A little throwback to back to Thursday night and the IFMA mixer event at @lastbestbrew.
I'd heard of Last Best a while ago and was intrigued when I'd heard about last year's @gincrazeyyc
Wish I'd known about it sooner because if sounded exciting. A different gin distilled every week for a year! It's insane!
Finally I was presented with the perfect opportunity to check it out. A networking event for my day-job professional association...two birds, one stone.
Took a bit to decide which Gin Craze I wanted to try (and believe me, I thought about ordering a flight), but I eventually decided on the Space Coyote.
A dry earthiness, contrasted with some bright florals. I got a bit if a licorice/licorice root flavour on the back end. It had a bit of spice to it and was just great all-around sipper.
Will have to head back soon, when I have time to sit and experience things a little more.
We're more than halfway through #DanielMonth
and today was Canada Day!
Featuring two distilleries that make Canadian Single Malt: @lohinmckinnon
Sounds like Daniel and Rex enjoyed both of them 😊 They compared Lohin's to an Irish and Glen Breton's Ghleann Dubh to an Islay or other peated Island Scotch.
I'd call that pretty high praise on both counts.
Check it out on the Whiskey Vault YouTube channel!
Had a great lunch today down at @buchananschophouse
with a friend.
Haven't seen her in a while, so it was great to catch up.
Of course, I decided to check out some whisky. I'd decided on the Macadamia Chicken, with creamy mango dressing, and wanted something light and bright to go with it.
Not sure why, but I found myself staring at the rather robust list of Balvenie offerings. The waiter recommended the Caribbean Cask (a 14 year old, rum finished malt). Instantly it felt like the exact, right choice.
It even came in a Balvenie Glencairn!
Tasted great alongside the salad, highlighting the tropical notes of the nuts and mangoes. Delicious!
About to kick off our next Tattersals Club quarterly whisky tasting paired with a selection canapés from the kitchen. Let’s drink!
Finally picked up the @tendeadcrow
album a couple of weeks ago. Been listening to it on a loop ever since.
Makes me want to crack open some Bourbon and sit out on the back porch, crankin' the honkytonk tunes.
It's a gorgeous night in Cowtown and I've been looking for an excuse to open up my Longbranch.
What do ya think?
T'was a Hell of a Night! Happy St. Paddy's, Y'all.
The perfect pre-St. Paddy's Day Friday...a trip to @fionnmaccoolseauclaireyyc
for lunch and the chance to sample a tasty Irish Whiskey.
I've never had @kinahanswhiskey
, and I wasn't exactly there to explore, but it was nice to have something to sip during lunch.
It went well with the amazing Shepherd's Pie Yorkies (one of my favourites). Might have to try it again when I can devote more attention to it.
Loving the variations in @benriach
single malts getting into our shores at the moment and always a pleasure to be presenting them in our public experiences.
"Cape Bowmore" is always ready to launch tasty spirits 🚀
Est. in 1779 Bowmore is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. Bowmore is also home to the world's oldest whisky maturation warehouse (~240 years): the No.1 Vaults.
Over its long history the distillery has seen many owners. To name just a few:
Established by a scottish merchant, John P. Simpson, then passed into ownership of James Mutter who's family was of German descent. Since the mid 90ies Bowmore is ultimately owned by the Japanese distiller Suntory. Also known as Beam Suntory after the takeover of Beam Inc. in 2014 for $13.6 billion.
Looking forward to tasting this years Bowmore Feis Ile releases 😋😍
#whiskyforbeginners #whiskylover #whisky #islay #bowmore #suntory #beamsuntory #whiskyeducation #scotlandtrip #slainte #scotchlover #scotchwhisky
A while ago I heard tell of a mythical PX Kilchoman bottled exclusively for @kensingtonwm.
I think it was @holdmyscotch
that posted about it.
Sadly, it was a bottle that was long gone from retail...but I got a little lucky.
Turns out there were a few minis hanging about, and I managed to snag one back in the fall
Needed something to fit my mood tonight, and this sharp little pour is cutting through all the mid-week blues.
On its way on the 3rd April is our Brews & Boilermakers experience at @the_captains_balcony
. Priced at $55 we have paired up both @jackdaniels_aus
with the delicious and varied @younghenrys
brewery. This casual event will have brand ambassadors to speak as well as yours truly in the mix. Educational, informative and relaxed follow the link to book: http://bit.ly/2UlU8SQ
Finally getting out for some live, local tunes. @thebasebornband
Sipping some Jamie and getting a dose of some great punk/blues/metal 😎🤘
Made stop at Original Joe's for a cocktail and bite to eat before going home. Tried a Guilt & Honey (made with Bourbon and amaro) and had an order of the tempura shrimp. Great way to finish off an amazing night with friends.
A few final photos from the Lassie's Only Fest.
Couldn't recall if I've had the Balvenie Double Wood, so I made a point of giving it a try. Delicate aromas and a round, creamy palate. Tasty cereals with a burst of raisins and dark fruit
Made a point of stopping by the Arran table to see what was new. I missed trying the Robbie Burns special edition a while ago, so it was nice to get another chance. It's youthful, but sweet and approachable. The caramel and cereal notes were highlighted by a floral, perfumed fruitiness. The Amarone cask is still my favourite expression, but I did enjoy the Robbie Burns.
Stopped by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society table. Their barrel picks are always unique, and I love that they like to have fun with the names. Will be picking up a membership this year. I feel like I need to get a couple of these bottles in my collection.
Finally, a shout out to Metro Element. The flower arrangements accented the festival nicely. KWM always throws a good party, but the arrangements were great touch.
Thanks and Slainté!
Last night was absolutely fantastic! The Lassie's Only Whisky Fest at @kensingtonwm
was as magical as last year.
While I always have a good time at the Kensington events, the Lassie's events are a little different.
Was great to see all the familiar faces and meet a few new folks.
Among the whiskies on offer were a 23 year old Macallan and a 40 year old blended Scotch from Berry's. Both @kwmwhisky
exclusives. Not entirely in my wheelhouse, but there is a bit of time travelling magic at hand when dipping into some of these older expressions. The Berry's is older than me, which is a bit to take in while sipping it.
Got to try the new Springbank 15. Floral and fruity that was both light and rich on the palate. Another delicious expression from one of my favourite distilleries.
Dipped into the Lismore for the first time. Apparently most people were gravitating to the 15 year, but if I had to pick, I'd probably go with the 21. Strong family resemblance, but with more potent flavours and some extra cask influence in the older spirit. Both of these are lower proof, which I don't normally gravitate to, but I was pleasantly surprised at the level of complexity and body.
Before finishing up, I had to stop at the Adelphi table. I wanted to check in and see if there were a few things I maybe hadn't tried yet.
I was in luck!
Got to try a special secret Highland Island single malt bottled as "Breath of the Isles" (pretty sure I could guess the distillery...the spirit was light and floral, and finished with a distinctive Highland Heathered Peat) and an independent bottling of 20 year old Bowmore. The clock was ticking down so I didn't get to make notes, but I may have to look for that one again. It was a little something unexpected.
Of course the new E&K (international malt blend) was tasty. Can't recall if I'd had it before, but I liked the first edition (The Kincardine). This is a blend of two Scotches and some Amrut Indian Malt. The world coming together in balance and harmony.
As always, @peasantcheese
provides a tasty array of charcuterie and cheeses. The food was as much a work of art as it was a treat for the palate.
Thanks to everyone for an amazing evening!
Ladies night! Whisky is best when shared with friends.
Met up with Elsa and Harmony to kick back and catch up.
It's Friday night and the weatherman says it's going to get damned cold overnight. Guess March has decided to come in like a lion!
Perfect time to curl up with some whiskey and a movie.
How are you escaping the latest blast of winter?
For the last week I've been down with the sickness. Felt I needed a little something to help soothe my sore throat, which means ice cream, of course!
Have been eyeing the new boozy inspirations from Häagen-Dazs for the last while and finally decided to give the #WhiskeyChocolateTruffles
Overall, nicely balanced with some tasty Bourbon inspired flavours.
I'm still more of a chocolate chip cookie dough kind of gal, but cup of hot tea and a little whiskey ice cream is bringing me some comfort tonight.
Ladies Poker Night 😊
Always a great time, but just that little bit sweeter when you manage to pull a straight on the turn to beat pocket kings and take the night!
Felt like something worth celebrating.
Thursday night was a wonderful deep dive into the dark, rich world of everything peat at @kwmwhisky
This was truly a celebration of everything Islay and Islaternative.
New takes on classics, the discovery of long lost bottles, and dipping into the past.
Not sure I could tell you my favourite. Not even sure I'd even want to try narrowing it down.
Lagavulin 16 PX Distiller's Edition
Bruichladdich Black Arts 4.1, 5.1, and 6.1
Kornog Côteaux du Layon (wine finished peated malt from France)
Bowmore 18 Manzanilla Cask
Kilchoman 100% Islay
Caol Ila 30 Year
SMWS (including at least one that wasn't previously available in Canada)
The Whisky Agency Springbank
The list goes on and on and on!
Was great meeting some new folks and of course seeing all the familiar @kensingtonwm
faces. Much thanks to @thescotch_guy
, all the staff, the reps, and @peasantcheese
for yet another fantastic mini fest.
Looking forward to the Lassie's Only Whisky Fest on March 8. Ladies, I believe there are still a few tix. I attended last year and had an amazing time.
tasting hosted by @theelysianwhiskybar
This whisky is from the Speyside Region in Scotland distilled in 1973 (!) 44 years old aged in an ex-Fino Sherry butt (48.6% abv)⠀⠀
Much older than me but with aromas full of freshness initially - sea breeze, blanched almonds. Also hints of cashew shortbread, fruit mince pie and whipped cream.⠀
It had quite a light texture loaded with sweet Christmas spices - nutmeg, clove and orange zest and a hit of salted toffee and fresh whipped cream on the finish.⠀
One of the highlights of 2018 for me was to really start understanding spirits. Prior to then I had only tried commercial bottlings - it’s a bit like only ever drinking Pinot Gris but then being given a Burgundy or a Barolo 😄
Još nas manje od 7 dana dijeli od prvog whisky sajma u BiH koji će biti održan u Queen dvorani Mepas Mall-a u Mostaru.
Napominjemo da je Whiskey Masterclass radionica rasprodana, a za preostale radionice imamo još svega mali broj mijesta. Ulaznica za svaku pojedinačnu radionicu košta 30 KM, a s istom možete ući i na glavni dio sajma taj dan. Mjesto za radionice možete rezervirati kontaktirajući nas na društvenim mrežama ili pozivom na broj +387 63 286 651
Ulaznice za Whisky Fair prodavat će se na samom ulazu na sajam i koštat će 15 KM. Uz sve ulaznice dolaze i 2 kupona za konzumaciju određenih whisky labela.
Vidimo se uskoro!
#whiskyfair #Mostar #BiH #whisky #whiskey #whiskyculture #whiskyeducation
We have just launched our next @mrwatkinsbar
tasting instalment coming 20th March to Penrith. It has to do with single malts and the ocean. Find out more by following the link http://bit.ly/2BFESso
This afternoon I found myself up at @wineandbeyond
Sage Hill. Their whisky selection is one of the best in the city and I always enjoy wandering the aisles.
Today, I was intrigued by...a beer?! I'm not a beer drinker, but then again, I'm not even sure this would count as beer, in the traditional sense.
An ale brewed with maple syrup (apparently this was to increase the sugar to sustain the yeast so they could produce higher alcohol concentrations). Then it was aged in a series of 5 different barrels: Bourbon, Aquavit, White Carcavelos, Ruby Port, and Muscat.
Tipping the scales at a hefty 28% ABV, this isn't a beer to throw back on a hot summer's day, this is something to savour on a cold winter's night.
As I said, I'm not a beer drinker, but I am intrigued...
Na ovogodišnjem sajmu imamo čast predstaviti vam nekoliko vrhunskih škotskih viskija: uglađeni blended malt - Naked Grouse otočni single malt sa vikinškom dušom – Highland Park, te ponos regije Speyside i sinonim za luksuzno savršenstvo single malt viskija – The Macallan.
Masterclass uključuje i degustaciju 6 viskija (The Macallan 12, The Macallan 15, Highland Park 10, Highland Park 12, Highland Park 18 i Naked Grouse). Cijena ulaznica za ovu radionicu je 30 KM, za više informacija o radionici i rezervacije obratite nam se na društvenim mrežama ili pozivom na broj +387 63 286 651
Uz kupnju bilo koje ulaznice za naše radionice dobivate i besplatan ulaz za glavni dio programa na taj dan. Broj mjesta za ovu radionicu je ograničen na svega 30 sudionika. Raspored programa Whisky Faira objavljujemo uskoro.
Whisky Fair - prvi whisky sajam u BiH
Mepas Mall, Mostar
26. i 27.2.2019.
#whiskyfair #Mostar #BiH #whisky #whiskey #whiskyculture #whiskyeducation #nakedgrouse #highlandpark #themacallan
The snow has once again started to fall here in Calgary. The perfect night for a ready-made meal. I walked in the house and was greeted with aromas of warmth and home.
Turns out a slow cooker pot roast is also the perfect pairing for a gift whisky of @amrutmalt #DoubleCask
The roast recipe was adapted from @altonbrown
and includes dark raisins. The Amrut is a blend of ex-Bourbon and ex-PX Sherry casks...undertones of rich raisins and brown sugar. They really do play well together 😊
It's going to be a good night. I even have a bit ice cream for dessert! MMMmmm...!!! 😋