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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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 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 November 3, 2012

Southside Edmonton For this tasting, I couldn't track down Andrew (he's been pretty busy with his own business) so I decided to host it at my place. I assembled 10 interested men and we drank. A lot. Scapa 16 Year Auchentoshan 18 Year Glen Garioch 17 Year Longmorn 16 Year Glenfarclas 15 Year Laphroaig Quarter Cask (10 Year) Ardbeg 10 Year Maybe it was because of the seven ounces of whisky but this tasting was a great success. To get everyone more involved, the scotches were assigned to pairs of people to research both the distillery and the scotch itself. This worked surprisingly well, almost like Show and Tell but with more swearing. As for the whiskies themselves, the Scapa 16 was a good, smooth opener but, in my opinion,…
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