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

J.P. Wiser’s NHL Alumni Series

We’re going to be honest here… when we first saw the J.P. Wiser’s Alumni Series get released, we assumed it was simply a marketing gimmick that would in all likelihood take existing whiskies and re-brand then with famous players’ names to up-sell the hockey fan market. We even told the folks at Corby this and that we didn’t feel these would appeal to the whisky … Continue reading J.P. Wiser’s NHL Alumni Series

2019 TWS Whisky Awards: Canadian Single Grains

The second category in this year’s TWS Whisky Awards are the Single Grains, which include ryes, wheat, and other prairie grains. This year we received 8 bottles for this category, and evaluated them in the following random order: The Lineup: Stalk & Barrel 100% Rye: A 3 year old 100% Ontario rye whisky bottled at 46% with no colour or chill filtration. Black Fox Distillery … Continue reading 2019 TWS Whisky Awards: Canadian Single Grains

Booker’s Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task

Thanks to /u/devoz for this dram. Canadian whisky is allowed to still be called Canadian whisky and keep its age statement assuming that less than 1/11th of it is made up of spirits that have been aged at least two years or non-spirit (or wine) added. This was so that we could add in American whisky to ours and give it flavour. Oh, I’m sorry, I guess… Continue reading Booker’s Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task

Distillery Spotlight: Persian Empire Distillery

If you asked people what they pictured when you say Persian Empire Distillery, they probably won’t picture a craft distillery in Peterborough, Ontario – one of the first in Canada to open its doors in nearly 40 years! Since 2006, Bruce Khabbazi has been producing spirits of both european and middle-eastern heritage, and recently expanded to a new facility that shoudl more than triple their … Continue reading Distillery Spotlight: Persian Empire Distillery

Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch

Thanks to /u/devoz for this sample. When Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch came out, I sadly couldn’t obtain some. Changing careers, not having children to sell, various other things that came up like needing food to live all got in the way. However, through some swaps, I was eventually able to get it. The idea behind it? Back in 2003, Booker Noe laid down barrels of rye before he… Continue reading Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch

Pike Creek 21 European Oak / Gooderham & Worts 11 Souls / Lot 40 11 Cask Strength

Thanks to the Toronto Whisky Society for pouring me these. Here we are in the second year of the Northern Border Collection. If you missed last year, well you’re useless and should feel bad. Oh, wait, no. That’s just the voices in my head directed at myself. What I meant to say is I feel sorry for you. This year has now been released, and we have… Continue reading Pike Creek 21 European Oak / Gooderham & Worts 11 Souls / Lot 40 11 Cask Strength