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Smooth Canadian Whisky


Posted By on February 17, 2018

So, here is a first from the Scotch guy in Nova Scotia. A Canadian whisky I will always keep in the house. High River is so smooth,delicious and so affordable at $ 34.95. This product and part of the Sazerac group does have quite an unusual story. Its made at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky!  Our friends down south have always bought all the rye we grow in Canada and offer 100% Rye whisky, which in turn Canadians buy. Always...

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Robert Burns Supper


Posted By on January 30, 2018

It was our third annual Supper at Lefty’s to honor the great man. We asked Jodi our British Chef if we could have more Scottish fare this year and while Haggis was out of the question, the dessert was a perfect traditional Scottish dish. The appetizer was a creamy fish soup paired with Laphroiag Triple Wood. The peat smoke and sweetness from the whisky was a nice pairing to start the evening. The main course was pan seared duck...

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Aultmore 12 Single Malt Whisky


Posted By on January 30, 2018

Aultmore 12 is a rare treat, which is available in limited supply in Nova Scotia. At the tasting in Tacoma, Dartmouth last week, I was surprised how well this expression was received. Many customers commented that it reminded them of Cardhu, only better. Now that is a huge compliment, since Cardhu was so popular in Canada before it became quite rare. Cardhu is a main component of Johnny Walker Black and there is not enough to go...

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My second class in this series was to focus on peaty single malts and the influence of peat. In our nose & taste section we poured them in no particular order and I asked if each person would place the whiskies in order by phenols per million (PPM). Most did quite well and had no problem with the last two, which were quite high. The first four were more subtle and quite close in PPM’s. Here are the six in PPM order.  ...

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Peaty Single Malts


Posted By on December 21, 2017

My second November class was all about the influence of peat in a single malt whisky. Before, I post the nose and taste results of the six peaty malts from the Islands and Islay, this post is all about peat. Large parts of Scotland are covered with peat bogs. These peat layers have been formed over a period of 1000 to 5000 years by decayed vegetation and can be up to several meters thick. Each bog grows by approximately 1mm per year....

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I was really looking forward to this particular whisky class in my November series. Both classes had been sold out weeks ago. However, I had a slight dilemma. I would be presenting many current industry trends and with my PowerPoint presentation I was sure this would take at least twenty minutes. I had been taught many years ago by the best in Scotland never to leave your guests without a whisky in hand for more than 10 minutes. The...

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