Category Archives: SPIRITS

The Macallan, Select Oak, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky,  Speyside, Scotland, 40% abv. C$80

Also known as the Mac’Allen’ if you’re drinking it with said friend who was kind enough to share, this Scotch was aged in American oak and first fill European oak sherry casks. It has a pale amber hue and on the nose … Continue reading

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Macduff, Single Old Particular, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 21 years old, Highland, Scotland, 41.9% abv.

This is from a distillery located in Speyside that was founded in 1948 and is currently owned by Bacardi but managed by John Dewar & Sons. The Macduff 21 year old (‘glorious years’, according to the distillery) is a single … Continue reading

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The Dalmore, 15 year old, Highland Single Malt Whisky, Scotland, 40% abv

Mmmm…Scotch. Here we have The Dalmore – owned by Whyte & Mackay, which is in turn owned by India’s United Breweries (UB).  Did you know; India is the world’s largest market for whisky?  Most that is sold there consists of … Continue reading

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Hennessy, Pure White, Cognac, France, 40% abv, C$70

Allen picked this bottle up in a Mexico duty free store and it’s not available in Canada or the US. Apparently it’s made exclusively for the Caribbean market where it’s enjoyed chilled from the freezer or mixed into cocktails. Who … Continue reading

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The Tyrconnell, Single Malt, Irish Whiskey, Andrew A Watt & Co., Ireland, 40% abv, C$60

The Tyrconnell was a horse owned by the Watt family that was entered into the Irish national stakes in 1876 and won against enormous odds of 100-1. Now the name is used for this Irish whiskey produced at the Cooley Distillery, … Continue reading

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Adrien Camut, Calvados, Pays d’Auge, Normandy, France, NV, 40% abv

If you go: -arm yourself with a GPS with European maps, -the basics of French (you’ll need it when you get lost), and -make an appointment ahead of time with the Camut brothers, Emmanuel, Jean-Michel and Jean-Gabriel. When we began … Continue reading

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Clement Rhum Vieux XO, Martinique AOC, Martinique, 44% abv, US$110

Rhum Agricole is made from sugar cane juice instead of molasses and is a specialty of French Caribbean islands including La Reunion, Guadeloupe, Haiti and Martinique in particular which has its own AOC ( It is also produced in Brazil. … Continue reading

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RUM – WSET Spirits Unit 4 Preparation

R U M Known in past times as ‘kill devil spirit’ or as ‘rumbullion,’ no other spirit has as many types or ‘marks’. It can be light, golden, spiced, dark, old vatted, navy, or vintage, made from a mixture of … Continue reading

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Clement, Premiere Canne, Premium Cane Rum, Rhum Agricole, AOC Martinique, 40% abv

Rhum Agricole is a form of rum popular in the French islands of the Caribbean including Martinique (where this one is from and which has AOC status), La Reunion, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guadeloupe. It’s made from fermented sugar … Continue reading

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Capel, Pisco, Double Destilado, Reservado Transparente, Vallee de Elqui, Chile 40% abv

Around since the time of the Spanish explorers, Pisco is often thought of as a pommace spirit (akin to Italy’s Grappa or France’s Marc). It is, however, a brandy made from distilled grapes. It’s the national drink of both Chile … Continue reading

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