TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 3

In Part 1, we covered grain, mashing and fermenting. In Part 2, we covered distillation, QA, barrelling and aging. Now we’re going to look at the final few steps in the whisky making process, our own attempt to do Don’s job of blending, and a trip into the Whisky Archives. Blending This step is where Don’s creative muscles are exercised. Unlike a single malt scotch, … Continue reading TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 3

TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 2

In Part 1 of the Toronto Whisky Society’s visit to the Hiram Walker Distillery we covered how they handle their grain, the mashing process and fermenting process. Next we move on to: Distillation Distillation is essentially selective evaporation to concentrate a substance and remove unwanted portions. In the spirits world, there are two types of stills: Continuous or column stills, and pot stills. At Hiram … Continue reading TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 2

TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 1

On March 24th, a few founding members of the Toronto Whisky Society were given the opportunity to tour the Hiram Walker Distillery and we want to share that experience with you in a few posts over the next few days. For any of you who don’t know, the distillery was built in 1858 by Hiram Walker, an American businessman who helped grow Canadian whisky to … Continue reading TWS visits Hiram Walker Distillery – Part 1

Toronto Whisky Society’s Whiskies of the Year 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for the members of the Toronto Whisky Society, for many reasons: We launched our website and social media presence after existing primarily on Reddit for the past few years We held a number of highly successful events in homes, at pubs and at distilleries We made connections with a ton of distilleries to set up future events, AMAs and tastings … Continue reading Toronto Whisky Society’s Whiskies of the Year 2016

Lot No. 40 Cask Strength – Review

recently, Devoz visited the Hiram Walker/Corby/Pernod Ricard/Wiser’s facility (that’s a lot of names and I’m honestly not sure which one is correct!) in Windsor ,Ontario and got a private tour of the operations. He also was very kindly given a personalized 200ml Lot No. 40 Cask Strength edition bottle to his own enjoyment, and generously put samples out to members of the Toronto Whisky Society … Continue reading Lot No. 40 Cask Strength – Review

Toronto Whisky Society Wiser’s Distillery Tour + Union 52 Review

Hi, Devoz here. I apologize in advance for what will be something rather long and rambling. Thursday night I was lucky enough to get a private tour of Toronto Distillery Co., as part of the Toronto Whisky Society. It was a great experience to tour and sample a small craft distiller in Toronto. To give you an idea of the scope of the operation, Toronto … Continue reading Toronto Whisky Society Wiser’s Distillery Tour + Union 52 Review