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Really want to try the AE, unfortunately it is not sold in Canada. I will make sure to grab a bottle on my next trip south.

 

Thanks for the recommendations. As you have both suggested a rye and that is something Canada does well I will try that.

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My wife just got me a bottle of Glenmorangie 18YO. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, lucky me. On the other, it isn't what I would have chosen for myself at that price.


As an aside, I am pretty confident that most special bottlings of scotch are wasted on me. Most producers tend to hit their sweet spot pretty well with their standard offerings and the upside for the special bottlings isn't really that great/ Some are better, some not so much and none seem worth the 100%+ up charge.
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Starting Advent with an awesome early Christmas gift.
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My wife just got me a bottle of Glenmorangie 18YO. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, lucky me. On the other, it isn't what I would have chosen for myself at that price.


As an aside, I am pretty confident that most special bottlings of scotch are wasted on me. Most producers tend to hit their sweet spot pretty well with their standard offerings and the upside for the special bottlings isn't really that great/ Some are better, some not so much and none seem worth the 100%+ up charge.

 

No mixed feelings allowed when you are given a gift. Especially when it is an 18YO.

 

It is awesome that she thought enough of you to get you something that nice, and rare is it that someone will get us what we would have gotten ourselves, that's what makes having other people in your life special, and why we are not all hermits.

 

J

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Bollocks. For the first time ever since meeting my British wife, I did not return from London with at least one bottle of scotch. I have a few dozen unopened, so don't weep too much for me.
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Starting Advent with an awesome early Christmas gift.

Just saw this...that is the coolest Advent calendar! Would have kept me in Church thats for sure!
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Just saw this...that is the coolest Advent calendar! Would have kept me in Church thats for sure!

 

Yeah -- it's really pretty awesome.  I'll post some more with what the past days have been.  Also, as they didn't check my confirmation records or review my mass attendance card to ensure I could properly receive this gift, I doubt church-going is a prerequisite!

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Been following this thread for a while now as I'm getting into whiskey - was there any NYC tasting sessions set up? If so where/when/how much?
I just came back from Asia a week ago and bought my first bottle - 12Y Bowmore Enigma. Heading to UK for Xmas and will def be stocking up on a few bottles smile.gif
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I've read through many pages and have some ideas of what to try, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place in Toronto where you can do sampling.

 

I would like to try a variety and see what I like than invest in a bottle that I'm not sure of. To that note, that's why I've been trying different kinds of scotch when I go out for a drink.

 

So any places in Toronto that I can taste small samples?

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The Summerhill LCBO has the tasting tower, which often has a number of Scotches available to taste at cost.

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The Summerhill LCBO has the tasting tower, which often has a number of Scotches available to taste at cost.

+1. I don't think you can taste everything they have in-stock, but you can taste quite a few. I'm only there occasionally, but if I recall correctly, they actually have little cards on the shelves that indicate which bottles you can sample (both wines and spirits). I think they charge something like $2 per sample. In addition, sometimes they have representatives from Diaego (or the other distributors) on-site giving free samples. I think I tried a couple of the new "no-age" Macallan malts the last time I was there.

 

The biggest problem for me is that the selection at the Summerhill LCBO puts pretty much every other LCBO to shame, so on the few occasions that I go there, I end up spending way too much.

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Went to a tasting of Duncan Taylor bottlings at Jack Rose on Monday. Wasn't blown away by any the Scotches (Cameronbridge grain, Black Bull, Imperial, Glentauchers, Bunnahabain, Cragganmore, and the Glen Moray Octave), but the company was good, and talked about Four Roses 125th Anniversary edition with the owner (Bill Thomas). He mentioned that he'd found that it's much better with some exposure to air, so keep that in mind if any of you snag a bottle. 

 

Also, the private bar downstairs is very cool, and has a case full of very old liquors, including pre- and Prohibition era ones. I snapped a few pics with my phone:

 

 

 

 

 

Was back there on Thursday for the Prohibition repeal day party, and they were serving this for $8/glass, instead of the usual $18. Excellent stuff:

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I've read through many pages and have some ideas of what to try, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place in Toronto where you can do sampling.

I would like to try a variety and see what I like than invest in a bottle that I'm not sure of. To that note, that's why I've been trying different kinds of scotch when I go out for a drink.

So any places in Toronto that I can taste small samples?

well some local bars with good selection. You may pay quite a bit for a glass but it's still cheaper than blind buying the bottle..


http://viaallegroristorante.com/spirits
http://www.scotchblog.ca/scotch_blog/2012/07/college-street-whisky-strip.html#more
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Went to a tasting of Duncan Taylor bottlings at Jack Rose on Monday. Wasn't blown away by any the Scotches (Cameronbridge grain, Black Bull, Imperial, Glentauchers, Bunnahabain, Cragganmore, and the Glen Moray Octave), but the company was good, and talked about Four Roses 125th Anniversary edition with the owner (Bill Thomas). He mentioned that he'd found that it's much better with some exposure to air, so keep that in mind if any of you snag a bottle. 

Also, the private bar downstairs is very cool, and has a case full of very old liquors, including pre- and Prohibition era ones. I snapped a few pics with my phone:













Was back there on Thursday for the Prohibition repeal day party, and they were serving this for $8/glass, instead of the usual $18. Excellent stuff:


I found an extra set of the OF 75th Anniversary (comes with a Glencairn glass and a replica of the 21st Amendment) if anyone is interested...pm me.

I love the older bourbons, they have a creaminess that is very hard to find in current stuff. My "dusty" collection ranges from late 70's to late 80's National Distillery brands (OGD, IW Harper, Old Crow and OT, of which I have a 50's -60s pint), some early 90s SW Old Fitz Prime and BiB, 70's OF Prime Pint, and my prized bottles, two pre prohibition Special Old Reserves bottled in 1917 distilled as Medicinal Spirits in 1932. The pre pro stuff was a little sour, I needed to let it air more I think, and will try that again NYE.
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I've read through many pages and have some ideas of what to try, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place in Toronto where you can do sampling.

 

I would like to try a variety and see what I like than invest in a bottle that I'm not sure of. To that note, that's why I've been trying different kinds of scotch when I go out for a drink.

 

So any places in Toronto that I can taste small samples?

The LCBO on Cornwall (just south of the QEW at the Trafalgar Rd exit) has a tasting bar... not a massive selection- but you should find luck being able to try most of the "regular" bottles of Scotch. By the sounds of the Summerhill LCBO, the Cornwall one might not have as much variety.

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