Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting in Sidney BC, October 15th, 2013 – Scotch Whisky News


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Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 PM 

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting

In Cooperation with The Strath Ale Wine Spirit Merchants

Red Brick Café, 2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC 

7 Whisky Tastings Accompanied by Appetizers

Members $35 Guests $45 Designated Drivers $5 (non-tasting)

We will blind taste seven Society bottles and later reveal their origin. In the meantime enjoy the whiskies and decide if the names on the bottles such as “Caballero in an Orange Grove” or “Big Brooding, Masculine and Intense” provide clues as to the origin, cask, nose and palate.

Please RSVP via email

Attendance is on condition that you do not drink and drive

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Chivas Regal, the world’s original luxury whisky, is launching ‘Barman’, the latest instalment of its long-running ‘Live with Chivalry’ advertising campaign. The ad features legendary British actor Charles Dance, of Game of Thrones fame, and award-winning Danish director, Adam Hashemi, whose debut feature film starring Cameron Diaz and Benecio del Toro premiers in 2014.

With Dance playing the role of a charismatic barman, director Hashemi takes the audience on a journey through some of the most iconic cocktail eras. The ad showcases the timeless nature of Chivas and the prevelance of the enduring values of generosity and integrity to the modern gentlemen, no matter what the era.

The TV and cinema ads feature The Kills track DNA and are part of a fully integrated campaign which will launch in markets around the world from the 1st October 2013.

A new web app (, Made in Your Honour, has also been developed to complement the advertising. The app lets users show their own generosity of spirit by honouring a friend with a barman’s ultimate tribute; a Chivas drink created in their name. The personalised video featuring the unique drink and recipe based on their friend’s characteristics will be sharable through Facebook and Twitter.

Richard Black, Global Brand Director for Chivas Regal, says: “Since its 2008 launch, the Live with Chivalry campaign has been incredibly effective in helping Chivas to connect with modern gentlemen around the world. We believe that this latest instalment gives a deeper meaning to what it takes to Live with Chivalry, demonstrating that modern gentlemen show their generosity of spirit.” 



About Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas 12, Chivas 18, Chivas Regal 25 Year Old and Chivas Brothers’ Blend.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits.  Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

In July 2010 Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements.

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Whisky Lounge Newsletter – Scotch Whisky News


It’s Dramming Time!

Well done. You’ve done it. You have successfully survived that terrible, great summer to emerge on the other side into the more customary wind and rain (speaking if you are in the UK of course).

Well, I am here to tell you that it isn’t all bad. We here at TWL have been cooking up a few things for you to look forward to this autumn, including a handful of exciting new bottlings, our Blind Islay Fury series and more festivals than you can shake a stick at! Plus the usual news and quiz…


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As you know, we don’t often delve into the dark arts of bottling whiskies ourselves, but occasionally we are offered things to good to be true that we think you need to taste! So we therefore submit for your pleasure the following little beauties. As always we have bottled these all in the 20cl format, although a couple of them are also available in 70cl this time round!

THE BOMB Blended Malt Whisky

First up we have a very new and exciting pair, inspired by a certain US TV series. Both are technically blended malts but the majority of the liquid is actually the product of one distillery – one that you would rarely see in an independent bottling and goes by the uber-glamorous title of Westport in its ‘tea spooned’ format. Regardless this stuff is incredible, matured for 15 years in traditional ex-Bourbon casks but then finished for a matter of weeks in tiny 50 litre Octaves that previously contained Pedro Ximinez or Oloroso sherries. The result is big, rich and spicy whiskies, with the Oloroso (47.4%) being more mocha/chocolatey and the PX (45.4%) being more sweet, fruity and juicy.

The 20cl PX is just £21.99 inc. UK delivery and the Oloroso is £22.99, whilst the 70cl versions are just £60.99 and £61.99 respectively.


The Legendary Salty Sea-Dog BATCH 2

After the sell-out success of the first litter, how could we deny you some more? This single malt version is feisty, unruly with utterly no respect for discipline or its elders. if you like your Islay malts vigorous, salty and with plenty of youthful peaty notes then this is the one for you!

The Salty Sea-Dog is just £20.99 for a 20cl bottle including UK delivery.


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Our final three festivals of what has been a humungous year are coming up fast! If you haven’t already got your tickets for Manchester and York you’d better be quick as these are just about full up. For Aberdeen folk we have our usual juicy early bird offer of 2 tickets for £40 on for a limited period. Just click on the relevant banner above to be taken to the booking pages.


Yes its that time of year again when we roll out Islay’s newest and/or finest in the blind tasting series that everyone loves! Come and test your palate to the max among similarly minded whisky-nuts as we taste six whiskies from Scotland’s (mainly) peaty whisky isle! The dates:

LONDON  Tuesday 29th October, The Red Lion, SW1
LONDON  Wednesday 30th October, The Red Lion, SW1
BRIGHTON Thursday 31st October, The Hilton Metropole
SHEFFIELD Tuesday 12th November, The Blake Hotel
LEEDS Wednesday 13th November, The Cross Keys
YORK Friday 15th November, The Brigantes
NEWCASTLE Friday 22nd November, Blackfriars
MANCHESTER Saturday 23rd November, The Britons Protection

These dates are now available to book online at only £20 per person – simply click on the relevant date/venue combination.


A round-up of the latest industry news…

2nd October 2013 – The Spirits Business

30th September 2013 – The Spirits Business

27th September 2013 – The Spirits Business

26th September 2013 – The Drinks Business

25th September 2013 – Off Licence News

24th September 2013 – The Spirits Business

14th September 2013 – The Spirits Business

11th September 2013 – The Herald Scotland

5th September 2013 – The Drum


And finally…
The monthly quick quiz. Whisky general knowledge this month, and a little bit geekier, but with a prize of a pair of tickets to a tasting of your choice valid until January 2014 – does not include Islay trips!! As usual, the first to answer gets the prize.

1. What is the temperature of the 1st set of waters during mashing?
2. What is the normal %ABV a (scotch whisky) distiller will reduce spirit to before filling into cask?
3. What does the age statement on a bottle of whisky technically signify?
4. What name have William Grant’s given to bottled single malt from Kininvie Distillery?

How many expressions of Bruichladdich have there been since the distilleries re-launch in 2001?

Last month’s winner is;
Thomas Draper of Hove in Sussex – well done, a sample of something interesting will be on its way to you soon!


Thanks for listening, happy dramming and we’ll see you at a Whisky event soon we hope.


Eddie, Amanda and Joe
The Whisky Lounge Team.

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Kensignton Malt Messenger No. 58 – Fall 2013 Preview – Whisky News


The first month of the fall has been a busy one here at KWM. We’ve had some excellent tastings and exciting whisky releases. In the past two weeks we’ve played host to Willie Tait of the Isle of Jura Distillery and Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich fame. Willie was of course brilliant as usual, and introduced us to the limited edition Jura 30 Year Camas an Staca and the Jura 1977 ‘Juar’, both were superb, and you’ll find my tasting notes below.

Jim McEwan filled two back to back tastings this past Friday at KWM and another for the Companions of the Quaich Calgary on the Sunday. All three tastings were a little different from one another and the man was on fire. After 50 years in the whisky industry Jim hasn’t lost a trace of his love for Islay or whisky, and he had some very funny stories to share. Bruichladdich is our distillery in focus in this Malt Messenger, and you’ll find writeups below. While at the store Jim was kind enough to sign some bottles for us, including some Laddie 10Yr, Laddie 16Yr and Octomore 4.2 Comus (we have 7 of these left!) The highlight of the Friday tastings was without doubt the Cuvee 407 PX, finished for three years in Pedro Ximenez Sherry. We sold everything we had on hand and then some. But don’t fear, I’ve managed to secure another 30 or so bottles from the dwindling stocks in the province.

We’ve had some exciting new whiskies come into the store this past week, including the new Macallan 1824 Ruby $264.99(which I’m sipping right now) and Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl 2 $114.99. Both whiskies are worth paying us a visit to sample, the latter of the two won’t last long however, we’re only getting 60 bottles and nearly 30 have already sold! Next week we’re expecting a few new vintage expressions from BenRiach (see the fall preview below) and some limited edition Highland Parks. The two Highland Parks we are expecting are the first couple of whiskies from the Valhalla collection. Highland Park Thor $262.49 was available from us last year, but very limited and sold out quickly. Highland Park Loki $262.49 is this year’s release, and supplies again are tight. You’ll find more on all of these whiskies below.

We have some great events coming up this fall including a number of distillery specific tastings and whisky dinners. First up is the BenRiach/Glendronach Whisky Dinner at Buchanan’s Chop House on Friday October 18 at 7PM. Hosted by the Brand Ambassador for both distilleries, Mr. Stewart Buchanan, some of our customers have taken calling it “Buchanan at Buchanans”, wish we’d thought of that. The dinner will feature a range of BenRiachs stretching back to 1976 and the second edition of the Glendronach Grandeur. Half of the spots have already been sold! Tickets are $150 and can be bought
at: or by phone, 403-283-8000

Things will really get humming in November, starting with Bowmore on the Rockies Nov 1st 2nd, Tullibardine with James Robertson on Nov 4, Springbank w/ Ranald Watson on Nov 5, Glenfarclas w/ George Grant Nov 7 and last but not least Benromach/Gordon MacPhail Whisky Dinner w/ Michael Urquhart on Friday Nov 8 at Buchanan’s Chophouse. The following week is our Fall Single Malt Festival, Thursday Nov 14 which has been sold out for a couple of weeks now. If you missed out on getting tickets for it, I highly recommend all of the other above tastings. If a whisky festival is truly what you seek, tickets will be going on sale Monday October 14 for the MS Calgary Whisky Festival held January 16 at the Epcore Center. Further details on all of these tastings can be found below.

Last night we hosted two back to back Scotch Malt Whisky Society tastings to highlight the October Outturn, and we will be conducting another this evening. The Society is only weeks away from the start of its 3rd year in Canada, and has two partner bars coming on stream in the weeks ahead: one in Calgary and the other in Vancouver. For more information n the world’s largest whisky club, visit . You can see last night’s releases on our blog:Â  and view all of our available SMWS whiskies at:

Finally, there are a lot of exciting things coming in this fall. Every year I try to summarize them in a fall preview. Many of the whiskies mentioned are in very small quantities, and some will sell out before they even make the store. Take for example the Glendronach Batch 8 Vintages which came in yesterday. We only received 1 6pack each of 8 different vintages: 2002, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990 and 1971. All but 2 bottles of the Glendronach 1971 Cask 1246 42 Year $1223.00 we presold. Similarly we’ve already seen a lot of demand for the BenRiach Batch 10 Vintages which we’ll be rolling out over the month of October. The fall preview will contain some info and tasting notes on these BenRiachs, teasers on new KWM Exclusive casks, the oldest ever bottlings of BenRiach and Glendronach, and a slew of new whiskies from Cadenhead, Master of Malt, Tomatin, Bruichladdich, Tomintoul, Glencadam, Wilson Morgan, Gordon MacPhail, Benromach and more.

I hope you enjoy the Malt Messenger Fall Preview Edition. The weather’s turning colder, grab a dram and hold her tight!


Andrew Ferguson
Kensington Wine Market

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In This Edition of the Malt Messenger

1. Jura 30 Camas an Staca Jura 1977 ‘Juar’
2. Highland Park Thor Loki
3. Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl
4. Macallan 1824 Ruby
5. Glendronach 1971 Cask 1246
6. BenRiach/Glendronach Whisky Dinner w/ Stewart Buchanan
7. Distillery in Focus: Bruichladdich
8. Fall 2013 Whisky Preview
1. Fall Tastings
2. Whisky Advent Calendar
3. Glendronach Batch 8 Vintages
4. BenRiach Batch 10 Vintages
5. Glendronach 1968 Recherche 44 Year
6. BenRiach 1966 Vestige 46 Year
7. Glenfarclas Quarter Cask
8. Glenfarclas 40 Year 50ml Gift Pack
9. Cadenhead Whiskies
10. Gordon MacPhail Benromach Whiskies
11. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Whiskies
12. Wilson Morgan Whiskies
13. Macallan M

Jura 30 Camas an Staca Jura 1977 ‘Juar’

Jura 30 Year $509.99 Jura 1977 $879.99

Both of these whiskies were sampled at the September 17th tasting with the Isle of Jura’s Brand Ambassador Willie Tait. Willie ably led us through a range of 8 Juras, including: 10 Year, Elixir, Superstition, Boutique 1996, Boutique 1993 and Prophecy as well as the Jura 30 Year and 1977 vintage. The whole range was superb, but the 30 Year Camas an Staca stole the show, only to be overshadowed moments later by the sublime 1977 “Juar”.

The Jura 30 Years name, Camas an Staca, or “Standing Stone” in Scots Gaelic, is so named in honor of the largest of the 8 standing stones on the island of Jura. This standing stone is the last of an ancient stone circle, from ‘The Bay of the Protecting Rocks’, believed to have been laid 3,000 years ago. The 1977, called “Juar”, takes its name from the Yew Tree which has long been associated with regeneration and immortality. Ancient Gaelic beliefs also held that it could grant access to the otherworld. The Yew Tree once covered much of the island of Jura. Below you will find my tasting notes on the 30 and 1977. Only 2 bottles of each remain presently available to KWM.

1. Jura 30 Year: Camas An Staca – 44% – Matured 27 Years in American Oak before finishing 3 years in Oloroso Sherry Butts from Gonzalez Byass – 2500 Bottles Released – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very tropical, lots of fruit, smooth chocolate and syrup; the frutiness develops into dates, plums, melons, mango, guava and sweet orange; there is some very soft leather, earthy oak and a base of creme brule; Palate: so round and smooth, silky; fruits again, Moroccan marmalade, dates and plums; darker fruits develop with chocolate over a creamy vanilla base; there is a mintyness to the whisky, it is fresh with subtle leather, soft old oak and maple syrup; Finish: still creamy, and showing tropical fruits it begins to dry a little showing its age, but always remaining smooth; dark fruit, chocolate and leather make a final fleeting appearance.” – $509.99

2. Jura 1977: “Juar” – 46% – 34 Year – Matured just under 34 years in 3 First Fill Bourbon Barrels before finishing in a Ruby Port Pipe for its final year. – 498 bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: cantaloupe and honeydew melons right out of the gate with vanilla custard and creme caramel; very floral and fragrant with a touch of peppermint; mango and papaya notes develop with vnilla cream filled chocolates and Seville oranges; Palate: silky smooth showing the finest Italian leather, decadent buttery oak and powdered sugars; massively fruity and tropical with more melon, pineapple and apricots; Scottish tablet emerges with creamy honey, white grapes, candied lemon and brown sugar; Finish: creamy and still decadent with soft toasty oak, more sugars and creamy honey; the tropical fruits have the last word, whispering: melons, melons, melons. – $879.99

Did you know that in July of this year the island of Jura disappeared from Google Maps: . The island has since been rediscovered, but the disappearance has lead to some humorous conspiracy theories:

Highland Park Thor Loki

The first two releases from the Valhalla Collection

Highland Park Thor, released in 2012, was the first of four releases in Highland Park’s limited edition Valhalla Collection. Each of the four releases in the Valhalla Collection is named for one of the four principal Norse gods. The second release, Loki, is named for the most mischievous of the gods in Norse mythology, who in avarice, and out of jealously turns on his brother. We received a small allocation of Thor last year, are it all sold before we were able to promote it. In addition to a small amount of Loki, we were also fortunate enough to get a small top up of Thor. Neither of these whiskies will last long!

1. Highland Park Thor – 52.1% – 16 Year – Distillery’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Concentrated and forceful, with an explosion of aromatic smoke, pungent fresh ginger, antique copper, stewed plums, and golden syrup. With water, earthy notes emerge, like a garden after a heavy rain shower. Palate: Thor’s high strength grabs the palate and refuses to let go. Initially dry, with fiery gingerbread then vanilla, blackberries, fresh mango, peach and hints of cinnamon. As its big flavours swirl around the mouth, some softer, sweeter notes develop, giving Thor and unexpected layer of complexity and depth. Finish: The finish thunders on, leaving behind lingering notes of sweet vanilla and an intense spiciness.” – $262.49

2. Highland Park Loki – 48.7% – 15 Year – Distillery’s Tasting Note: “Nose: A spirited lift of dried bitter orange which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed. Palate: The true shape-shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn’t appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression. Finish: As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.” – $262.49

Arran the Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter 2

Angels Devils”

This second release of The Devil’s Punchbowl” from Arran is a lovely dram with a long rich finish. If memory serves it doesn’t seem quite as sherried as the first edition, but there is a more prominent smokiness. The Devil’s Punchbowl series is names after a spectacular geological feature on the island. The first release sold out in little more than a month. We’ve already sold the first 24 bottles of the 60 we’re receiving, and don’t expect Chapter 2 to last any longer.

From the Distillery: “Chapter II of The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a true contrast of light shade hence the title ‘Angels Devils’. The 1997 1998 hogsheads chosen provide the foundation for this whisky and add a rich and satisfying depth. These are the finest ex-Oloroso Spanish Oak casks and their influence is unmistakable with a distinctive spicy character and notes of cigar box and dark chocolate. If the sherry casks are the darkness then the 2002 barrels bring a ray of sunshine to proceedings with soft vanilla notes and more of the typical Arran citrus emerging, especially with a dash of water. Finally, our oldest Peated Arran casks from 2004 bring an earthiness not found in other releases of The Arran Malt and add further complexity to this intriguing concoction.”

Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter 2: Angels Devils – % – No Age Statement – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: The nose is vibrant with the hallmark notes of classic dried fruits, light spice and cigar box as the base of Sherry comes to the fore and sets the tone for this complex dram. Palate: Here the depth of the Sherry sweetness comes into its own. Notes of dark chocolate with a layer of delicate butterscotch spice mingle to create a rich initial burst of character. With a dash of water, the lighter shade of the Bourbon barrel emerges with soft citrus and vanilla notes dancing on the tongue. Finish: Over time, the fresh citrus is counterbalanced by the earthy nature of the Peated barrels. The depth of spice and light twist of smoke will intrigue you long after the last drop has disappeared. – $114.99

Macallan 1824 Ruby

The Darkest of the Range

Macallan has boldly rejigged its lineup in Canada and a few other select markets by introducing the new 1824 Collection, a no age statement range of whiskies which is replacing both the Sherry Oak and Fine Oak Collections. The four whiskies in the range are Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. Categorized by colour and flavour profile, the whiskies steadily increase in price and richness as they darken. A the top of the range is Ruby, which has matured longer than any of the other 1824 whiskies in the highest quality of Ex-Sherry casks.

Macallan Ruby – 43% – No Age Statement – My Tasting Note: “Nose: dark chocolate, well worked leather, macerated raisins, dates and dark sugars: both brown and Demerara; Christmas and Toffee cakes with treacle sauce, clove, coffee beans and cigar tobacco; fruity, elegant and rich; Palate: all of the above come in waves over the palate starting with some chocolate covered espresso beans before moving on to dark spices and then soft leather; both candied and dark fruits, clove and fennel, brunt brown sugar and Demerara; Finish: retaining some of the spice and leather it is the fading candied and dark fruits which linger long with smooth creamy oak and more cigar tobacco.” – $264.99

Glendronach 1971 Cask 1246 42 Year

“The pinnacle bottling of Batch 8″

Of the 8 vintage releases, this is the only Glendronach we still have stock of, and at that we have just two bottles left. It’s not surprising why, by a factor of 6 they are the priciest of the Batch 8 releases. Glendronachs single cask, core bottlings and cask strength releases are pushing it top the Premier League of sherried whiskies. Look out Macallan and Glenfarclas, Glendronach is on your heels!

Glendronach 1971 Cask 1246 – 42 Year – 44.6% – PX Sherry Puncheon –
Distillers Tasting Note: “Nose: Traditional aged sherry notes offer hints of leather, concentrated prune syrup and a deep herbal balance;
Palate: A dynamic depth of aged sherry characteristics; clove, cinnamon, dark roasted coffee beans and rich, dark fruits, backed by waves of herbal, eucalyptus notes which define this classic vintage.”
– $1222.99 – Only 2 bottles left!

BenRiach/Glendronach Whisky Dinner w/ Stewart Buchanan

Buchanan @ Buchanans” – Friday October 18 – 7PM – $150

The rise of BenRiach and Glendronach over the last decade has been impressive. BenRiach has gone from relative obscurity with banal bottlings, to one of the most innovative and interesting distilleries in Scotland. They purchased BenRiach in 2004, re-branded it and almost overnight the new whiskies released caught the public’s imagination. Over the last 9 years, respect for the distillery has continued to grow. By 2008 they were in a position to scoop up another distillery from Chivas Brothers Glendronach, which they’ve also successfully re-branded. The new Glendronachs caught on even more quickly than the BenRiachs and at least in our store, are some of our best selling whiskies. This year, BenRiach Distillery Co., the shell company for both distilleries, made another acquisition purchasing Glenglassaugh.

Stewart Buchanan, the recently appointed travelling Brand Ambassador for BenRiach and Glendronach Distilleries will be in Calgary for a special whisky tasting dinner Friday October 18th at Buchanan’s Chophouse. Stewart got his start in the industry on the production side and was serving as BenRiachs production manager when he was asked to take on the role of Brand Ambassador. With more than 20 years working in the whisky industry, and having come on board at BenRiach when the distillery was reopened, Stewart has a unique insight into the BenRiach and Glendronach whiskies we’ll be sampling. We’ll sample 3 whiskies from the Glendronach range before moving into some vintage releases of BenRiach. In addition to the whiskies participants will enjoy a 3 course meal prepared by Buchanan’s Chophouse. Here is the list of whiskies we’ll be sampling:

1. Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 2
2. Glendronach Parliament 21 Year
3. Glendronach Grandeur Batch 2
4. BenRiach 1998 Cask 7633 – Peated Virgin American Oak Finish
5. BenRiach 1983 Cask 296 – Hogshead Cask
6. BenRiach 1978 Cask 1047 – Moscatel Finish
7. BenRiach 1977 Cask 1031 – Moscatel Finish
8. BenRiach 1976 Cask 2013 – Classic Speyside

You can register for this tasting at , or by calling 403-283-8000.

Distillery in Focus: Bruichladdich

A range of whiskies we’ll never see again!

Bruichladdich distillery has certainly made a name for itself over the last 13 years. When the owners of Murray McDavid, an independent bottler made a play for it in 2000, they turned some heads. At the start of the whisky boom which has been roaring since the early 2000s the owners of Murray McDavid saw great potential in the purchase of the mothballed Whyte MacKay distillery. They paid £6.5 million for the distillery and 1.4 million L of maturing whisky. They worked hard, reinvested in the distillery and gave new life to the western side of Islay. They struggled for more than a decade, often on the financial ropes, but they persevered and earlier this year sold to Remy Cointreau of France for £58 million. Not a bad return on investment!

Bruichladdich distillery was established in 1881, built by the Harvey Brothers who’s family had been in the whisky industry since 1770, and who already owned two other distilleries. The distillery was unique and very modern for its day. Rather than a farm which converted to distilling, Bruichladdich was purpose built facing the sea with a central court yard and the various components built logically around it. At the time of its construction there were few good roads on the island, and Bruichladdich, like all distilleries on Islay was built next to the coast where barley and new barrels could be received and from which casks of mature whisky could be shipped.

The distillery’s still were purpose built tall and narrow of neck, contrasting with most of Islay’s other distilleries. Even today Bruichladdichs spirit is lighter and smoother than most others on Islay. Their core expression of Bruichladdich is only faintly peated which is unusual for Islay malt whisky. All other Islay distilleries with the exception of Bunnahabhain principally prouduce peated, smoky whiskies. Today the distillery also produces two peated varieties of their single malt: Port Charlotte, named for a village 2 miles south of Bruichladdich, which is heavily peated; and Octomore, named for a nearby farm which is super-heavily peated.

The Harvey family had an interest in the distillery until 1936 when William Harvey died, just two years after the distillery had suffered a fire. Over the next four decade Bruichladdich change hands numerous times, eventually ending up in the hands of Whyte MacKay in 1993. The distillery was mothballed for much of the time between 1983 and 2000, having fallen victim as many of Scotland’s distilleries did at this time, from a glut of whisky on the market. The industry which boomed in the 1960s and 1970s created a bubble which burst around 1983.

On the 19th of December in 2000 a group of investors led by Mark Reynier purchased the distillery. They poached Jim McEwan from Morrison Bowmore Distillers, a native Ileach, and former Bowmore distillery manager, who’d been working for Bowmore from the age of 15. Jim worked his way up from apprentice cooper, and was only a few years from retiring with a full pension when he was lured to Bruichladdich distillery to give it new life. The distilleries first production was in May of 2001, and they haven’t looked back since.

The reborn Bruichladdich distillery built and manned its own bottling hall, and was the first distillery on Islay to do so (the new Kilchoman distillery has since followed). The new owners also installed a Lomond Still, nicknamed Ugly Betty, which they use to produce their own gin, the Bottanist. A core tennant of the new Bruichladdichs vision has been its “local” mentality. Whether its hiring disabled locals to work in the bottling hall or hiring local contractors, the distillery has a real sense of its place on the island. It has also contracted with Islay Farmers to grow barley for the distillery, and was the first distillery on the island in decades to make whisky from local barley. In 2012 Bruichladdich used 800 tons of Islay, this year that number is set to rise to 1000 tons. Everything possible is done at the distillery by local people. Bruichladdich employs more staff on Islay, per liter of whisky than any other distillery. The sale of the distillery to Remy Cointreau this year has secured its future with assurances that little will change.

One change consumers will see, is a change in the selection of Bruichladdich whiskies available for sale. At times there were as many as 26 different expressions of Bruichladdich available, but the new owners will be winnowing this down to a few core expressions. When Jim McEwan was here last Friday, where he put on two back to back Bruichladdich whisky tastings, we were sampling a range of whiskies which will shortly be withdrawn from the market. Here is the range of whiskies we sampled:

1. Bruichladdich Laddie Classic – 46% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: caramel corn, creme brule, juicy barley and white fruits: apple and pear; white chocolate develops with raspberries, barley sugars and grassy malt; Palate: soft, sweet and malty; more caramel corn, creme brule and loads of toasty oak; white fruits develop with some crisp citrus; Finish: toasty oak and sea salt with fading white fruits, lemon juice and grassy barley.” – $59.99
2. Bruichladdich Islay Barley Dunlossit – 50% – 5 Year – Distilled from malt grown at the Dunlossit farm on Islay – My Tasting Note: “Nose: caramel and toffee, dried strawberries, cooked honey and fresh creamy oak; rich vanillas and lemon drops; Palate: firm, chewy and salty with chunky malt and more lemon drops; there is rich toasty oak, tart green apple, a hint of clean smoke and so hot spices: ginger and cinnamon; Finish: long, malty and maritime with a hint of smoke and crisp grasses.” – $60.49
3. Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year – 46% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: beeswax, Scottish tablet, Madagascar vanilla, coconut cream and some tropical fruits: melon, mango and pineapple; very soft, smooth and creamy oak; Palate: decadent, honeyed and creamy with chocolate covered orange marzipan, more Madagascar vanilla and coconut shavings; mango and melon again with beeswax; Finish: elegant soft oak, fading beeswax, and more of the melon, mango and vanilla notes which piqued the palate; it lingers long with a late trace of orange.” – $158.49
4. Bruichladdich Cuvee 640: Eroica – 46% – 21 Year – 18 Years in American Oak – Finished 3 Years in Ex-Cognac Limousin Oak – My Tasting Note: “Nose: date squares, perfumed and silky with Demerara sugars, lemon and lime; peaches and appricots, Manuka honey develops with raisins and figs; Palate: round and fruity with some silky leather, firm spices, ginger and cinnamon; nuttier than expected with pecan pie and butter tarts; Demerara sugars develop with fruit cake, more dark fruit and candy apple; Finish: drying and spicy with smooth leather, pipe tobacco and candied lemon slices. – $165.99
5. Bruichladdich Cuvee 382: La Berenice – 46% – 21 Year – 18 Years in American Oak – Finished 3 Years in Chateau D’Yquem Sauternes – My Tasting Note: “Nose: candied citrus, Russian caramel, chocolate covered strawberries and faint leather; very floral and perfumed with kiwi fruit and expensive tobacco; Palate: more candied citrus, intensely floral and gently spiced with more perfume and silky toasty oak; again chocolate covered strawberries, smooth old leather and fine cigar tobacco; Finish: a touchy briny with more leather and tobacco it stays perfumed and floral with a touch of smoke and fading sugars. – $165.99
6. Bruichladdich Cuvee 407: PX – 46% -21 Year – 18 Years in American Oak – Finished 3 Years in Chateau D’Yquem Sauternes – My Tasting Note: “Nose: Christmas cake, dark chocolate, chocolate covered espresso beans, maple syrup, wet leaves and damp tobacco; candied fruits and sticky toffee pudding are there too with Black Licorice Nibbs and Glosset Raisins; earthy and musty; Palate: leather, chocolate and more soft tobacco; Junior Mints, more Glosset Raisins, chocolate espresso beans, sticky toffee pudding and Christmas cake; Finish: long and rich, loads of dark fruits, more damp tobacco and sea salt infused dark chocolate; long and musty with some leather and fading dark spice: clove and anise. – $165.99
7. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year – 46% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: briny peat, oily grassy malt, orange peels, seaweed and chewy malt; soft goat cheese with lemon slices and grassy barley; Palate: earthy-chewy peated malt, fennel seed, more goat cheese with lemon, clean maritime smoke, vanilla extract and some leather; Finish: honey and vanilla, clean salty smoke, more fennel and other subtle spices with earthy peat. – $66.99
8. Bruichladdich PC10 – 59.8% – 10 Year – 6,000 bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: white fruits and strawberry, big malt and lots of honey; licorice, coffee bean and Werther’s Caramels develop; fleshy fruit, beeswax, oily peat and clean smoke; Palate: big and oily, massive in fact with a huge surge of smoke, black licorice and liquid honey; dark chunky peat and treacle sauce; Finish: long, thinck, oily and chewy; loads of long lasting licorice, toffee, caramel and salty peat with some burnt orange peel. – $119.99

The Bruichladdich 407 PX was without doubt the highlight of the two Friday tastings, and we’ve managed to scoop up about 40 additional bottles of it! We have limited stocks of all of the above Bruichladdich whiskies and a few others. Some of them signed by Jim McEwan!

Other Available Bruichladdich Whiskies:

1. Bruichladdich Laddie 10 Year – $59.99
2. Bruichladdich Laddie 16 Year – $92.99 *We have a couple signed bottles.
3. Bruichladdich Octomore Comus – $173.49 *We have 7 signed bottles!

August 1st 2013, marks Jim McEwans 50th year in the whisky industry, and he’s still as passionate as ever. Congratulations Jim, and Slainte!

Fall 2013 Whisky Preview

We’re going to help you plan your fall!

Fall 2013 Whisky Preview

The fall is without doubt the busies time of the year for whisky at KWM. I like to give our customers a little heads up so they know what’s coming. This list is far from complete, but it will certainly get you started!

1. Fall Whisky Tastings
2. Whisky Advent Calendar
3. Glendronach Batch 8 Vintages
4. BenRiach Batch 10 Vintages
5. Glendronach 1968 Recherche 44 Year
6. BenRiach 1966 Vestige 46 Year
7. Glenfarclas Quarter Cask
8. Glenfarclas 40 Year 50ml Gift Pack
9. Cadenhead Whiskies
10. Gordon MacPhail Benromach Whiskies
11. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Whiskies
12. Wilson Morgan Whiskies
13. Macallan M

Fall Whisky Tastings

1. BenRiach/Glendronach Whisky Dinner w/ Stewart Buchanan – Stewart Buchanan only recently took over as Brand Ambassador after spending the last couple decades making whisky and managing distilleries. He’ll guide us through a tasting of 7 BenRiach and Glendronach whiskies including a new KWM cask. That’s not all! Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course dinner at: Buchanan’s Chop House, 738 3rd Ave SW – Friday October 18th 7PM – $150
2. Whisky Americano – Bourbon may hog all the attention, but there’s much more to American whisk(e)y in the lower 48 states than what Kentucky produces. Sign up for a taste discovery of the Americanos. – Thursday October 24 7PM – $45
3. Tullibardine Distillery w/ James Robertson – Tullibardine Distillery may have sold recently and revamped its core range, but their gregarious Brand Ambassador, James Robertson, is still with the team. We’ll sample their new range and at least one older expression. – Monday November 4 7PM – $30
4. Springbank Distillery w/ Ranald Watson – Ranald Watson will guide us through a range of Springbank whiskies including expressions of Hazelburn, Springbank and Longrow. We’ll be featuring the new Gold Medal Marketing exclusive cask for Alberta and the 21 Year. – Tuesday November 5 7PM – $35
5. Glenfarclas Distillery w/ George Grant – Gorgeous George will be hosting a whisky tasting for KWM for the 6th year in a row which will feature some vintage Glenfarclas, as well a couple of special editions, including the new 25 Year Quarter Cask release. – Thursday November 7 7PM – $50
6. Benromach/Gordon Macphail Dinner w/ Michael Urquhart – he scotch whisky industry’s gentleman statesman, Michael Urquhart, will be hosting a whisky dinner featuring whiskies from Benromach Distillery Gordon MacPhail, including: Benromach 1969 30 Year, Highland Park 1973 and Dallas Dhu 1979. The whiskies will be paired with a 3 course meal at Buchanan’s Chop House 738 3rd Ave SW. – Friday November 8 7PM – $125
7. Fall Single Malt Festival 2013 – SOLD OUT!
8. Master Malts – Only the rarest and very special whiskies are showcased at this tasting which always highlights some of the most exciting new whiskies in the world! – Thursday November 28 7PM – $99
9. MS Calgary Whisky Festival – Thursday January 16 at the Epcore Center – Tickets Will Go On Sale Monday October 14!

Whisky Advent Calendar

Kensington Wine Market is very pleased to announce that we have acquired Master of Malt’s Whisky Advent Calendar as a Canadian exclusive for our store in Calgary! This could be this fall’s hottest whisky gift idea in Canada… Within 30 minutes of announcing it on Twitter we had a dozen orders! Behind each of the 24 doors is a different 30ml sample of delicious whisky! The exact contents are a surprise, but we can tell you that behind one of the doors is a sample of 50 year old Scotch whisky, the full-sized bottle of which is worth $600! The Whisky Advent Calendar will retail for $299.99 +GST and is Exclusive to KWM in Canada!

You can pre-order your Whisky Advent Calendar by clicking this link to the product page and placing a request through our website. Or you can call us at 402-283-8000 or 888-283-9004 and leave your information. More than 1/2 already pre-sold!

Glendronach Batch 8 Vintages – Nearly Sold Out

Glendronach Batch 8 Whiskies arrived this week, and most were already spoken for. We start getting requests shortly after the distillery announces the release. We have just two bottles of the 1971 still available! Here are the Batch 8 Glendronach vintages:

1. Glendronach 1971 Cask 1246 – 42 Year – 44.6% – PX Sherry Puncheon – Distillery’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Traditional aged sherry notes offer hints of leather, concentrated prune syrup and a deep herbal balance. Palate: A dynamic depth of aged sherry characteristics; clove, cinnamon, dark roasted coffee beans and rich, dark fruits, backed by waves of herbal, eucalyptus notes which define this classic vintage. – $1222.99 – Only 2 left!
2. Glendronach 1990 Cask 2971 – 22 Year – 50.8% – PX Sherry Puncheon – SOLD OUT!
3. Glendronach 1991 Cask 5409 – 21 Year – 49.8% – PX Sherry Puncheon – SOLD OUT!
4. Glendronach 1992 Cask 145 – 21 Year – 58.1% – Oloroso Sherry Butt – SOLD OUT!
5. Glendronach 1993 Cask 3 – 20 Year – 52.9% – Oloroso Sherry Butt – SOLD OUT!
6. Glendronach 1994 Cask 101 – 19 Year – 58.4% – Oloroso Sherry Butt – SOLD OUT!
7. Glendronach 1996 Cask 1490 – 17 Year – 53.1% – PX Sherry Puncheon – SOLD OUT!
8. Glendronach 2002 Cask 1988 – 10 Year – 55.6% – PX Sherry Puncheon – SOLD OUT!

BenRiach Batch 10 Vintages

BenRiachs Batch 10 Vintages include whiskies ranging from just 8 years old to 37. Styles range from Triple Distilled and Classic Speyside to Heavily Peated and PX Sherry Finished. There is a little something here for everyone. We’ll see these whiskies trickle in over the next month:

1. BenRiach 1976 cask # 2013 – 49.6% – 37 Yr – Classic Speyside – $465.99
2. BenRiach 1977 cask # 1031 – 54.9% – 36 Yr – Moscatel Finish – $409.99
3. BenRiach 1978 cask # 1047 – 51.1% – 35 Yr – Moscatel Finish – $427.99
4. BenRiach 1983 cask # 296 – 43.9% – 30 Yr – Classic Speyside – $303.99
5. BenRiach 1984 cask # 1051- 49.9% – 28 Yr – Peated Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish – $227.99
6. BenRiach 1985 cask # 7188 – 48.9% – 27 Yr – Peated Virgin American Oak Finish – $207.99
7. BenRiach 1988 cask # 4000 – 52.6% – 24 Yr – Tawny Port Finish – $191.99
8. BenRiach 1992 cask # 986 – 53.3% – 21 Yr – Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish – $156.99
9. BenRiach 1994 cask # 4385 – 55.5% – 18 Yr – Virgin American Oak Finish – $131.99
10. BenRiach 1996 cask # 10306 – 56.0% – 17 Yr – Marsala Finish – $123.99
11. BenRiach 1998 cask # 7633 – 56.1% – 15 Yr – Triple Distilled Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish – $109.99
12. BenRiach 2005 cask # 3782 – 58.1% – 8 Yr – Peated Virgin American Oak Finish – $80.49

Tasting notes to come in a future Malt Messenger. We are receiving just 6-12 bottles of most of these whiskies, and some have already been requested.

Glendronach 1968 Recherche 44 Year – The Oldest Glendronach Ever Bottled!

Glendronach has released the oldest whisky they’ve ever bottled, the oldest whisky in their possession. An impressive 632 bottles have been produced by cask #5, filled into barrel on September 24th of 1968. The cask, called “Recherché”, was handpicked and has been so named because it has been “carefully sought out”. Matured in an Oloroso Sherry Butt, the whisky has been bottled at 48.6%. I believe that there are 10 bottles of this coming into Alberta.

Glendronach 1968 Recherché – 48.6% – 44 Year – Oloroso Sherry Butt #5 – Nose: Lovely balance. Clean, fresh, with remarkable fruitiness. Juicy sweet sultanas, dates and marrons glacés centrally positioned around a bitter chocolate heart. Palate: Initial profile of freshly roasted coffee beans and a treacle tart character. This is succeeded with baked apples smothered with brown sugar. Brilliant structure with no dominant force but with plenty of depth and length. – $4799.99

BenRaich 1966 Vestige 46 Year – The Oldest BenRiach Ever Bottled!

Bottled from cask #2381, filled into cask the 26th of September 1966 only 62 total bottles have been produced of the oldest BenRiach ever bottled. Matured in a Hogshead cask the whisky has been bottled at its natural strength of 44.1%. The whisky has been called “Vestige” because it is one of just two 1966 casks still in the distillery’s possession from the year it was reborn. Though it was established in 1898, the distillery was closed between 1901 and 1966. Only 2 bottles of this whisky are coming in to Canada, both of them exclusively to KWM.

BenRiach 1966 Vestige – 44.1% – 44 Year – Hogshead Cask 2381 – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Fresh, clean, fruity components leap from the glass. Pineapple, coconut and ripe guava scents, interacting with one another to create a fabulous fruit cocktail. This gives way to freshly cut meadow flowers and fine toasted oak. Very alluring. Palate: An explosion of ripe, luxurious fruit, married alongside sweet toasted oak, topped with vanilla cream. The fruit takes centre stage with an abundance of soft white summer fruits – peaches, apricots and white pears. This is further enhanced with fresh coconut qualities. Exceptional length with timeless elegance.” – $7,199.99

Glenfarclas Quarter Cask

This very special vatting of 10 of the last remaining quarter casks (125L) laid down by Glenfarclas consists of a number of vintage whiskies, the youngest of which was 25 years of age at the time of bottling. Filled into bottle at the perilously low cask strength of 42.4%, only 900 bottles have been filled for release worldwide.

Glenfarclas 25 Year Quarter Cask – 42.4% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: sweet, Fresh honey comb, sherry prominent but not over powering. A very well balanced nose. No oak or age a very youthful 25yo. Taste: a dark bitter chocolate, light ginger, caramel and treacle pudding topped with vanilla custard. An every changing taste bringing in all the quarter casks that were used to make this delightful whisky. Finish: long, fresh, with granny smith apples coming forth.” – $369.99

Glenfarclas 40 Year 50ml Gift Pack

You don’t see a lot of miniature bottles of older whiskies let alone in gift packs. Both of these are interesting and will be available this fall.

1. Glenfarclas 40 Year 50ml – $47.99
2. Glenfarclas 15, 21 25 Years 3x50ml Gift Pack – $49.99

Cadenhead Small Batch Whiskies

We have some exciting new whiskies coming from Cadenhead, Scotland oldest independent bottler, which was established in 1842. Cadenheads bottles their own whiskies for their chain of shops which can be found all over the UK. Cadenheads is owned by Springbank Distillers. We have the following Cadenheads whiskies coming as KWM Canadian exclusives this fall:

1. Bowmore 1998 – 46% – 14 Year – $99.99
2. Caperdonich 1977 – 46% – 35 Year – $349.99
3. Dalmore 1989 – 46.6% – 23 Year – $169.99
4. Highland Park 1988 – 55.7% – 24 Year – $199.99
5. Littlemill 1977- 50.2% – 36 Year – $399.99 (Only 6 bottles)

Gordon MacPhail Benromach Whiskies

NEW from Scotland’s most respected independent bottler, and Exclusive to KWM:

1. Gordon MacPhail Longmorn 1973 Distillery Label – 43% – Refill Sherry Butt – Distillers Tasting Note: “Nose: Defined Sherry notes, soft and aromatic, with hints of cinnamon and stewed apples – reminiscent of fresh apple pie. Palate: Hints of charred oak, with a burst of mixed spices, smooth with a stewed fruit edge.” – $349.99 (Only 6 bottles)
2. GM Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 – 43% – Refill Ex-Bourbon Ex-Sherry Casks – Distillers Tasting Note: “Nose: Fragrant, fresh rose petals and newly cut grass. A lingering subtle sweetness follows. Palate: An initial burst of chilli spices, with a sweetness emerging. Soft fruit influences linger and a hint of vanilla comes to the fore. – $339.99 (Only 6 bottles)

Returning Soon – Exclusive to KWM

1. Benromach 1969 – We’ve sold 9 of these over the last year, and it is not hard to see why, this is a stunning, older, sherried whisky. – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Mixed spice notes, with defined sweet sherry influences. Some lightly poached pear with a touch of aniseed. Subtle earthy notes with a delicate hint of peat lingering in the background. Palate: Smooth with defined dark chocolate influences, hints of bonfire embers and a pronounced burst of sherry sweetness. Creamy with a delicate hint of cracked black pepper.” – $1169.99
2. GM Rare Vintage Dallas Dhu 1979 – This sold out quickly when it came in this spring, thankfully we were able to put our hands on a few more cases! – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very tropical, fresh and creamy; decadent with notes of powdered sugar, lemon juice and maple syrup; tropical fruits underpin melons and more orangey citrus notes; Palate: everything I expected from the nose and more, still decadent and creamy; crepes with powdered sugar and lemon juice; lots of melon: cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon; toasted coconut chips and almonds with dried mango; Finish: long, clean and decadent with hints of floral dusty malt and lingering powdered sugar.” – $289.99

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Whiskies
Master of Malt bottles some playfully labeled single malts under their “That Boutique-y Whisky Company” label. We will be stocking some of these exclusively this Christmas. Tasting notes and descriptions to come in a future Malt Messenger. There are some interesting whiskies here, not often seen bottled independently! All are 500ml bottles:

1. Bowmore Batch 2 – $139.99
2. Caol Ila Batch 1 – $144.99
3. Clynelish Batch 2 – $154.99
4. Highland Park Batch 1 – $184.99
5. Macallan Batch 3 – $174.99
6. Secret Distillery 1 Batch 1 – $149.99
7. Springbank Batch 2 – $159.99

Wilson Morgan Whiskies

We also have some exciting new exclusive whiskies coming from Wilson Morgan, including a 22 year old Bowmore and a 30 year old Caol Ila:

1. Cragganmore 20 Year – $179.99
2. Glen Keith 21 Year – $179.99
3. Bowmore 22 Year – $214.99
4. Caol Ila 30 Year – 57.5% – $449.99

The Macallan M

Macallan will be launching a new high-end whisky in Alberta this fall, the Macallan M. Crafted from some of the best maturing casks of older whisky at Macallan, only 1750 of the Lalique crystal decanters are being launched the first year. Price on this whisky is to be announced, though it is expected to retail for between $4000-5000.

Macallan M – 40% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Dried fruits ripen, then soften showing off velvet sateen. Vanilla accompanies green apple hand in hand, neither taking the lead. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon create an ensemble in the background, with polished oak offering to overstate, yet never does, but plays with a depth of resinous, juicy oranges. Palate: The palate opens rich in wood spices, slowly showing all their viscosity. Wood smoke flits in and out. Finish: The heavier raisin and sultana flavours take over, meandering to a long full finish.”
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Andrew Ferguson
Manager Scotchguy
Kensington Wine Market
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Owner Opperator
Ferguson’s Whisky Tours

Kensington Wine Market

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PADDY Irish Whiskey Family


Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, the world’s leading Irish whiskey producer, has given its iconic PADDY Irish Whiskey a packaging makeover and announced the release of two new PADDY flavour variants aimed at bringing sociable millennial consumers to the Irish whiskey category.

An eye-catching new bottle for the core PADDY expression – Irish Distillers’ special three-whiskey blend of pot still whiskey, grain whiskey and malt whiskey – features new tactile embossing features to the sides of the bottle while the famous multi-coloured map of Ireland on the label is retained. Also new is a heritage endorsement flashing The Paddy Flaherty Brand in homage to the man from whom the brand takes its very name, a ‘Soft Mellow’ liquid taste profile on the neck, while a new signature of approval from original founder James Murphy demonstrates the rich history and crafted credentials of the brand.

The new PADDY flavour variants have been created with a lighter flavour profile which, coupled with a distinctive bottle design and impactful marketing campaign, aim to challenge many of the traditional perceptions of whiskey.

Available initially in the US and France from October 2013, each market will receive flavoured PADDY variants tailored to their differing consumers. The US will receive packaging with a bright modern design, bearing the names ‘Bee Sting’ and ‘Devil’s Apple’, while France will receive a more classic design focusing on the liquid as a spirit drink, bearing the names ‘Irish Honey’ and ‘Spiced Apple’.

An integrated campaign, ‘Sleep When You’re 30’, will be activated initially in the USA through a new website – – plus a social media campaign, drinks strategy and advertising to reinforce the brand’s image of “Irish craic”, the Irish word for enjoyment.

Brendan Buckley, Global Innovation and Category Development Director for Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, says: “It’s a very exciting time for Irish Distillers, as PADDY is our first entry into the flavoured whiskey segment.  Of course, Ireland has a long tradition of adding flavours to our whiskeys with drinks like the Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee, so PADDY Flavours is rather a natural progression. We are equally excited about introducing more consumers throughout the world to the flavour and quality of Irish whiskey and we are confident that the new look PADDY is primed for success in its launch markets”.

“With flavoured whiskey standing at more than three million cases annually and growing strongly, there is a real opportunity for us to offer something a little different that will appeal to people who already enjoy flavoured whiskey, and also recruit new consumers to the category. The ‘Sleep When You’re 30’ marketing platform will work to engage sociable twenty-somethings and encourage them to begin their Irish whiskey journey.”


About PADDY Irish Whiskey

Dating to 1779, PADDY Whiskey was originally sold under the name “Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whiskey”. Things began to change however when a young salesman by the name of Paddy Flaherty joined the company in 1882. Paddy was a larger than life character. As he travelled from pub to pub, he always drew a crowd as it was well known that this most generous of fellows would always stand a round in each pub he visited.

Over time, Paddy became synonymous with the whiskey and publicans began writing to the distillery asking for another case of “Paddy’s whiskey”. The name stuck, so much so that in 1913, Cork Distilleries Co. officially changed the name to PADDY Whisky. And thus 100 years ago, the PADDY brand was born.

About Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard

Irish Distillers Group was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers, John Power Son, John Jameson Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the board of directors decided to close the existing distilleries in Cork and Dublin, and to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility.

A site alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork was chosen as the location for the new distillery, as there was no room for expansion in Dublin. Both the Old Jameson Distillery and the Old Midleton Distillery currently operate as visitor centres attracting over 330,000 visitors annually. Following an early unsolicited takeover offer and one of the most protracted battles in Irish corporate history made by GrandMet, Allied-Lyons and Guinness, Irish Distillers was taken over by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 with the support of the management and employees.

Irish whiskey brands within the Irish Distillers’ portfolio include Jameson, Paddy and Powers, with Single Pot Still brands, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast and the much-revered Midleton, which includes prestigious expressions such Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy and Midleton Very Rare, completing the line-up.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Canada “October Outturn” – Scotch Whisky News

SMWS Blown

The leaves are turning colour, the air is crisp, winter isn’t far away so there’s no better time than now to be blown away by our delicious drams!

We’re pleased to announce the October Outturn:

Cask No. 31.24 Lively as an acrobat
24 years old; refill bourbon hogshead; 54%abv
The nose was as nutty as a pie-eyed professor – macadamias, cashews, almonds, peanuts – savoury too – straw, treacle, honey and smoke. The taste was as lively as an acrobat – powerful flavours of orange peel, coal, treacle, tar and sanded beech wood.

Cask No. 41.54 Takes the biscuit
8 years old; 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel; 58.7%abv
The initially reluctant aromas start as clean and fresh with apple boiled sweets, muesli, old cut flowers, macaroons and milk chocolate. The taste was surprisingly sweet and long. A mix of rich tea biscuits, Wagon Wheels, sweet tea and tropical fruits.

Cask No. G4.2 Attractive spirit in a cloak of oak
28 years old; refill hogshead; 55.4%abv
We found abundant wood on the nose – dunnage warehouses and a French polisher’s workshop – plus corn cobs, tobacco leaf, vanilla, chocolate-coated marshmallows and rum truffles. The palate held our interest – bourbon-like sweetness (butterscotch, chocolate, peanut brittle, caramel) with slightly bitter hints of cocoa powder, tobacco and leather.

Cask No. 24.124 Close to the edge of extreme
23 years old; refill sherry butt; 50.8%abv
The sherry influence dominated the nose – layers of wood and tons of treacle, plus toffee, tobacco, leather, orange and ham cooked in coca-cola. The taste was huge and mouth-drawing – flavours of honeycomb, dark chocolate, salty ham, pipe tobacco, toffee, toasted hazelnuts and oaky tannins.

Cask No. 30.74 Sweet, fruity and rich
11 years old; refill port pipe; 60.3%abv
We found plentiful fruit on the nose (sherry-soaked raisins, strawberry jam, dried cherries, bananas, toffee apples), candy floss, creme brulee, honey, sawdust and Muscat wine. The delightful palate had plum jam on scones, almond cake, peaches, apricots, syrupy figs, Armagnac and a faint whisper of a struck match.

Cask No. 29.126 Protects against vampires
17 years old; refill ex-bourbon barrel; 60%abv
Early nose impressions conveyed fresh hay and canvas, then spun sugar, honey-cured smoked ham, peppered steak, sweet cigar smoke – quite a feast. The palate was hot, fiery, effervescent, robust and earthy – provoking talk about cigars, ginger beer and barbecued meats retrieved from the ashes.

Cask No. 53.169 Invitation to a beach barbecue
18 years old; refill sherry butt; 59.2%abv
The nose invited us to a beach barbecue – bonfire smoke, pork ribs in BBQ sauce, oven-toasted burger buns, fruity chutney, sand, beach balls, buckets and spades. The appetizing palate offered smoked sausage, venison burger, relish, pickled gherkins, jalapenos and pink peppercorns.

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New Arrivals and Old Favorites Back in Stock at Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits (E. Setauket, New York) – Scotch Whisky News


New Arrivals and Old Favorites Back in Stock at Mora’s Fine Wine Spirits (E. Setauket, New York)

 aa1 DPB II

The Arran Malt Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II Single Malt Scotch 106.2 Proof – $134.99 (6 bottles in stock)

 aa1 GG5D

Glen Grant Five Decades Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof – $137.99 (6 bottles in stock)

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Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Single Malt Scotch 92 Proof – $55.99 (6 bottles in stock)

 aa1 B

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest Single Malt Scotch 86 Proof – $69.95 (3 bottles in stock)

Mora’s Fine Wine Spirits


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Ballantine’s, the No. 1 whisky in Europe, has partnered with award-winning Swedish design trio FRONT to create Ballance, a unique and limited edition serving ritual for its Ballantine’s 12 expression.

Ballance features a series of handcrafted objects which appear suspended in mid-air, creating a super premium design collectible. Comprising five essential items to create the perfect serve of Ballantine’s 12, the sculpture is inspired by the delicate balance of flavours of this popular whisky and the artistry of Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.

The foundation of the Ballance sculpture is a solid oak coaster, inspired by the oak casks used to mature Ballantine’s whiskies. A contemporary, elegant whisky glass balances a trio of pieces; a copper ice bowl, in a tribute to the stills used in the distillery, a square shaped water jug, whose shape mirrors the silhouette of the Ballantine’s 12 bottle, and – precariously balanced at the sculpture’s summit – a copper spoon.

Each element of Ballance has the Ballantine’s 12 by FRONT design collaboration burned, etched or stamped onto it so that they also stand alone as collectibles.

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Sofia Lagerkvist of FRONT explains the design inspiration for Ballance: “We spent time with Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in Scotland and we learned that his craft is a highly skilled balancing act: first in channeling the influences of nature in ageing this particular Scotch whisky for a minimum of 12 years. Then, in blending Ballantine’s 12, the flavours of an extensive collection of single malts and grains have to be precisely balanced to achieve a consistently smooth finish every time.

“Our design objects often communicate a story about process and, with Ballance, we were inspired by the materials involved in crafting Ballantine’s 12 to create our serving ritual.  We also like to prompt curiosity and challenge perception. The magical elements of the sculpture are a stylish, fun and very modern tribute to the alchemic transformation conducted by the Master Blender, whose unique skills have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, commented: “It was fascinating spending time with FRONT and exploring our shared passion for excellence. Ballance is as beautiful as it is functional – lending elegance and theatre to the serving ritual. With Ballance, the ultimate aim is for whisky connoisseurs to discover their own perfect balance in enjoying Ballantine’s 12.”

Only 150 units of Ballance will be released. Each set will have a recommended retail selling price of £350 or equivalent (currency dependent). Stockist information can be found at 

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About Ballantine’s

Ballantine’s is the No. 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No. 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 120 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.

About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. 

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Mad Men Inspired Pop-up Bar Launching for London Cocktail Week – American Whiskey News

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Behind the curtain cloaked entrance, discover the spirit of 1960s Americana and the world of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising; the Mad Men. From the sharp suits, to the retro decor, to the classic American cocktails on offer, Buffalo Trace will transport you back to the world of 1960s New York advertising.

So step inside The Buffalo Bourbon Empire, and just like Don, prop yourself on a stool, loosen your tie and order yourself a Buffalo Manhattan.



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Limited Edition Glen Garioch Vintage 1999

Glen Garioch has released its inaugural expression to be matured solely in Oloroso sherry casks, as part of the Highland distillery’s small batch vintage programme.

Hand selected at the peak of perfection, the Glen Garioch Vintage, distilled in 1999 is non-chill filtered to retain its authentic, full-bodied Highland character.

Handcrafted and matured in sherry casks for 14 years at the Highland Distillery in the heart of the rural village of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, this heart-warming dram captures the essence of Scottish Highland charm. The Oloroso sherry casks have influenced this robust spirit to give the malt its dark, sweet fruit, treacle and maple syrup notes and spicy, syrupy taste.

With just 1,000 cases available globally, the Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is sure to become a favourite with malt enthusiasts when it hits the shelves of specialist whisky and liquor stores from October.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, said, “This is a full-bodied malt with exquisite rich fruit, chocolate and toffee notes, which really captures the essence of the Highlands.

“Hand picked and bottled at 56.3% ABV to bring out the rich spicy flavours of the Vintage 1999 really showcases the quality of the spirit produced from this small artisan distillery through our limited edition programme.

“This is an exciting small-batch release that encapsulates the rare find that is Glen Garioch itself and I’m sure will be a favourite with any whisky enthusiast.”

Available from selected specialist retailers from the end of September, Glen Garioch Vintage 1999 is bottled at 56.3% ABV will retail at circa £59.99.

Tasting notes:

Walnut brown in colour, the 1999 Vintage is full-bodied and intensely sherried with a syrupy mouth coating texture. Treacle toffee, chocolate and maple syrup soak into the palate, carrying the tingly warmth of nutmeg and ginger spices, tangy orange marmalade and dates into a long, deep finish of raisins, caramelised toffee and liquorice.

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Product images are available on request Glen Garioch, pronounced Glen Geery, founded in 1797 is one of the oldest remaining distilleries in Scotland The distillery lies on rising ground at the picturesque town of Oldmeldrum, just 17 miles north-west of Aberdeen Glen Garioch was relaunched in October 2010 with a core range of two single malt whiskies – the Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve, a non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV and the Glen Garioch 12 Year Old, non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 48% ABV after maturing in bourbon and sherry casks.

Glen Garioch is owned by the Morrison Bowmore Distillers Limited which also produce Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

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