Jim McEwan is one of the most respected figures in the world of whisky, with August marking his 50th Year in the industry. On August 1st 1963 Jim began work at Bowmore distillery on Islay as an apprentice cooper. Jim continued to work for Morison Bowmore for the next 35 years, including a 12 year stint as Bowmore’s Distillery manager. In 2000 Jim joined a group looking to acquire the closed Bruichladdich distillery. They bought it that year and brought it back to life in very short order. Over the following 13 years Jim and his team have taken it from virtual obscurity to one of the Scotch industry’s most recognized brands. Their hard work paid off this year when Remy Cointreau bought the distillery from the private group forÃ‚Â Ã‚Â£58 million.
When we announced a few weeks back that Jim McEwan would be hosting a tasting at KWM on Friday September 27th it sold out almost instantaneously. We’ve added a second “Happy Hour”Ã‚Â tasting from 4-6PM on the 27th, which will feature the same whiskies (listed below), hosted by the same charismatic brand ambassador. This could be your last chance to see the legendary Jim McEwan, with this visit rumoured to be his farewell tour. The price for the tasting is $50, and as an added bonus, all attendees (at both tastings) will receive a $20 gift card to be used towards the purchase of anything in store. Perhaps even a bottle of Bruichladdich for Jim to leave his signature on!
Our 4PM and 7PM seatings with Jim McEwan will feature the following whiskies:
- Bruichladdich Laddie Classic
- Bruichladdich Islay Barley Dunlossit
- Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year
- Bruichladdich Cuvee 382 La Berenice
- Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 PX
- Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 Eroica
- Port Charlotte 10 Year
Most of these whiskies are in very short supply in Alberta, and won’t be available much longer. A farewell tasting not just for Jim, but also for some of these Bruichladdich expressions.
You can register for the tasting by phone at 403-283-8000 or online at https://www.kensingtonwinemarket.com/tastings/register.php .