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The Dalmore 15y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

Second round at L’ile Noire, and we went for one of the big guys.  The Dalmore wins all kinds of awards all the time. Caveat: we had The Dalmore 5th in a night of scotch tastings, so it’s possible our tongues were just worn out and tired.  I will keep The Dalmore 15y on the

Highland Park 18y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

First round at L’ile Noire, and… well, you remember how in the Highland Park 12y review I said I was saving up my pennies for the 18y?  I’m not anymore. There’s nothing out and out wrong with the scotch, and if you weren’t familiar with the 12y you’d probably enjoy it.  But it doesn’t taste

Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

3rd round, Whisky Cafe.  Time to get weird.  We tried the Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt Whisky, Japan’s equivalent of a blend of single malts.  This was unlike any whisky I’ve had so far – almost as smooth as a liquor, clear tasting for such a dark drink. Me: smooth, clean, comfortable Katherine: light, fruity,

Talisker 18y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

Second round at the Whisky Cafe, and it was time for a classic, and no binge scotching is complete without a Talisker. Served from a tiny bottle, the best review I can give to this drink is the first two things out of Katherine’s and my first words: “that’s definitely a Talisker” and “I love

Auchentoshan 21y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

First up at the Whisky Cafe, we opted for the oldest Auchentoshan available.  It had been on Katherine’s list for a while and it seemed like the perfect chance to try it. Rather than invite judgment, I stuck to neat for all the drinks in Montreal.  I know I’ve said that you should drink your

Whisky Cafe, Bernard & St-Laurent, Montreal

First stop on the impromptu scotch tour of Montreal, the Whisky Cafe is a pretty classy joint, although the website is a little mid-last-decade (music-playing Flash splash page, eh?).  The music is definitely part of the atmosphere of the cafe, low lighting and many, many bottles on the walls and behind the bar.  There is

Montreal Scotch

$30,000 worth of single malt scotch

Recent trip to Montreal with Katherine netted many scotch opportunities (scotchportunities), not this least of which was the SAQ on St Catherine’s.  This one shelf represents about a year’s pay for a lot of people.  That is awesome and ridiculous at the same time (awesadiculous).