July 2011 Archives

New in mixology: Barrel-aged cocktails

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Following a trend started by renowned Portland bartender and mixologist, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, the Black Hoof in Toronto is now experimenting with barrel-aged cocktails.

Rest easy, they aren't double aging the whiskey, only the additional cocktail components.

We at ScotchBlog.ca have yet to sample a barrel-aged cocktail. 

Have you? 

Let us know what you think in the comments! 

Aberlour 10 year old

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Aberlour 10.jpgSo, you like a sherried single malt do you? 

But you don't want to break the bank, you say? 

Then look no further than this bottle right here. This is truly what a sherried Speyside single malt should taste like. Yet at literally half the price of The Macallan 12 year old it is worthy of more than a splash of your hard earned, it is worthy of respect. 

Nose: Deep, rich raisin and almond leap from the glass towing a fine train of spice and a caboose of chocolaty sweetness. Faint hints of citrus and brown sugar dance in the background like an audience watching the sherry conduct the symphony in front of it.


Jura_Prophecy.jpgThe Isle of Jura distillery, while according to the Scotch Whisky Association are officially part of the Highlands, have in recent years begun producing expressions more closely related to their Islay cousins. The Jura Prophecy strengthens that relationship even further with their most recent product, which is more heavily peated than its forebears. This is the first of an annual release under the "Prophecy" title, and with this first annual release now gone from LCBO shelves, we'll be eagerly awaiting next year's expression.

Nose: Cinnamon, licorice and campfire smoke. While I hate to make comparisons to other distilleries, this is reminiscent of a Talisker. A touch of seaweed and iodine wrapped up in melted butter over toast.


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  • Isabelle Gurble commented on The Famous Jubilee, Special Edition Reserve:

    This looks amazing, something my husband would love. His birth is coming up soon as well.

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Hi Sherry, I think you might be outta luck on this one. Only 9000 bottles of this delicious whisky were produced and I'd wager most - if not all - purveyors have been sold out for quite some time now. If you're looking to sample it, I'd recommend visiting your local whisky bar and checking their list of Canadian whisky offerings. Your only other option would be to try and track down someone willing to give up their bottle? I've got one 2oz sample tucked away and, sorry, I'm keeping it all to myself! :) Good luck! Let us know if you find a bottle!

  • Sherry commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Do you know where I can purchase this item?

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