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Advent Day 15 – Samaroli 2009 MacDuff (Glen Deveron) 5 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #47

Welcome to a new working week.

I hope that your Monday was full of adventure and proved to be an invigorated return to doing something that you are passionate about.

Today we discover MacDuff. Built in 1959 it was sold as Glen Deveron named after the Deveron river that it sits beside. After it’s sale to Bacardi in 1998 the Glen Deveron branding was dropped and the Single Malt given the name of the Distillery, Macduff.  Interesting to note that Glen Deveron was bottled as a 10 year old and a 5 year old for export.

It is used mostly for the Dewar’s blends although tends to pop up regularly as independent bottling’s.

Whisky: Samaroli Macduff 2009 5 Year Old Single Malt
*Cask # 900258 American Oak – 45% alcohol non-chill filtered*

MacDuff 5yo MacDuff 5yo

Colour: This is by far the lightest of all the whiskies in the calendar this year and looks like a nice glass of fresh water with just the fainest splash of lemon juice
Nose: Grassy meadow with a freshness like walking through a paddock after heavy rain. Sweet barley and biscuits.
Palate: Surprisingly full and round, some medicinal character and faint whiffs of peat show through. A touch of salty seaweed underlines it all. Reminds me of a nice slice of fresh sushi with its creamy rice and crispy seaweed wrap.
Finish: Lingering briny peat and just a touch of smoke.

Water: Brings out some soft fruit to intermingle with the flavors of the seaside.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

This is a really unique whisky and shows how much character can be developed at such a young age even in Scotland. Those that love salty lightly peated drams will be all over this one.

Only 30 bottles available from the following great retailers:

Edmonton

Sherbrooke Liquor Store

Spruce Grove

Liquor on McLeod

Lethbridge

Uncorked

Saskatoon

Ingredients Artisan Market

It is great to see bottler’s like Samaroli that will completely be upfront with younger casks that are delicious.

See you tomorrow …

Slainte!

Samaroli Bottlers Website

Advent Day 10 – Wemyss Lord Elcho 15 Year Old Blended Malt | Blog #42

Blended Scotch – a combination of Single Malt and Single Grain whisky is by far the driving force behind Scotch Sales worldwide. Mostly scoffed at by Whisky aficionados as raw and harsh, blended Scotch is seen as the drink for the masses providing an ok experience but nothing special.

Times my friends are a changing. With Single Malt stocks not able to keep up with demand no doubt you have seen an increase in price of your favorite dram lately. A new generation of “Premium” blended Scotches have hit the market to fill the gap.

These blended Scotches have much higher percentages of Single Malt than most and offer a delicious alternative at a reasonable price while still bearing an age statement.

Wemyss, like many independent bottlers, wanted to tap into this market with a premium blend of their own. It seemed fitting in taking you on a complete journey through all the different Scotch Styles in this 1st Edition that we touched down at least once on the Blended Scotch landscape. Certainly a premium 15 Year Old is a good place to make this stop.

Whisky: Lord Elcho 15 yo blended scotch whisky

*40% Alcohol – 40% Single Malt and 60% Single Grain*

Plenty of Sherried casks used.

Lord Elcho, 1721-1787, was the eldest son of the 5th Earl of Wemyss, one of the current company owners’ ancestors. Courageous and loyal, Lord Elcho was the commander of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army. After the Jacobites’ defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746, Elcho was exiled to France – never to return to his native Scotland.

Colour: Golden with polished copper tinges

Wemyss Wemyss “Lord Elcho” 15yo

Nose: Ginger brandy snaps filled with fresh cream and crisp toffee apple fresh from the small town fair, midway candy vendor.

Palate: Salted creme caramel, just a hint of spicy sandlewood reminding me of my visit to Mysore south of Bangalore in India. Those sandlewood shops were amazing and this little palate hit just took me right back there.

Finish: Rich milk chocolate rounds out a lovely long and balanced finish.

Water: No chance

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

This is a great example of the new generation of premium blends. Wemyss has created something elegant and decidedly delicious.

For those of you that never think about blends. For the sake of your wallets you might need to take note of premium blends like Lord Elcho for your every day dram.

You can find Lord Elcho by clicking on the link below and entering your postal code or city. Only 60 bottles available initially, however we will continue to bring small amounts of this delicious premium blend to market.

Calgary

Buy Lord Elcho here.

Saskatoon

Ingredients Artisan Market

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for one of my favorite whiskies.

Slainte!

Wemyss Malts Website

Advent Day 8 – A.D. Rattray Cask Islay Single Malt | Blog #40

Ahhh … the start of a new week. So full of possibilities and another chance to really make a difference in other peoples lives.

I know that I have been able to make a difference in yours by bringing you this fun filled month and 25 whiskies that 99% of you have not tried before. (We will talk about the solitary whisky that has previously been available later).

What better way to start a new week than with another visit to the home of all things peaty.

Whisky: A.D. Rattray Cask Islay single malt

*46% non-chill filtered*

This is actually batch two for whiskies bottled under the “Cask Islay” title by A. D. Rattray. The first offering was a blended malt and I did a tasting on it a while ago in Blog # 22 entitled NAS (non-age statement) whiskies. You can read up on that after. For now we are looking at a completely different animal.

A. D. Rattray Cask Islay A. D. Rattray Cask Islay

Colour: The last rays of a Winter sunset

Nose: Roasting Peat and a touch of a nurse’s hospital kit (see blog # 23)

Taste: Freshly laid bitumen gets it all going with some drag strip tire tracks right down the middle. Sweetness peeks its nose in with pieces of dark kettle corn finishing with salty smoke.

Finish: Some fruit finally shows it self on the long finish with just a hint of pear. Earthy peat pervades and continues on and on. This is a yummy, naughty, dirty, dirty dram.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

Young Islay whiskies have really led the way for the rest of Scotland in showing consumers that young can still mean balance and complexity.

New distilleries like Kilchoman have found cult status with very young whisky and Ardbeg that has received some extremely lofty accolades in recent times has predominantly bottled very young non-age statement versions.

This is our first and only Non Age Statement whisky in the 1st Edition Calendar. It felt fitting for me in taking you on a complete journey that we showcased what is fast becoming a market changing trend so that you can all experience for yourselves how good NAS can be.

After another rewarding hit for you peat heads and to appease those that feel like your head is about to implode fear not. Tomorrow we embark on a journey to a well known Distillery with a very different take on their usual flavor profile.

See you all on the morrow

Slainte!

A. D. Rattray Website

Advent Day 7 – Wemyss “The Hive” Blended Malt | Blog #39

G’day Sport’s Fans

Nothing like a Lazy Sunday afternoon and a nice dram by the roaring fire relaxing with a good book or some vitally important sporting event on the telly taking you away from the stresses of the week.

I hope you are all able to spend some relaxation time as you taste through your 1st edition calendar. This time of year can be so amazingly hectic and crammed with stuff that you lose those moments of quiet contemplation over something delicious and warming.

Now that we have so aptly set the mood lets look at our whisky for today being Day no. 7 and the finale to our first full week of calendar treats.

Whisky: From Wemyss Malts we have “The Hive” 12 yo blended malt  at 40% alcohol.

Remember that a Blended Malt is a combination of 2 or more Single Malts.

Colour: Prehistoric amber (Jurassic Park reference)

Wemyss Wemyss “The Hive” 12yo

Nose: A full bouquet of aromas which bodes well for a 40% whisky. Indeed true to it’s name there are plenty of honey notes leading into dried apricot soaked in Grand Marnier.

Taste: Soft enveloping honeycomb wrapped in a layer of creamy milk chocolate, reminds me of Violet Crumble (Google it) only without the crunch. A spoon of granny smith apple pie filling with a dash of marmalade.

Finish: A very pleasant slightly bitter orange peel jumps into the mix and it all lingers nicely.

A very easy and approachable daily dram if you want a hit of sweet and creamy.

Water: none

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

These following retailers grabbed the initial 60 bottles of Hive to hit Alberta so go and seek them out if this has to be part of your whisky cupboard:

Liquor Connect

Back into the work week tomorrow and another Monday filled with possibilities. Lets hope we find something super delicious for everyone to get their week going.

See you then …

Slainte!

Wemyss Malts Website

Advent Day 5 – A.D. Rattray Stronachie 10 Year Old Single Malt | Whisky Blog #37

G’day and Happy Friday everyone.

With the weekend looming the temptation will be strong to skip ahead and open more than just one whisky.

Try to resist, be strong and you will be rewarded.

What better on a Friday evening than to settle down to a nice relaxing dram for a tiny piece of solitude and contemplation.

Whisky: A. D. Rattray Stronachie 10 yo single malt

*Small batch release – combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks – 43%*

Stronachie was a Highland Distillery just across the Highland dividing line in Perthshire. Started in 1890, Stronachie was unfortunately closed down in 1923 and then subsequently demolished in 1928.

A.D. Rattray were the distributors for Stronachie back in the early 1900’s. Tim Morrison prior owner of Morrison Bowmore and 4th generation decendant of the A.D. Rattray founders was able to source one of only a few bottles of original Stronachie Single Malt in existence. The bottle in question dated 1904 was used to re-create the style and flavor profile of the Stronachie Single Malt as it was made over 100 years ago.

Sourced from Benrinnes in Speyside – Stronachie is made in small batches using a combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks.

Colour: tarnished gold

Nose: Sweet heather infused honey

Taste: Creamed honey leading into a little clove and nutmeg.

Finish: Very balanced deliciously sweet and spicy whisky that finishes with just the tiniest wisp of smoky peat.

Water: No need

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

Stronachie 10 is a lovely easy drinking Single Malt and could easily become a go-to dram.

Having been out of the market in Western Canada for over 8 months. Stronachie 10 is now back in new packaging and has replaced the 12 year old version.

If you have not done so already, open up your little envelope on the right side door of your calendar. Inside you will find the only picture of the Stronachie distillery in existence. With no records of what the distillery looked like a chance discovery behind a fireplace in a local house that was being torn down produced this post card and a little piece of history.

Stronachie 10 will be readily available as time goes on however your best bet is to find a location nearest to you at this link to Liquorconnect.com

Saskatoon

Ingredients Artisan Market

See you all tomorrow for what will be a fun weekend of whisky discovery and a chance to recap our journey so far.

Slainte!

A. D. Rattray Website

 

 

Advent Day 4 – Wemyss “Peat Chimney” 12 Year Old Blended Malt | Blog #36

G’day everyone and welcome to day 4.

Feels like we have already been on this trip together for a while and I love that plenty are getting into the comments section to have their say.

Having been promoting whisky for a long time I completely understand the nature of the “Islay Geek”. If you are one of them then you have been patiently putting up with all this prissy Speyside nonsense waiting for the first “real” whisky.

I didn’t want you to wait to long, as time without an Islay infusion can begin to manifest in some serious withdrawal symptoms.

Not wanting to be responsible for the inevitable backlash here we have our first Islay offering.

Blended Malt has long been a very confusing term for consumers. As soon as the word blend is mentioned most straight away think of low priced Scotches packed with a high percentage of young grain and just a touch of young malt. With different terms bandied about the Scotch Whisky Association decided that Blended Malt would convey the true meaning easily and succinctly, unfortunately it has not been the clear message to the consumer that was intended.

A combination of Single Malt Whiskies from multiple distilleries, blended malts can definitely be greater than the sum of their parts.

Think about taking the best characteristics of two or more Single Malts and combining them in perfect harmony to produce a symphony of complexity.

Whisky: Wemyss “Peat Chimney” 12 yo blended malt

*Multiple Casks – Various Islay Malts – 40%*

Wemyss Wemyss “Peat Chimney” 12yo

Colour: Burnt Gold

Nose: Starry night beach party complete with open fire, salty sea air and hint of burnt marshmallow.

Taste: Surprisingly soft – Sweet earthy peat flavors interwoven with wisping tobacco and just the tiniest hint of dark fruitcake.

Finish: As expected the finish lingers with rolling smoky toffee notes evolving into a dark double espresso finish.

Water: No way!

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

At 40% Peat Chimney drinks super soft and smooth and would engage even the most Islay averse whisky drinker to rethink how soft an Islay malt can be.

For those that want to try this amazing dram on a larger scale the initial 60 bottles are available only from the following great retailers this year:

Alberta

Alberta Locations

If you’re having a hard time finding this great whisky, pop into you local liquor store and ask them to order some in. Quote SKU 768135

Saskatchewan

Ingredients Artisan Market

**Further distribution of this delicious whisky will happen in 2015.

So with the Islay faithful safely taken care of and tucked away for the night we forge on unto dawn for our next stop……

See you for day 5 …

Slainte!

Wemyss Malts Website

Advent Day 1 – Wemyss “Citrus Burst” Linkwood 1997 16 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #33

The day we have all been waiting for has finally dawned.

Welcome to the daily Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar tasting for those lucky 400 calendar holders.

If you have not done so already open up those doors and punch out the large calendar logo. Inside is a collector’s 1st Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Spiegelau Whisky Tumbler.

My calendar is number 157 of 400 (what number do you have?)

Now find alcove No. 1 and punch that out and grab your first whisky.

Pull out the Calendar brochure from the left door and open it up to the tasting notes page.

Our first whisky is the Wemyss “Citrus Burst” Linkwood 1997 16 year old. Wemyss loves to distinctly advertise the predominant flavor profile on their whiskies which really makes picking that perfect bottling easy for everyone.

Just so there is no confusion Wemyss is not adding citrus to this whisky, the magic is that Barley can be transformed into an extremely wide array of flavors. Wemyss is just making it easy for you to identify the main character of each unique cask. Very cool.

*Single Cask number 7189 – Bourbon Hogshead. 46% alcohol non chill-filtered*

Linkwood is a Speyside Distillery that was built in 1821. The original Stone still house and pagoda topped malt house are still in use today. The majority of the Linkwood production is used for blends like Johnnie Walker and White Horse.

Wemyss Wemyss “Citrus Burst” Linkwood 1997 16yo

Colour: Very light almost like a crisp Sauvignon Blanc in appearance.

Nose: Lemon drop candies and fresh meringue – reminiscent of one of my favorite desserts Lemon Meringue Pie.

Taste: Mouth filling creamy zest developing into key lime pie.

Finish: Long and developing with a crusty sweet biscuit undertone.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

I’m a sucker for citrus based dessert and this Wemyss expression of Linkwood has it in spades.

Watering: With a touch of water the zesty effect subsides replaced by a touch of tart grapefruit sprinkled with crushed macadamia.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

Finish writing all your notes in your brochure and close it all up until tomorrow if you keep up the tasting notes you will thank me later.

I look forward to seeing all those that are coming to the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar launch party this evening at Valley Ridge Golf Club as we open up several cases of this delicious malt and pair it with an outstanding array of awesome hors d’oeuvres put together by my good friend Peter Sowa executive head chef.

For those that can’t make it here is the menu you are missing out on:

-Mini Fish & (C)Ship – Cod with Adnams Ghost Ship Beer Batter

-Sweet & Sour Pork Belly with pickled Daikon & Chipotle Aioli

-Smoked Salmon Cones – with roasted garlic horseradish cream cheese, toasted caper flower

-Lamb Slider – Cilantro, Pretzel Bun, provolone cheese, Cask Islay BBQ sauce

**Not wanting to deprive anyone of the opportunity to own a full bottle of the 1st Edition calendar whiskies, Secret Spirits have made available a limited number of 700ml bottles.

Only 60 bottles of the Citrus Burst 1997 Linkwood are available.

Below are the awesome retailers that will help you add this to your collection.

Calgary

Highlander Wine & Spirits

Crowfoot Wine & Spirits

Aspen Wine & Spirits

Silver Springs Liquor Store

Edmonton

Sherbrooke Liquor

Chateau Louis Liquor Store

Spruce Grove

Liquor on McLeod

Saskatoon

Ingredients Artisan Market

Thanks for waiting till today to get stuck into your calendar. I have already heard stories of people having to lock theirs away for fear of succumbing to the temptation and busting it open early. See you tomorrow for Day 2 …

Slainte!

Wemyss Malts Website

Summer Time Favourite | Blog #19

G’day everyone,

Back in the saddle (Stampede finishes today) and on my own deck again looking at a bottle of one of my favorite Summer drams ever.

From a small and, until recently, relatively unknown distillery the Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask from Tasmania Distillery is the dram of choice for me on the deck.

Tasmania Distillery received the lofty accolade of the Worlds Best Whisky this year for their French Oak Single Cask bottling (rare as hens teeth but worth looking for).
 

Tasmania Distillery was our first foray into the world of spirits importing and we have spent a lot of time educating eager consumers about how good an Aussie Single Malt can be. Patrick has poured a ton of blood sweat and tears into the distillery which lies very unobtrusively in a little industrial park just outside of Hobart.

Tasmania Distillery is really a perfect example of working through tough challenges and limited market acceptance with a dream and a fire to make great whisky. Australia has not been a good whisky market traditionally. Times seem to be changing however, and the Tasmanian whisky scene has played a big part in raising the profile of good whisky to the Australian punters.

Hobart is a beautiful city and sitting down on the harbor with some outrageously good fish and chips and an ice cold Cascade … seems like a great place to set up a distillery.

The whisky in question today is the Double Cask. combining whisky that has been aged in American oak with whisky aged in French oak the two are married together and decanted down to 40% over two weeks to avoid the use of chill filtration. To see a 40% ABV without chill filtering is unusual and I can say that even though relatively stable, Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask, can get a touch cloudy especially when kicking around in the back of my car in the middle of Winter.

This is a sign of painstaking detail and craftsmanship that can only happen with small scale production such as that found at Tasmania Distillery.

So onto the whisky…

Here is a photo of my first effort freezing a Death Star Ice Cube (see blog #7) So this tasting is being done in a Spiegelau tumbler (only way I could fit the Death Star in there) and I am going for colder Summery goodness, so nose and palate will be a little restrained.

Super fun and with the temperature hitting close to 30 degrees Celsius this is perfect. Just like a balmy Tatooine Spring day.

Nose:  Soft sweet honey and floral notes with cooling air coming off the Death Star seems a bit wrong somehow.

Palate:  Light complexity and more sweetness with undertones of creamy vanilla. This is such a delicious dram. Perhaps hints of vacuum flowers should be detected in the floral mid palate, but unfortunately, they were dropped on the floor with no explanation as to their taste profile. (Obscure Star Wars reference … if you get it, I’m impressed!)

Finish: Long and complex with light layers of honeyed fruit, poached pear with vanilla ice cream.

Sullivan’s Cove Double cask definitely scratches my thirst quenching Summer dram itch.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy this for yourself before our fleeting Summer is gone.

Next week it’s time to talk ‘No-age statement’ whiskies as I was recently asked for my opinion on the topic by a good friend and fellow whisky nerd Curt at Allthings whisky.

Good opportunity to wade in officially through this blog.

Write in this week and tell me about your Summer favorites and if you can throw in an obscure Star Wars reference all the better.

Until next week may the force be with you!

-Jonathan
 

Whistling Andy Montana Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Written by Special Guest Blogger Joshua Hatton

State of Montana – 40% ABV – you can find this whiskey at these locations.

Just the name alone, Whistling Andy, brings back memories of watching Andy Griffith reruns when I was just a wee boy.  Remember the whistling theme song?

Now that I’ve put that in your head, it’ll be stuck with you for the next 2-5 days.

You’re welcome.

Ok, ok.  If you want that out of your head, try some Zappa on for size…

The chance to sample this bourbon came to me out of the blue.  The brand, Whistling Andy, was new to me and therefore, I was excited to give it a try.  Not much is known about this whiskey or detailed on their website. Here’s what we do know:

  • The bottle is from Batch 1.
  • It’s labeled as a “Straight Bourbon” yet has not age statement on the label so, according to the law as I read it, this bourbon should be 4 years of age or older and was, of course, aged in new charred or toasted barrels.
    • (Bourbon has no minimum specified duration for its aging period.[6] Products aged for as little as three months are sold as bourbon.[7] The exception is straight bourbon, which has a minimum aging requirement of two years. In addition, any straight bourbon aged less than 4 years must state the age of the spirit on the bottle.[8])   
  • The mash bill is at least 51% corn but the bottle label also states that there is Rye, Wheat and Barley.
  • The grain is 100% Montana grown grain (I dig the state pride!).
  • It’s bottled at 40% ABV (chill-filtered, too? not sure)

Let’s nose/taste/swallow (we’re not spitters here at the jewmalt.com HQ)

On the nose –  From the get-go there is a cinnamon gum note and scent of freshly ground grains/cereals.

Apple Porridge and creamed corn.  It’s not overly sweet.

Wait, baked pears are popping up with a side of Wasa crackers.  An interesting melange of notes.

On the mouth — Feels hot for 40% ABV (80 proof for my American readers).  It’s also much lighter and fruitier in taste than the nose lead on about.

Lots of chewy red candies and, get this, Honey Comb cereal.  The heat goes away after the first sip but some of that cinnamon from the nose remains.

 

 

 

The mouthfeel is a little thin (maybe a higher-ABV could have helped that?).  Black and green ground pepper corns bring us to the finish…

Finish — Drying and grassy with some good length to it!

In sum — Overall, it was a pretty good experience.  The nose to mouth experience was a little off-balance but I did enjoy the surprise of it.  You can’t judge all whisk(e)ys by their noses.  While I did enjoy this (and plan to share with others), I’d *love* to see a cask strength version of this whiskey.  I’ve found few whisk(e)ys that didn’t benefit from being experienced at cask strength!

Special thanks to Lisa and all at the Whistling Andy Distillery for the ample sample!

– Jewmalt

jewmalt.com

A Stampede Rendezvous | Blog #17

It’s the second day of Summer and my first opportunity to sit out on the deck and relax over a nice pipe and whiskey. What a great setting to put pen to paper for this weeks Blog.

With Stampede, Canada’s Premier Outdoor event starting in just over a week everyone starts donning those old cowboy boots and getting into the swing of all things Western.

Indeed my attention has been very Stampede focused of late with the launch of a new range of wines for PVI. Silver Buckle from Rutherford Wines in California has great upscale Cowboy appeal and is going to be featured by the glass at all the Stampede on-site restaurants. So grab a glass when you are down getting your Stampede on.

As a lover of whisky, I am also very partial to good wine and beer – call me an equal opportunity drinker. Perhaps in the future I might deviate from non-stop whisky to throw in the odd wine or fabulous pint. Especially over the Summer where my daily dram often makes way for a mixed drink, frothy pint or chilled Rose.

Today my attention is drawn to a very Stampedesque Whisky that hails from the good old US of A.

Rendezvous Rye made by High West Distillery in Park City Utah has an absolute litany of awards including:

*94 points Wine Advocate
*95 points Malt Advocate Magazine
*Double Gold Medal San Francisco International Spirits Competition

“Rendezvous” was an annual Summer gathering for exchanging goods of all kinds including whiskey for Utah’s mountain men from 1825 to 1840.

Made from a combination of Malted and unmalted Rye and by combining two Straight Rye Whiskies one 6 years old with an extremely high Rye Mashbill of 95% Rye and 5% Barley. The second a 16 year old Rye with 80% Rye, 10% corn and 10% barley.

Tasted in a Spiegelau Whisky Tumbler.

46% non chill filtered – Lovely deep amber colour with reddish hues.

Nose:
Competing with the fresh air of the backyard and blossoming Lilac tree Rendezvous was still offering up layers of spice and sweet vanilla. Rye is such a distinctive whiskey. I love the spice and am even more pleased to find an expression such as this that throws in such a hefty percentage. I can get undertones of almost smokey sweetness like a pan of sweet BBQ ribs just thrown onto the grill.

Palate:
Rich spice and a lovely tingle that dances over the palate and gets the buds well into Stampede party mode. For such a high rye content the whisky is still adept at reigning in the runnaway spice and drinks much like the image on the label with the Cowboy balanced in the saddle making his way across the range in no particular hurry.

The finish: Long and continues to insert tiny explosions of lingering spice with loads of complexity.

This is a delicious drink and would be equally at home in an outstanding Manhattan or splashed with something like Fentiman’s Ginger Beer for a slightly different Dark and Stormy.

Ever since skiing down to the High West Distillery, removing my ski’s and parking myself in their award winning restaurant for the remainder of the day, I have been somewhat smitten with how well they do things in Park City.

David Perkins makes some really fun drink and I highly recommend that if you are ever close to Park City that you owe it to yourself to check out the full High West experience.

For those interested my pipe is a Lorenzetti with some lovely Brigham Ripley Avenue Anniversary Blend. Brown and Black Cavendish with a touch of bright Virginias. Smells like Christmas cake and the sweet spice complements the whiskey extremely well. Picked up from my good friend Alex at Golden Leaf Cigars in Crowfoot, Calgary.

Write in and let me know what you will be doing this Stampede if you are in Calgary. If not let me know what your Summer dram of choice is. I look forward to hearing from you.

Next week, we have a special guest blogger that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. He’s both insightful and full of whisky knowledge through many many years of tasting and reviewing whisky.

Until then get your cowboy on and join in on the Stampede fun.

Yippee ki-yay!

Jonathan