Collingwood Double Barreled Review - A Departure from the Dreaded “Smooth” Whisky

Collingwood Double Barreled Review - A Departure from the Dreaded “Smooth” Whisky

It’s time for blunt talk: Today’s whisky enthusiast is (generally) not a fan of Collingwood whisky. This is a whisky for a casual whisky drinker—the whisky drinker who has a few pours a month. The sort of whisky drinker that doesn’t need to describe a whisky in any other adverb but ‘smooth.’ This is a big market, and Collingwood deservingly sells plenty of whisky!  

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Eager for Lot No 40 Cask Strength? Here's your best bet on getting a bottle

Eager for Lot No 40 Cask Strength? Here's your best bet on getting a bottle

The release of the highly anticipated Northern Border Collection (read my writeup) is coming out in a trickle within the LCBO here in Ontario. If you want your hands on Lot No 40 Cask Strength and the other great whiskies as part of this collection, here are some rules to follow:

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Northern Border Collection Rare Whiskies to trigger the “Global reappraisal of our Canadian spirit”

Northern Border Collection Rare Whiskies to trigger the “Global reappraisal of our Canadian spirit”

Ross Hendry, Pernod-Richard’s director from premium Canadian Whisky, is bullish on his company’s next move: “Mark this moment in your memories. Years from now we will look back at it as pivotal in the journey we are on to drive the reappraisal of our national spirit.” After the success of J.P. Wiser’s Rare Cask releases (including Union 52, Dissertation, and Last Barrels), the Canadian division of Pernod-Richard (Corby’s Spirits and Wines) is ready to make the big move.

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Once They’re Gone, They’re Gone - Online LCBO Purchases You Can Get Today, Gone Tomorrow

Once They’re Gone, They’re Gone - Online LCBO Purchases You Can Get Today, Gone Tomorrow

The following list are whiskies to buy today, because they will be gone tomorrow. If you have a whisky friend on your gift list, any of these purchases will not only impress them, but they'll soon realize that they're not likely to see them at the LCBO again.

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Ontario's Micro-Distillers Feel Betrayed by Their Government

Ontario's Micro-Distillers Feel Betrayed by Their Government

Making whisky is not unlike writing—you do it because you love the craft. You hope there's a big windfall, but in most cases you know that to simply be able to work on your craft and pay the bills is a win. Every person I've met that's in this business is passionate about making whisky. The passion, the enthusiasm, that drive is shared among whisky makers from the smallest  to the largest distilleries.

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So Which One of Jim Murray's Best Whiskies Of 2017 Can You Actually Buy?

So Which One of Jim Murray's Best Whiskies Of 2017 Can You Actually Buy?

Jim Murray's The Whisky Bible is one of the more influential book releases of the year. Each year a new book names the best whiskies in the world. Not everyone is a fan of Jim Murray's list, but the this list is hugely influential in the whisky world. Let's see what you can actually buy. 

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Your $30 Crown Royal Rye: Probably Not the Best Whisky in the World

Your $30 Crown Royal Rye: Probably Not the Best Whisky in the World

The attention Jim Murray's annual "Best Whisky" award receives is often met with eye-rolls from whisky enthusiasts. Often this award winners are unavailable or expensive whiskies. Last year's winner, Yamazaki Sherry Cask, was selling on the grey market for $1000 for 30ml samples (it was already an expensive bottle before the win).  

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Sazerac 18 Rye, Ethyl Carbamate, and The Failed Test in Ontario

Sazerac 18 Rye, Ethyl Carbamate, and The Failed Test in Ontario

Sazerac 18 rye, one of the five Buffalo Trace Antique Collection releases this year, failed LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) lab testing. The rumour is the levels of ethyl carbamate were above the LCBO’s limit. This was the probable reason given to me, and others, when calling the helloLCBO number. However, an LCBO spokesperson told me that the results are proprietary and would not confirm the reason behind the failed results.

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First Impressions Drinking from a Norlan Whisky Glass

First Impressions Drinking from a Norlan Whisky Glass

I sat down with Shane Bahng, the COO of Norlan Glass, the newly funded Kickstarter project. Their glass was developed using 3D printers and a select group of Scotland’s whisky industry experts that offered feedback on the 90 or so design choices they started with. The design selected is intended to be a beautiful tumbler-style glass that offers a better nosing experience.

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Wholesalers, Retailers, and The Aftermark - Who's profiting from skyrocketing whisky prices?

Wholesalers, Retailers, and The Aftermark - Who's profiting from skyrocketing whisky prices?

With murder, theft, and bribery highjacking the whisky news, this year’s headlines have read like they were ripped straight out of the latest Netflix crime drama. Just last week, there was a fatal stabbing over a box of bourbon. Earlier in this year trucks carrying Pappy Van Winkle were stalked as they left wholesalers with drivers being offered bribes for cases of whisky.

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Comet Expels 125 Bottles of Spirit Every Second

Comet Expels 125 Bottles of Spirit Every Second

"We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity," said Nicolas Biver, of Paris. If a scientist from Scotland or Kentucky had made this discovery, it would have been quoted in whisky. That’s probably about 125 bottles of spirit every second.

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Choose Your Own Adventure with Maker's Mark Private Select Program

Choose Your Own Adventure with Maker's Mark Private Select Program

In an interview with Jane Conner, the director of Maker’s Mark Private Select program, whsky.buzz learned additional information around the recently announced program. Maker’s Mark is getting ready to roll out a program where whisky lovers can, literally, choose their own adventure. In this case, there will be a total of 1,001 unique outcomes, and program members will have a preview of some of these different taste profiles.

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Collectibility Pushes Whisky Prices Higher with The Balvenie DCS £125,000 Compendium

Collectibility Pushes Whisky Prices Higher with The Balvenie DCS £125,000 Compendium

Balvenie announced the release of the David Charles Stewart Compendium of whiskies. Five chapters, each with five single cask selections from five decades honouring David’s 50 years in the whisky business. That’s a total of 25 whiskies, and they’re priced at over £125,000 for the set. Individual bottles range from £400 to £19,000. At these prices, the question to ask is, what is the whisky worth? 

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Pappy is Already Impossible to Get, and There's Even Less in 2015

Pappy is Already Impossible to Get, and There's Even Less in 2015

Buffalo Trace announced this year’s release of the Van Winkle lines of bourbon. Unfortunately, the yields are less then in previous years. Marketing director Kris Comstock noted “… several of the older Van Winkle barrels did not meet those standards.” The result is less 15 year-old Pappy, and “far less” of the 20 and 23 year-old releases. Kris suggested the allotment is half as much as last year.

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