The Whisky Exchange “Our Christmas Malt 2019 – Available Now” – Scotch Whisky News

OUR CHRISTMAS MALT 2019

Our follow-up to 2018’s much-loved Christmas Malt is a 10-year-old Speyside single malt whisky, exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. A beautiful, warming winter dram from Linkwood distillery, it’s a delicate and refined whisky with layers of fruit and festive spice thanks to maturation in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, bottled at cask strength.

The perfect festive spirit to share with family and friends this Christmas.

BUY NOW

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/the-whisky-exchange-our-christmas-malt-2019-available-now-scotch-whisky-news/

CREATE THE PERFECT DRINKS TROLLEY THIS FESTIVE SEASON WITH WOODFORD RESERVE’S LIMITED EDITION WHISKEY GIFT RANGE – American Whiskey News

CREATE THE PERFECT DRINKS TROLLEY THIS FESTIVE SEASON WITH

WOODFORD RESERVE’S LIMITED EDITION WHISKEY GIFT RANGE 

 AVAILABLE FROM WAITROSE AND SELECTED RETAILERS FROM £18.00

London UK – Whether for you or a loved one, celebrate with WOODFORD RESERVE®’s unique holiday gift selection, from the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Gift Pack – for those partial to an Old Fashioned cocktail – to the Woodford Reserve Malt, the Scotch drinker’s whiskey of choice. Perfect for seasoned whiskey aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts alike, Woodford Reserve’s award-winning family of American Whiskeys offers a gift that will befit every celebratory occasion this winter. 

 

A WARM WELCOME FOR WHISKEY LOVERS; FROM RRP £32.00

Revered for its rich and full-bodied flavours brought out by the masterful artisanal process behind every bottle, Woodford Reserve Bourbon is one of the world’s most celebrated bourbons, with over 200 detectable flavour notes. So what better way to gift your loved ones during this year’s festivities than with a bourbon that has truly made its mark and a limited edition bottle. From bold grain and wood notes, to sweet aromatics, spice and fruit, Woodford Reserve Bourbon can be served as a digestif after dinner, on the rocks, or as the basis for a cocktail, thanks to its unique mashbill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt.

The special limited edition bottle depicts a holiday landscape from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. For over 20 years, guests have visited the national historic landmark to enjoy Woodford Reserve Bourbon, take in the scenery and learn about its history. Painted by renowned Kentucky-based artist, Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty, the snowy scene showcases the stylistic approach to her work bringing the warmth of the holiday spirit at the distillery to life.

Unusual also for being triple distilled for extra smoothness, this iconic spirit is a versatile foundation for your favourite festive tipple. 700ml bottle available from Tesco for RRP £32.00, reduced to £25.00 from 29 October until 18 November. 

AN OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY; FROM RRP £32.00

Roll out the drinks trolley this December and pour out the world’s number 1 classic cocktail*, the Old Fashioned, with Woodford Reserve’s Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup, created in collaboration with a selection of the world’s best bartenders. Made using bitters, sugars and botanical extracts, the syrup makes light work of the classic American cocktail and has been developed to carefully complement the signature taste of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, including rich fruits, caramel, spices and vanilla – the true taste of the festive season.

Creating an authentic Old Fashioned to pair with the indulgent delights of holiday gatherings couldn’t be easier with one of two distinct gift packs. Choose from either one, featuring both the 60ml Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup and the award-winning 700ml Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon (available from selected Waitrose and Amazon stores for £32), or the other that comes complete with Old Fashioned glassware and a 200ml bottle of Woodford Reserve (available from selected Sainsbury’s stores at £18).

RECIPE:

  1. Pour 50ml of Woodford Reserve Bourbon into your favourite rocks glass
  2. Add 10ml of Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup
  3. Stir with a large block of ice for 10 seconds and garnish with an orange zest

THE SCOTCH DRINKER’S WHISKEY; FROM RRP £35.00

For those who enjoy a Scotch as they nestle down post-supper but are seeking a new experience, reach for Woodford Reserve Malt. With an emphasis on the nuttiness of grain and toasted oak of the barrel, Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey gives a more buttery flavour than its bourbon counterpart, an ideal pairing for the rich flavours of any festive dessert.

Whilst most people associate malt whiskey with Scotland, Kentucky has a history of malt whiskey production pre-prohibition, which Woodford Reserve has drawn on for inspiration. Crafted from 51% malt and aged in new charred oak barrels the result is a whiskey that is flavourful with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruits, caramel coated nuts and a trace of toasted coconut.

700ml bottle available from Asda for RRP £35.00.

Notes :

*Drinks International

”The World’s Best Selling Classic Cocktails 2018” by Hamish Smith 31.01.18. Ranking based on the votes of 106 best bars in the world.

About Woodford Reserve:

Tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky lives the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the birthplace of Woodford Reserve. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us www.woodfordreserve.com or www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

43.2% ABV

Proof: 86.4

Appearance: Clean, brilliant honey amber.

Nose: Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice.

Taste: Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound.

Finish: Silky smooth, almost creamy at first with a long, warm satisfying tail 

About Brown Forman

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

WOODFORD RESERVE is a registered trademark © WOODFORD RESERVE. All rights reserved.

Your friends at Woodford Reserve remind you to Drink Responsibly.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/create-the-perfect-drinks-trolley-this-festive-season-with-woodford-reserves-limited-edition-whiskey-gift-range-american-whiskey-news/

New: Clynelish Distillery Exclusive // Christmas Malt from TWE and G&M

Clynelish Distillery Exclusive

Clynelish Distillery Exclusive

Clynelish announced a new limited edition only available at the distillery. It is a mixture of ex-bourbon and rejuvenated casks, without an age statement and bottled at 48% ABV. Just 6000 bottles are available for £ 90.

 

 

Christmas Malt 2019 - The Whisky Exchange

Christmas Malt 2019 - The Whisky Exchange

As part of an ongoing tradition, The Whisky Exchange selected a special whisky for Christmas. For 2019 it is a refined 10-year-old single malt from Linkwood distillery, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It is bottled at cask strength 54,2% 2696 bottles.

I will review it next week. In the meantime: available only from The Whisky Exchange

 

 

Old Pulteney 1999 // Glenlivet 2004 Gordon  MacPhail

Old Pulteney 1999 // Glenlivet 2004 Gordon  MacPhail

From Gordon MacPhail also come two Connoisseurs Choice releases specifically presented as Christmas gift ideas:

  • Old Pulteney 1999 – refill sherry butt #1457 (56.5% ABV, £ 141)
  • Glenlivet 2004 – refill bourbon barrel #800670 (64% ABV, £ 101)

 

 

Also interesting

Whisky that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/whisky-news/new-clynelish-distillery-exclusive-christmas-malt-from-twe-and-gm/

Spirits in the Sky 2019 – verslag

Het weekend van 9 en 10 november was weer de absolute hoogmis van de whisky en andere spirits in hartje Brussel. Spirits in the Sky is en blijft bij uitstek mijn favoriete whiskyfestival om de simpele reden dat er een ongezien groot aanbod is, de sfeer steeds bijzonder gemoedelijk en de Masterclasses onovertroffen.

Traditiegetrouw trok een delegatie van Whivie (Ilse, Niek en Mark) op zondag naar het Thon hotel voor deze editie. Maar in tegenstelling tot andere jaren hadden we nu een Masterclass gekozen waarmee de dag begon, namelijk ‘When Whisky Meets Sherry’, kundig gepresenteerd door de onnavolgbare Stewart Buchanan van BenRiach en een bijzonder sypathieke verschijning van het sherryhuis Valdespino genaamd Pilar Garcia.

En het bleek een schot in de roos, want we kregen een ongemeen lekkere line-up voorgeschoteld waarbij we drie bijzonder verschillende maar lekkere sherry te proeven kregen en vier whisky’s.

Uiteraard was er een link tussen de sherry en de whisky. Doh. Dit waren de sherry’s die we aan de lippen mochten zetten, terwijl Pilar in haar met Spaans doorspekte accent de nodige uitleg verschafte.

Valdespino Fino Inocente, 15%

Heerlijk en fijn Fino op appeltjes, kastanjes en amandelen. Dit gaat Dearly Beloved zeker lekker vinden.

Valdespino Oloroso Don Gonzalo, 21%

Donkerzoet met een zilt randje op walnoten en cacao met een droge afdronk.

Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado, 17%

Dit is letterlijk een vloeibaar dessert. Je kan er je lepel in rechtzetten, hoor. Koffie, rozijnen, oxo. En mierzoet natuurlijk, want zo’n 420 gram suiker per liter. Hoestsiroop in het kwadraat.

Om te zeggen dat de whisky’s lekker waren zou hen oneer aandoen. Ze waren uitstekend. Of wat dacht u van deze pareltjes die Stewart had meegebracht uit het ‘archief’?

Glenglassaugh 39 Year Old 1972/2012 The Massandra Connection, 53.3%, 328 bts

Dit is een ‘Sherry Style Finish’, want Massandra komt immers uit de Krim en niet uit de Spaanse zogenaamde Sherry Triangle. Geraffineerd, zoet, crisp en flink gepeperd en een absolute topper. Indrukwekkend en meteen het lekkerste wat ik heel de dag geproefd heb. Niets ging daar nog over.

BenRiach 35 Year Old 1975/2011 Single Sherry Hogshead #7227, 51.0%, 236 bts

Deze elegante BenRiach liep over van het tropische fruit met een verfijnde afdronk. Indrukwekkend, hoor.

BenRiach 33 Year Old 1977/2010 Single Cask #1033 PX Finish, 52.2%, 331 bts

Deze vond ik net iets moeilijker op de neus. Er zat een tikkeltje sulfer op de neus, hoewel dat gelukkig snel vervloog om plaats te maken voor een weergaloze malt.

GlenDronach 28 Year Old 1990/2019 Single PX Puncheon #7905, 51.7%, 660 bts

Deze komt uit de nieuwste batch, heeft wat oxo op de neus naast donkerzoet fruit en groene kruiden. Noten, appelmoes, warm en uitnodigend. Wederom een geweldige vatkeuze.

Aan het einde van deze Masterclass had ik even goed naar huis kunnen trekken. Mijn dag kon al niet meer stuk en het leek met quasi onmogelijk om hier nog iets tegenover te zetten. Maar goed, zo onnozel zijn we nu ook weer niet (voorzet voor open doel?). En we proefden echt nog wel lekker spul, hoor.

Zo kon ik bijvoorbeeld een distillery cask van Auchentoshan proeven dat vorig jaar aan mijn aandacht was ontsnapt. De Auchentoshan Distillery Only Oloroso Sherry Cask #4447 op 59.9% is wederom zo’n geweldige klepper. Machtige Toshan.

Ik was ook erg aangenaam verrast met de nieuwe Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru, hoewel ik hem wel erg duur vind. Kevin Madden, vertegenwoordiger van West Cork liet me enkele leuke Ieren proeven, waaronder de West Cork Black Cask en bij Cinoco werd ik bijna verplicht om de releases van het Belgische Braeckman te proeven. Ik vond ze lang niet allemaal goed, maar de Braeckman 10 Year Old Single Grain Oloroso Cask Finish kon me zeker bekoren, ondanks zijn bijzonder hoog ABV.

De geheime bottelingen van The Nectar (met een prachtig label) waren stuk voor stuk pareltjes. Mijn voorkeur ging uit naar die met het groene label: The Nectar Secret Speyside. Wat een knaller! Bij de jongens van Diageo was het een blij weerzien met de Collectivum XVIII, de Clynelish Select Reserve ui de Diageo Special Releases van 2015 en de Pittyvaich 28 Year Old 1989 uit dezelfde reeks, maar dan van 2018.

De Macallan Edition No 5 stelde niet teleur en ook van de Highland Park 10 Year Old 2008 for Spirits in the Sky was ik onder de indruk.

Bij Wemyss proefde ik eerst de Treacle Chest, maar werd daarna overdonderd met de Bowmore 24 Year Old 1992 Citrus Sizzle.

Ik had hoge verwachtingen van de Auchentoshan 26 Year Old 1993 Infrequent Flyers van Alistair Walker (zoon van whiskylegende Billy Walker), maar deze kon me helaas niet helemaal overtuigen. Wat ik dan weer wel leuk vond was de Isle of Jura 13 Year Old 2006 Two-One-Two en de Kilkerran 12 Year Old. En de nieuwe Arran 21 Year Old 1998 Sherry Hogshead #778 for The Nectar is er weer eentje voor de goden. Wat een snoepje!

Ik eindige mijn toertje niet met een whisky, maar met enkel rums van Barceló. Ze konden me alle drie bekoren, moet ik zeggen. De Barcelò Imperial, de Barcelò Imperial Onyx en de Barcelò Imperial Premium Blend 30th Anniversary waren stuk voor stuk heerlijk.

Maar u begrijpt dat het palate zulk geweld niet perfect aankan, dus nam ik nog een heleboel samples mee naar huis om in de komende weken/maanden in alle sereniteit te (her)proeven. U mag zich dus nog aan flink wat tasting notes verwachten op het blog.

Aan alle vrienden en kennissen die ik mocht tegen het lijf lopen: het was weer tof u te zien. Aan wie ik gemist heb… het lag wellicht niet aan mij. En aan Mario en zijn team (inclusief de vrijwilligers van The Finest Notes): chapeau. U deed het weer.

En dat is precies waarom Spirits in the Sky mijn favoriete festival in this galaxy en omstreken blijft.

Tot volgend jaar!

May the Malt be with you!

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=5202

A K&L Exclusive Barrel that will Delight Fans of Pappy & Old Fitz – American Whiskey News

A KL Exclusive Barrel that will Delight Fans of Pappy Old Fitz
Maker’s Mark 46 KL Exclusive “Barrel #5” Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)
“This is simply a perfect high-proof wheater, and just in time for the holidays.”
— Andrew Whiteley, KL NorCal Spirits Buyer

If you enjoy high-proof, wheated bourbons in the mold of Pappy Van Winkle and Old Fitzgerald, then you’re bound to love our most recent KL exclusive barrel from Maker’s Mark. Through an innovative program, our spirits buyers are given the opportunity to blend their own unique KL bottling based on the addition of different wood stave types to a barrel of Maker’s 46. The barrel is then stored in a specially designed warehouse carved into the side of a hill that allows the perfect aging conditions. The results carry the trademark characteristics of Maker’s Mark yet possess their own distinctive stamps. Barrel #5 leans heavily on Baked American Pure 2 stave, which constitutes half of the ten stave mix. This result is otherworldly and is sure to make waves in the bourbon crowd. Serving up a panoply of sweet fruit, vanilla, coconut, and exotic spice, Barrel #5 is bourbon at its very best. These Maker’s Mark exclusives always sell out in a flash, and we expect that trend to continue here. $70 is a bargain for a spirit of this caliber. You won’t want to miss it.

Maker’s Mark 46 KL Exclusive “Barrel #5” Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

The unique blending process for the Maker’s Mark Private Select casks offers a seemingly endless array of possibilities (it’s actually 1,001 possible combinations, but it’ll take us a while to do them all). The basic premise of the program is this: Maker’s Mark selects and vats 30 casks of the regular cask strength Maker’s Mark together, then they refill the barrels from that vatting with the now small batch whisky and add in a ten-stave recipe. No more, no less. The “recipes” are selected by the buyer of the barrel and can be in any combination from their five unique wood/toasting regimes. The only additional rule is that you cannot do ten of the same stave. Barrel #5 doubles down on the Baked American Pure 2 stave. It represents half of the staves in the recipe. There are two Seared French Cuvée staves to kick up the French oak spice, one Maker’s 46 as a nod to the program that started it all, and two Toasted French Spice staves for added complexity. The heavy use of the Pure 2 leaves even more of the original Maker’s cask strength flavors intact. It was like asking them to only use five staves instead of ten (against the rules…). The result is pretty dang close to a true single barrel, but with a subtle twist.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

My first inclination for this barrel was to pick nine of the Baked American Pure 2 staves to really double down on the natural character of Maker’s Mark. I figured that was the closest thing I could get to an actual single cask. I was sorely mistaken. The added depth and complexity achievable through this unique cask program is astonishing. While maintaining a Maker’s Mark backbone of sweet vanilla and mellow wheat, the combination of the five Pure 2 staves, the seared and toasted French staves, and the single Maker’s 46 stave improves the length and breadth of the whiskey. Instead of the just the sharper, peaked aromatics of American oak, the bass tones of spice fill out the feel of the nose. Heady cooking spices abound but still with a focus on the sweet spices and ever-present sweet vanillins. It fills the glass, your nose, and the room. On the palate, the intense tip-of-the-tongue sweetness of Maker’s is carried all the way to the far corners of your mouth. It’s a full-palate whiskey in a way that the classic just isn’t. The finish lingers with hints of cocoa nibs and cinnamon. This is simply a perfect high-proof wheater, and just in time for the holidays.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 14, 2019

The Maker’s Mark Private Select single barrels are a great variation on a theme. There is the nice, soft sweetness of the regular Maker’s Mark 46, but the volume is turned up with more flavors and nuances. This barrel is mouth coating, rich, and sweet with wonderful spice and honey notes. With a touch of water it is still intense but becomes more elegant and pretty. I think that one could drink this whiskey with and without water.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

This was such a fun project, and I’m glad that Maker’s Mark invited Andrew and me to blend not just one but TWO batches of Private Select for KL. It was amazing how different the bourbon could be with slight changes to the stave additions. So it isn’t too much of a surprise that Andrew’s barrel is vastly different from mine. The Neal barrel is clearly superior, but this barrel of Andrew’s is really killer too. When I sip this, I think to myself that this is classic Maker’s Mark… but greatly intensified. Luscious caramel spills out of the glass with apricot and a little buttered popcorn. There’s very soft baking spices with a bit of coconut coming from the high amount of baked American oak staves that give Andrew’s batch its central character. This decadent bourbon is a sweetie, but it ain’t a pushover.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2019

Marker’s Mark’s focus has always been on producing quality whiskey rather than simply pumping out quantity. In this unique, single barrel designed by our KL Spirits team, you get something that is totally one-off, special, and won’t be seen again. Boasting more bold, rich, true to bourbon flavors of butterscotch, biscuit, and vanilla bean, this whiskey is everything you would want in a classic American spirit. Very smooth and a little sweet with a crème brûlée-like character.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/a-kl-exclusive-barrel-that-will-delight-fans-of-pappy-old-fitz-american-whiskey-news/

A K&L Exclusive Barrel that will Delight Fans of Pappy & Old Fitz – American Whiskey News

A KL Exclusive Barrel that will Delight Fans of Pappy Old Fitz
Maker’s Mark 46 KL Exclusive “Barrel #5” Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)
“This is simply a perfect high-proof wheater, and just in time for the holidays.”
— Andrew Whiteley, KL NorCal Spirits Buyer

If you enjoy high-proof, wheated bourbons in the mold of Pappy Van Winkle and Old Fitzgerald, then you’re bound to love our most recent KL exclusive barrel from Maker’s Mark. Through an innovative program, our spirits buyers are given the opportunity to blend their own unique KL bottling based on the addition of different wood stave types to a barrel of Maker’s 46. The barrel is then stored in a specially designed warehouse carved into the side of a hill that allows the perfect aging conditions. The results carry the trademark characteristics of Maker’s Mark yet possess their own distinctive stamps. Barrel #5 leans heavily on Baked American Pure 2 stave, which constitutes half of the ten stave mix. This result is otherworldly and is sure to make waves in the bourbon crowd. Serving up a panoply of sweet fruit, vanilla, coconut, and exotic spice, Barrel #5 is bourbon at its very best. These Maker’s Mark exclusives always sell out in a flash, and we expect that trend to continue here. $70 is a bargain for a spirit of this caliber. You won’t want to miss it.

Maker’s Mark 46 KL Exclusive “Barrel #5” Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($69.99)

The unique blending process for the Maker’s Mark Private Select casks offers a seemingly endless array of possibilities (it’s actually 1,001 possible combinations, but it’ll take us a while to do them all). The basic premise of the program is this: Maker’s Mark selects and vats 30 casks of the regular cask strength Maker’s Mark together, then they refill the barrels from that vatting with the now small batch whisky and add in a ten-stave recipe. No more, no less. The “recipes” are selected by the buyer of the barrel and can be in any combination from their five unique wood/toasting regimes. The only additional rule is that you cannot do ten of the same stave. Barrel #5 doubles down on the Baked American Pure 2 stave. It represents half of the staves in the recipe. There are two Seared French Cuvée staves to kick up the French oak spice, one Maker’s 46 as a nod to the program that started it all, and two Toasted French Spice staves for added complexity. The heavy use of the Pure 2 leaves even more of the original Maker’s cask strength flavors intact. It was like asking them to only use five staves instead of ten (against the rules…). The result is pretty dang close to a true single barrel, but with a subtle twist.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

My first inclination for this barrel was to pick nine of the Baked American Pure 2 staves to really double down on the natural character of Maker’s Mark. I figured that was the closest thing I could get to an actual single cask. I was sorely mistaken. The added depth and complexity achievable through this unique cask program is astonishing. While maintaining a Maker’s Mark backbone of sweet vanilla and mellow wheat, the combination of the five Pure 2 staves, the seared and toasted French staves, and the single Maker’s 46 stave improves the length and breadth of the whiskey. Instead of the just the sharper, peaked aromatics of American oak, the bass tones of spice fill out the feel of the nose. Heady cooking spices abound but still with a focus on the sweet spices and ever-present sweet vanillins. It fills the glass, your nose, and the room. On the palate, the intense tip-of-the-tongue sweetness of Maker’s is carried all the way to the far corners of your mouth. It’s a full-palate whiskey in a way that the classic just isn’t. The finish lingers with hints of cocoa nibs and cinnamon. This is simply a perfect high-proof wheater, and just in time for the holidays.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 14, 2019

The Maker’s Mark Private Select single barrels are a great variation on a theme. There is the nice, soft sweetness of the regular Maker’s Mark 46, but the volume is turned up with more flavors and nuances. This barrel is mouth coating, rich, and sweet with wonderful spice and honey notes. With a touch of water it is still intense but becomes more elegant and pretty. I think that one could drink this whiskey with and without water.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 12, 2019

This was such a fun project, and I’m glad that Maker’s Mark invited Andrew and me to blend not just one but TWO batches of Private Select for KL. It was amazing how different the bourbon could be with slight changes to the stave additions. So it isn’t too much of a surprise that Andrew’s barrel is vastly different from mine. The Neal barrel is clearly superior, but this barrel of Andrew’s is really killer too. When I sip this, I think to myself that this is classic Maker’s Mark… but greatly intensified. Luscious caramel spills out of the glass with apricot and a little buttered popcorn. There’s very soft baking spices with a bit of coconut coming from the high amount of baked American oak staves that give Andrew’s batch its central character. This decadent bourbon is a sweetie, but it ain’t a pushover.

Stefanie Juelsgaard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2019

Marker’s Mark’s focus has always been on producing quality whiskey rather than simply pumping out quantity. In this unique, single barrel designed by our KL Spirits team, you get something that is totally one-off, special, and won’t be seen again. Boasting more bold, rich, true to bourbon flavors of butterscotch, biscuit, and vanilla bean, this whiskey is everything you would want in a classic American spirit. Very smooth and a little sweet with a crème brûlée-like character.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/a-kl-exclusive-barrel-that-will-delight-fans-of-pappy-old-fitz-american-whiskey-news/

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Advent Calendars Are In, Fall Super SALE & More! – Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin: 

KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendars Are Here!

We Have a Berry Bros. Tasting Wednesday

Save the Date for Our Fall Super Sale

New Whiskies We Can’t Wait to Tell You About!

I hope you all had a good weekend and took a moment to reflect yesterday (November 11th, Remembrance Day).

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at KWM. Since Sunday October 27 we’ve had 11 whisky tastings at KWM, including 5 Scotch Malt Whisky Society Outturn tastings and the first of two sold out Fall Single Malts Festivals. While this was taking place we completed work on the Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar™. The calendar is more than 85% sold, and available for pickup and purchase in-store.

The next two weeks won’t be any less busy. We have a Berry Bros. whisky tasting tomorrow night with Hannah Dickie and Johnny Roberts. The cost is just $25 for 8 whiskies including the Berry’s Perspective Series Blends (21, 25 35 Year olds). This is our last scheduled whisky tasting at KWM in 2019 with room for registration. Sorry! WI could not publish this in time!

Friday is the start of our Fall Super Sale. This is our biggest and most anticipated Sale of the year. All in-stock whisky, with the exception of most Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies, the Whisky Advent Calendar™ and other select new releases, will be 10-35% off in-store and online. I will be putting out a special Malt Messenger Bulletin on Friday morning, highlighting the best deals.

We have a few new whiskies to tell you about as well. Firstly, we have four new releases from Bruichladdich: Black Art 1994 7.1, Port Charlotte 2012 Islay Barley and a pair of Octomores 10.1 10.3. We weren’t expecting these whiskies so soon, Christmas has come early.

We are also thrilled to be the only place in Alberta with the Shelter Point Smoke Point, a whisky finished in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks. Staying in the Canadian theme, we also have the latest 40+ year old release from Canadian Club, the Chronicles 42 Year. The oldest Canadian whisky ever botttled! And last but not least the Highland Park Valfather has arrived, the most heavily peated Highland Park ever bottled.

I hope this Malt Messenger Bulletin finds you well. Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or requests. As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the Point of Sale at KWM will be taken as correct.

Slàinte!

Andrew Ferguson

In This Edition

  1. Save the Date to Save… Our Fall Super Sale Starts Friday!
  2. Our KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendars Are In-Stock!
  3. Berry Bros. Tasting with Johnny Hannah
  4. New Whiskies from Bruichladdich Including a Pair of Octomore
  5. Introducing: Shelter Point Smoke Point
  6. Introducing: Canadian Club 42 Year
  7. Introducing: Highland Park Valfather

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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Save the Date to Save – Our Fall Super Sale Starts Friday! 

Save 5-40% Throughout the Store – November 15-17! 

We have 3 big annual sales at KWM, and the biggest and most anticipated is our annual Fall Super Sale. Friday-Sunday this weekend we will have huge discounts in-store and online on Whisky, Wine, Beer and other Spirits. The discounts will range from 5-40%. We will send out a sale notice with a link to the biggest whisky deals on Friday morning.

The KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar Is In-Stock and Ready for Pickup and Purchase! 

Less Than 55 of the 384 Calendars Produced Remain! 

We are all about value at KWM, and we have managed to drop the price on this year’s Calendar $15 over the 2018 edition. Our  Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar makes a great gift and is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. The 2019 edition consists of 25 premium whiskies, including 24 50ml (One is actually 40ml) bottles and a special 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask bottling. This year’s Society whisky is a true one-off, it will only be available in the KWM Whisky Advent Calendar, never to be see again. The KWM Whisky Advent Calendar also includes a custom logo Glencairn Scotch Whisky Glass and a Discount Card.

You can follow along each day of Advent (or at your own pace), as we introduce you to each whisky on our blog and through our social media channels. We are really excited about this year’s edition, and we hope you are too. As in past years, we are taking a $150 deposit for each Calendar ordered, at the time it is ordered. The balance of payment will be due a few days before the Calendars are ready for pickup, which we estimate to be around the beginning of November. If you would like to order one or more Calendars, please be prepared to provide a credit card for payment of the deposit. The same card will be used to bill the remainder of the balance closer to the date it is ready for pickup.

At the time of writing, more than 85% of this year’s calendars are sold!

Order a Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar!

*The Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar is produced under license from Secret Spirits, Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar™ 

Berry Bros. Whisky Tasting with Johnny Hannah 

The Company With Nearly 325 Years in Business – Discussed Over 8 Drams!

We are thrilled to welcome Hannah Dickie and Johnny Robert to Kensington Wine Market for a Berry Bros Whisky tasting on Wednesday November 13, at 6PM. Johnny and Hannah will guide us through a range of Berry’s whiskies, including the our 1995 KWM Cask, and the Berry’s Perspectives Series 21, 25 30 Year Olds. The tasting is only $25 for 8 whiskies, you won’t want to miss it.

Call 403-283-8000 or register online!

New Whiskies from Bruichladdich 

Including a Pair of Octomores 

We weren’t expecting this quartet until later in the year or early in 2020. I suppose you could say Christmas has come early for fans of the Laddie!

  1. Bruichladdich Black Art 1994 7.1 – 48.8% – 25 Year – A secret mix of casks selected by Head Distiller Adam Hannet – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Unbelievable complexity, each cask that has played a role in maturing this whisky has a presence, the aromas lift from the glass in an almost orderly procession. First a rich marzipan, then walnut, crème caramel, turkish delight, hints of strawberry, violet, and coconut. There is a heavy fruit style with plum, poached pears, raisin and grapefruit and after opening further wood spice, nutmeg, toasted oak, roasted coffee beans, and muscovado sugar. An absolute delight to nose and discover the depth of flavour. Palate: A little sharpness is a nod to the strength but quickly the satin texture covers the palate to give a viscous, round mouthfeel. The oak’s power and poise give a hint of dryness but also waves of coconut, Turkish delight, soft caramel, and spiced orange. The layers of oak and fruit that come through softly melt into one another; each sip brings a new level of discovery within this most complex of assemblages. While on the palate there appears less complexity than on the nose, an important balance, texture, and defined style serves to highlight the aromatic aspect of this whisky. Finish: It seems that this whisky will go on forever, the incredible viscous texture of this whisky extends the finish and it lingers on the palate. Roasted nuts, then tropical fruit, baked pineapple, and butterscotch give a sweetness that is sure to be remembered. Mood: As ever the mystery of its creation serves to intrigue. Black Art 07.1 gives a moment to reflect on the past and to welcome the possibilities of the future.” – $355
  2. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2012 Islay Barley – 50% – 6 Year – Barley from 8 different Islay Farms – Peated to 40PPM – 75% First Fill ex-American oak and 25% Second Fill French oak ex-Wine Casks –Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Initially a fresh linen and sandy sea breeze note stands out. Zesty lemon, a green fruit signature, apple sauce and crunchy pears follow. Floral geranium notes come through with sea pinks and gooseberry. then creamy coconut dipped in chocolate opens up quickly with muddy peat smoke, burnt heather and peach skin. hints of vanilla and toasted malt. The aromas speak of the spirit, the distillation and the barley. Palate: On the lips it’s soft and sweet, texturally there is a thin honey style that slips across the palate. Immediately there is more from the cask here, vanilla, milk chocolate and light cedar and black pepper. Warmed scones and honey from the malt wrapped in earthy smoke and soft apricot. creamy, minty, tablet brings a sweetness and a warm salty sand hint of Islay. Finish: The finish is coconut and peat smoke, mildly iodine-y and hints of almond and geranium. The peat smoke gently fades away. Character: Wonderfully balanced to show the fruity style of the spirit on the nose and the delicate influence of the cask on the palate. The peat smoke weaves its way gently through the whisky highlighting the softer sweeter notes. This 2012 vintage has a freshness and balance that tells the story of the place to which it belongs.” – $90
  3. Bruichladdich Octomore 10.1 – 59.8% – 5 Year – 107PPM – Producer Description: “Distilled from Scottish barley in 2013, Octomore 10.1 is the benchmark of the 10s series. Deliberately stripped back to an ex- American oak maturation, aged just 5 years old, the .1 edition exposes the structure and presence of the Octomore spirit. Combining smoke with a modest maturation, this 10.1 first and foremost demonstrates the true potential of a considered, patient distillation.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Character: Lithe, supple, powerfully confident and a dram more than the sum of its parts. Slow trickle distillation is the hallmark of this muscular, oily spirit. Aroma: Vanilla led, caramel, hints of smoke but tamed back. candied apple, gooseberry and marzipan. Taste: Soft yet powerful and warming on the palate, peppery, barley sugar, smokey – dried earth and hints of rubber. Warm sand, sweetness of charred oak and pineapple. Finish: Sweetness from tablet/fudge and a strong peat smoke and cold marine air combination.” – $145
  4. Bruichladdich Octomore 10.3 – 61.3% – 6 Year – 114PPM – Producer Description: “Distilled in 2013 from the 2012 harvest, the Octomore 10.3 has been brought home by farmer James Brown. Taking on the challenge of growing Islay Barley, he braces the conditions of the wet and wild west coast to combine an exploration of Islay terroir and stratospheric smoke. For the first time, the .3 is matured for six aged years but crucially only in ex-American oak. These top-quality casks have gently coaxed this Octomore spirit into life in Warehouse 16, next to our 10.1 edition. The components of our 10.1 and 10.3 are so similar, the distinct flavour difference must be owed to the barley’s respective growing location.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Character: Marine freshness, Islay air and a deep rooted level of fruitiness from the distillation characterise this release. Aroma: Earthy peat smoke, dry and a little medicinal, lemon drops, and thyme come through and then marine, sea shell notes along with some vanilla and fudge from the oak. Taste: Salt on the lips and more honey and lemon on the palate, then the peat sweeps in with the oak and heat from the high strength. Deeper flavours from the spirit, pear and gooseberry are more defined and richer. Finish: Sweet on the finish initially with pastry and chocolate but then bitter notes of rubbery smoke and spice towards the end.” – $172

Introducing Shelter Point Smoke Point 

The First Peated Shelter Point Release 

Exclusive to KWM in Alberta, the Shelter Point Smoke Point is the distillery’s first ever peated expression. The whisky was matured 5 years in ex-Bourbon before finishing for 9 months in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks. 1044 bottles were produced with just 36 coming to Alberta.

Shelter Point Smoke Point – 55% – Matured 5 Years Before Finishing in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks – Producer Description: “Introducing Shelter Point’s first ever peat influenced whisky. This single grain smoky delight has been aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks for 5 years and finished in casks previously used by a famous Islay distillery for 8 months. This special bottling consists of only 1044 hand numbered bottles. The whisky is made from malted and unmalted barley and picks up influences of bourbon from the American oak cask and peated whisky from the ex-Islay casks. Sweet, smoky and complex, this whisky is perfect for a dram by the fire.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Smoke Point whisky is sweet, medicinal and smoky on the nose with barley sugars, iodine and campfire. The palate is sweet caramel, vanilla and sea salt, with peated warmth comforting the soul. The satisfying finish is a delicious combination of creamy pudding and a brand new first aid kit.” – $94

Introducing: Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year 

The Oldest Canadian Whisky for the 3rd Year Running: 40, 41 Now 42!

Distilled in 1977, this second batch in the Canadian Club Chronicles series is called the Dock Man. Made of corn whisky matured in American Oak barrels. It is the oldest Canadian whisky ever bottled, and in the words of Davin de Kergommeaux, the foremost expert on Canadian whisky, “it is spectacular”.

Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year – 45% – Producer Description: “With this 2nd release in the CC Chronicles series, we pay tribute to the dock men who operated floating liquor stores bars aboard their vessels. Despite the presence of many counterfeit makers of CC, savvy bar owners and whisky fans knew they could count on the dock men to provide only genuine Canadian Club®. With this 42-year-old whisky, we celebrate their uncompromising commitment to origin, authenticity, quality and craftsmanship.” – Tasting Note Davin de Kergommeaux: “The Dock Man is a sweet luscious whisky with a deep, complex nose and palate. Fruity and floral notes entwine delicately with Canadian Club’s signature prunes and black raisins followed by tartish apple skins, and apricots. Mild peppery spices evolve into sweetish baking spices, while woody notes are restrained, with soft tannins pulling gently on the cheeks. Dark fruit returns in a long spicy finish.” – $275 

Introducing: Highland Park Valfather 

The Third Final Release in the Viking Legends Series 

The final bottling in the “Viking Legends” series, Valfather is the most heavily peated whisky ever released by the distillery. Matured exclusively in Refill casks to allow the spirit to dominate the profile. Valfather, or father of the slain, is one of Odin’s (the most powerful Norse God) many names and a reference to his place presiding over the Golden Hall in Valhala.

Producer Description

“VALFATHER – the final whisky in a series of three special edition Viking Legend releases – is inspired by Odin, the mightiest of the Norse gods. The most peated whisky we have released to date, it is matured entirely in refill casks to give beautifully balanced layers of flavour and a character as complex as Odin himself.

“Odin is associated with wisdom and knowledge; with sorcery and poetry; with battle, frenzy and death. The old legends also tell us of the tame beasts who bring him both protection and support – Sleipnir the eight-legged flying horse; the tame wolves, Geri and Freki; and Huginn and Muninn, his loyal ravens – but is at the jaws of the savage wolf, Fenrir, that Odin finally meets his end at Ragnarök.”

 Highland Park Valfather – 47% – Matured in Refill Casks – Producer Tasting Note

“Sweet apple | Fragrant pear | Crème brûlée | Toasted cedar wood | Smoked paprika | Aromatic peat smoke” – $104

There is also still stock available of the two previous releases:

  1. Highland Park Vakyrie – 45.9% – First Fill American oak and Ex-Sherry – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Green apples | Sun-ripened lemons | Oriental spices | Vanilla | Preserved ginger | Dark chocolate | Salty liquorice | Warm aromatic smoke.” – $105
  2. Highland Park Valknut – 46.8% – Predominantly Matured in Sherry Seasoned Casks – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Toasted vanilla pods | Cracked black pepper | Oak shavings | Cloves | Aniseed | Aromatic peat smoke” – $105   

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger! 

Contact Disclaimers 

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.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

Owner Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
403-283-8000
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/malt-messenger-bulletin-whisky-advent-calendars-are-in-fall-super-sale-more-whisky-news/

Malt Messenger Bulletin – Whisky Advent Calendars Are In, Fall Super SALE & More! – Whisky News

Malt Messenger Bulletin: 

KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendars Are Here!

We Have a Berry Bros. Tasting Wednesday

Save the Date for Our Fall Super Sale

New Whiskies We Can’t Wait to Tell You About!

I hope you all had a good weekend and took a moment to reflect yesterday (November 11th, Remembrance Day).

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at KWM. Since Sunday October 27 we’ve had 11 whisky tastings at KWM, including 5 Scotch Malt Whisky Society Outturn tastings and the first of two sold out Fall Single Malts Festivals. While this was taking place we completed work on the Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar™. The calendar is more than 85% sold, and available for pickup and purchase in-store.

The next two weeks won’t be any less busy. We have a Berry Bros. whisky tasting tomorrow night with Hannah Dickie and Johnny Roberts. The cost is just $25 for 8 whiskies including the Berry’s Perspective Series Blends (21, 25 35 Year olds). This is our last scheduled whisky tasting at KWM in 2019 with room for registration. Sorry! WI could not publish this in time!

Friday is the start of our Fall Super Sale. This is our biggest and most anticipated Sale of the year. All in-stock whisky, with the exception of most Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies, the Whisky Advent Calendar™ and other select new releases, will be 10-35% off in-store and online. I will be putting out a special Malt Messenger Bulletin on Friday morning, highlighting the best deals.

We have a few new whiskies to tell you about as well. Firstly, we have four new releases from Bruichladdich: Black Art 1994 7.1, Port Charlotte 2012 Islay Barley and a pair of Octomores 10.1 10.3. We weren’t expecting these whiskies so soon, Christmas has come early.

We are also thrilled to be the only place in Alberta with the Shelter Point Smoke Point, a whisky finished in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks. Staying in the Canadian theme, we also have the latest 40+ year old release from Canadian Club, the Chronicles 42 Year. The oldest Canadian whisky ever botttled! And last but not least the Highland Park Valfather has arrived, the most heavily peated Highland Park ever bottled.

I hope this Malt Messenger Bulletin finds you well. Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or requests. As always, in the event of a discrepancy in price, the Point of Sale at KWM will be taken as correct.

Slàinte!

Andrew Ferguson

In This Edition

  1. Save the Date to Save… Our Fall Super Sale Starts Friday!
  2. Our KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendars Are In-Stock!
  3. Berry Bros. Tasting with Johnny Hannah
  4. New Whiskies from Bruichladdich Including a Pair of Octomore
  5. Introducing: Shelter Point Smoke Point
  6. Introducing: Canadian Club 42 Year
  7. Introducing: Highland Park Valfather

Andrew Ferguson

Kensington Wine Market

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Save the Date to Save – Our Fall Super Sale Starts Friday! 

Save 5-40% Throughout the Store – November 15-17! 

We have 3 big annual sales at KWM, and the biggest and most anticipated is our annual Fall Super Sale. Friday-Sunday this weekend we will have huge discounts in-store and online on Whisky, Wine, Beer and other Spirits. The discounts will range from 5-40%. We will send out a sale notice with a link to the biggest whisky deals on Friday morning.

The KWM 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar Is In-Stock and Ready for Pickup and Purchase! 

Less Than 55 of the 384 Calendars Produced Remain! 

We are all about value at KWM, and we have managed to drop the price on this year’s Calendar $15 over the 2018 edition. Our  Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar makes a great gift and is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. The 2019 edition consists of 25 premium whiskies, including 24 50ml (One is actually 40ml) bottles and a special 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society single cask bottling. This year’s Society whisky is a true one-off, it will only be available in the KWM Whisky Advent Calendar, never to be see again. The KWM Whisky Advent Calendar also includes a custom logo Glencairn Scotch Whisky Glass and a Discount Card.

You can follow along each day of Advent (or at your own pace), as we introduce you to each whisky on our blog and through our social media channels. We are really excited about this year’s edition, and we hope you are too. As in past years, we are taking a $150 deposit for each Calendar ordered, at the time it is ordered. The balance of payment will be due a few days before the Calendars are ready for pickup, which we estimate to be around the beginning of November. If you would like to order one or more Calendars, please be prepared to provide a credit card for payment of the deposit. The same card will be used to bill the remainder of the balance closer to the date it is ready for pickup.

At the time of writing, more than 85% of this year’s calendars are sold!

Order a Kensington Wine Market 2019 Whisky Advent Calendar!

*The Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar is produced under license from Secret Spirits, Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar™ 

Berry Bros. Whisky Tasting with Johnny Hannah 

The Company With Nearly 325 Years in Business – Discussed Over 8 Drams!

We are thrilled to welcome Hannah Dickie and Johnny Robert to Kensington Wine Market for a Berry Bros Whisky tasting on Wednesday November 13, at 6PM. Johnny and Hannah will guide us through a range of Berry’s whiskies, including the our 1995 KWM Cask, and the Berry’s Perspectives Series 21, 25 30 Year Olds. The tasting is only $25 for 8 whiskies, you won’t want to miss it.

Call 403-283-8000 or register online!

New Whiskies from Bruichladdich 

Including a Pair of Octomores 

We weren’t expecting this quartet until later in the year or early in 2020. I suppose you could say Christmas has come early for fans of the Laddie!

  1. Bruichladdich Black Art 1994 7.1 – 48.8% – 25 Year – A secret mix of casks selected by Head Distiller Adam Hannet – Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Unbelievable complexity, each cask that has played a role in maturing this whisky has a presence, the aromas lift from the glass in an almost orderly procession. First a rich marzipan, then walnut, crème caramel, turkish delight, hints of strawberry, violet, and coconut. There is a heavy fruit style with plum, poached pears, raisin and grapefruit and after opening further wood spice, nutmeg, toasted oak, roasted coffee beans, and muscovado sugar. An absolute delight to nose and discover the depth of flavour. Palate: A little sharpness is a nod to the strength but quickly the satin texture covers the palate to give a viscous, round mouthfeel. The oak’s power and poise give a hint of dryness but also waves of coconut, Turkish delight, soft caramel, and spiced orange. The layers of oak and fruit that come through softly melt into one another; each sip brings a new level of discovery within this most complex of assemblages. While on the palate there appears less complexity than on the nose, an important balance, texture, and defined style serves to highlight the aromatic aspect of this whisky. Finish: It seems that this whisky will go on forever, the incredible viscous texture of this whisky extends the finish and it lingers on the palate. Roasted nuts, then tropical fruit, baked pineapple, and butterscotch give a sweetness that is sure to be remembered. Mood: As ever the mystery of its creation serves to intrigue. Black Art 07.1 gives a moment to reflect on the past and to welcome the possibilities of the future.” – $355
  2. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2012 Islay Barley – 50% – 6 Year – Barley from 8 different Islay Farms – Peated to 40PPM – 75% First Fill ex-American oak and 25% Second Fill French oak ex-Wine Casks –Producer Tasting Note: “Nose: Initially a fresh linen and sandy sea breeze note stands out. Zesty lemon, a green fruit signature, apple sauce and crunchy pears follow. Floral geranium notes come through with sea pinks and gooseberry. then creamy coconut dipped in chocolate opens up quickly with muddy peat smoke, burnt heather and peach skin. hints of vanilla and toasted malt. The aromas speak of the spirit, the distillation and the barley. Palate: On the lips it’s soft and sweet, texturally there is a thin honey style that slips across the palate. Immediately there is more from the cask here, vanilla, milk chocolate and light cedar and black pepper. Warmed scones and honey from the malt wrapped in earthy smoke and soft apricot. creamy, minty, tablet brings a sweetness and a warm salty sand hint of Islay. Finish: The finish is coconut and peat smoke, mildly iodine-y and hints of almond and geranium. The peat smoke gently fades away. Character: Wonderfully balanced to show the fruity style of the spirit on the nose and the delicate influence of the cask on the palate. The peat smoke weaves its way gently through the whisky highlighting the softer sweeter notes. This 2012 vintage has a freshness and balance that tells the story of the place to which it belongs.” – $90
  3. Bruichladdich Octomore 10.1 – 59.8% – 5 Year – 107PPM – Producer Description: “Distilled from Scottish barley in 2013, Octomore 10.1 is the benchmark of the 10s series. Deliberately stripped back to an ex- American oak maturation, aged just 5 years old, the .1 edition exposes the structure and presence of the Octomore spirit. Combining smoke with a modest maturation, this 10.1 first and foremost demonstrates the true potential of a considered, patient distillation.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Character: Lithe, supple, powerfully confident and a dram more than the sum of its parts. Slow trickle distillation is the hallmark of this muscular, oily spirit. Aroma: Vanilla led, caramel, hints of smoke but tamed back. candied apple, gooseberry and marzipan. Taste: Soft yet powerful and warming on the palate, peppery, barley sugar, smokey – dried earth and hints of rubber. Warm sand, sweetness of charred oak and pineapple. Finish: Sweetness from tablet/fudge and a strong peat smoke and cold marine air combination.” – $145
  4. Bruichladdich Octomore 10.3 – 61.3% – 6 Year – 114PPM – Producer Description: “Distilled in 2013 from the 2012 harvest, the Octomore 10.3 has been brought home by farmer James Brown. Taking on the challenge of growing Islay Barley, he braces the conditions of the wet and wild west coast to combine an exploration of Islay terroir and stratospheric smoke. For the first time, the .3 is matured for six aged years but crucially only in ex-American oak. These top-quality casks have gently coaxed this Octomore spirit into life in Warehouse 16, next to our 10.1 edition. The components of our 10.1 and 10.3 are so similar, the distinct flavour difference must be owed to the barley’s respective growing location.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Character: Marine freshness, Islay air and a deep rooted level of fruitiness from the distillation characterise this release. Aroma: Earthy peat smoke, dry and a little medicinal, lemon drops, and thyme come through and then marine, sea shell notes along with some vanilla and fudge from the oak. Taste: Salt on the lips and more honey and lemon on the palate, then the peat sweeps in with the oak and heat from the high strength. Deeper flavours from the spirit, pear and gooseberry are more defined and richer. Finish: Sweet on the finish initially with pastry and chocolate but then bitter notes of rubbery smoke and spice towards the end.” – $172

Introducing Shelter Point Smoke Point 

The First Peated Shelter Point Release 

Exclusive to KWM in Alberta, the Shelter Point Smoke Point is the distillery’s first ever peated expression. The whisky was matured 5 years in ex-Bourbon before finishing for 9 months in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks. 1044 bottles were produced with just 36 coming to Alberta.

Shelter Point Smoke Point – 55% – Matured 5 Years Before Finishing in ex-Laphroaig Quarter Casks – Producer Description: “Introducing Shelter Point’s first ever peat influenced whisky. This single grain smoky delight has been aged in American oak ex-bourbon casks for 5 years and finished in casks previously used by a famous Islay distillery for 8 months. This special bottling consists of only 1044 hand numbered bottles. The whisky is made from malted and unmalted barley and picks up influences of bourbon from the American oak cask and peated whisky from the ex-Islay casks. Sweet, smoky and complex, this whisky is perfect for a dram by the fire.” – Producer Tasting Note: “Smoke Point whisky is sweet, medicinal and smoky on the nose with barley sugars, iodine and campfire. The palate is sweet caramel, vanilla and sea salt, with peated warmth comforting the soul. The satisfying finish is a delicious combination of creamy pudding and a brand new first aid kit.” – $94

Introducing: Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year 

The Oldest Canadian Whisky for the 3rd Year Running: 40, 41 Now 42!

Distilled in 1977, this second batch in the Canadian Club Chronicles series is called the Dock Man. Made of corn whisky matured in American Oak barrels. It is the oldest Canadian whisky ever bottled, and in the words of Davin de Kergommeaux, the foremost expert on Canadian whisky, “it is spectacular”.

Canadian Club Chronicles 42 Year – 45% – Producer Description: “With this 2nd release in the CC Chronicles series, we pay tribute to the dock men who operated floating liquor stores bars aboard their vessels. Despite the presence of many counterfeit makers of CC, savvy bar owners and whisky fans knew they could count on the dock men to provide only genuine Canadian Club®. With this 42-year-old whisky, we celebrate their uncompromising commitment to origin, authenticity, quality and craftsmanship.” – Tasting Note Davin de Kergommeaux: “The Dock Man is a sweet luscious whisky with a deep, complex nose and palate. Fruity and floral notes entwine delicately with Canadian Club’s signature prunes and black raisins followed by tartish apple skins, and apricots. Mild peppery spices evolve into sweetish baking spices, while woody notes are restrained, with soft tannins pulling gently on the cheeks. Dark fruit returns in a long spicy finish.” – $275 

Introducing: Highland Park Valfather 

The Third Final Release in the Viking Legends Series 

The final bottling in the “Viking Legends” series, Valfather is the most heavily peated whisky ever released by the distillery. Matured exclusively in Refill casks to allow the spirit to dominate the profile. Valfather, or father of the slain, is one of Odin’s (the most powerful Norse God) many names and a reference to his place presiding over the Golden Hall in Valhala.

Producer Description

“VALFATHER – the final whisky in a series of three special edition Viking Legend releases – is inspired by Odin, the mightiest of the Norse gods. The most peated whisky we have released to date, it is matured entirely in refill casks to give beautifully balanced layers of flavour and a character as complex as Odin himself.

“Odin is associated with wisdom and knowledge; with sorcery and poetry; with battle, frenzy and death. The old legends also tell us of the tame beasts who bring him both protection and support – Sleipnir the eight-legged flying horse; the tame wolves, Geri and Freki; and Huginn and Muninn, his loyal ravens – but is at the jaws of the savage wolf, Fenrir, that Odin finally meets his end at Ragnarök.”

 Highland Park Valfather – 47% – Matured in Refill Casks – Producer Tasting Note

“Sweet apple | Fragrant pear | Crème brûlée | Toasted cedar wood | Smoked paprika | Aromatic peat smoke” – $104

There is also still stock available of the two previous releases:

  1. Highland Park Vakyrie – 45.9% – First Fill American oak and Ex-Sherry – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Green apples | Sun-ripened lemons | Oriental spices | Vanilla | Preserved ginger | Dark chocolate | Salty liquorice | Warm aromatic smoke.” – $105
  2. Highland Park Valknut – 46.8% – Predominantly Matured in Sherry Seasoned Casks – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Toasted vanilla pods | Cracked black pepper | Oak shavings | Cloves | Aniseed | Aromatic peat smoke” – $105   

Thank You for Reading the Malt Messenger! 

Contact Disclaimers 

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.

Slainte!

Andrew Ferguson

Owner Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
403-283-8000
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.kensingtonwinemarket.com

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/malt-messenger-bulletin-whisky-advent-calendars-are-in-fall-super-sale-more-whisky-news/

SCOTCH – THE GOLDEN DRAM DVD and Digital Release = Scotch Whisky News

Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller is a treat this Christmas

SCOTCH – THE GOLDEN DRAM
DVD and Digital Release

 “A heartfelt tribute to a meticulous craftsman and the tipple that is the lifeblood of Scotland” RADIO TIMES

“A loving, beautifully shot tribute to Scotland’s original national drink” THE HERALD

Whisky lovers rejoice this Christmas, as feature documentary Scotch – The Golden Dram heads for a DVD and digital release in time for the festive season.

Andrew Peat’s handsomely crafted feature documentary, which tells the story of the Scotch whisky industry through its most ardent enthusiasts, is released on DVD on November 18. It is available now on digital platforms.While capturing stunning Scottish landscapes, the heart of the film is the fascinating men and women who bring Scotch whisky to life. This includes the Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller Jim McEwan, an industry veteran who takes on a dilapidated distillery on his home island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and turns it into an award-winning blend.

Scotch – The Golden Dram premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival this year ahead of its cinema release in March. Now Peat’s spirited feature can be enjoyed in the home. The DVD is released on November 18, available to order from online stores including Amazon.co.uk and to buy at select retail outlets. It is available to buy or rent now on digital platforms; iTunes, Sky Store, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Rakuten.

For further details, please visit www.scotchthegoldendram.co.uk

Featured participants:

Jim McEwan, Richard Paterson, Dr Bill Lumsden, Ian MacMillan, Charles MacLean, Lynne McEwan, Brodie Nairn, Georgie Bell and Robbie Hughes.

Featured distilleries:

BRUICHLADDICH (Islay), LAPHROAIG (Islay), GLENMORANGIE (Tain, Ross-shire), TOMATIN (near Inverness), LAGAVULIN (Islay), THE DALMORE (Alness), GLENGOYNE (Dumgoyne, nr Killearn)

DVD/Digital Release by Parkland Entertainment and Munro Films, through Spirit Entertainment.

Watch the trailer
https://youtu.be/GzLi6-65PXE

Synopsis
For more than a century, Scotch whisky has been the premier international spirit of choice. Uisge beatha, Gaelic for “water of life”, is enjoyed in more than 200 countries, generating over $6 billion in exports each year. While capturing stunning Scottish landscapes, the real heart of the film is the fascinating people who make Scotch whisky. This includes the Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller Jim McEwan, an industry veteran who takes on a dilapidated distillery on his home island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and turns it into an award-winning blend. Directed by Andrew Peat.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/scotch-the-golden-dram-dvd-and-digital-release-scotch-whisky-news/

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Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller is a treat this Christmas

SCOTCH – THE GOLDEN DRAM
DVD and Digital Release

 “A heartfelt tribute to a meticulous craftsman and the tipple that is the lifeblood of Scotland” RADIO TIMES

“A loving, beautifully shot tribute to Scotland’s original national drink” THE HERALD

Whisky lovers rejoice this Christmas, as feature documentary Scotch – The Golden Dram heads for a DVD and digital release in time for the festive season.

Andrew Peat’s handsomely crafted feature documentary, which tells the story of the Scotch whisky industry through its most ardent enthusiasts, is released on DVD on November 18. It is available now on digital platforms.While capturing stunning Scottish landscapes, the heart of the film is the fascinating men and women who bring Scotch whisky to life. This includes the Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller Jim McEwan, an industry veteran who takes on a dilapidated distillery on his home island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and turns it into an award-winning blend.

Scotch – The Golden Dram premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival this year ahead of its cinema release in March. Now Peat’s spirited feature can be enjoyed in the home. The DVD is released on November 18, available to order from online stores including Amazon.co.uk and to buy at select retail outlets. It is available to buy or rent now on digital platforms; iTunes, Sky Store, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Rakuten.

For further details, please visit www.scotchthegoldendram.co.uk

Featured participants:

Jim McEwan, Richard Paterson, Dr Bill Lumsden, Ian MacMillan, Charles MacLean, Lynne McEwan, Brodie Nairn, Georgie Bell and Robbie Hughes.

Featured distilleries:

BRUICHLADDICH (Islay), LAPHROAIG (Islay), GLENMORANGIE (Tain, Ross-shire), TOMATIN (near Inverness), LAGAVULIN (Islay), THE DALMORE (Alness), GLENGOYNE (Dumgoyne, nr Killearn)

DVD/Digital Release by Parkland Entertainment and Munro Films, through Spirit Entertainment.

Watch the trailer
https://youtu.be/GzLi6-65PXE

Synopsis
For more than a century, Scotch whisky has been the premier international spirit of choice. Uisge beatha, Gaelic for “water of life”, is enjoyed in more than 200 countries, generating over $6 billion in exports each year. While capturing stunning Scottish landscapes, the real heart of the film is the fascinating people who make Scotch whisky. This includes the Cinderella tale of legendary master distiller Jim McEwan, an industry veteran who takes on a dilapidated distillery on his home island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and turns it into an award-winning blend. Directed by Andrew Peat.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/11/scotch-the-golden-dram-dvd-and-digital-release-scotch-whisky-news/