August 20th Vintage Tasting – Toronto Whisky Society

On August 20th the Toronto Whisky Society had one of our most interesting and unique lineups for a tasting. Toronto Whisky Society had picked up a number of independent bottlings from various regions and distilleries, and our tasting was led by Igor, who is a whisky agent with a great deal of knowledge when it comes to whisky. (Igor leading Toronto Whisky Society members through … Continue reading August 20th Vintage Tasting – Toronto Whisky Society

Heartwood Calm Before the Storm Review

Heartwood Calm Before the Storm Review     * 66.4% ABV * 7 years old * First-fill ex-Oloroso sherry cask     Well this should be fun, my first Heartwood review. Massive thank you to TOModera for letting me try this.   Nose: Not the most complex, tons of sherry and spice. Raisin, clove, pepper, brown sugar. Oak and leather, some alcohol as well.   … Continue reading Heartwood Calm Before the Storm Review

Ledaig Four Whisky Face-off (SMWS 42.22, 42.27, Old Particular 16yr and 18yr Co-op SC)

 Ledaig 4 SC Face-off (SMWS 42.22, 42.27, Old Particular 16yr and 18yr Co-op SC) If you like the peated/Islay profile, Ledaig is one of those distilleries that until recently was overlooked. Sadly they have grown more popular recent, and prices have started to increase. Recently has the chance to sit down and drink four different Ledaig single casks, so that us see how they stacked … Continue reading Ledaig Four Whisky Face-off (SMWS 42.22, 42.27, Old Particular 16yr and 18yr Co-op SC)

Best Bourbon/American Rye Under $61 at LCBO

Given the popularity of our post on The Best Scotch $100 Can Buy (LCBO 2017) a number of TWS members discussed the best American bourbons and ryes you can find at the LCBO for a reasonable price. We settled on $61 as the cutoff point to allow Wild Turkey Rare Breed to qualify, as we wanted a barrels proof option included  in our list. While … Continue reading Best Bourbon/American Rye Under $61 at LCBO

Review: Aberfeldy 16yr SC (1994 A.D. Rattray)

Aberfeldy 16yr SC (1994 A.D. Rattray) Review 16 year 55.5% ABV Bourbon hogshead So, I saw a single cask release of Aberfeldy at cask strength, matured in bourbon hogshead from A.D. Rattray. Oddly enough, very few reviews posted for cask strength Aberfeldy releases. Being a lunatic, it seemed like a good idea to get a bottle. No idea at all what to expect going into this. … Continue reading Review: Aberfeldy 16yr SC (1994 A.D. Rattray)

Review: Ardbeg 22yr 1993 SC (Cadenhead)

Ardbeg 22yr 1993 SC (Cadenhead) 22 years 55.3% ABV Bourbon cask So, little disclaimer going in. I love 1970s Ardbeg, hell I love Ardbeg. I am really looking forward to this. Nose: Mellowed out compared to younger Ardbeg bottles. Smoke, peat, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, leather, smores, lemon zest. Palate: Oak, vanilla, tannins, smoke, peat, brine, cherry, oily, raisins and citrus. Finish: Long. Nice … Continue reading Review: Ardbeg 22yr 1993 SC (Cadenhead)

Glenfarclas 40 Year Review

Review 143: Glenfarclas 40yr 40 years 46% Sherry cask Massive thank you to /u/Xile_ for this sample, you are single handedly responsible for every 40+yr whisky I have tried. I’ve been saving this sample for a time when I would be able to really sit down and enjoy it, hopefully it was worth the wait. Nose: Rich. Sherry, dark chocolate, raisins, orange zest, oak, leather, … Continue reading Glenfarclas 40 Year Review