Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley

Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley

A quick brief: this is the 7.3 edition of Bruichladdich’s Octomore. For those wondering, the decimal places go as follows – .1 is Bourbon cask matured, .2 is the travel retail exclusive “Cask Evolution” range, and .3 is the Islay ...
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What makes for a good master class?

What makes for a good master class?

For those of you who have been to a whisky master class, you’ll know that beverage alcohol can be either elevated, or made tortuous by verbal presentation alone. So after attending a healthy round of master classes at the impeccably ...
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Victoria Whisky Festival 2016

Victoria Whisky Festival 2016

The 2016 Victoria Whisky Festival was hosted at the Hotel Grand Pacific right off the wharf in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. The fest is a well reputed, annual smorgasbord of master classes, including a prestigious consumer tasting, and plenty of ...
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Favourites of 2015

Here are some of my favourite whiskies from 2015.

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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Batch 1 (extra fine)
A whisky that showed up on a lot of radars this year. Delicious, heavily peated Bunnahabhain liquid, matured in Bourbon casks. Well ...
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Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley

Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley

This is the 7th edition of Bruichladdich’s Octomore. For those wondering, the decimal places go as follows – .1 is Bourbon cask matured, .2 is reserved for cask exploration, and .3 is the Islay barley range. So, the 7.1 is ...
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Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon cask matured)

Tomatin Contrast (Bourbon cask matured)

Contrast is a 2 pack that Tomatin released in the last half of this year. It is comprised of a 350ml Bourbon cask matured whisky, and a 350ml Sherry cask matured whisky. Both cask expressions are drawn from a handful ...
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Canadian Rockies 21 Year (46%)

Canadian Rockies 21 Year (46%)

About 6 months ago, Fountana Beverage Corp representative Nick Haltigin flew in from Richmond, BC to Edmonton, for one of his frequent visits. We tasted some whiskies from Kavalan, Amrut, and Duncan Taylor. Very good stuff, as always. Then, with ...
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Glenmorangie Tùsail

Glenmorangie Tùsail

Tùsail is the newest of Glenmorangie’s annual Private Edition releases. And, it comes with a fine pedigree laid before it, of equally esoterically named whiskies. Ealanta, the Private Edition release for 2013 won Jim Murray’s prestigious (though much hated, by ...
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San Francisco WhiskyFest 2015

San Francisco WhiskyFest 2015

As anyone who has fallen victim to my angry rants about whisky festivals can attest, I hate whisky festivals. The 100+ attendee events I’ve been to were raucous and crass, with banquet snacks whose greasy mediocrity was matched only by ...
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Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2014

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2014

The 2014 Lagavulin Distillers Edition is the current bottling available in Alberta. This particular release was distilled in 1998, making it, for the more mathematically inclined, a 16 year old release of Lagavulin. What could be more iconic? A tried, ...
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Evan Williams 'Bottled in bond' White Label

Evan Williams ‘Bottled in bond’ White Label

The Evan Williams ‘bottled in bond’ White Label is produced and matured at Heaven Hill distillery in Bardstown Kentucky. Though details are not easy to find, White Label likely uses Heaven Hill’s Bourbon mashbill – 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% ...
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