Jul 202010

Though we all love those 18 year old malts…cask strength monsters…and bold pricey Ardbegs…it is fairly reasonable to assume that it is a little byond most of us to kick the hell out of one of those bottles on a daily basis.  Ahem…not that we’d be daily sippers or anything though, right? 

So, while we await a bottle of the mysterious McCutcheon’s to become a reality on our bar (come on, folks…what’s the reference here?), we must settle for something a little less refined.  My aristocracy has bounds. 

That bottle, that daily dram, for me is Highland Park 12. 

Not very original, I know, but originality for the sake of originality is something I have foregone since high school (maybe university).  This is simply the most palate-pleasing whisky for all moods and cravings. 

The important things to consider are 1) price and 2) drinkability.

So what are your ‘go-to’ bottles?

Mar 052010


I am meeting with David Michiels at Willow Park this evening.  We’ll be chatting about how best to proceed with the Calgary Whisky Club, and in just what sort of incarnation it will happen.  The potential is unlimited and the sky is the limit.  Regardless of how the details play out, this will be a relatively exclusive little club (Maybe 40 people?).  It will fill fast, and I imagine, as I have seen other clubs in other cities, that membership will stay relatively static.  There will most likely be a wait list.  If you have interest in this, please let me know as soon as possible.  We’ll have to see whether or not David and I agree on this, but I would like he and I each to cherry pick a few people to join, then open it up to random membership.  The caveat…you gotta be passionate about whisky!  This isn’t going to be a debate club.  It is going to be a whisky appreciation and connoisseur club (or at least a ‘connoisseur-in-training’ club).

If you were a member of a whisky club in Calgary, what would you hope for in return for your dollar?  Be honest?

Stay tuned for further details following tonight’s meeting…

Feb 082010

I found it somewhat surprising that there do not seem to be any actual ‘whisky clubs’ in Calgary.  You can find them all over.  Members generally pay an annual fee, and gather monthly (similar to what we do) to taste and review a couple of whiskies, share notes, thoughts and experiences…and publish their thoughts.

The Victoria Single Malt Club, for example has a two year wait on membership.  Members often go in together (15, 20, 25 of them) to purchase casks  for bottling.  Of course pricing would be varied, but can you imagine?  Think about 350 bottles per cask.  If 20 people went in on one, you’d be looking at 17-18 bottles of whisky per person.  Pretty nifty.  I wish we had something similar here.

Our Liquorature book club gatherings, and Willow Park tastings suffice, I suppose, however I’d think in a city with this explosive of a population…and with this much money… there would be more…snootery.

Thought a thread on here specifically referencing ‘Calgary’, ‘Books’ and ‘Whisky’ may allow for some region specific hits.

Ralfy’s recent trip through Victoria for the Festival, led to one of his video reviews (vlogs) speaking to what we poor Canadian suckers must endure (over-taxation, delays, unavailablility, high prices, etc) to sip the good stuff.  Neat video.  Nice view of Victoria as well.  Check it on his site.

Thoughts on our libations (both rum and whisky) in this city?  (Availability, knowledgable help, cost, etc)