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Holiday shopping for single malt Whisky


Posted By on December 10, 2018

Since my return from the UK in mid- October, I have been busy with many whisky events. From full six course dinners with the Tomatin range of single malts, to whisky & cheese pairings and many in-store promotions. A question asked for many years is what’s the best age to buy a single malt? I am convinced its 18 years old and actually many are better than an older expression for a fraction of the cost we pay for the old and rare...

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Enjoy Gin in the Winter


Posted By on October 27, 2018

Yes, you can enjoy Gin all year round! While gin & tonic still makes up 90% of gin sales, that is slowly changing. If you live in Spain where gin is king, one can enjoy a G & T anytime. However, here in Canada or the UK, where winter can be so cold a warmer drink is far more enjoyable.  The answer – change the tonic for a good Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer depending on the cocktail. One of my favorites is ” The...

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The Ginstitute London Visit


Posted By on October 25, 2018

  I had the pleasure to visit the Ginstitute in London recently. It was a Saturday which means market day down Portobello Road. It’s been quite some time since I last saw so many thousands of people one on street and making my way to # 186 Portobello Road took some doing weaving through the lines of tourists. The Masterclass began with a presentation on the history of gin and follows quite closely to my Gin Experience classes. I...

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Gin Dinner


Posted By on August 21, 2018

I had the opportunity to present six amazing gins at my first full Gin Dinner earlier this month. The Watch that ends the Night Restaurant, in Dartmouth, offers a wide selection of themed dinners. I had the pleasure of hosting a whisky dinner for them back in May. With each course, a gin cocktail and a sample of each gin was provided for guests to sample and experience each food pairing. Citadelle, Ungava, Portobello Road, Gin Mare,...

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Ungava Gin


Posted By on August 1, 2018

Don’t judge a book by its cover!   Ungava is a golden color, which is quite unique in the world of gin. However, its not a compound gin like the flavored gins of the past nor do they add artificial flavorings at the end of distillation. So many new gins today have taken a new direction away from the typical London Dry Gin Style. Basically, to be considered a London Dry it must be predominately Junipers with nothing added after...

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Gin Rating # 5


Posted By on July 2, 2018

I often describe the location and the local characteristics of a distillery in my whisky tastings, where its possible to detect the local elements and nuances, in each glass. Could this be true with certain gins? I believe Glendalough from Ireland is a gin that really captures the scenic beauty of their location in the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin and known as the “Garden of Ireland.” Glendalough made our Fab Four...

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