Whisky Advent 2017

I've been waiting for months (11 to be precise) to dive into Secret Spirits' fourth edition of the Whisky Advent Calendar. This year is bound to be exciting as I'm off to explore 25 different expressions of whisky including those from 10 independent bottlers. Jonathan Bray publishes his tasting notes over at singlemalting.com so please head over there to see what he has to say about each one. Onto the whisky! (more…)
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Scotch Tasting on January 26, 2013

Southside Edmonton My place was the setting again for this scotch tasting where we decided to focus on whiskies from the Speyside region. Having leaned on Andrew's vast experience before this one, I tracked down the bottles, set up the venue, and - with my fellow eight scotchmen - began the tour. And, this time, I took much better notes. Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Aberlour A'bunadh Glen Elgin 16 Year Glendronach Revival 15 Year Glenrothes 1998 Vintage (14 Year) Benriach Curiositas Peated (10 Year)   Three to open We opened with the Balvenie Doublewood, a 12 year-old whisky at 40% ABV. It gets its name from beginning in an oak cask and finishing in a sherry one. The nose is sweet and has a taste to match, providing honey flavours…
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Scotch Tasting on July 9, 2011

Northside Edmonton As part of my stag, Andrew came to my best man's place after we'd returned from dinner. Andrew got me kitted up in a kilt and then took us through these delicious whiskies. Tullibardine 1993 Vintage Stronachie 18 Year Highland Park 17 Year Bruichladdich 18 Year Glen Elgin 16 Year Glendronach 18 Year Lamentably, I don't remember much of what they all tasted like. I was okay before the tasting began and I can recollect impressions of each, but the heavy pours by Andrew and the drinking that followed stopped my brain from retaining these specific memories. Fortunately, I got to keep what was left in all the bottles so I could re-discover the scotches at my leisure. Except for the Highland Park 17. My brother, the fiend,…
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