Sample Sips – Century Reserve 21

Sample Sips – Century Reserve 21

After the last Sample Sips Grain Showdown I became particularly interested in other 100% grain whiskies that are out there and discovered there’s actually a decent selection although very few are locally available. Thankfully the whisky community is a very sharing one! Continue reading “Sample Sips – Century Reserve 21”

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Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting

Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting

Robbie Burns Day celebrates the life of the famous Scottish poet on the day of his birth, January 25th. A traditional Burns Supper involves piping in a haggis and reciting Robert Burns’ “Address to a haggis”. It also wouldn’t be Burns Day without having a wee dram of scotch and this year Vintage Wine & Spirits delivered with nine delightful samples. They offered two tastings on January 21st and 22nd, both of which were sold out. The best part? Haggis flavoured chips!!! Continue reading “Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting”

NB Spirits Festival 2015

NB Spirits Festival 2015

There’s a little known spirits fest that takes place every November in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Although it doesn’t have the renown of the annual festivals held in Scotland or the American WhiskyFest, attendees agree that the NB Spirits Festival is one of the best. The five day festival holds a variety of master class tastings lead by industry experts, whisky and food pairings, a whisky cooking class and a Friday night Showcase event. We opted to participate in 4 Master Class tastings and the main showcase event. Continue reading “NB Spirits Festival 2015”

Sample Sips – Grain Showdown

Sample Sips – Grain Showdown

Much like a superhero team each grain in a blended whisky contributes its own unique character to create something else altogether. It can be very helpful to first get to know what each individual grain tastes like so that you know which ones are contributing what flavours to the spirit.
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Spoiler Cask #3 – October 6th 2015

No spoilers this week but we do have a great interview with Jay, owner of Edmonton’s Happy Harbor Comics. We talk about how the store got started and how the idea came about to host whisky tastings at the shop. We also give a quick review of two whiskies we sampled at Woodwork, the Laphroaig Cairdeas and Nikka Whisky from the Barrel.