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Signatory Linkwood 1990 Cask StrengthThe little known distillery of Linkwood piqued my interested after stumbling upon a bottling of it in the Edradour Distillery shop in Pitlochry, Scotland . Until visiting in fact, I didn't realize that the Edradour Distillery is actually owned by  the independent bottler Signatory Vintage. My curiosity got the better of me, and I purchased one of the delightfully limited 227 bottles of this 19 year old sherry hogshead, cask number 9717. In my research, I discovered that the Linkwood distillery was actually mothballed for a short time in the latter half of the 20th century and only resumed production 1990. This Signatory independent bottling is from that revival year in which distilling began again.
Ground Floor Facade.JPGWhen undertaking a whisky journey through Scotland, a stop in Glasgow is a near certainty, and our voyage of Scotch whisky splendor was no different. Where one lays their head has an enormous impact on the quality of one's time in a city, and with this knowledge we booked into Hotel Indigo Glasgow in hopes that we would get things off on the right foot. 

Instead of getting just a place to rest, we ended up with what is a near perfect launch point for any whisky lover looking to explore Glasgow. 

Free? Yes, that's right, free.

We've caught wind of, and already confirmed our place at, what is sure to be an enlightening experience happening Tuesday, May 29th between 6pm and 8pm somewhere in downtown Toronto. The evening will feature a few selections from the Mackmyra line, a wee nibble (so be sure to eat before or prepare to have supper afterwards), and the opportunity to learn more about the Swedish single malt maker in a no cost, drop-in style format. 

The only catch? You will need to send a quick email to to confirm your place and find out where the event is being held. After all, they do need to know how many bottles to bring. Of course, if you do run into me or anyone else in the crew, be sure to say "Hello!" and be equally prepared for potential recruitment into an after-event gathering for more whisky revelry. After all, the next day is only Wednesday, right? 

We look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new friends on Tuesday.

Glen Garioch 1797 Founder's Reserve

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Glen_Garioch_FR.jpgThe Glen Garioch ("glen-GEErie") 1797 Founder's Reserve is a single malt that I acquired amongst a number of other miniatures, during an all-too brief shopping spree at the Whisky Exchange shop in London before setting off to Scotland. Alas, due to a faulty zipper on the badly worn backpack which I was travelling with, this little bottle of highland Scotch was lost somewhere between Port Charlotte and Inverness. Determined that neither my own carelessness nor cruel fate would deny me the chance to sample this whisky, I purchased a full sized bottle immediately upon my return to Canada.

Tullibardine Coume del Mas Banyuls Finish

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In late March we were lucky enough to host a vertical tasting with Tullibardine featuring six whiskies. The whisky that created the most reaction among the 40-plus people in attendance, aside from the 1964 single cask bottling, was easily the Banyuls finish. Finished for one year in casks that previously held a fortified French wine similar to Port, this whisky possesses many unique characteristics, not the least of which is its blush hue. 

Fresh, vibrant, and full of flavours not commonly found in a Highland whisky, this one requires time to explore and understand.

Mackmyra Swedish Single Malt - The 1st Edition


Mackmyra 1st Edition Swedish single malt was a bit of an epiphany purchase for me at the LCBO. Having recently returned from the whisky trail in Scotland I was on the hunt for an inexpensive yet interesting bottle (the gold standard for the frugal whisky enthusiast). Mackmyra's bright contemporary packaging suggests a young whisky and its Swedish origin held the promise of something a little bit different. This expression is aged in 100 litre casks, which accelerates the aging process, and weighs in at 46.1% unchillfiltered. There is no age statement.


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