Everything Wine And More

Katrina Schlegl
 
May 26, 2017 | Katrina Schlegl

How white wine drinkers can transition into red wines!

Lots of people first get into drinking wine by starting with sweeter whites and then working their way into drier styles of whites. To transition into red wine a great place to start is with sweet reds, then move towards lighter bodied Pinot Noirs, and then finally to bigger richer red varietals. If you start with a full-bodied, dry Cabernet Sauvignon right away it may taste bitter, so start by developing your palate slowly. Here is a few great lighter red wines to try!

Casa Bella Vino Frizzante $14.99
Veneto, Italy
This is a sweet sparkling wine that is a great pick for any wine-drinker who enjoys Moscato. It has red rose aromas and tasting notes of wild berries. This wine is very easy to drink with an alcohol level of only 7%. 

Conviction Pinot Noir $14.99
BC VQA British Columbia
This is a perfect red to start off with because it is light bodied, fruit forward, with very soft tannins. It has a medium acidity that pairs great with food. Try with roast chicken or pepperoni pizza!

Fantini Farnese Sangiovese $13.49
Puglia, Italy
The Fantini Sangiovese is a medium bodied, dry red. I found this to be a fruity forward with tasting notes of black cherry and cranberries. Great on its own or try with pasta!

Time Posted: May 26, 2017 at 10:17 AM
Katrina Schlegl
 
May 24, 2017 | Katrina Schlegl

Inexpensive Rieslings to try this Summer!

Landlust Organic Riesling  $14.99
Mosel, Germany 
“It needs not much: a few friends, a lovely wine and a tree on which we can lean on..." 
This beautiful organic Riesling is perfect on a hot day! It is a wonderfully balanced wine that is not too dry or too sweet. It has delicious citrus flavours of citrus, peach and pear. These delicate flavour notes leave a nice aftertaste and will make you wanting another glass! Serve nice and chilled. Great on its own or try pairing with a fruity salad to compliment the fruity tasting notes. 

Primo Amore Riesling $13.99
Puglia, Italy 
"Soft & Sweet"
This Italian Riesling is perfect for someone who usually drinks Moscato and wants to try getting into other white wines! It still has a little bit of sweetness and is very fruit forward. It also has a lower alcohol content of 10.5% which makes this an easy wine to drink. If you are trying to find a sweeter Riesling or Moscato you can also look at the alcohol content to help you out! The lower the alcohol, the sweeter the wine. Loads of tropical fruit notes and lemon custard on the nose with ripe pears on the palate. Try pairing with poached pears and vanilla ice cream.

Devil’s Rock Riesling $13.99
Pfalz, Germany 
“Crisp and Refreshing”  
I have chosen this off-dry Riesling for my third pick because I was very surprised at the quality of this wine for the price. It has notes of citrus and lemon making it crisp and refreshing. Pair this with a light tomato salad to compliment the acidity of this wine! 

 

 

 

Time Posted: May 24, 2017 at 2:01 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
March 4, 2017 | Samantha Torrance

Delicious Alternatives to Classic Favourites

Many people have a go-to spirit when making a drink. Whether it is rum, vodka, whisky, or a liqueur, everyone has something they use more than anything else in their cupboard, and usually it’s always the same brand. I’m going to highlight some spirits that are fantastic alternatives to the mainstream spirits everyone uses, which also stay within the same price range.

Rum

Rum and Coke is one of the most iconic drinks in North America. Everyone has heard of it, whether in a bar, from friends, or in a movie or TV show. Chances are if you have ever had a rum and coke it was with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum ($26.99/750ml). Captain Morgan’s has aromas heavy with vanilla notes and baking spice. Overall it is smooth and sweet.

A brand that I highly recommend as an alternative is the El Dorado Spiced Rum ($28.99/750ml). Their use of natural spices; cinnamon, vanilla and hints of citrus created a complex and well-rounded rum. It is not overly sweet and it is so delightful that you could sip it neat or on ice if you wished.

Whisky

The most common whisky that moves through our store is Crown Royal ($28.99/750ml). Everyone knows the name, it’s popular with the bar scene, and it’s advertised everywhere. Crown Royal has a rich nose with hints of vanilla and orchard fruit. The flavours show more vanilla and hints of oak with a long finish.

Instead of Crown Royal I highly recommend trying Forty Creek ($28.99/750ml). The nose is similar to Crown, aromas of vanilla and apricot fill your nose, followed by honey, toasted oak, walnut, and spice. Overall it is a more complex aroma. The palate follows through with that of baking spice, vanilla, and an incredibly smooth bold finish. Forty Creek is also a whisky that you can drink neat or on the rocks.

Amaretto

To most people Disaronno ($32.99/750ml) is the only Amaretto! It is sweet on both the nose and palate, has a wonderful almond aroma, with softer almond and some marzipan on the palate.

However, if you are someone who drinks Blueberry Tea, or would prefer a stronger nut flavour in your drink, I recommend Luxardo Amaretto ($28.99/750ml). Luxardo’s Amaretto has a delightful almond aroma, much stronger than that of Disaronno. As well there are some sweet fruits and a hint of zest on the nose. The palate is softly sweet with an intense almond flavour. It moves into candied almonds and has a smooth, long finish. This amaretto is perfect for those who want a more natural nut flavour to their drinks or recipes. Also it is $4.00 cheaper than Disaronno, which will make you and your wallet happy.

Overall all of these are all great products and we always strive to find the best product for you. At Everything Wine and More we are always happy to assist you with any questions you may have about any of our products. Next time you visit, please ask any of our associates about any one of these products that I have recommended.

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2017 at 5:19 PM
Jarrod Lackey
 
September 13, 2016 | Jarrod Lackey

Great Gift Wines for Under $30

I was recently asked by a friend to select a favourite wine under $30. Being fortunate enough in my position with Everything Wine and More, the staff get the opportunity to taste different wines throughout our work week. I chose three wines to help with my decision making.

Maverick Breechens Shiraz $27.49 - AUSTRALIA
Maverick Wines operates with biodynamic and fully organic viticulture. Using carefully selected estate grown fruit from small lots and vineyards across the Barossa.
2013 was a dream vintage for this region, a cool summer allowed for perfect ripening conditions. The bouquet is layered with sweet black fruit some dark spices, & subtle oak notes. Silky and supple on the palate, with elegant balance and moderate weight, this wine finishes soft, clean and dry. Very good strong persistence of boysenberry and blackcurrant flavours. 
This wine is delicious, it sat in our glasses for a couple hours, even after dinner was over, every sip revealing more layers and complexity. The alcohol was so balanced which just contributed to a very pleasurable and soft mouth feel.

Viña Chocalan Gran Reserva Pinot Noir $27.49 - CHILE
Chocalan produces some great wines from the Maipo Valley region in Chile.
This Gran Reserva Pinot Noir is a shining example of the quality of the fruit that comes from the region. A slightly deeper colour than expected from a Pinot Noir, but with a bouquet that hints at blackberry, cherry and oak, with subtle baking spice notes. On the palate, dark red fruit notes burst through with red cherry and finishing with toasted oak and lingering tannins.
I would pair this Pinot Noir with an earthy mushroom risotto, or with roasted chicken and rustic vegetables.

Luigi Bosca De Sangre (Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Merlot) $28.99 - ARGENTINA
Luigi Bosca produces wines from vineyards that are over 100 years old.
This opulent blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot is a deep, complex and layered wine. Deep red colour with violet hues, aromas reminiscent of ripe black fruit, eucalyptus and stewed fruit. The palate opens with robust spice notes and subtle vanilla from the oak, finishing with velvety smooth tannin.
Rich and layered texture with a lengthy finish. I would pair this with beef stew and fresh baked bread rolls.

I picked these wines as great gift wines, or as a special bottle to bring to a dinner party, which is what my friend wanted the suggestions for.

Head over to our Facebook Page to see pictures of these three wines.

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2016 at 3:10 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
July 6, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

How to Make Trying New Wines a Fun Game!

My boyfriend Alex and I have an agreement when it comes to wine. I buy a wine I think he will enjoy and  if I’m right he pays me back in full, but if he doesn’t like the wine I only get half back. I enjoy it because it’s like a game for me; I get to use my knowledge of wine to pick out products I think he will like and Alex gets to try delicious wine. Win-Win. His preferred flavour is big, bold, juicy full bodied reds, below are my most recent selections for him.

Jost Vineyards Marechal Foch - $16.99/750mL (Nova Scotia)
Wine from Nova Scotia, who knew? The cooler climate terroir of NS is the perfect growing grounds for Marechal Foch. The nose of this wine is savoury with aromas of leather, cigars, chocolate, with hints of anise and fruits such as figs, dates, and even more subtle hints of strawberry and raspberry. The palate is medium bodied with smooth tannins. This wine has big flavours of rustic earth, dried red fruits (that strawberry and raspberry from the nose), and finishes with a slightly spiced, chocolate covered raisin flavour.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 9/10, he loved how savoury this wine was. It still had the fruit, but with more meaty, savory characteristics than he’s used to. His favourite so far.

Comoloco Monastrell - $16.99/750mL (Spain)
Comoloco, the bottle with the zany label to match the wine inside. Monastrell is the same grape as Mourvedre, which you may have seen on French wine labels. The nose on this wine is robust with deep, ripe fruits, and exotic spices.  The palate is medium bodied with soft tannins. There are flavours of deep, red fruits such as raspberry, cherries, and plum, with savoury notes and a soft acidity on the finish. This wine is best paired with steak and barbeque.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 7/10, he thought it was really easy drinking, great spice and smooth tannins.

California Square Red Blend - $19.99/750mL (USA)
This was one of the first bottles I had bought for him. I like the funky rectangular prism shape and I knew it would be a good wine to use to get to know his palate better. This blend is made up of five different grapes: Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Syrah. Each varietal was harvested, crushed, and fermented separately to get maximum flavour and texture from each of the grapes. The Petite Sirah and Syrah give notes of blueberries, cherries, chocolate, and spice to the blend. The Sangiovese and Zinfandel give way for big blackberry and raspberry jam and the Merlot fills the palate with ripe plum and a juicy finish. Medium in body with soft tannins this wine is really easy drinking and a great starting point for people wanting to get into red wine.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 7/10 he enjoyed how it was smooth and fruity.

Finca las Moras Paz Malbec - $18.99/750mL (Argentina)
This one is my favourite Malbecs that I’ve ever tried. This wine has an intense violet colour and aromas of blackberry, black cherries, plums, and baking spice. The palate is intense with flavours of those dark blackberries and plums with a lingering finish of warm spice on the end. The tannins are evenly balanced with the acidity and the flavours of the wine linger on the tongue for a very long time. I cannot stress enough how crazy the flavours are in this wine. I personally have never tried a wine that was so juicy and fruity while still having so much complexity. I would pair this wine with grilled red meats and barbeque.
Alex’s Approval Rating: 8/10, He thoroughly enjoyed how intense and flavourful it was. 

Time Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 4:53 PM
Jarrod Lackey
 
May 19, 2016 | Jarrod Lackey

Summer and Sangria Part 2!

Summer Sangrias

Strawberry Rosé

1 x Bottle Spier Rosé $14.99

1 x Can Rekorderlig Elderflower Cider $3.99

1 x Can Rekorderlig Strawberry Lime Cider $3.99

1 x Cup New Amsterdam Vodka $25.99(750ml)

1 x Can Bacardi Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Mix (Grocery Store)

1 x Package Frozen sliced strawberries

3 x Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 x Cups Cold Water

Macerate the strawberries, vodka and sugar in a sealed plastic container overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours. Carefully ladle macerated fruit and liquid into serving pitcher. Add daiquiri mix, wine and cider. Mix with water and serve. Garnish with Mint leaves and fresh strawberry slices.

Tasting Notes
Strawberry Rosé:
I made up this recipe. I was inspired by the lovely colour of the Spier Rosé. The Spier Wine farm is located in the Stellenbosch region, approximately 50km from Cape Town in South Africa. This signature blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of strawberry and yellow apple with a crisp fruit finish. A very balanced and refreshing rosé.
I thought the light salmon colouring of this wine would pair well with strawberries. I chose the frozen strawberry daiquiri from Bacardi for its balance of sweet and tart. I wanted to add a refreshing flavour using Rekorderlig cider, and found the elderflower and the strawberry lime ciders had the perfect flavour.This sangria is on the sweeter side, but not overly so, would pair with patio snacks of nachos and fresh guacamole, or shrimp salad rolls.

Peach & Basil Sangria

1 x Bottle Spier Chenin Blanc $13.99

1 x Cup Dr McGillicuddy’s Peach Schnapps $14.99(375ml)

1 x Can frozen peach concentrate + 3 cans of cold water

1 x Package frozen peach slices

1 x Large bunch of fresh Basil leaves

3 x Tablespoons granulated sugar

½ x Cup New Amsterdam Vodka $13.99(375ml)

Sparkling Water, to taste.

Macerate the peach slices with schnapps, vodka, and sugar, overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours. Before ladling the fruit into your serving pitcher, roughly chop almost all the basil, leave some leaves whole for garnish. Add the fruit + liquid, basil and wine to serving pitcher. Mix and let it sit for 1 hour. Next scoop out as much of the chopped basil as you can, and squeeze any liquid out of the leaves into your pitcher. Add the frozen concentrate and water, mix thoroughly. When serving, the sangria will be a bit sweet, so add sparkling water to your glass, to suit your tastes, garnish with fresh basil. I chose to use frozen peaches, because fresh peaches weren’t available yet, but feel free to use firm white or donut peaches as a substitute.

Tasting Notes
Peach & Basil:
My personal palate does not favour overly sweet drinks. So when I came across a recipe for a white sangria using peach and basil, I got very excited. I have since changed the recipe to suit my tastes more directly. For this particular version, I chose the Chenin Blanc from Spier. This Chenin is both crisp and fruity with green guava, pear, apple and hints of litchi on the nose. A well-balanced palate with a strong wine finish. I like this wine for this recipe because the flavour of the wine shines through all the additions, and the basil balances it out quite nicely.
When serving this sangria, I typically pour the sangria halfway up the glass, then ladle some fruit, and then top up with sparkling water, if someone desires a sweeter version, top up with Sprite instead. This Sangria is very refreshing, perfect for warm days on the patio, pairing well with Salmon burgers or BBQ chicken wings.

Time Posted: May 19, 2016 at 1:14 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
May 19, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

Summer and Sangria Part 1!

With Summer knocking at our door my coworker Jarrod and I have made some delicious sangrias for the hot May weather. Check out his blog post to see his White and Rosé sangrias.

Sparkling Watermelon Sangria
You will need:
•    1 mini seedless watermelon, not too ripe
•    1 750mL bottle of sparkling wine (I used Cavicchioli Spumante Demi-Sec - $12.99)
•    1-2 cups of hard liquor (I used Dr. McGillicuddy’s Lemon Drop Schnapps - $26.99)
•    5-15 mint leaves, depending on preference (I used around 10-12 leaves and I found it TO be a bit too minty)

I started this recipe in hopes of balling my watermelon, however I bought one that was a bit too ripe and it was falling apart as I balled it. You can either start the recipe as I did or ball up your melon depending on ripeness.
I cut my watermelon in half and pressed the insides of one half into a pitcher. I cubed the other half without the rind and added around 10-12 mint leaves to the pitcher with the juiced watermelon. I then added roughly 1.5 cups of the lemon drop schnapps, so that all the juice and schnapps topped the watermelon cubes. I then let this sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, because my melon was overripe I ended up pureeing the cubed melon, if you choose to do this I highly recommend cheesecloth. Otherwise you may leave the cubes/balls if it’s to your fancy. Add the bottle of sparkling just before serving. 
Overall I really enjoyed this sangria. It smelled delightfully of watermelon and was really refreshing. It wasn’t too sweet as my wine was an off-dry style and the schnapps only added a bit of sweetness. It was intensely watermelon with a big hit of mint on the finish. 

Frozen Pineapple Mango Sangria
You will need:
•    1 750mL bottle of White Wine (I used Gallo Summer White for $8.99 which is a sweeter wine, but you can use any white wine you want depending on how sweet you want your sangria to taste)
•    1 bag each of frozen pineapple and mango chunks
•    White rum (optional)
•    Blender

This recipe is pretty simple to do. Take that bottle of wine, dump it in the blender, add both bags of fruit, and add some white rum if you wish to kick it up a notch. My wine was only 5% so I threw some Malibu Rum in there, it also added more liquid to even out the texture, but if you don’t want to add more alcohol you can use any type of fruit juice. Blend together and voila! Ready to drink sangria in minutes.
I really liked this one because it was  ready in less than 15 minutes. It was tropical and fruity with a good amount of sweetness on the palate. The pineapple gave a tartness to balance out the sweet wine and rum. You can mix and match your fruits as well, just make sure to not make it too tart with your fruit.

Time Posted: May 19, 2016 at 1:05 PM
Mallory Bruinsma
 
April 12, 2016 | Mallory Bruinsma

There's more to Gin than just Juniper

Unique Affordable Gins

It can be hard to try a new type of alcohol because there are so many choices and variations in every category. This is especially true for gin as even the slightest change in botanicals can drastically change the taste. Here are a few of my favorite gins that are easy drinking, reasonably priced, and have truly unique flavours. These are all worth trying whether you are new to gin or have been enjoying it for years.

Bombay Sapphire 40% alc.– $28.49 (750ml)
Bombay Sapphire was the first gin I ever tried and even after tasting more expensive bottles I am still coming back for more. It is a dry style of Gin from London. The botanicals in this gin are angelica, juniper, lemon, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, and liquorice. This Gin gets its botanical notes from Vapour Infusion which is a process that uses heated vapour from the spirit to release the botanical flavours which are in perforated copper baskets.  I enjoy this gin because while flavourful it’s not overpowering.

Ungava 43.1% alc./vol. - $34.99 (750ml)
Ungava is distinguishable by its vibrant yellow vibrant color which comes from rose hips. It is extra special because it is 100% Canadian and uses 100% natural ingredients. It is infused with botanicals from the Canadian north to give it a northern forest taste. In addition to wild rose hip it also has crowberry, cloudberry, Labrador tea, Nordic juniper, and arctic blend. This is currently my favorite gin. When I drink it I feel like I am in the mountains doing a backcountry hike.

Gin Mare 42.7% alc.– $43.99 (700ml)
Greece is my favorite place in the whole world and when I want to imagine that I am there I drink some Gin Mare. It is a Mediterranean style gin distilled primarily from olives, thyme, rosemary, and basil but also has cardamom, coriander, and juniper berries. This gin reminds me of Greek cuisine. This gin is a perfect choice for those who enjoy herbaceous flavours, rather than floral notes.

Dillon’s Small Batch Rose Gin 35% alc./vol. – $27.99 (375 ml)
For those who enjoy floral tastes and aromas this rose gin is a perfect choice. This gin is unfiltered and has a base of 100% Ontario rye dry gin which makes it proudly Canadian. In appearance it has an orange caramel color which comes from the rose hips and petals. The alcohol percent is lower than most gins and it is slightly sweetened which allows it to be used as an aperitif. This gin works very well with tonic because of the added sweetness.

Dictador Treasure, Premium Colombian Aged Gin 43%alc. – $54.99 (700 ml)
This gin is truly unique. It is aged in rum barrels for 35 weeks which gives it a bit of a vanilla flavour.  It is infused with the flavors from citrus peels, berries, and various spices. It is supposed to be reminiscent of a limon mandarino which is a Colombian fruit. The flavour that stood out to me was tangerine. The taste was fresh like the fruit had just been picked off a tree. This gin can be enjoyed on the rocks or in a mix because it is incredibly smooth and flavourful.

Time Posted: Apr 12, 2016 at 10:05 AM
Samantha Torrance
 
April 11, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

Visit Alberta's Best Little Brewery: Bench Creek

I recently visited Bench Creek brewery located just outside of Edson, Alberta. Bench Creek only hit the market this past November and is a small operation that will soon outgrow their current brewing grounds. The brewery resides in the backyard of owner Andrew Kulynych. With just enough space in the warehouse for creating new batches of beer and selling their beer by the pint or growler, the area feels like a home.

Currently only available in kegs, their four different brews are something special. We carry the Naked Woodsman Pale Ale on our growler bar. Check out their website to find out where else you can purchase the White Raven IPA, Black Spruce Porter, and Flint and Steel ISA.

The Naked Woodsman sits at 5.2% ABV with an IBU of 40. It’s complex and distinct with aromas of bright grapefruit, orange hops and home baked bread. Flavours of apricot and peach with subtle citrus coat the mouth with a slight spice on the finish.

The White Raven, my favourite of the Bench Creek brews has an IBU of 72 and ABV of 6.5%. It’s hoppy with intense aromatics of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange and some tropical mango. The fruit follows onto the palate with added toffee flavours that cut the bitterness of the beer to make an amazingly refreshing beer with an off dry finish that lingers.

Flint and Steel ISA is Bench Creek’s newest beer to hit the market. At 4.7% it’s smooth and bright. Tropical fruits, melon and caramel fill the air as grapefruit, lemon, malt, and caramel coat the palate. There is just the right amount of bitterness from the hops to give balance and structure to this beer.

The Black Spruce Porter is a classic porter with 5.8% ABV and 40 IBU. Aromas and flavours of coffee, chocolate, and molasses burst through first with sweet hints of raisin easing in on the finish. Herbaceous and floral notes help balance the sweet notes of the beer. Dried fruit and peach finish into a full bodied porter that is perfect for the erratic Alberta weather.

Brewmaster Warren Misik showed my boyfriend and I around the brewery, explaining the different processes and uses of the machinery. We also saw the three original pots used to create the original IPA, Pale Ale, and Porter. No bigger than an industrial pot seen in kitchens, Warren crafted the beers and sent them out to get the Bench Creek name and flavour out there and heard.

This little hole in the wall brewery won’t stay that way for long as these beers gain more and more momentum every day. I suggest visiting them yourself! Purchase a growler, sit and enjoy a pint of what I think is the finest beer Alberta has to offer.

Time Posted: Apr 11, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Samantha Torrance
 
March 4, 2016 | Samantha Torrance

Whiskey 101

Welcome to the wonderful world of whiskies. I will be going over my favorites whiskies from around the world that range between $45 -$60 to keep you and your wallets happy.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon - $47.99

What is the difference between a Bourbon and every other whisky? For a whisky to be labeled as Bourbon the mash of grains used for distilling must contain at least 51% corn, it must be aged in new charred white oak barrels and hold an alcohol content of no more than 80% abv.

Woodford is my pick of all the Bourbons we carry. It has a brilliant amber colour and the nose has rich dried fruits, with hints of orange and cocoa and a touch of tobacco and vanilla. It’s wonderfully complex with notes of citrus, cinnamon, cocoa, toffee and spice on the palate resulting in a smooth rounded Bourbon. Finishing with a creamy silkiness that warms throughout, I highly recommend this Bourbon to anyone wanting to try something new or wanting to indulge in a fantastic drink.

Pike Creek Double Barrel Rye - $47.99

Rye is very similar to Bourbon. It is also aged in new charred white oak barrels and cannot exceed 80% alcohol by volume. The only difference in what makes a Rye a Rye, is that it must contain at minimum 51% Rye grain. Rye tends to give the whisky a spicier, dry finish whereas corn gives Bourbon a sweeter finish.

Pike Creek is hands-down my favourite Rye to recommend people. The double barrel the use of both charred white barrels and old Port wine barrels that give it some added characteristics. Its colour is amber with tinges of ruby red (thanks to the Port barrels). The nose presents with dried fruit and an underlying peppery spiciness with toffee notes. On the palate you taste dried dark fruits, vanilla and toffee that finish with a smooth, warm Port finish. The combination of Rye and Port create a memorable whisky that lingers.

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch - $49.99

Most Scotch’s have age statements such as 10 year, 12 year, 15 and so forth. This Scotch was produced when the distillery was running low on reserves of their age stamped Scotches. They created this blend with no age statement to bide time until the aged ones were ready. Now what makes a Scotch a Scotch? Scotch must be made from a mash of malted barley, aged a minimum of three years in oak casks, and distilled with a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume and a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume.

Glenlivet is my go-to for people just learning about Scotch’s. It’s unpeated, doesn’t break the bank and it’s really easy drinking! (Even if you’ve always said you don’t like Scotch). The Founder’s Reserve is a honey gold colour with zesty lemon and sweet orange on the nose. The sweet, fruity notes follow into the palate which has notes of pear, sweet orange, toffee & apple leading into a long, creamy, smooth finish.

Bowmore Islay 12 Year Single Malt Scotch - $57.99

This is a classic peated beauty. Scotch gets its ‘peaty’ characteristics when the barley is being dried over fires that have been fed by the local peat moss surrounding the distilleries. The burning of the peat moss gives that distinct smoky aroma and flavour. The smokier a Scotch, the more it dried overtop a peat fire.

This Scotch is a 12 year old and single malt. With blended Scotch’s that have age statements the age on the bottle is only that of the youngest batch of Scotch in the batch. Since this is a single malt scotch, the spirit comes from the same single batch and is aged for the same amount of time.

Bowmore is a fine example of a peated Scotch. It shows off a warm amber colouring that perfectly matches the subtle lemon and honey on the nose followed by classic campfire notes from the peat. Flavours of honey and gentle smoke fill and coat the mouth to provide a smooth, mellow finish. The peat fire gives a soft mineral, earthy aroma and flavour that can only be found in Scotch. I recommend this one for all the Cigar lovers out there. Give it a try today and open up the doors to a splendid world of fantastic whisky!

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2016 at 8:38 AM
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