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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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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