An Interview with Bar Manager and Distillery Operator, Andy Chu | Dornoch Castle Hotel Whisky Bar and Dornoch Distillery

Back in January I ended up at a tasting at Alo Salon in Toronto and I had the very opportune chance to interview Mr. Andy Chu who came all the way from the Dornoch, Scotland to lead this tasting for us. Andy is the bar manager for the Dornoch Castle Hotel Whisky Bar, a member of Scotland’s independent whisky bars. Dornoch Castle Hotel was also … Continue reading An Interview with Bar Manager and Distillery Operator, Andy Chu | Dornoch Castle Hotel Whisky Bar and Dornoch Distillery

Bruichladdich Distillery Review

(This distillery write-up was written by Toronto Whisky Society member Stephen Sheps. Another big thanks to him for sharing the experiences he had visiting Islay back in 2019!) Part 3 of my Islay Journey is a bit of out chronological order, but it was so good that it needed to be saved for last – Bruichladdich. I should probably preface this review with 2 caveats: … Continue reading Bruichladdich Distillery Review

Ardbeg Distillery Review (With a Stop at Laphroaig and Lagavulin!)

(This distillery feature was written by Toronto Whisky Society member Stephen Sheps. Thanks to him once again for letting us publish his experiences on Islay!) Day 2 of my trip to Islay was a memorable one to say the least – while nothing could top the stunning high of our visit to Bruichladdich the previous afternoon (saving the best for the last review), we knew … Continue reading Ardbeg Distillery Review (With a Stop at Laphroaig and Lagavulin!)

Bunnahabhain Distillery Review

(This distillery review was written by Toronto Whisky Society member Stephen Sheps who was recently in Islay. Thanks to him for sharing his distillery experiences!) Ahh, Islay. There is really no place quite like it, even in Scotland. It’s a place that, despite my having literally zero Scottish roots feels like where I have always belonged. Of course you might be thinking to yourselves now … Continue reading Bunnahabhain Distillery Review

Distillery Spotlight: Spring Mill Distillery, Guelph, ON

So it’s quarter to 9 in the morning on a chilly Thursday in the middle of December. This week has been as bitter-cold as Southern Ontario gets and yet here I am taking a GO Bus to Guelph. Why? Well that’s because I went to explore one of the most interesting new distilleries in Ontario: The Spring Mill Distillery! Not many whisky fans in Ontario … Continue reading Distillery Spotlight: Spring Mill Distillery, Guelph, ON

Bunnahabhain Warehouse 9 Tasting

It’s now Day 2 of my Islay expedition and this one will be quite a more arduous journey then any other distillery tour I’ve experienced here on Islay. Not because of the distillery experience itself but because of it’s extremely remote location being the northernmost distillery on Islay. Since my dad and I didn’t have a car to use on Islay and the bus schedule … Continue reading Bunnahabhain Warehouse 9 Tasting

Glen Scotia Dunnage Tour and Tasting

The final part of my Campbeltown trip is finally here. It’s been a heck of a day. Some amazing whiskies were tried and I experienced a lot of new aspects about whiskymaking here in Scotland, but now it’s finally time to go out with a bang! And what better way to end my Campbeltown expedition then at the Glen Scotia Distillery! Now in terms of … Continue reading Glen Scotia Dunnage Tour and Tasting

Glengyle (Kilkerran) Distillery Tour

After the wild and fun times I had at the Cadenhead’s warehouse (and the shop before and afterwards taking some time to admire the selection as well as some beauties found in the famed Cadenhead’s “Cage”) I now headed for the second distillery tour of the day and one that I was very interested to learn more about, which is the Glengyle Distillery Tour! The … Continue reading Glengyle (Kilkerran) Distillery Tour

Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting

So now that the Springbank Distillery Tour has concluded, with a fun first experience of Scotch distilling in the memory bank, it’s time for one of the most anticipated tastings that I had planned for this trip, the Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting! Now Cadenhead’s is an independent bottler of a lot of different spirits. Scotch is their main draw but they also bottle gin, rum, cognac … Continue reading Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting