Spring Single Malt Festival 2014 – June 12

Our Spring Single Malt Festival is over for another year. This past Thursday’s event drew 100 participants who swarmed the Kensington Wine Market for an evening of whisky sampling. 115 whiskies were on offer, mostly Scottish single malts, but also a few Blends, rums, American whiskies and Japanese whiskies too. Every single registrant turned up, with a number coming from BC, Montreal and one from as far away as Istanbul, Turkey.

This year’s festival featured a broad range of new whiskies and old favourites. Our new Berry’s Own Aberlour 1994 KWM Cask ($140) was a favourite, as was the Berry’s Own Linkwood 1993 CofQ Cask ($125) bottled for the Companions of the Quaich. A small quantity of the latter is available for sale through our shop to non-Companions while supplies last. Another of the top sellers was the Tomatin 15 Year Limited Edition. The evening also featured a range of new KWM exclusives, including 10 new releases from WM Cadenhead (Scotland’s oldest Independent Bottler) and some exciting new Japanese whiskies from Nikka and Chichibu.

All of our participants brought something unique to the table (no pun intended). Dan Volway of the Edrington Group had a Duty Free expression of Highland Park. Thisty Cellar, importers for Adelphi had a 24 year old Macallan (sadly sold out). Charton Hobbs brought along a gold painted 4.5L bottle of Auriverdes, and the contents of their table also included the Ardbeg Galileo (back for a limited time) and Glenmorangie Companta (due this fall). The Scotch Malt Whisky Society had a festival exclusive Islay bottling, 3.196: A walk on the wild side, and offered a teaser future release of 29.139: Buttercups, bothies and barbecues another Ileach. Andy Dunn of Gold Medal Marketing had a bottle of the Kilchoman Small Batch, which due in a few months time is a future KWM exclusive. And this is just to name a few… other gems like Brora 35 Year, Talisker 25 Year, and Glenfarclas 40 Year were also on offer. Suffice to say, a great time was had by all!

To see the full list of what was poured you’ll have to scroll down past the photo gallery. The next KWM whisky festival will be mid November of this year.

Here is the full list of what was poured:

Authentic Wine & Spirits – J Wheelock

  • BenRiach 2001 MS Society Cask – $99.99
  • BenRiach 1977 - $379.99
  • Compass Box Peat Monster 10th – $99.99
  • Compass Box GKS – $49.49
  • Dalmore Cigar Malt – $129.99
  • Dalmore 18 Year – $160.99
  • Glendronach 15 Year – $85.99
  • Jura Elixir – $59.99

Charton Hobbs Table – Jordan Cameron & Courtney Teron

  • Ardbeg 10 Year – $74.99
  • Ardbeg Galileo – $119.99
  • Ardbeg Auriverdes – $125-130
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail – $104.99
  • Berry’s Own Aberlour 1993 KWM Cask – $139.99
  • Berry’s Own Linkwood 1994 Quaich Cask – $124.99
  • Glenmorangie 10 Year – $62.99
  • Glenmorangie Companta (Due this fall) – $TBA
  • Glenmorangie Lasanta – $72.99
  • Glenrothes Select Reserve – $60.99
  • Glenrothes Vintage 2001 – $63.99

Diageo – Marissa Schenn

  • Caol Ila Stitchell’s Reserve – $179.99
  • Cardhu 12 Year – $74.99
  • Clynelish 14 Year – $91.99
  • Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve Bullion – $79.99
  • Johnnie Walker Platinum – $152.49
  • Lagavulin 16 Year – $108.99
  • Talisker 25 Year – $249.99

Edrington Group/Beam Global – Dan Volway

  • Highland Park 12 Year –  $56.99
  • Highland Park 18 Year – $TBD
  • Highland Park Siguard – Duty Free
  • Macallan 1824 Gold – $63.99
  • Macallan 1824 Amber – $83.99
  • Macallan 1824 Sienna – $159.99
  • Macallan 1824 Ruby – $269.99

Free House W&S – Arend Lucardie

  • Tomatin Legacy – $41.99
  • Tomatin 12 Year – $56.99
  • Tomatin 15 Year – $79.49
  • Tomatin 18 Year – $105.99
  • Tomatin CuBocan – $62.99
  • Tomatin 15 Year Limited Edition Tempranillo – $92.99

Gold Medal Marketing Table – Andy Dunn & Jenn Tuff

  • Cadenhead Small Batch Auchroisk 1989 – $190.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch BenRiach 1996 – $111.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Bladnoch 1992 – $143.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Bowmore 2001 – $91.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Deanston 1994 – $129.99
  • Cadenhead Small Glen Grant 1989 – $209.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Glen Garioch 1990 – $195.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Linkwood 1987 –  $284.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch North British 1989 – $159.99
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Tomatin 1994 – $112.99
  • Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 1994 – $114.99
  • Hazelburn Rundlets & Kilderkins - $103.99
  • Kilchoman 2008 KWM 326 – $119.99
  • Kilchoman Small Batch (Due this summer) – $TBA
  • Longrown Red Shiraz – $87.99
  • Springbank Gaja – $103.99
  • Teeling Hybrid – $61.99

Harvest Vintage Imports – Chris & Kelly Stewart

  • Arran 10 Year – $53.99
  • Arran Burns Blend – $35.99
  • Arran Machrie Moor – $77.99
  • Coopers Choice Littlemill 1985 – $159.99
  • Coopers Choice Port Charlotte 2001 – $91.99

Kirkwood – Tim Auger

  • Glengoyne 10 Year –  $56.99
  • Glengoyne 21 Year – $174.99
  • Old St. Andrew’s Blend - $43.99
  • Smokehead - $53.49

KWM Tables – Marty/Shawn

  • Benromach 2005 KWM Cask – $84.99
  • Brora 35 Year – $954.99
  • Chichibu Port Pipe – $109.99
  • Chichibu Floor Malted – $190.99
  • First Edition Macallan 1993 - $289.99
  • Glenglassaugh 1972 39 Year – $699.99
  • Miyagikyo 15 Year – $154.99
  • Nikka Coffey Grain – $88.99
  • Nikka Coffer Malt – $88.99
  • Nikka Pure Malt White – $59.99
  • Nikka Pure Malt Red – $67.99
  • Nikka Pure Malt Black – $59.99
  • Nikka Tsuru 17 Year Decanter - $174.99
  • Yoichi 15 Year –  $144.99
  • Yoichi 20 Year – $329.99

Lifford Wine & Spirits – Colleen Ruzicka

  • Bowmore Small Batch – $54.99
  • Bowmore 12 Year – $55.99
  • Bowmore 15 Year – $85.99
  • Bowmore 18 Year – $113.99
  • Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year – $91.99
  • Bowmore Tempest Batch 3 – $88.99
  • Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 – $89.99

Pacific Wine & Spirits – Ken Hinds

  • Glenfarclas 12 Year –  $67.99
  • Glenfarclas 17 Year – $98.99
  • Glenfarclas 21 Year – $137.99
  • Glenfarclas 25 Year – $152.99
  • Glenfarclas 40 Year – $719.99

Purple Valley – Jonathan Bray

  • Amrut Fusion – $75.99
  • Duncan Taylor Deanston 1994 KWM Octave – $179.99
  • Duncan Taylor Mortlach 1995 KWM Octave – $174.99
  • Duncan Taylor Dimensions Glen Grant 1995 – $114.99
  • High West Son of Bourye – $88.99
  • Stalk & Barrel – $66.99
  • The Big Smoke - $56.99

Scotch Malt Whisky Society – Rob & Kelly Carpenter

  • 3.196: A Walk on the Wild Side (Festival Exclusive) – $129.99
  • 9.73: Frighteningly Easy to Drink – $149.99
  • 29.131: Buttercups, Bothies & Barbeques – $TBA
  • 31.26: BBQ Smoke by a Rolling Sea – $185.99
  • 35.86: Sumptuous Breakfast Dram – $119.99
  • 48.34: In a Sweetie Shop -  $109.99
  • 66.42: Snorkling in the  Bathtub – $114.99
  • 121.62: Steak & Ale Pie – $149.99
  • G4.4: Enjoy Some R&R – $237.99

Thirsty Cellar – Greg McAmmond

  • Adelphi Clynelish 1997 – $110.99
  • Adelphi Fascadale 5 – $71.99
  • Adelphi Liddesdale 5 – $143.99
  • Adelphi Macallan 1988 - $199.99
  • Adelphi Miltonduff 1981 – $166.99
  • Dictador XO Insolent –  $107.99
  • Dictador XO Perpetual – $107.99

United Distributors – Gloria Hrynuik

  • Hepburn’s Choice Benrinnes 10 Year – $84.99
  • Hepburn’s Choice Braeval 12 Year – $87.99
  • Hepburn’s Choice Tamdhu 12 Year – $87.99
  • Kavalan Ex-Bourbon 46% – $139.99
  • Kavalan Ex-Sherry 46% –  $154.99
  • Kavalan Solist Bourbon – $179.99
  • Kavalan Solist Sherry – $194.99
  • Kavalan Solist Vinho – $179.99
  • Kavalan King Car Conductor – $174.99

Thanks to all who attended, our partners for their time and support and our KWM staff for all their hard work.

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