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

Toronto Whisky Society’s Whiskies of the Year 2019

Another fantastic year for the Toronto Whisky Society (TWS) has finally wrapped up! We hosted some wonderful masterclasses and tastings for our members, went to some more distilleries and tried a ton of excellent whisky. So now that 2019 has come and gone we reached out to our fantastic TWS members to ask them what their favourite whiskies were in 2019! Read below to see … Continue reading Toronto Whisky Society’s Whiskies of the Year 2019

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

J.P. Wiser’s NHL Alumni Whisky Series

I was able to try each of these through the Toronto Whisky Society, which was given the chance to try them by Wiser’s themselves. Special commemorative editions of things, especially mashups of two different fandoms, are always something to question before buying: Why are you buying it? For the?Wiser’s Alumni Whisky Series, you could tell me you purchased any of these to go on a… Continue reading J.P. Wiser’s NHL Alumni Whisky Series

Tomatin 12 / 14 Port Wood / Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage / 36

Recently I was privileged enough to join a tasting put on by Tomatin, through the Toronto Whisky Society. Tomatin is an interesting distillery for me. I am not the biggest Highland fan, however, years ago I decided to dive deep on them due to (no joke) a request for more reviews from distilleries that start with T. Tomatin, of course, means Hill of the Juniper… Continue reading Tomatin 12 / 14 Port Wood / Cù Bòcan 1988 Vintage / 36

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Gates Circle Store Pick

Thanks to /u/blaw84 for this sample. I think. 90% of Canadians live within a small portion of the Canadian border. As such many Canadians who travel across the border on a regular basis find some stores near the largest undefended border. These stores, knowing that my country hates alcohol and needs to be big brother about it, pick their own store picks, showing us what life would… Continue reading Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel – Gates Circle Store Pick

2019 TWS Holiday Whisky Gift Guide

It is that time of year again (you know, that Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus time of year), and whatever you celebrate, you’re probably buying gifts for the important people in your life. Got a whisky/whiskey lover on your list? Here are some helpful suggestions of what to get for them! General Gifts for the whisky fan: Do not get them whisky stones. We’ve mentioned this each of the last … Continue reading 2019 TWS Holiday Whisky Gift Guide

Alberta Premium Cask Strength & 20yr Limited Editions

Alberta Premium has long been that diamond-cut bottle of rye on the bottom shelf at the LCBO – a decent Canadian rye that has a loyal following, but little attention paid by the connoisseur community. Many in the know were aware that a lot of AP’s older barrels were sold south of the border to companies like WhistlePig and others. In 2019, either due to … Continue reading Alberta Premium Cask Strength & 20yr Limited Editions

2019 Northern Border Collection Rare Range Tasting

Many of our members have been fans of the Northern Border Collection all the way back to when it was just a twinkle in Dr. Don Livermore’s eye, and we’ve had the good fortune to try each of the rare range releases over the past three years. For the inaugural line-up, we had Dave Mitton come in and introduce them to us. Last year, we … Continue reading 2019 Northern Border Collection Rare Range Tasting