September 2012 Archives

Pig's Nose - 5 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

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Pig's Nose
Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whisky is a new arrival to the LCBO. Blended by the legendary Richard Paterson, we have been looking forward for some time to sample creations other than his Glasgow Special. This whisky is aged stated at an unusual five years old and advertised as being "as soft and smooth as a pig's nose". This is supposedly due to the specially selected Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts that go into the product. 

Nose: Grapefruit with candied ginger and a slight sour cherry. True to its name, this whisky has a very smooth nose, which although recognizable as a blend, lacks the sourness normally associated with grain alcohol.

Glen Parker Single Malt

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glenparker_70cl.JPGProduced by Angus Dundee Distiller's PLC, Glen Parker is labelled as a Speyside Single Malt. Bottled at 40% A.B.V. with no age statement and no distillery of origin on the label, Glen Parker appears to be a mystery malt. Since no distillery by the name of Glen Parker exists, I undertook a quick search of Angus Dundee's distillery holdings. If Glen Parker is in fact from one of the distilleries they own, then it may be from Tomintoul or possibly, Glencadam. However, if they are calling it a Speyside malt, and it originates from their holdings, my guess is the former over the latter. 

Despite the intentionally vague packaging, I was won over by the prospect of a single malt whisky for under $40 in the LCBO. 

Mac Na Mara - Unchillfiltered Rum Finish

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Full disclosure: I've got a soft spot for new blended whiskies on the LCBO shelves and an interest in novel cask finishes. It should then come as no surprise that my eye was caught by the words: "Unchillfiltered" and "Rum Finish" in bold red lettering on Praban na Linne's Mac Na Mara Rum Finish. This blended whisky was first matured in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in Guyanese rum casks and is bottled at 40% ABV.  

Pondering the bottle, I recalled my past favourable experiences with the rest of the Praban na Linne "Gaelic Whiskies" range: Té Bheag and Poit Dhubh; I had to give it a shot.

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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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