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The Nova Scotia Whisky Show


Posted By on March 15, 2018

Last Saturday was the annual NSLC Whisky Show in Halifax. Both the afternoon & evening secessions were packed with whisky enthusiasts. I was fortunate to be poring Royal Brackla and Aultmore from the Dewar’s – Last of the Great Malts series. Both of these excellent distilleries produce whisky so good, the master blenders take almost all of their production for their top selling global blends. The few casks that...

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Whisky & Desserts Event


Posted By on February 26, 2018

Prepared for my 20 guests to arrive.   I hosted this event last Thursday and while it was the same night as Savour Food & Wine I almost sold out. Nice to see so many whisky enthusiasts in Nova Scotia. Actually, we sampled food and a hint of wine from some of the six single malt cask expressions. We started the tasting with Auchentoshan American Oak. A whisky maturated in just ex bourbon is hard to find these days. It will be...

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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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