!!!Warning, Coldpocalypse Approaching, Time for Some Warming Whiskies!!!

It may be hovering around zero right now, but the mercury is set to plummet over the next few days. With foretasted high temperatures of just -25C before windchill over the next three days, do you have what you need to stay warm during this polar plunge? If not, we’ve got a little guide for you that might be of assistance to you. We asked ourselves this morning, what 10 whiskies would we need to survive this Coldpocalypse? We decided that only cask strength and or peated single malts would do, this is what we came up with:

10) BenRiach 2001 MS Society Cask – On the softer end of our spectrum this single malt is sweet, malty and fruity with a long finish. And at a cask strength of 54.1% is strength is barely noticeable making it a good choice for those not wanting to be throttled with warmth! $10 per bottle will go to the MS Society of Southern Alberta. – $99.99

9) Scotch Malt Whisky Society G5.7: All Day American Breakfast – Don’t let the eye watering alcohol strength of 64.6% scare you off, this 19 year old is a very balanced and decadent whisky, only catch is you have to be a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society to buy one (www.smws.ca)… the good news there is we can help you with that too! – $154.99

8) Loch Lomond Green Label Peated Single Malt - Perhaps your budget’s a little tight right now, or you’re looking for an emergency bottle to keep in the car in case of emergency (no joke I know someone who does this), after all getting stuck on the highway at -30 is nothing to laugh at. At 46% this value dram has a lot of peat layered over subtle fruits. – $55.99

7) Master of Malt Springbank Batch 2 - Supposedly Springbank, I think its actually a Longrow because the peat smoke is very crisp on this tasty little small batch, cask strength bottling. Oily, it also has notes of caramel, sea salt and lots of spice. $159.99

6) Wilson & Morgan Bowmore 15 Year Sherry Finish - Another whopper of a cask strength whisky at 61.3%, the sherry notes don’t overwhelm the whisky as they have in the 22 year old bottling. This leaves the house style of round peat smoke, salt and citrus to shine through.  - $139.99

5) Compass Box Peat Monster 10th Anniversary – This limited edition dram made Whisky Advocate’s Top 10 New Whiskies list for their Spring 2104 Issue in the #9 spots, scoring 92pts: “Peat Monster is a staple Compass Box blended malt whisky, but this raises the bar significantly. The nose is “as you were”: peat reek, seaside, very Islay. But on the palate John Glaser’s added some peaty Highland whisky—probably a signature Clynelish—to add a hint of licorice, a softer, fruitier smoke base, and through some virgin French oak, a delightful spiciness. Compass Box is in a purple patch.” – Whisky Advocate Blog Post

4) Talisker 57 North - Originally only available in Duty Free shops we were thrilled to see this limited release Talisker bottled at 57%, in honour of the distillery’s latitude.  The palate is round and fruity with peat oils, citrussy fruits and a backbone of floral honey. A salty smoke rises over this with some dark fruit, and Talisker’s hot peppery house style! – $159.99

3) Scotch Malt Whisky Society 127.32: A Manly Dram – At 65.2% and enormously peated, this whisky is not for the faint of heart. The Society describes its palate as “stomach coating assault” and asserting that it is perfect for enjoying “after fighting dragons.” Perhaps it will come in handy fighting Wraith’s and White Walkers from over the wall! – $119.99

2) Benromach 2005 KWM Cask 126 – At just 8 years and 60.4% after maturing in a First Fill Bourbon barrel, this gem of a Speysider seemingly has more in common with a stereotypical Islay whisky than anything else. Bottled exclusively for our store, there is precious little of it left! - $84.99

1) Kilchoman KWM Cask 326 – The oldest of the three Kilchoman casks we’ve bottled, this may be the boldest yet at 60.1% from a First Fill Ex-Bourbon barrel; if this doesn’t keep you warm, nothing will! . On the palate it has a surge of smoke, salt and earthy peat, as the palate adjusts, heather honey, dark spices and peat oils emerge. Think of it as really tasty antifreeze for your veins. – $119.99

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