Auchentoshan Three Wood

The Bothy, Southside Edmonton One Friday or Saturday night in 2010, myself, my fiancee (now wife), and my close friend and his wife ventured out for a few drinks. We headed to The Bothy and were confounded by finding standing room only upon our arrival. Good for them but when did everyone find out about this place? Anyway, while standing in the door way, their barman was kind enough to recommend a fine red wine for the ladies and introduce the Auchentoshan Three Wood to us boys. If I recall correctly my friend looked at me after the first taste and said, "Well, I know what my new favourite scotch is." For those of you who don't know, the Three Wood gets its name from being aged in a bourbon…
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Caol Ila 12 Year

Northside, Edmonton As a housewarming gift (at least I think this was the reason back in 2009), my two close friends bought me a bottle of the Caol Ila 12 Year. This scotch is deceptive. It's lightly coloured and looks thin. It smells oily and outrageously peaty. After the first few ounces were poured I thought, "How on earth could anyone enjoy this whisky that one could easily mistake for gasoline?" And then we drank it. Oily and peaty, the Caol Ila 12 Year instantly coats your tongue - this is all you'll taste for the rest of the evening so be prepared. But it's also remarkably smooth without any harshness which was surprising. This whisky is so well-crafted, in fact, that the three of us finished the bottle that…
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Scotch Tasting on June 15, 2006

First a little pre-amble: I've spent many evenings enjoying a variety of fine whiskies, often in the good company of family and friends. And so, in the spirit of sharing, I'm going to start writing about the scotches I've tried and the experiences I've shared. Grapes and Grains, Southside Edmonton My dad took me to my first scotch tasting shortly after the time I turned 25. We sat down to sample the Bruichladdich line¬†with a Scotsman - in a kilt no less - named Andrew Walls (more on him at the end). They say you never forget your first time. This "first time," though, didn't disappoint. Waves - A seven year-old whisky that Andrew described as a "morning whisky." 12 Year - Good, but a little sharp. 15 Year -…
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