Malt Messenger No. 91
3 New KWM Exclusive Casks More!
The new KWM exclusive single cask to tell you about in this Malt Messenger, we also have a new Kilchoman, and it is really exciting. The Kilchoman 100% Islay 10 Year KWM Cask is our 7th exclusive single cask of Kilchoman and the first single cask of 100% Islay to come to Canada which we are aware of. It is also at 10 years of age, tied for the oldest Kilchoman to come to Canada!
And that is just the start of the new whisky news, ours is not even the only new Kilchoman cask in Alberta. Andy Dunn, owner of Gold Medal Marketing, has also selected a Kilchoman cask to be bottled exclusively for Alberta. Our team here at KWM was invited to provide input into its selection. It is a lovely Portugese Red Wine finish.
There is also a new edition of Compass Box’s legendary Flaming Heart, and you can buy it in either 700ml or 1.5L (Magnum) formats. We are really excited about this, the 6th Editon of Compass Box Flaming Heart, which for the first time has a prominent sherry component. There are a trio of limited new Springbanks to tell you about, a massively sherried looking Mortlach 1987 from Gordon Macphail, a 41 year old Canadian Club, Glenfiddich’s new Fire Cane and the Nikka Coffey Gift Set.
Lots to digest in this the 91st Malt Messenger. I hope you enjoy this yuge, overflowing Malt Messenger, Slàinte!
In This Edition
- KWM 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar Update
- NEW Kilchoman 100% Islay 10 Year KWM Cask
- NEW Old Malt Cask Mortlach 11 Year KWM Cask
- NEW First Editions Aberlour 1995 KWM Cask
- NEW Kilchoman 2012 Red Wine Finish Alberta Cask
- Introducing Compass Box Flaming Heart 6th Edition
- NEW Springbank Whiskies
- NEW Gordon Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1987
- Introducing Canadian Club 41 Year
- Introducing Glenfiddich Fire Cane
- NIkka Coffey Gift Set
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TWO New Arran 1996 KWM Single Casks
Arran 1996 KWM Cask 559 21 Year
Our 1st 21 Year Arran Cask is here, don’t panic if it says sold out, there is more on the way! One of a pair of new KWM Arran single casks, it was selected by and bottled exclusively for the shop.
Arran 1996 KWM Cask 56 22 Year
The Oldest Arran to Come to Canada is here, don’t panic if it says sold out, there is more on the way! One of a pair of new KWM Arran single casks, selected by and bottled exclusively for the shop.
$200 / Each
KWM 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar Update
The 5th Edition is More than 60% Pre-Sold
Whisky Advent is just a little over a month away, and the Whisky Advent Elves are busy at our warehouse pulling together our 5th annual Calendar. We are really excited about the Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar. For the first time we have a Japanese whisky in our Whisky Advent Calendar. We also have two different Canadian single malts, both of which are really exciting. One of them is from a cask bottled exclusively for KWM, and the other is a highly sought after limited edition whisky. We also have award winning whiskies from England and France, and that is just a taste of what is to come… we have more than a dozen single casks whiskies in this year’s edition, and a number of distilleries never before featured in the Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar. The bulk of the Calendar, over 75% is Single Malt Scotch whisky, but there are also a pair of exciting Blended Malt Scotch whiskies.
The KWM Whisky Advent Calendar consists of 24 50ml premium whiskies, one for each day of Advent. There is also a bonus 25th bottle, a 100ml Scotch Malt Whisky Society cask strength, single cask, single malt Scotch whisky. This year’s Society whisky will only be featured in the Calendar. You can follow along on social media with us, as well as on the KWM Blog, as we highlight the day’s whisky and its producer. The Whisky Advent Calendar also includes a discount card, giving you the chance to save on any must have bottles…
The KWM 2018 Whsky Advent Calendar will probably be ready for pickup between November 7 9. We are taking pre-orders now, including a $150 deposit. The balance of payment will be applied a week before the Calendars are ready for pickup. Order a KWM 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar for yourself or as a gift before October 8, and you will be able to take advantage of our $35 early bird discount.
You can order the Kensington Wine Market 2018 Whisky Advent Calendar in-store, by phone 403-283-8000 and online.
NEW Kilchoman 100% Islay 10 Year KWM Cask
Our 7th KWM Exclusive Single Cask
Our 7th exclusive KWM single cask of Kilchoman is also our most unique, and not because it is 10 years old… we have already had one of those! It is our first KWM exclusive cask of Kilchoman’s 100% Islay. We were touched when Anthony Wills let us have a cask of his 10 year old last year. Cheekily I asked if we could bottle a barrel of 100% Islay this year. I expected the answer to be no, but not only did he agree, but he sent us samples of 10 year old 100% Islay casks… Cue blew my mind meme! Distilled on August 8 2008, the whisky was bottled on August 8 2018 at exactly 10 years of age to the day. Only 209 total bottles at 56.6% after maturing in Ex-Bourbon.
100% Islay is whisky that Kilchoman produces from its own barley, grown, malted, mashed, fermented, distilled, matured and bottled on site. This is farm to bottle whisky, with 100% of the production taking place at Rockside Farm. Kilchoman refers to it as Islay’s only “Single Farm Single Malt”. 100% Islay is peated to approximately 20ppm, though this can vary, considerably lighter than the distillery spec malt at 50ppm.
Kilchoman 100% Islay 10 Year KWM Cask – 56.6% – Ex-Bourbon – Distilled: August 21, 2008 – Bottled: August 21, 2018 – My Tasting Note: “Nose: soft and creamy, delicate smoke, wine gums and white cupcakes with vanilla icing; poached pear and cooked apple, candied lemon and chewy malt; a touch waxy with white chocolate and fresh berries: raspberry and strawberry; so-oh buttery. Palate: still buttery, silky, honeyed and sweet; loads of white chocolate, vanilla and caramel; the soft earthy peat and faintly medicinal smoke build quickly with some seafood-y tones; the mouthfeel is big and oily, delicately coating the palate; more wine gums, berry fruits and candied lemon but also melons and pineapple. Finish: long, coating, buttery and malty with soft earthy peat and bright citrus. Comment: this is confident, elegant and refined; Kilchoman 100% Islay taking full strides and not looking back; a softer take on one of Scotland’s boldest whiskies!” – $195
NEW Old Malt Cask Mortlach 11 Year KWM Cask
Not your average, average Mortlach!
Our first ever exclusive single cask of Mortlach was bottled for us by Hunter Laing, and it is a steal. Bottled at 50% after 11 years maturing in a Refill Hogshead, Ref: HL14889, it is a bargain at just $95! This is only our second Old Malt Cask exclusive single cask in the last few years. The last, a 21 Year Bowmore sold out in just a couple of weeks. The whisky will be in-store on Wednesday October 31, but we have an open bottle in shop for those who just can’t wait that long. We will be tasting it in-store on Saturday with Andrew Laing.
Old Malt Cask Mortlach 11 Year KWM Cask – 50% – Refill Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: apple-cinnamon pastries, dried pineapple chunks, vanilla extract and white chocolate bars with cocoa nibbs; silky malty, soft citrus and decadent honey. Palate: soft, malty, honeyed and sweet; loads of white fruit, sliced pear and more warm apple-cinnamon pastries; fruity, a touch of melon, more tart pineapple and crisp citrus tones; floral vanilla and white chocolate with cocoa nibbs; warming and toasty. Finish: fresh, malty and honeyed; white and citrus fruits fade slowly along with some spices, warm pastry and raw cocoa. Comment: I remember when we selected the cask, I had very low expectations, they were shattered; for $95 a bottle it is a gem.” – $95
NEW First Editions Aberlour 1993 KWM Cask
A Massive, but Smooth 23 Year Old Single Cask!
This is our 2nd KWM single cask of Aberlour, and our first ever exclusive single cask under the First Editions label. We bottled a very popular Aberlour single cask under the Berry’s Own label about 4-5 years ago. This one is a curiosity for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that we hardly ever see independent bottlings of Aberlour. When we do they are often very light and delicate; the distillery doesn’t seem to trade its more heavily sherried casks. This is a very bold, but balanced and layered single cask of Aberlour, but it isn’t overtly sherried. The term “Refill Hogshead” is rather vague, and could refer to a 2nd or 3rd (or 4th…) fill ex-Sherry or ex-Bourbon hogshead. It also doesn’t stipulate the type of oak, which in the case of sherry casks can be American or European… On the balance of probabilities, and flavours, I would suggest this is probably a refill ex-Bourbon hoggie, which is also not characteristic of Aberlour. Aberlour Distillery’s house style is very much sherry driven. Another reason why this whisky is a little unusual, relates to its age. The oldest official bottling of Aberlour is just 18 years of age, and our single cask was well into its 23 year at the time of bottling. Finally, we think there is something else curious going on here. We think the whisky was made from lightly peated malt, or possibly matured in a barrel which had previously matured a peated whisky. Only 151 bottles were filled from a Refill Hogshead cask reference: HL14881, bottled at 58.8%. This one won’t last long!
First Editions Aberlour 1995 KWM Cask – 58.8% – Refill Hogshead – My Tasting Note: “Nose: old English butterscotch, tarte tatin, pecan pie and candied nuts; the nose is big and oily with candied orange; polished Italian leather shoes, brandy soaked cherries and freshly opened cedar cigar box; is there a slight trace of peat? Palate: sweet, fruity and coating and them boom… wow this packs some power; more old English butterscotch, tarte tatin and candied nuts but also creme brule, ginger-molasses cookies and treacle tarts; leather and tobacco are there too with building spice; as it settles down (and or the palate adjusts) more delicate tropical fruits emerge: mango and papaya; late chocolate and prominent licorice; there is also a delicate thread of smoke?! Finish: long, sweet and very fruity; builds into a crescendo of lovely spices, tobacco, leather and tropical fruits; warming, silky and smooth. Comment: this is a gentle beast of a whisky; the complexity is nearly off the charts including a tantalizing trace of smoke; this is a bold but layered Aberlour, very different from the sherried house style of the Distillery bottlings.” – $180
NEW Kilchoman 2012 Red Wine Finish Alberta Cask
This Might Change Your Mind on Wine Finished Whisky
Our team was invited to help Andy Dunn, owner of Gold Medal Marketing, and Kilchoman’s Alberta importer to select this cask. I have to be honest it was not my first choice of the samples we reviewed. But it was the unanimous favourite of the members of the rest of my whisky team at the shop, as well as Mr. Dunn himself. It is a lovely single malt, and my impression of it having now sampled the final product is much improved. Wine finished whiskies generally speaking are just not my style, but this one is lovely!
Kilchoman 2012 Red Wine Finish Alberta Cask 408 – 58% – Distilled: July 5, 2012 – Bottled: August 21, 2018 – Finished in a Portugese Red Wine Cask – 256 Total Bottles – My Tasting Note: ” Nose: strawberry Twizzlers, dark wine gums, dark goats milk chocolate, black licorice pipes and creosote soaked ocean docks; very malty with a base of vanilla cream and wood ash from a forrest fire; a touch of bacon wrapped scallops to boot. Palate: bold but balanced with juicy malt; the vanilla-oak tones hit first before the leathery wine finished elements kick in; strawberry puff candies, black licorice, tar and firm new leather; more dark milk chocolate and subtle tarry-creosote tones; maritime with some soft elegant smoke and firm spices. Finish: long, coating and spicy with firm earthy peat, clean smoke and juicy malt. Comment: this is a lovely Kilchoman, and the wine finishing is deft; another bold but balanced, and ultimately beautiful Kilchoman.” – $155
Introducing Compass Box Flaming Heart 6th Edition
Both 700mls and Magnums!
I had a chance to preview the 2018 edition of Compass Box Flaming Heart in September at Whisky Live Paris. I was impressed, but didn’t have time to write up a proper tasting note. The 2018 edition of the whisky has come in both 700ml bottles and 1.5L “Magnums”. This 6th edition of Compass Box’s legendary Flaming Heart Release is arriving in-store today. For the first time Compass Box has introduced a subtle sherry cask influence to compliment the classic Flaming Heart elements of bold new French oak and medium-peated tones. Bottled at 48.9%, just a smidge over 15,000 bottles have been released world-wide, as well as 800 Magnums.
From the Producer: “This is our sixth edition of Flaming Heart, a whisky born of oak, smoke and fire. In this 2018 edition, we have reintroduced a subtle sherry-cask influence that adds an additional layer of complexity and richness. A medium smoky-peaty base is enriched by a sweet maltiness and notes of baking spices and dried fruit. It’s a whisky to enjoy late into the night, perfect served neat or paired with rich cheeses.
“Bottled at 48.9% / Not chill-filtered / Natural colour / First released in 2006, Flaming Heart was the first whisky to combine the rich, complex spice of Scotch aged in new French oak with the evocative peat-fired smoke of Islay malt. It created a genre-defying style that was smouldering, spicy, complex – and so popular that we’ve re-released it five more times in the years that followed.”
Compass Box Flaming Heart 2018 – 48.9% – Recipe Details Below – Producer’s Tasting Note: “A medium smoky-peaty base is enriched by a sweet maltiness and notes of baking spices and dried fruit. Full on the palate and very long.” – $135 for 700ml / $380 for the Magnum (1500ml)
The other bottle in the photo, the Compass Box Story of the Spaniard is not expected until late December or early January!
NEW Springbank Whiskies
That Won’t Last Long!
The three new Springbank Distillery bottlings following, have arrived in Alberta in very limited quantities, and accordingly each are restricted to one per customer. All three will be sampled with Ranald Watson of Springbank Distillery tonight in-store (see above for tasting details).
- Springbank 12yo Cask Strength – 56.2% – Matured in 70% Sherry casks and 30% Bourbon casks – Tasting Note: “Nose: A fruity and nutty combination; cherries, apricot jam, pistachios and toasted oats. Salted caramel and marzipan begin to emerge. Taste: Sweet and delicious, Scottish tablet, prunes and honey. The classic Campbeltown style develops; sea salt and a light smoke coat the mouth. Finish: A long and warming finish; honeycomb, orange marmalade and liquorice closely followed by Demerara sugar, almonds, oats and prunes.” – $105 – Limit 1 Per Customer – Only 5btls left!
- Springbank 18 Year 2018 – 46% – Matured in 80% Sherry casks and 20% ex-Bourbon casks – Tasting Note: “Nose: Lemon meringue pie, pear skin, olive oil, almonds and digestive biscuits. A typical Kintyre coastal brininess comes to the fore. Palate: In the background; dried bananas, cocounut shavings and butterscotch. The more prominant; carrot cake, treacle and freshly squeezed limes engulf the palate. Finish: Very delicate; liquorice, gingerbread and Madagascar vanilla. Closely followed by mint, trinity cream and vanilla milkshake.” – $210 – Limit 1 Per Customer – Only 9 left!
- Longrow 14 Year Sherry Wood – 57.8% – Matured in Oloroso Sherry – Tasting Note: “Nose: Very fruity! Toffee apples, pears and strawberry chocolates in the background; salted popcorn kernels, mint leaves and honey. Taste: Salty and coastal, the fruitiness continues with raisins, chocolate orange and prunes. A dryness develops with demerara sugar and digestive biscuit. Finish: Drying BBQ spices; cayenne pepper and paprika followed by cinnamon sugar, oats, pecan nuts and the typical gentle Longrow smokiness.” – $122 – Limit 1 Per Customer – Only 8 left!
NEW Gordon Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1987
A Dark Sherried Beast of a Dram
On the premium end of Gordon Macphail’s newly revamped Connoisseurs Choice range. The whisky was bottled in 2018 at 54% after maturing in a Refill Sherry Hogshead. That last fact is a little crazy, the whisky is so dark… how is it a refill hoggie. Only 18 bottles are coming to Canada, six of them to KWM. 3 of our 6 bottles have already sold! The whisky is not inexpensive, but early reviews have been very favourable.
Gordon Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1987 – – Producer’s Tasting Note: “Aroma A fireside dram; rich Sherry harmonises with stewed raisins, prunes, sticky dates, and cinder toffee. Dark chocolate and liquorice aromas develop. Taste Sumptuous and smooth; warming cinnamon and clove notes linger in the background. Candied orange peel enhances flavours of marzipan covered dark fruitcake. Finish Creamy and lingering; charred oak leads into slightly drying cocoa powder.” – $875
Introducing Canadian Club 41 Year
The First Release in the Canadian Club Chronicles Series
We are unfortunately only expecting a little more than a dozen bottles of the oldest whisky ever bottled by Canadian Club, surpassing last year’s 40 Year. The whisky was distilled in 1977 and has been bottled at 45%. 96pts Whisky Advocate.
Producer Description: “Following the unprecedented release of Canadian Club® 40-year-oId last year comes a new series featuring our highest aged whisky expressions – CC Chronicles will highlight the rich history of Canadian Club. This 1st issue of CC Chronicles continues the story of behind our whisky that was batched and barreled 41 years ago in 1977 and pays tribute to the birthplace of Canadian Club in Windsor, Canada. The city and its nearby river featured so prominently in our history that CC is often referred to even today as the ‘Water of Windsor’; a fitting beginning to this new chapter from our storied past.”
Canadian Club Chronicles 41 Year – 45% – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Aroma: caramel and toasted oak harmonizes with spiciness and a slight vanilla sweetness. Taste: notes of dark plum and vanilla balanced with caramel, oak and a rye spiciness; complex but smooth satisfying. Finish: warm and lingering.” – $300
96pts Whisky Advocate: “Recently, a new “oldest Canadian whisky ever,” appears every year. In 2018, the honor goes to Canadian Club. Cedar lumber, fresh apricots, hints of bonfire, and sweet applewood on the nose. On the palate it’s butter tarts with vanilla, waves of pepper, pears, peaches, bonfire notes, and hints of pipe tobacco. Crisp, clean, and slightly bigger than Canadian Club 40 year old, the 41 is woodsy, silky, and mouth filling. (2,472 bottles for U.S.) -Davin de Kergommeaux”
Introducing Glenfiddich Fire Cane
A peated Glenfiddich finished in rum casks!
The 4th release in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series is a peated single malt finished in sweet rum casks. Bottled at 43%.
Distiller’s Description: “Glenfiddich Fire Cane features a fusion of two bold flavours coming together to form the unexpected combination of smoky Glenfiddich whisky finished in sweet rum casks. Fire Cane is inspired by the early innovation of Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, who in 2003, first ran peated spirit through the Glenfiddich stills, birthing the concept of what would become the innovative Experimental Series. As the fourth expression of the Experimental Series, Fire Cane fuses the brand’s smoky whisky with malts that had been maturing side-by-side in bourbon casks, showcasing Glenfiddich’s sweet and fruity signature style. Taking it a step further, all of the whiskies were finished in Latin rum casks to produce a surprising overlay of added caramel toffee sweetness.”
Glenfiddich Fire Cane – 43% – Peated Rum Finished Glenfiddich – Distiller’s Tasting Note: “Nose: Billowing soft peat notes, like distant smoke on the wind. Rich sweet toffee with zesty fresh fruit notes and spiciness. Paste: Like a Highland peat campfire, with oak notes and toffee. Sharp green fruit, sweet baked apple and soft smoke. Finish: Lingering smokiness and sweetness.” – $82
Nikka Coffey Gift Set
Grain / Malt / Vodka /Gin
The people at La Maison du Whisky, Nikka’s Global Exporter, keep coming up with interesting ways to promote the Nikka brand. Take for instance the Nikka Coffey Gift set, Coffey being a reference to Aaneas Coffey, the inventor of the Coffey Still, the world’s fist column still. Nikka’s Coffey Malt and Coffey Grain have been rising stars in the Japanese whisky category for the last few years. The company recently released a vodka and gin too, both of which have been very well received. The Nikka Coffey Gift Pack consists of a bottle each of the Coffey Malt, Grain, Gin and Vodka in a presentation box, along with a Nikka Coffey Table book tracing the history of Aeneas’ Coffey still, and including cocktail recipes. KWM is only expecting 15 of these very cool gift sets!
Order the Nikka Coffey Gift Set – $365
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