October 2014 Archives
To say that there is a buzz surrounding this whisky would be to call Toronto's ex-mayor Rob Ford moderately unfit to lead. Rarely has there been such fever-pitch clamour for a newly released whisky, so when we were offered the opportunity to wade into the fray to get our noses on it with a media sample, how could we say no?
For those that have yet to get swept up in the peat and PR tornado, Supernova was originally released in 2009 with an eye to being the most heavily peated whisky of all time; a title quickly usurped by Bruichladdich's Octomore series. It all seemed to be an experiment in chest puffing pavonine posturing, except that the whisky was quite good from any point of view. This naturally led to its own sub-cult following, which promulgated enough allegiance to warrant a second release the following year.
However, from then on the cries for more fell on deaf ears, until now.
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 I attended Whisky Live Toronto at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The all-inclusive event featured dozens of booths pouring several whiskies each, a delicious buffet, live entertainment and masterclass sessions available for purchase. The well-attended event seemed mostly geared to those who are new to the world of whisky but there were a few gems available on-site for long-time whisky enthusiasts.