The next hot trend – Ontario about to burst forth with micro-distilleries

    Spirits Start To Emerge in My Consciousness I’ve been a wine aficionado for a long time. But I haven’t been able to resist the lure of spirits either. They’ve gradually tugged at my attention and they’re winning me over. They’re fascinating and equally full of culture and lore. So with this post, IContinue reading “The next hot trend – Ontario about to burst forth with micro-distilleries”

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Scotch tastings and whisky introduction at The Briars resort

Scotch and Whisky Introduction Among my many other roles in a wide variety of places, I am the in-house wine and scotch tasting host for The Briars resort in Jackson’s Point, Ontario, on the south end of Lake Simcoe. Here’s the basic outline of what I cover. You are most welcome to book your ownContinue reading “Scotch tastings and whisky introduction at The Briars resort”

Scotch tastings and whisky introduction at The Briars resort

Among my many other roles in a wide variety of places, I am the in-house wine and scotch tasting host for The Briars resort in Jackson’s Point, Ontario, on the south end of Lake Simcoe. Here’s the basic outline of what I cover. You are most welcome to book your own corporate or personal eventContinue reading “Scotch tastings and whisky introduction at The Briars resort”

Whisky 101 – an introduction to whisky. The basics explained.

Whisky (or Whiskey if we’re talking about the US or Irish version), is one of the best ways I know to savour an incredibly interesting spirit and enter a beautiful state of relaxation. Whether it’s an evening by the fireplace or a social gathering with friends, this is one sure way to enhance your evening.Continue reading “Whisky 101 – an introduction to whisky. The basics explained.”

Age your own whiskey at home. An idea whose time has come. Small barrels make a nice aged spirit in just a few weeks

I am at a wine and spirits event in London. I just tasted a white spirit that was aged in a 5 gallon small barrel for 3 months that actually tastes better than a 5 year whisky. The barrels and enough hand-crafted white spirit to fill them are available from some craft distilleries. The reasonContinue reading “Age your own whiskey at home. An idea whose time has come. Small barrels make a nice aged spirit in just a few weeks”

Small oak barrels for aging whisky and cocktails are the next big thing.

It’s cool stuff. Do-it-yourself barrel-aging is fun, interesting and yields very satisfying results. Not only for home, these 1 and 2 litre barrels are in a restaurant. Way to go, Brothers Beer Bistro.

Ontario’s emerging craft distillers, a whole new ball game!

After wine, there comes… – spirits! I’ve been a wine fan for a long time. But I have not been able to resist the lure of spirits either.  They got my attention and they’re winning me over. They’re fascinating and equally full of culture and lore. So with this post, I am embarking on anContinue reading “Ontario’s emerging craft distillers, a whole new ball game!”