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Whisky November

Posted By on December 6, 2017

This past month was by far my most hectic period in quite some time. Whisky November was truly special, and I will be writing about each event between now and the New Year. I hosted two whisky classes at our Flagship liquor store in Downtown Halifax, a whisky dinner in Tantallon, a special presentation of six Tomatin malts to the whisky club and numerous sampling events at many NSLC stores. Thanks to all involved for your amazing...

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2018 Whisky Tours

Posted By on November 22, 2017

I am pleased to announce we are planning a whisky tour of Scotland in 2018. Over the years, I have been asked by so many guests at my whisky classes and friends to take them on a whisky tour. I have an amazing six day itinerary all worked out with the help of an excellent tour company in Scotland and just working on the final touches before announcing in early 2018. This will include time in Speyside, home to over 70% of all Scottish...

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Gin – The Recipe

Posted By on August 29, 2017

There are numerous botanicals used in making a great gin. You will find four in almost all of them with Juniper Berries being mandatory. The big gin companies source juniper berries from all over the world and take special care in making sure they have enough supply. Often, they will keep enough inventory for two years just in case they encounter a poor harvest. They do rely on perfect weather conditions much like grapes for making an...

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Gin Distillation

Posted By on August 4, 2017

  Distillation –We have raw spirit made from, wheat or maize placed into a copper still. The botanicals are added and left to steep overnight. Once brought to boiling point the vapours will rise up the still before making their way to a condenser. The condenser is full of pipes containing very cold water. There the vapours will turn into liquid. With the art of slow distillation, the distillery will takes its time allowing the...

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The History of Gin – Part 2

Posted By on July 6, 2017

I have often heard people refer to the term “Mother’s Ruin” with the assumption that drinking gin will make you depressed or extremely emotional. Tests have proved this is not the case and in fact if anything most drinkers are surprisingly happy while drinking gin. The term is up for debate according to Wikipedia. However, if you look at the history of gin around the time of the gin revolution in the early seventeen hundreds its quite...

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The History of Gin – Part 1

Posted By on July 3, 2017

Gin is steeped in history probably more than any other alcoholic beverage. The gin story starts when in 1688 a new king took over the throne of England. King William the third, William of Orange a Dutchman. Why would a Dutchman become king of England, you may ask? No wonder the British historical TV dramas are so popular full of intrigue and corruption. A short Summary: William III was connected to the English throne by his mother,...

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