Whisky Advent 2018

Edmonton (Alberta) has an enthusiastic whisky scene that seems to have really grown in profile over the past few years (hat tip to the folks at the Edmonton Scotch Club for playing a big part in that). It’s given many people (myself included) the opportunity to connect with other whisky enthusiasts and share our passion for the aqua vitae. Looking back over the year, I’ve sampled a lot of whisky at tastings and other events and I can’t believe it’s already time to crack open the 5th Edition of Secret Spirits’ Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. As always, 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. Also, you can check out Instagram and Twitter for…
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Scotch Advent 2016

It's Scotch Advent time again! Oh my am I excited and this year Dana is joining me in some or all of the tastings (turns out she's discovered a taste for scotch, especially the peaty ones). Back to the box (mine is #606 for those who are curious), this year's edition comes with a NEAT glass which really lets you nose around. Over the next 25 days, I'm headed on a whisky tour courtesy of Secret Spirits' 3rd edition of their scotch advent calendar. Jonathan Bray's whisky tasting notes are over at Single Malting and, as you read mine, be sure to check out his discovery and insights. Onto the whisky!   #01 - Speyside 18yo Distillery: Bottled by Secret Spirits Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Cask #: 3299 Region: Speyside/Rothes…
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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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Scotch Tasting on March 2, 2011

The Bothy, Southside Edmonton Cragganmore 12 Year Murray McDavid Bladnoch 1992 Aberlour 10 Year Highland Park 12 Year Bruichladdich Brunello Murray McDavid Laphroaig 1997 Unknown 7th This scotch tasting I introduced some friends to Andrew Walls. Andrew toured us through the whiskies, deftly describing what we could expect to smell and taste, and also provided interesting tidbits of information about the distilleries. The Unknown 7th whisky was one Andrew mentioned at the end which turned into us capping the night with it. Tragically, I really can't remember much about the taste of each of these except that the Aberlour 10 Year was a surprisingly good scotch for being $40 a bottle and the Unknown 7th was a "Big Girl" at a cask-strength 61.7% ABV. Something I do remember was my dad…
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