Glenfiddich IPA Experiment & Project XX – Group Review

Recently Beth Havers, the Canadian Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich, gave Toronto Whisky Society members a chance to try two new Glenfiddich releases (Glenfiddich IPA Experiment & Project XX).  Huge thank you to Beth for giving us a chance to try these two whiskies which were recently released at the LCBO. Below are the aggregated thoughts, notes and review scores, along with the individual scores and … Continue reading Glenfiddich IPA Experiment & Project XX – Group Review

Group Review: Laphroaig Select

We’re back with another group review! The Laphroaig Select is a new entry level bottling from Laphroaig, and is a combination of malt aged in Oloroso sherry butts, virgin American white oak, PX seasoned hogsheads, Quarter Casks and first fill ex-bourbon casks. Laphroaig made 6 combinations and sent them to some Friends of Laphroaig, allowing them to choose the blend that would go into this new bottling. … Continue reading Group Review: Laphroaig Select

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 4: Cask Strength Canadian Whiskies & Wrap-up

This is the fourth and final category in our Great Canadian Whisky Tasting: Cask Strength Canadian Whiskies. In our previous three parts, we covered 1. under aged & non-whiskies; 2. Canadian Single Malts; and 3. Canadian Whiskies. There were only two bottles in this category, and you’ll find the notes and rankings below, along with a wrap-up of the series. Black Fox Spirits Wheat Spirit Cask … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 4: Cask Strength Canadian Whiskies & Wrap-up

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 3: Canadian Whiskies

In this, the third part of our Great Canadian Whisky Tasting, we look at some whiskies that fall within the more classical Canadian Whisky category. In Part 1, we looked at some under-aged spirits and non-whiskies, and in Part 2 we evaluated some Canadian Single Malts. Here are the bottles, descriptions, tasting notes and rankings of the five Canadian Whiskies we evaluated: Last Mountain 100% … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 3: Canadian Whiskies

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 2: Canadian Single Malts

In the first annual Great Canadian Whisky Tasting, we evaluated four categories of Canadian whiskies and spirits. In Part 1, we looked at under-aged spirits and non-whiskies. In Part 2, we’re evaluating four Canadian Single Malts. Maison Sivó L’Essence du Single Malt – Franklin, QC This bottle from Sivó is an in-progress single malt made from Quebec malted barley, which undergoes a 4 day fermentation … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 2: Canadian Single Malts

The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 1: Non-Whiskies & Whiskies in Progress

As mentioned in the intro to the Great Canadian Whisky Tasting, TWS wanted to give new distilleries and those with under-aged spirits a chance to participate in a group evaluation, as they don’t typically participate in whisky awards. We received bottles from a number of young distilleries, and you’ll find the descriptions, collective notes and rankings of those bottles below. Park Distillery Glacier Rye – … Continue reading The Great Canadian Whisky Tasting 2017, Part 1: Non-Whiskies & Whiskies in Progress

TWS’s Inaugural Great Canadian Whisky Tasting Intro

A few months ago, the founding members of the Toronto Whisky Society were discussing what we should do to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and eventually the discussion came around to whisky awards. When we looked at these awards, we found that they don’t always reveal the full list of whiskies evaluated, and generally don’t evaluate up-and-coming distilleries with product under 3 years old. Canada has … Continue reading TWS’s Inaugural Great Canadian Whisky Tasting Intro