s batch… and we think the second one is even better than the first. We have a few more bottles this time, 600 as opposed to 450, but we still don’t expect them to last long… they arrived in-store yesterday, and already 160 of them have sold!

Glenfarclas 15 Year KWM Cask Strength #2 -56.6% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: big, rich and spicy; chocolate covered espresso beans; licorice Fisherman’s Friends, cinnamon sticks, candied ginger and firm new leather; candied nuts, mincemeat and earthy Oloroso sherry. Palate: big, rich and spicy; loads of soft, coating toasty oak; more candied nuts and loads of spices: cinnamon sticks, candied ginger, candied fennel seeds and salty licorice chews; orange peel and mincemeat, moving in the direction of Christmas cake; underneath the weight of the drying, spicy sherry more exotic fruits linger; more chocolate covered espresso beans and Cuban cigar tobacco. Finish: long, drying, coating and toasty; this is full throttle sherry from start to finish. Comment: unlike our single casks, we don’t have the opportunity to pre-screen our Glenfarclas Cask Strength bottlings; but they are now 4 for 4, and have yet to disappoint; they keep offering us generous alley-oops just begging to be slam dunked!” – $110

KWM Virtual At Home Whisky Tastings 

A First Stab at the Temporary New Normal!

For months we’ve been receiving requests about hosting virtual tastings while we live through social distancing. While we liked the idea, frankly the last 8 weeks were just too crazy for us to even wrap our heads around the idea. We are finally settling in to a new groove, and able to start looking at ways to connect with our customers and friends. We are still not sure of any regulations around pouring samples from full bottles for at home tasting, and until we have guidance from the AGLC we can’t look at that, but…

We have a great selection of 50ml bottled whiskies at KWM, and a gift pack ripe for conversion into Virtual At Home Whisky Tastings. To start we have put together 4 tasting lineups, 3 of which are now open for registration. If there is demand and interest in these, we will roll out the 4th tasting and maybe some others in the weeks ahead.

These tastings will be sold, much like our traditional tastings, at a set price. You can register in-store, online or by phone. Each tasting includes 5 whiskies. Participants can pick up their whiskies in-store, or request delivery (please don’t wait until the last minute). A few days before the tasting participants will be contacted with details on how to attend the tasting virtually. All are limited to between 20 and 24 people, and available on a first serve basis.

Here are our first, KWM Virtual At Home Whisky Tastings:

  1. Elements of Islay Sherry Virtual Tasting – Thursday June 4, 8PM – 5x 30ml – The Elements of Islay tasting kits are perfect for a Socially Distanced at Home Tasting… The Sherry Edition contains five 30ml bottles of Elements of Islay whisky, four of them at cask strength. The tasting will include Elements of Islay Peat, Bn7 (Bunnahabhain), Cl11 (Caol Ila), Lp9 (Laphroaig) and Pl5 (Port Charlotte). – $55
  2. Mature, Rare Interesting Malts  Virtual Tasting – Thursday June 18, 8PM – 5x50ml – You don’t often see older whiskies in 50ml format, but we have put together a range of whiskies 18 to 22 years of age. There is also a curious wild card in the range, a mature NAS whisky at cask strength. Our range: Glenfarclas 21 Year, Glen Scotia Victoriana, Loch Lomond 18 Year, SMOS Ben Nevis 1996 KWM Cask and the Tomatin 18 Year. – $75
  3. Peat Freaks Virtual Tasting – Thursday June 25, 8PM. – 5x50ml – A celebration of all things peated, just before we head into the hottest months of the year. We will sample 5 whiskies, all from 50ml bottles including: Ardbeg An Oa, Ballechin 10 Year, Black Mountain Fumees, Kilchoman 2011 KWM Cask 770 and the Shelter Point Smoke Point. – $50

SAVE 25% on American Rockies Feed YYC! 

$5 from Each Bottle to go to the Calgary Food Bank!

Looking for your next Bourbon, for sipping neat, on the rocks or for an Old Fashioned?

American Rockies Bourbon has been discontinued by the producer,  and they  are blowing it out. As always, we are passing the Savings on. Not only is this Bourbon 25% off, but we will also donate $5 from every bottled sold to the Calgary Food Bank!

From the people who brought you Canadian Rockies, American Rockies is a Small Batch Bourbon bottled at 44%. We believe the Bourbon is sourced from a Wyoming Whiskey distillery that we happen to be quite fond of.

 American Rockies – 44% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: dough, dill-y and woody; smells like a High School woodshop; shelled peanuts, butter tarts and aromatic bitters; peppery with some doughy oatmeal-raisin notes. Palate: sweet, fruity and spicy, with loads of wood-shop tones; fresh, fruity and toasty; more oatmeal-raisin cookie dough, peppery spices and oaky tannins; Demerara sugar and aromatic bitters before warm butter tarts. Finish: fresh, doughy, fruity, sweet and spicy; can’t get over the oatmeal-raisin cookie dough and Demerara mixed with bitters combo… Comment:  very fresh for an American whiskey, lots of layers, with the oak restrained nicely.” – Was $70 – SAVE 25% – Now: $52.49 we’ll donate $5 of that to the Calgary Food Bank!

Introducing: Rogue’s Banquet 

The First of a Few Compass Box 20th Anniversary Bottlings!

This 20th Anniversary Compass Box Blend is composed of single malt whiskies from Miltonduff, Clynelish and Glen Elgin as well as grain whisky from North British Distillery. 46%, not Chill-Filtered, and 75% Malt… Now two decades in, Compass Box continues to kill it in the Blends department! Limit 2/Customer!

Compass Box Rogue’s Banquet – 46% – Details on the Composition are on our website! – Producer Tasting Note: “Rogues’ Banquet boasts flavours of softened tropical fruits, stem ginger and pastry cream. Fragrant yet full-bodied, it has a long and satisfying finish.” – Producer Description: “When we conceived the idea for Rogues’ Banquet last year, we felt that a collection of our favourite Compass Box personalities and an opulent liquid would be the ideal means by which to begin our 20th anniversary celebrations. We could not have known that, by the time our whisky arrived in the parts of the world that had placed orders for it, all get-togethers would have to be put on hold. For a while – we trust not forever. Rogues’ Banquet is made for the gourmands and the hedonists who have accompanied us for the last 20 years. The label shows a fantastical depiction of the kind of gatherings we hope to have in the future when we have all overcome these present circumstances.” – $295

Introducing: anCnoc Stack 

The Latest Limited Release of Peated Whisky from Knockdhu Distillery!

Launched late in 2019, Stack follows in the footsteps of other limited-release peated anCnocs, all named for aspects of peat cutting. Matured in ex-Bourbon Barrels and bottled at 46%.

Arriving in-store Saturday May 16

anCnoc Stack – 46% – Matured in ex-Bourbon Barrels – Producer Description: “Stack joins sister expressions Peatlands, Tushkar, Rutter, Flaughter, Cutter and Rascan in the award winning range carrying the names of traditional peat cutting tools, referencing the heritage within whisky making and bringing it into the modern day. The term ‘stack’ refers to the last step in the gathering process, where the peat blocks are stored together to dry ahead of being burnt.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: An initial smoky aroma is gently pierced by accents of lemons and oranges. This citrus sharpness, so typical of anCnoc, slowly gives way to the softer sweetness of honey and vanilla. Taste: Earthy peat smoke is overlaid with dark chocolate while green apples complement this with a fruity tang. The finish is smoky, full-bodied and long lasting.” – $94

New WM Cadenhead Whiskies: Small Batch Release #28

8-30 Years and Lots in Between!

The 28th Release of Cadenhead Small Batch whiskies is here. When Evan and I were in Campbeltown last fall Cameron McGeachy was talking to us about the plans they had for the Cadenhead releases, which included a considerable amount of re-racking of casks in to sherry. Much of this work took place 2-3 years ago, and is finally baring fruit now. All the of the Small Batch releases below, including the 30 Year Strathclyde, the Miltonduff 11 Year and Glentauchers 9 Year all started their life in Bourbon before finishing in Fresh Sherry. They all have Whisky Base scores in the high 80s, which tells me they used good finishing casks… arriving in-store starting on Friday!

  1. Cadenhead Small Batch Strathclyde 30 Year – 54.5% – 1989 – Sherry Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Demerara rum, cherry cola, raisin butter, crispy bacon and a hint of hot sauce. Flavour: Treacle toffee, pine needles, lemongrass, honeycomb, dry spices, poppy seeds and Oloroso Sherry. Finish: Drying sherry notes mixed with custard creams. Christmas cake with pouring cream.” – $215
  2. Cadenhead Small Batch Burnside 27 Year – 43.6% – 1991 – ex-Bourbon Barrel – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Sweet popcorn, mangos, freshly cut wood. Palate: Toffee apples, crème brûlée, hazelnuts and chocolate. Finish: Coconut, vanilla custard, peach skins.” – $300 – Only 6 bottles! – 89pts Whisky Base
  3.  Cadenhead Small Batch Tullibardine 26 Year – 43.9% – 1993 – 2 Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Tropical fruits followed, mint leaves. Very fresh. Palate: Mangos, golden syrup, freshly whipped cream. Finish: Caramelised bananas, honey, hint of wood shavings.” – $250
  4. Cadenhead Small Batch Glenrothes 17 Year – 55.5% – 2002 – ex-Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Salted butter, homemade shortbread, toffee sauce. Flavour: Honeycomb, green olives, melon. Finish: pastrami, buttered gingerbread, light treacle notes.” – $168 – Only 6 bottles!
  5. Cadenhead Small Batch Benrinnes 12 Year – 57.2% – 2007 – ex-Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Lots of syrupy fruits, spearmint, banana bread and almonds. Flavour: Kiwis, whipped cream, nutmeg, pine needles and lychee. Finish: Cardamom, brown sugar, juicy fruits, mango, kiwi and cashew nuts.” – $115
  6. Cadenhead Small Batch Fettercairn 12 Year – 51.1% – 2007 – ex-Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Peaches, agave syrup, honeycomb, cinnamon and golden syrup. Flavour: Lemon infused olive oil, apricots, strawberry yoghurt with a trace of white pepper. Finish: Roasted red peppers, toffee shortbread, hazelnuts and lemon meringue pie.” – $130 – Only 6 bottles!
  7. Cadenhead Small Batch Ledaig 11 Year – 54.0% – 2008 – 3 Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Soft smoke, sea salt, orange marmalade on toast. Palate: The smoke builds with white chocolate and plums. Finish: Dry smoke, cinnamon, chilli flakes.” – $165 – 1 Left!
  8.  Cadenhead Small Batch Mackmyra 11 Year – 48.9% –  2007 – ex-Bourbon Barrel – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Cedar wood, custard powder, green apples. Palate: Creamy! Nutmeg, apple pie. Finish: Fruit syrup, ground ginger and pineapple.” – $152 – Only 12 bottles!
  9. Cadenhead Small Batch Miltonduff 11 Year – 55.0% – 2008 – Sherry Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Mixture of gingerbread, spiced apples, lemon drizzle cake and pistachio nuts. Flavour: Chewy and creamy with growing fruitiness. Hint of wood spice, caramel and orange peel. Finish: Clotted cream, honey, black cherries, pineapple and green apple skins.” – $100
  10.  Cadenhead Small Batch Ord 11 Year – 56.4% – 2008 – ex-Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Mint, white chocolate, soft flint notes, whole lemons, cappuccino froth and gooseberries. Flavour: Lemon infused olive oil, apricots, strawberry yoghurt with a trace of white pepper. Finish: Melted milk chocolate, dried orange peel, crystallised ginger and lemon sorbet.” – $108
  11. Cadenhead Small Batch Teaninich 10 Year – 55.1% – 2009 – 3 Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Walnuts, green apples, freshly cut wood. Palate: Nuttiness continues with caramelised banana and pinecones. Finish: Brown sugar, cinnamon and a slight lemon zest.” – $102
  12. Cadenhead Small Batch Glentauchers 9 Year – 55.1% – 2010 – Sherry Bourbon – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Bread and butter pudding, dark cherries, butterscotch, dry sherry and custard creams. Flavour: Mingling creaminess, dark chocolate, raspberry coulis, peach melba and subtle dry spices. Finish: More sherry notes on the finish, cloves, all spice, white chocolate covered raisins and coconut flakes.” – $100
  13. Cadenhead Small Batch Glentauchers 8 Year – 57.7% – 2011 – 2 Sherry Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: Strawberry sauce, stewed fruits and demerara sugar. Palate: Orange marmalade, figs, hints of coffee. Finish: Black Forest gateau, cherry and toffee.” – $100

Introducing: the Blackadder Shizuoka Single Malt Spirit 

A Tri-Pack of Different Spirit From One of Japan’s Most Exciting New Distilleries!

Japan has seen a boom in new distillery openings over the last few years, and among them, Shizuoka is creating a lot of buzz. The distillery was founded by the Japanese importer for Blackadder, Gaia Flow in 2016, incorporating the used stills of the famous closed Karuizawa Distillery. This particular set has been bottled exclusively for the Fountana Group, Canada.

Blackadder Shizuoka 3x200ml Spirit – 3x200ml – $136+gst

  1. Unpeated New Make from the Karuizawa Still @63.5%.
  2. Unpeated New Make from the Wood Fired Still @63.3%.
  3. 25 Month Peated Spirit Matured in Manzanilla Sherry @61.4%.

Signatory 30th Anniversary Bottlings Have Returned! 

Only a Couple of Bottles Each of Some Exceptional Whiskies!

We have had a few shipments from Signatory of their 30th Anniversary whiskies from last year. We re-ordered two of them in January, and they have just arrived. The Bunnahabhain 40 Year is superb, it starred in a set of Signatory 30th Anniversary tastings we held last year. It also scored 90pts with Whisky Fun. The Blair Athol 30 Year was not tasted, but has scored an impressive 91pts from Whisky Fun. All of the whiskies come in the Signatory Decanter with a special 30th Anniversary label presentation. Inside the box are a pair of Signatory 30th Anniversary Glencairn Glasses.

  1. Signatory 30th Anniversary Bunnahabhain 1978 – 47.8% –  40 Year – Refill Sherry Butt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: rich, sherried and nutty; classic sherry cask; Christmas cake, leather, tobacco and chocolate; candied orange, before mango, papaya and other more delicate tropical fruits emerge; waxy and antique-y with cedar shavings; maple syrup and sweet licorice. Palate: big, rich and sherried; nutty, leathery and earthy with loads of tobacco; on the palate classic Christmas cake, dark chocolate and dried dark fruits: figs, dates and prunes; clove, fennel and anise; a touch of orange and more tropical fruits beneath; still waxy and antique-y. Finish: long, nutty, drying and sherried; leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and spices continue long in to the finish; the fruits mature later as the sherry notes tone down. Comment: this is a classic old sherry bomb, and a balanced one at that; layered complex and elegant without even a trace of the dreaded “S” word.” – $1850 – 4 More Bottles available! – 90pts Whisky Fun
  2. Signatory 30th Anniversary Blair Athol 1988 – 54.7%  – 30 Year – Sherry Butt – 91pts Whisky Fun: “This one came out in December last year. Signatory have bottled quite a few stunners in their 30th Anniversary series, some completely crazy if you ask me. Let’s check this little Blair Athol (isn’t Blair Athol Edradour/Signatory’s nearest neighbour?) Colour: deep gold. Nose: of course. Mangos, honeysuckle, lime blossom, Timut pepper, pink pineapples, lightly smoked tea, whiffs of natural rubber, some umami, one small cigar and we’re done. Forgot to mention rose petals and perhaps a wee glass of Fleurie. A dazzling nose. With water: exceptionally full of the most precious tobaccos. There. Mouth (neat): superb. Quite bizarrely, it would make you think of old Bushmills at some point (those mangos that we already found on the nose), then of fresh Sauternes, with some lush apricot jam, maracuja, liquorice, dried apricots, tangerines… What a whirlwind! I’d even dare mention sémillon, but you would say I’m pushing the envelope, and perhaps you would be right. Perhaps the most extravagant Blair Athol I could try. With water: rosehip tea, Corsican citron, pink pepper, grapefruit, passion fruits… Finish: long, fresh, floral and fruity. Very solid structure. Comments: well, in fact, this one reminds me of some of those wonderful old official ‘black labels’. They share the same DNA. Just totally impeccable. SGP:651 – 91 points.” – $780

We also have the following Signatory 30th Anniversary bottlings, two of which were featured in the above mentioned tasting. The Cragganmore was a surprise favourite of the tasting, while the Port Ellen stole the show. The Port Ellen is superb, and has had rave reviews. It is also almost certainly the last Port Ellen we will ever have at KWM, under $3000!

The Craigduff 1973 was not in the tasting, but did score 91pts from Whisky Fun. It is also one of the most unusual, controversial and hard to find Scotch whiskies. Independent bottler Signatory, the only company to have ever bottled Craigduff as a single, claims it is a curious double peated Glen Keith. But Chivas Brothers, who own both Glen Keith and Strathisla, have always insisted it is actually from the latter. Regardless of its origin, Craigduff was said to be double peated on account that both lightly peated malt was used, as well as “concentrated peated water” which was added to the charge in the wash still. Curious and controversial stuff it would seem!

  1. Signatory 30th Anniversary Cragganmore 1985 – 53.4% – 33 Year – My Tasting Note: “Nose: creamy, waxy, honeyed and floral with clotted cream and a basket of mixed orchard fruits; bursting with vanilla, beeswax and dewy summer gardens; sage and lavender; apples, peaches and melons; soft, decadent toasted oak; trending toward tropical fruits. Palate: still waxy, bursting with honey, vanilla and settling in to toasted oak and clotted cream; bursting with sweet caramel and more orchard fruits: candy apple, peaches n cream, midori melon and even brighter tropical fruits: kiwis and pineapple; decadent spices start to build along with savoury floral tones. Finish: long, coating, warming, decadent and elegant; layers of cream, oak, fruit and spices; starts to show its age at the end, but still within balance. Comment: this malt showed well during both nights of our Signatory 30th Anniversary Tasting, and it doesn’t disappoint here; remarkable how rich, fruity and decadent it is after 33 year with just the faintest trace of bitter oak on the finish; surprising for a presumably fresh, ex-Bourbon Hogshead of this age; possibly the best Cragganmore I’ve ever had.” – $1160 – 88pts Whisky Fun
  2. Signatory 30th Anniversary Craigduff 1973 – 45.4% –  45 Year – Peated Glen Keith – Refill Sherry Butt – 91pts Whisky Fun: “What a coup once again! Colour: full gold. Nose: nada peat, niente, nichts, rien, nothing. On the contrary, we’re facing an exceptional fruity combination, shock full of mango jam, banana compote, overripe apples of all kinds, and various honeys. Then custard and maple syrup, Jaffa cakes (very obvious, and growing), Danish pastries, and a wee glass of Yquem 1988 (pushing things a bit, I must confess). Sultanas in homemade vanilla custard. Very lovely nose, very elegant. And I’m afraid it reminds me a bit of some old Strathislas, which does not mean anything at this point. No smoke. Mouth: I could convince myself that I’m finding a little peat, although that would be a ‘transmuted’ smokiness, rather towards herbal teas than the usual passion fruits. Notes of Turkish delights, light chutneys, mirabelles, then really a lot of acacia honey. What’s really amazing is how fresh it remained, after forty-five years in wood.  Never listen to those false noses who claim that malt always goes into a decline after 30 (or 35, or 40, or 45) years in wood! There’s also a touch of camphor, or eucalyptus pastilles, which may well come from the wood. From the peat? Doubt it. Finish: medium, and rather superb, very honeyed again, with notes of lime-blossom tea. Indeed, Yquem 1988 (cut that, please). Comments: and yet another 30th anniversary bottling by SigV that’s nothing short of impressive. Could we now have a 31st Anniversary series? SGP:651 – 91 points.” – $2750 – Only 2 bottles!
  3. Signatory 30th Anniversary Port Ellen 1982 – 55.1% – 35 Year – Refill Sherry Butt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: savoury with a fine balance of elegant smoke, juicy fruits and salty maritime tones; Alaskan King Crabs and Nova Scotia Lobster dipped in butter; soft oily peats, dried kelp and ripe fruits: honey dew melon, lemon, pineapple and candy apple; salted caramel and white chocolate. Palate: creamy, fruity and savoury with more clean elegant smoke; the seafood-y-maritime notes continue with scallops poached in butter with a balsamic reduction; more lobster and crab; the soft fruits are still there, as is the vanilla and salted caramel; still oily and tarry with a touch of Dutch licorice; the tropical fruits pop up again, ripe, expressive and a touch waxy; more bright lemon; silky and seductive. Finish: big, coating and very elegant; tarry oils, clean smoke, savoury seafood, salted caramel and long lingering lemon and tropical fruits cloaked in waxy vanilla. Comment: this is one of the oldest Port Ellens I have ever tasted, and it does not disappoint; there is an almost perfect balance between the oak and original spirit character; time has imbued tropical fruits and silky-waxy character; superb!” – $3000 – 93pts Serge

Kinship Islay Collection Single Bottles 

Ardbeg, Bruichladdich and Caol Ila – Only One Bottle of Each!

We had a customer pick up a couple of bottles in the Hunter Laing Kinship Collection, leaving the other three available for purchase. Only 1 bottle of each available, no packaging!

  1. Kinship Ardbeg 1992 26 Year – 47.2% – Refill Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “Beautiful notes of sea breezes, drying freshly cut peat, and sun-bleached seaweed. At this age it’s in its absolute prime. Stunning notes of oak smoked toffee and marzipan introduce themselves onto the senses. Heather moor fires, salt encrusted sails, bracken with a rare dash of pepper and lemon. It’s elegant and succulent without a hint of harshness.” – $2500 – Only 1 bottle!
  2.  Kinship Bruichladdich 27 Year – 50% – Refill American Oak Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “A moderate maritime saline drift clearly reveals its identity in this irresistible spirit. Soft fruits and Heather honey encapsulate in a cradle of mellow bourbon oak, and throughout the crisp toasted malted barley never fades bringing structure and balance to the oak. A gentle, sophisticated spirit.” – $1250 – Only 1 bottle!
  3. Kinship Caol Ila 40 Year – 44.9% – Refill Hogshead – Producer Tasting Note: “Amazingly fresh and vibrant, the mellow American oak adds character personality whilst floral notes flirt round the edges and it’s all encapsulated in a surge of the Marine overtures from the Sound of Islay. A seductive nuttiness takes hold on the surface and creates an opening for the summer fresh aromas.” – $3730 – Only 1 bottle!

New Whiskies from Tullibardine 

A 15 Year Core Edition the 1964 Custodians Collection!

I have fond memories of the good old days when you could buy 30 year old Tullibardines for $180, and 1960s vintages for $300-400… those days are gone. There were some spectacular casks from 1964 and 1966 in particular! We have two new Tullibardines on offer, the 15 Year, a new core release, distilled the year of the distillery’s reopening. The second is the latest release in the Custodians Collection, a 1964. Only one bottle available!

  1. Tullibardine 15 Year – 43% – 2003 Vintage – Matured in ex-Bourbon – My Tasting Note: “Nose: decadent, fresh, fruity and honeyed; tart pineapple and Swiss pear eau de vie; a touch perfumed and Cognac-y; grapes and baked apples. Palate: soft, smooth and malty; identifiably single malt, but with a Cognac-y edge; still decadent, creamy and fruity with loads of honey and building oak spices; a nice mouthfeel with juicy malt and summer flowers; more white fruits and grapes. Finish: long, coating and creamy with juicy malt, white fruits and spices; my mouth is watering in anticipation of more. Comment: a very drinkable malt, especially for the age and price; good, but would have loved to have seen this at 46%.” – $105
  2. Tullibardine Custodians Collection 1964 – 40.4% – 51 Year – Producer Description: “The Tullibardine 1964 really is a work of art and its delicate yet distinctive flavours are certainly going to be something that people remember. It really captures the extraordinary work that goes into creating Tullibardine’s exclusive and limited-edition whiskies, particularly our Custodian Collection and we’re looking forward to celebrating this historic release with our customers.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Delicate aromas of polished leather armchairs, floral meadows mingle with summer fruit pudding drizzled with fresh cream. Subtle milk chocolate coated almonds and freshly cut pineapple to finish. Taste: Light and delicate flavours of freshly washed strawberries, hints of espresso and ground nutmeg with milk creamy chocolate orange. Finish:  Chocolate orange and a subtle oakiness lingers gently on the tongue to finish.” – $4400 – Only 1 bottle!

Two New Two Brewers Yukon Sinlge Malt Whiskies 

Release 19 – Peated Release 20 – ex-Maple Syrup Cask!

The lads in the Yukon released two new single malts just after I hit send on the last Malt Messenger. Release 19 is a “Peated” single malt, produced with peated malt from Scotland. Release 20 is a curiosity, under the “Innovative” stream, finished in barrels which had previously matured maple syrup!

  1. Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 19 – 46% – Made from Peated  Malt – My Tasting Note: “Nose: firm but yielding earthy peat-smoke and beds of soft fruits: white fruits and citrus; French vanilla and toasted coconut; juicy malt and decadent barley sugars; peanut butter and almond brittle. Palate: firm but yielding like the nose; at first ashy and a touch muddy the smoke builds in intensity developing a clean edge; more juicy malt and toasted oak tones: vanilla extract and toasted coconut; underneath peaches, dried apple slices and under-ripe pears; late Montreal steak spice and slightly medicinal tones. Finish: long, coating, creamy and juicy with firm elegant smoke; floral, elegant all-encompassing smoke. Comment: the smoke is intense, dominant and lasting; while easily the most dominant characteristic it is distinctly not an Islay-style peated whisky; there is something about adding peat in to the mix which adds a depth not always found in young single malt; lovely stuff!” – $100
  2. Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release 20 – 40% – “Innovative” Release of single malt matured in ex-Maple Syrup Barrels – My Tasting Note: “Nose: decadent, doughy and fruity; maple cream cookies, brandy soaked cherries and candy apple; juicy citrus tones and chewy malt; a touch of Rye spice… almost Sazerac-y. Palate: round, rich fruity and smooth; a big hit of maple, maple syrup, maple cream cookies and nuts candied in maple syrup; cola cubes and AW Root Beer; loads of fruit, more candied apple and juicy citrus; more Rye/Sazerac notes; Black Licorice Twizzlers and loads of oak spices: warming cinnamon, fennel and allspice. Finish: drying and toasty with fading spices and traces of maple syrup. Comment: this is decadent and spicy stuff; whisky for those with a sweet tooth, or just looking for something to drizzle over their waffles and pancakes.” – $102

NEW Whiskies from Morrison Mackay 

A Quartet of Strictly Limited a Celebration of the Cask!

We also have 5 new whiskies due next week from Morrison Mackay’s Carn Mor “Strictly Limited” and “Celebration of the Cask” ranges. Only 6 bottles of each!

  1. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Dufftown 2009 – 47.5% – 10 Year – 2 Bourbon Barrels – Producer Tasting Notes: “Juicy pineapple, mango and elderflower at first with a backbone of confectionery candies.” – $95
  2. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Ruadh Maor 2011 – 47.5% – 8 Year – 2 Bourbon Hogsheads – Heavily Peated Glenturret – Producer Tasting Notes: “Fresh hay bales wrapped in tobacco leaves with a long smoky finish.” – $91
  3. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Ben Nevis 2015 -47.5% – 4 Year – 2 Sherry Hogsheads – Producer Tasting Notes: “Raisins, stewed prunes and leather at the forefront with a rich earthiness in the background.” – $80 – SOLD OUT!
  4. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glen Garioch 2008 – 47.5% – 11 Year – 2 Bourbon Hogsheads – Heavily Peated Glenturret – Producer Tasting Notes: “Floral and perfumed with a hint of violet. Fresh citrus and grapefruit notes leave the palate tingling for more.” – $94
  5. Celebration of the Cask Auchentoshan 1992 – 48.4% – 27 Year – Bourbon Hogshead – Producer Tasting Notes: “Peaches and cream on the nose. Barley sugar comes to the fore with a background of pencil shavings on the palate.” – $300

SAVE 15% on Arran The Bothy: Batch 4 

Quarter Cask, Cask Strength and in the Old Packaging For Just a Few Remaining Bottles!

We were given the opportunity to help clear out the remaining stock of the Arran The Bothy: Quarter Cask: Batch 4 at a discount, so we are passing on the savings. Arran has recently revamped their range, and there is a new edition of the Quarter Cask on the way.

Batch 4 of this limited edition Arran (13,800 bottles world-wide), was created and released to pay homage to the Isle of Arran’s past as a center for illicit whisky production. Producers would have employed smaller casks for ease of transport and hiding. The Arran Quarter Cask – The Bothy release was made of unpeated Arran malt, matured in first fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels and then finished in smaller American oak Quarter Casks. The whisky has been bottled at a natural cask strength of 53.8%.

Arran The Bothy: Quarter Cask: Batch 4 – 53.8% – Producer Tasting Notes: “Nose: The citrus hallmarks of Arran welcome you, and the sweet spice of cinnamon and vanilla promises a memorable dram. Palate: Sweetness, Honey, Pineapple.” – Regular $80 – SAVE 15% – Now $68 – Until Batch 4 is gone!

Evan’s SMWS Corner 

My Tasting Notes On The First Part Of The May 2020 Outturn

For May, The SMWS Canada has broken the Outturn into two parts. I have written up first four bottles that were released May 1st. I will be tasting the last three and adding them to the blog post on our website soon.

§  58.33 – The nose and palate both give off nice fruit and pastry notes – I get a lovely combination of lemon tarts, earl grey macaroons, blanched almonds and a touch of ginger ale. There is a light spice and dryness on the finish which makes sense given the name.

§  16.39 – Wow. SEVENTEEN YEARS in a Port Pipe before being finished in a puncheon? That sounds like a recipe for an over the top chewy beast of a dram. Yet somehow, it isn’t. The chewiness is evident, but the cinnamon stick and licorice notes are a treat. This is like a high ABV version of mulled apple cider. It is big, yet somehow understated for all of the pomp and circumstance that the two casks used should evoke. This is a mindbogglingly good dram.

§  OLD FASHIONED – Speaking of cask weirdness, here is the blended malt. Old Fashioned is bottled at what seems to be the SMWS standard for blends: 50% ABV. The nose is tangy apricot jam, brown sugar, cinnamon, Orange Crush soda, and well-worn in leather. For me that palate transitions soda-wise into slightly flat ginger ale, fuzzy peach candies, and orange wedge stabbed with cloves and garnished in a snifter of Benedictine plus a slight spicy-yet-cooling minty-ness. Or is that cucumber. Wait… Pimms?!?. I can’t tell anymore. These notes are getting too weird even for me. Like the 16.39, the wacky cask choice has left us with something wildly unique and very drinkable.

§  4.248 – Give me a moment here before I write up my quick tasting note. Firstly, I have to google ‘Petrichor’. Okay, got it. I guess they already did use ‘AFTER THE RAIN’ a few years ago, so they were forced to break out the thesaurus. Thus I was forced to break out the dictionary. Back to the dram at hand. Woodsy with honey and heather on the nose along with warm pear pie and the faint hint of burning embers. On the palate I get an explosion of sweet barley malt and peat, baked apples with cinnamon, graham crackers, and a dash of salt. So that is what petrichor smells and tastes like. Good to know! This is a delicious Orkney dram.

There you have it! Those are my thoughts, for whatever they are worth. Read the rest of my blog post for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s notes on each of the bottles.

All of this information, plus the information on previous releases that are still available can be found on our website here.

If you fell in love with a past release and can’t get it anymore, please email me and I will see if I can recommend something similar.




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Free City-Wide Delivery in Calgary Other Deals! 

Free Delivery in Calgary for Orders Over $50, and Loads of Deals To Be Had!

As with many other small and independent businesses in the city, we are getting creative to continue serving our customers and keeping the business going. We have taken precautions in-store to ensure the health and safety of both our staff and customers. Details on that below! We are also offering options to continue serving those of you in quarantine or who are taking extra precautions with regards to social isolation.


– We are offering free delivery for orders over $50 placed online or over the phone, and will do our best to deliver within 72 hours.


– 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!


– 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. We are offering some great deals too. More on that below, see the bottom of the Malt Messenger!

Customers are still welcome to come in to the store to pick up orders as well as browse and purchase in-store. We are routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and have hand sanitation stations around the store.

Let us know how we can continue to help and serve you in these challenging times!

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger! 

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If you have any whisky questions or comments concerning The Malt Messenger please contact me by e-mail, phone, or drop by the store.

All of the products mentioned in THE MALT MESSENGER can be purchased in store, over the phone or from our website at www.kensingtonwinemarket.com. All prices quoted in the Malt Messenger are subject to change and don’t include GST. In the case of discrepancies in pricing, the price in our in store point of sale will be taken as correct.

Thanks for reading the Malt Messenger.


Andrew Ferguson
Owner Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/malt-messenger-no-110-by-andrew-ferguson-loads-of-exciting-new-whiskies-including-an-exclusive-glenfarclas-whisky-news/

Introducing WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey Created by WhistlePig Whiskey In Collaboration with Flaviar – Whiskey News

Introducing WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey Created by WhistlePig Whiskey In Collaboration with Flaviar

Blended Together, While Apart

Limited edition WhistlePig expression crowd-blended by whiskey lovers during lock down released to raise money for U.S. Bartenders 

[May 11, 2020]: Shoreham, Vermont. WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is pleased to announce the introduction of WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey, a whiskey blended together, while apart.  The limited edition whiskey was created via a virtual crowd blending experience in collaboration with Flaviar, a leading online spirits club. WhistlePig will donate 20% of online sales via Flaviar Caskers from HomeStock to the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program, which provides COVID-19 Relief Grants to bartenders. HomeStock is the first variant from WhistlePig’s award-winning portfolio that stretches outside of the Rye category, also using Wheat and Barley whiskeys.

WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey is a result of an innovative, multi-faceted immersive crowd-blending experience designed to lift spirits and raise vital funds for the U.S. bar industry community. The collaboration between WhistlePig Flaviar and the entrepreneurial nature of both companies ensured this concept went from idea to reality in just a matter of weeks. An engaging exclusive content program was created and hundreds of WhistlePig ‘Blend Your Own’ whiskey kits were dispatched to a combination of Flaviar’s membership of whiskey enthusiasts and industry professionals, who were asked to experiment at home before submitting their preferred recipe. The at home blending kits included samples of WhistlePig Rye, wheat and barley whiskeys, along with blending tools and instructions, were universally welcomed by whiskey lovers stuck indoors.

Pete Lynch, WhistlePig’s Master Blender, is no stranger to crowd-blending, which has formed the basis of WhistlePig’s award-winning FarmStock range, but he would usually host sessions around the country in person. Adjusting to the times, he shared his expertise via a video from the WhistlePig Farm and distillery in Vermont and written instructions. With the submissions received, Lynch analyzed the data and determined the three most popular styles of whiskey submitted.

Thousands of consumers tuned in to Flaviar’s social media pages to take part in a live blending session, hosted on April 28 by spirits industry veteran, Dan Dunn and Lynch. During the live stream, all three whiskeys were blended, tasted and then voted upon to decide which should be bottled as WhistlePig HomeStock.

Despite over half of the submissions being Rye dominant, the surprise winner, with 44.1% of the votes on the night, was Blend Number 3, which involved 45% Rye, 30% Wheat and 25% Barley.

Jeff Kozak, CEO, WhistlePig Whiskey, adds “HomeStock is a truly special blend for us, not only due to how it was made but it’s the first time we’re releasing a whiskey that features something other than Rye. We’re thrilled that this blend got voted as the winner, it could be a sign of things to come from us in the future as a natural extension of our famed FarmStock range.”

Grisa Soba, Co-Founder of Flaviar, comments: “We’re going to be talking about this period in history for a long time, and what we all did to stave off cabin fever. Instead of saying they learnt how to make sourdough or banana bread like some kind of quarantine cliché, Flaviar members will be able to brag about learning to blend whiskey during lock down and being part of a piece of liquid history that they can now own and savor. Exclusive content and experiences like this have always been a big part of Flaviar and we’ve just taken it to another level.”

On the nose, HomeStock is sweet and fruity, with pipe tobacco, vanilla and orange vest.  Upon tasting, one will experience a big hit of baking spice with toffee, with nutmeg, roasted nuts, ripe berries and a great mouthfeel. The finish on HomeStock is long, spicy and lovely.

WhistlePig HomeStock Whiskey is now available for pre-order via Flaviar and Caskers, priced at $72.99 per 750ml.  


Founded in 2008, WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is the premier aged Rye whiskey, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of Rye. WhistlePig Whiskey is leading a surge of innovation in the emerging field of North American whiskey. As the most decorated Rye whiskey – having received the coveted ‘Best in Show Whiskey’ title from the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, WhistlePig is widely viewed as the world’s finest Rye. With the opening of its distillery on its 500-acre Vermont farm in the fall of 2015, WhistlePig has also become one of the leading farm-to-bottle Rye whiskeys in the world. For additional information please visit whistlepigwhiskey.com. Please enjoy WhistlePig Rye Whiskey Responsibly.


Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the US and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits. Flaviar members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, access to rare and original spirits available only to members, free shipping, over 200K member reviews and more.

Flaviar is here to help more people try more new things more often.

Flaviar membership is $300 per year, or $95 a quarter.

For more information visit www.flaviar.com

You’ve got to try this!

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/introducing-whistlepig-homestock-whiskey-created-by-whistlepig-whiskey-in-collaboration-with-flaviar-whiskey-news/

Bimber Klub: a whisky experience that lasts a lifetime – English Whisky News

Bimber Klub: a whisky experience that lasts a lifetime

London’s award-winning Bimber Distillery today announced the opening of ‘Bimber Klub’, a new membership option that provides a lifetime of whisky experiences for the growing number of Bimber enthusiasts.

A one-off £40 membership grants Klub members a variety of benefits, including:

 A welcome pack containing branded glasses and single malt miniatures
 Access to limited edition Klub-only releases
 Exclusive Klub member events
 A free annual distillery tour and tasting
 Ability to join tasting panels to select future releases
 A quarterly newsletter which includes advance notice of all official Bimber releases
 10% discount on all online purchases

Speaking of the launch, distillery spokesperson Matt McKay said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the depth and breadth of support that the whisky community has shown us.

Following the sale of the final space of our Founder’s Club in January, we knew we wanted to continue to offer enthusiasts unforgettable, behind-the-scenes access to our distillery. We’ve created Bimber Klub to provide a lifetime of experiences for those who share our passion for craft single malt whisky.

Klub members will have exclusive access to a range of new Bimber whiskies. As well as continuing to develop and release our stock of exceptional single casks we’re also looking at laying down a small number of unique casks – from fortified wines to ex-beer casks. As we continue to assess the versatility of our spirit, it’s our Klub members who will be the first to join us and explore these unique expressions.”


Bimber Klub
Membership of Bimber Klub will be open from 13th May 2020 and costs a one-off £40 joining fee. Full details of the package can be found HERE We will be dispatching Bimber Klub membership packs as soon as international supply chains improve and it is judged safe for our staff to return to work.

About Bimber
Bimber Distillery produces world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. As a leading distiller of English whisky, we combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bimber-klub-a-whisky-experience-that-lasts-a-lifetime-english-whisky-news/

The Whisky Shop Dufftown Virtual Relaxed Whisky Quiz – Whisky News

The Whisky Shop Dufftown
Virtual Relaxed Whisky Quiz

At the beginning of May The Whisky Shop Dufftown intended to bring a host of whisky events to Speyside.  One of them was a relaxed whisky quiz hosted by our good friends at Maltstock with the most relaxed quiz master known to whisky, Teun van Wel.  Maltstock quizzes are legendary and it would be a loss to the world as we know it if it did not go ahead.  Teun suggested we could go ahead as planned, albeit virtually, so that is what we are going to do.  Just two weeks later, and via Facebook live, we will bring direct to you (almost) the same relaxed fun quiz on Sunday 17 May.

The event will be streamed on The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Facebook page from 4pm CET / 3pm BST.  Answer forms will be sent to contestants electronically to be completed and returned.  Teun will be your on-line host with the questions.  The questions may be fiendish, testing, whacky, revealing or fun but always relaxed.

How do you take part?  We will be running three leagues during the quiz.  The first one is for mere mortals, the amateur league.  The second one is for teams of mere mortals.  If you are entering as a team then it is down to you how you organize your team communications.  The third and final league is not for immortals but for whisky professionals.  Not all of these are immortal.  These are people that are or have been employed in the whisky industry and is just for fun.  This is to make things fair for all taking part.

When you complete the quiz, you will receive a £5 voucher to use on The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s on-line store to put towards a whisky purchase.  You will be able to win prizes along the way during the quiz as well and, of course, the big prize for the top scoring contestant or team in each amateur league.  When taking part, we strongly recommend ensuring you have a good supply of drams to hand to make sure the brain cells are appropriately lubricated.

To enter the individual amateur league click here to buy a ticket and for the team amateur league click here.  Tickets are £10 per entry.  One ticket per team but it is down to you on how to share the voucher and any prizes you win amongst your team.

The professional league is for “fun” only.  No prizes.  They do not need the incentive to be competitive.  Drop me an email if you want to take part in the professional league (mike@whiskyshopdufftown.com).

So contestants are you ready? Tickets on sale until 16 May.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-whisky-shop-dufftown-virtual-relaxed-whisky-quiz-whisky-news/

The Self Isolation Festival – Scotch Whisky News

How time flies; it is now the beginning of May and “The Self Isolation Festival” is less than four weeks away so we thought that we would take this opportunity to give you the latest update on our progress.

Firstly, we are surprised by the interest shown by the whisky industry, you can see this by the strength of those who are supporting us on the day. There have been one or two changes, as you would expect, due to the current difficult time that we are going through and we also had to find a replacement for Whisky Auctioneer due to unforeseen circumstances.  However, they are behind us and still providing their support to the day.

The full day’s programme of Whisky Masterclasses will now be as follows:

  • Starward Distillery from Melbourne, Australia
  • Dewar’s of Aberfeldy
  • Tullibardine Distillery
  • Lindores Abbey Distillery
  • The GlenAllachie
  • Buffalo Trace from Kentucky, USA
  • Robertson’s Private Collection

The masterclasses will be interspersed with music from three local musicians, mixology sessions, a talk from Blair Bowman – whisky consultant and author, a whisky quiz and a prize draw.

Tickets are now on sale and have now been purchased in several countries globally.

As planned, we will be giving £5 from every tasting kit bought to the NHS Emergency Fund, along with monies raised by the auction and a Just Giving page that we are setting up for the event.

We are now offering the opportunity to pick and mix your drams for the day, please see the web site for details.

To register or purchase tasting kits please go to:   www.robertsonsofpitlochry.co.uk

To ensure that the tasting kits arrive in time for the event we will be having two cut off dates for purchasing:

International 15th May 2020

United Kingdom 22nd May 2020

Kind Regards

Sandy Fraser


Highland Perthshire Whisky Festival

The Self Isolation Festival

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-self-isolation-festival-scotch-whisky-news/

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “WHAT’S ON AT THE SOCIETY” – Scotch Whisky News

As we enter another week of lockdown, we’re starting to get into the swing of connecting together online as we all stay at home. To help all our members stay in touch with the Society, and each other, we’ve got another busy week coming up in our virtual Members’ Room. Check out what’s coming up.


Normally in May we’d be out and about, meeting members from all over the world at the whisky festivals of Speyside, the Highlands, Campbeltown and Islay. Since we can’t be there in person, we’re bringing the festival to you. We have celebratory bottlings, virtual pub sessions, music, quizzes and special tastings – take a look at the full programme and see how you can get involved.



If you bought one of our Virtual Tasting Discovery Packs last month, the wait is almost over – the live tastings start this week! We’ll be hosting screenings with local ambassadors across the UK and Europe, so you can join the one nearest to you. Remember to check the start time and platform for your chosen tasting, then get your glasses and Discovery Pack ready to join in. You can even download and print our exclusive tasting mat, and join in the conversation using #alltogethersmws




We had a great time celebrating the Spirt of Speyside Festival on Friday with the launch of our first virtual pub session. Streamed on our UK Facebook and YouTube page, members got together at the ‘bar’ to share a dram and chat with whisky writer Hans Offringa and Glen Moray ambassador Iain Allan, talk whisky and wildlife with expert Nick Baker, and enjoy music and a good old pub quiz.

If you missed out, don’t worry – you can join us this Friday, 8 May to raise a toast to the Highland Whisky Festival – featuring whisky legend Richard Paterson from Whyte Mackay, and the Whisky Bard himself, Robin Laing. The festivities kick off at 8pm.



We’re already looking ahead to our next virtual tasting, where we’ll be enjoying a flavour safari round Scotland’s whisky regions. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Festival Discovery Pack, with five 25ml drams from this year’s festival bottlings then join us online for an evening of untamed entertainment on 29 May

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information

This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/scotch-malt-whisky-society-whats-on-at-the-society-scotch-whisky-news-2/

Tomatin 7 Year Old 2006 WhiskyBroker

Distilleerderij: Tomatin
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Tomatin 7 Year Old 2006/2014 WhiskyBroker for The Golden Still, 200ml
Kleur: oud goud
ABV: 46%


Verse Vijgen

Over deze jonge Tomatin kon ik niet zo heel veel info terugvinden, behoudens dat het een single cask betreft dat gebotteld werd in kleine flesjes voor The Golden Still (geen idee of dit een pub, club of andere is). Laten we hem gewoon even proeven, zeg ik.

Heldere neus op verse vijgen, rode appels en toffee, met een hint van mosterdzaad en gember. Wat zoethout. Verre van slecht, maar ook helemaal niet wereldschokkend. Minder fruitig dan ik van Tomatin gewend ben, maar het is dan ook een jonge snaak.

Prima body. Olieachtig tot zelfs romig. Honing en verse vijgen, aangevuld met flink wat kruiden. Hij wordt zelfs eventjes pikant op chilipeper, gekonfijte gember en flink wat eik. Kalissehout, allspice en anijs. Midpalate komen karamel en de appels terug opzetten.

De afdronk is redelijk lang en redelijk warm van de kruiden. Een verrassend florale toets op het sterfbed.

Iets te pikant en net niet fruitig genoeg om echt te kunnen bekoren.


Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 29-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6071

Beam Suntory India Stands Up for the Indian Food & Beverage Community

April, 2020: Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, has come forward to support the food and beverage community in India at this time of social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This initiative represents the spirit of Beam Suntory’s corporate social responsibility efforts, whose mission of ‘Growing for Good’ includes sustainability and supporting local communities.

With the lockdown of restaurants and bars across India to maintain social distancing, several thousand members of the hospitality community have been affected financially. Beam Suntory India is partnering with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), the largest restaurant body in the country, to pledge a support of ~150,000 USD which will be used to provide relief to thousands of staff of member restaurants and their families at this period of the lockdown.

As a world leader in premium spirits, on-premise outlets play an important role in Beam Suntory’s business in India. The company is committed to supporting bartenders and other frontline members of the FB community in this difficult time.

Beam Suntory is also utilizing The Blend, its global bartender engagement program, to directly reach out and support the bartender community in India. The company has launched a ‘learn and earn’ program to encourage bartenders to utilize their time at home effectively by taking up online training modules. Reading material and virtual engagement modules have been made available online, where bartenders can continue to be safe at home and enhance their knowledge and skills. To make the learning experience rewarding, The Blend will host online programs every day, spread across 50 sessions, with prizes for the participants.

Talking about the initiative, Neeraj Kumar, Managing Director, Beam Suntory India, said, “The global pandemic has threatened the survival of many businesses, especially the FB industry, at a time when it was emerging strongly in India. Although we are confident that the industry will rebuild and continue to thrive after this crisis, the current economic anxiety is spilling over to thousands of dedicated professionals who have passionately supported the industry with their talent. Through these initiatives, we want to give back to our partners in the FB community. They are our greatest champions and we want to support them in these difficult times. These initiatives are central to our business and fundamental to our ‘Growing for Good’ values.”

Anurag Katriar, President – NRAI; CEO Executive Director – deGustibus Hospitality Pvt Ltd., said, “At the outset, a big Thank You to Beam Suntory India for their thoughtful gesture towards our Industry when we are going through some very trying times. It is extremely reassuring and encouraging to receive support from your partners in these difficult times. This gesture will further cement the relationship between the FB Fraternity and Beam Suntory. This corpus will enable NRAI to extend helping hand to its members and their employees in times of such unprecedented crisis. I truly appreciate this kind gesture by Beam Suntory India.” 

About National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI)
National Restaurant Association of India is the voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry. Founded in 1982, it represents the interests of 500000+ restaurants, an industry valued INR 4,23,865 crores. Being the leading association of the Indian restaurant industry, NRAI aspires to promote and strengthen the Indian Food Service Sector. The association in its 37th year has a pan India presence with members comprising of restaurants and suppliers.

NRAI is governed by a committee of members and led by a President and Office Bearers. The committee consists of over 35 Restaurant CEOs/ Owners representing various national and international brands from the FB sector. The association works closely with a network of State and City chapter partners in Mumbai, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi and Noida and will open new chapters in others cities soon.

The Chapter activities include:

  • Ground work and action pertaining to government issues and representations
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge experience
  • Provide support in the overall development of the association

About Beam Suntory
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all around the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world-renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.

The Blend is a Global Bartender engagement program from Beam Suntory, where emerging, professional and master bartenders join together for interactive workshops, masterclasses, access to industry trends mentors brand immersion events. www.theblend.world.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/beam-suntory-india-stands-up-for-the-indian-food-beverage-community/

The Whisky Shop #SFO “Virtual Glenmorangie & Balcones Tastings” – Virtual Whisky News

Join us for a Virtual Whisky Tasting!

During these extraordinary times as we shelter-at-home, we can still get together remotely to enjoy some great drams and discover more about our favorite spirits. 

Look out for more virtual tastings #stayhome whisky events in the future!

Upcoming Virtual Tastings Calendar

(click listings for more details) 

 Monday, May 4th, 5PM:

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch

Thursday, May 7th 5:30PM:

Balcones Bourbon

Monday, May 4th,  5PM:

Glenmorangie Single Malt 

Join us for a Virtual Happy Hour with Glenmorangie Scotch, presented by Global Ambassador and Keeper of the Quaich David Blackmore! This roughly 1 hour presentation will feature the Original 10yr, La Santa, Quinta Ruban, and Nectar D’or Glenmorangie expressions. Additionally The Whisky Shop has a special sale price for featured whiskies: The Glenmorangie Collection Taster Set is $20 off. (Was $45, now $25).

 Click here to purchase the Taster Set
Tasting set includes all featured whiskies for this tasting.

All other Glenmorangie Whiskies are 10% off with coupon code ‘GLENMORANGIE’ at checkout

Click Here to Purchase Glenmorangie Whiskies

Thursday, May 7th,  5:30PM:

Balcones Bourbon 

Join us for a virtual tasting of Balcones Texas Single Malt!  From humble beginnings an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco, Texas, Balcones distillery is now recognized worldwide for their bold and intense flavors. From blue corn grown in New Mexico to the first Texas-grown malted barley, they’ve taken pains to create a truly Texas spirit – which is then distilled in magnificent copper pot whisky stills designed by Forsyths of Scotland.

Click Here to RSVP

Additionally through May, Balcones Distillery will donate $5 of every bottle sold to the USBG bartender emergency assistance fund. Get 10% off all Balcones whiskies with the coupon code ‘BALCONES’ at checkout.

Click Here to Purchase Whiskies

Tasting experiences are held over Zoom and allow a limited number of participants, so please do not wait until the last minute to reserve your ticket! After purchasing and shortly before the tasting, an email will be sent to you with instructions to access the tasting via Zoom.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-whisky-shop-sfo-virtual-glenmorangie-balcones-tastings-virtual-whisky-news/