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Wood on Wood, Head to Head. Wow, that sounds much worse than this great night was.

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
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The evening started out at Rod and Ginny’s for some pre-“Rob’s Belated Birthday Dinner” drinks. In attendance were Rob, Regan, Ginette, Nancy, Dave, Rod, Ginny, Deniese and Matthew. The gals drank bubbly while the boys had some Signatory Longmorn 16 CS. Everyone was dressed to the nines and ready for a night where the existence of children would be vehemently denied. At 8:00, to Rob’s surprise, a huge SUV Stretch Limo arrived to take us on a drunken drive about. There was shrimp cocktail, more bubbly, and flasks of Tullibardine, Glenfiddich, and Jameson’s Irish to be passed about in the VIP lounge on wheels. Next stop was the “Forget About It Supperclub” where, thanks to the long standing musical patience of Rob towards the restaurant’s owner, we had $800 in gift certificates to spend. After a little striptease to which only Rod was witness, we had some quite nice Amarone, before an Italian feast that we all enjoyed more than we thought we would. A few more bottles of Amarone and then it was back to Chez DeBoer/Daley for party time. At this point Andrew and Sandy joined the party, bringing some welcome energy with them. This is when the girls started to drink all of the things they really like to drink and the boys began the Scotch tasting: Wood to Wood, Head to Head. Essentially, it was a night of Tullibardines vs Glenmorangies…Sauternes cask finishes and Port Wood cask finishes. First up: Nectar D’Or Sauternes against the Tullibardine Sauternes. These were the closest whiskys I have ever had side by side. The nose and palate were just slightly better on the Tullibardine, though everyone would agree the Nectar has been worth the wait. Almost too close to call. Then it was time for the epic Port Wood battle (perhaps not so epic). This time the Quinta won by a nose. Next we drank some of the LSS’s Bday gift to Rob, a Dun Bhegan Rosebank 16. A lovely nice light dram after all that wood. Memories are a bit fuzzy at this junction, but I think we did a Port winner against Sauternes winner, with no clear decision coming out of that except to establish that there would no more clear anything on this night. Music played, all the ladies were sexy, and once again I’m so grateful to have such a great wife and such great friends.

Whisky’s of the 80’s

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
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C’est What hosted the entire Leslieville Scotch Society (and about 4 other people) to a Whisky Night dedicated to Whiskys older than 20 years ( read “of the eighties”) on Tuesday the 20th. In attendence were the original 4: Bryan, Rob, Rod, and me… the first time in a mofo long time too I might add, as well as Dave and Andrew, and even our satellite member Bob from far-away Parkdale. We drank  a couple of wholly forgettable Canadian Whiskys, and then nice things started to happen. The Auchentoshen  21 was really great with lots of Apple cider in the nose, pastry and cereal on the palate made this one of my favourites of the night. Next up was the Glenrothes 1987: Fruits , dates, mincemeat on the nose, a little bit oily, balanced finish. A really nice scotch. Would I buy one? Well…there were definitely a few more malts to try and they were starting to come a bit fast at this point: The Glenfiddich 21 was the next. I remember quite a few guys were surprised by the Glenfiddich. They just get such a bad rap because their 12 is so mediocre, and it’s frigging everywhere. This 21, on the other hand, was stellar. It had a really great toffee nose and quite a developing palate. It had this sort of a drying thing going on, like green grapes. The last was many folks’ favorite, for the Glenfarclas 21 really had some serious shit going on. It’s like $150 or something compared to the really pricey Auchentoshen ($189.95). It’s no surprise we have collectively purchased the Blairfindy/ Glenfarclas 31 year old, the 25 and the 15. The nose on this 21 was chocolaty and a bit musty if I remember, and the palate was like a male ballerina’s left shoe. Blah blah blah, whisky snob, blah blah blah, gay. The finish was entirely obtuse, much in the way this wasted writer might try to pull an ending off that is…

But seriously……….not, then we headed back to Chez Davies for some Tullibardines, Scapa, Glen Morangie Pineapple, Smokehead, Arran and some craziness…acoustic guitar jam, and some sort of potato system, Jeff Buckley, mexican treefrogs and ultimately, typing in the dark. Today was Obama’s day. I am curious what he will do with this new today that used to be tomorrow.

A Very Adams Christmas

Sunday, December 7th, 2008
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This year’s Christmas party at the Adams’ was one for the record books: the last cab was summoned at 6:45am, beating last year’s record by almost an hour!

The house was beautiful, thanks to Virginia’s amazing decorating touches, and Rod’s brand new, magazine-worthy custom kitchen was the envy of many guests.  As always, awesome food: tons of homemade bread, roast beef, smoked salmon, shrimp, cheese, hand-made potato chips, guacamole, three different tartes, squares, and my personal favourite: a phyllo pie made with, of all things, cream of wheat, and soaked with Grand Marnier.

Several bottles of Scotch were put to rest, including a Tormore, the MacTarnahan, a Laphroiag 10 and a Glenmorangie La Santa.  Many others were sampled, including the unbelievable Blair Athol 27 Rare Malt and the Glenfarclas 25.  Also enjoyed: Bruichladdich Yellow Submarine, Aberlour 16, Cragganmore 12, Penderyn, Bowmore 18, and assorted others.

A truly rockin’ party in true Leslieville tradition.  Coming soon: The Ladies of Leslieville 2009 Calendar!

Back to Stoyles’s for a birthday!

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
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Dave’s birthday was celebrated by an impromptu gathering of the society on a Thursday night.  In attendance were Dave, Matt, Rod and Rob, with strange background noises from Nancy. The birthday boy was presented with a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban by his wife, and with a Macallan 10 Fine Oak from the society.  The other whiskeys which presented themselves for tasting were:

Glenrothes Select Reserve
Tullibardine 1993 (14yo)
Glen Breton
Glenmorangie La Santa
Glenmorangie Original
Edradour 10

There was one other which I can’t recall, and we ended the night with a Jim Beam Black, and 8yo bourbon that is quite nice.

Slumming with the Stoyles’s

Saturday, November 1st, 2008
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This year’s Halloween party was hosted by Dave and Nancy, and in honour of our neighbourhood’s roots, a “white trash” theme was adopted for the evening.  Costumes ranged from hideous/disturbing to definitely-low-rent-but-actually-kind-of-hot.  Culinary highlight of the night was Spam sandwiches with mayo and “French’s”, on Rod’s homemade bread.  Much Scotch was tasted/consumed, but no one was taking notes so details are sketchy.  Matthew’s Value Village parachute pants apparently unleashed his latent (or maybe not-so-latent)  breakdancing penchant, and we were all treated to a horrifying spectacle, backed by the strains of “Rapper’s Delight”.  Video evidence does exist, and can be viewed for the right price.

A great time was had by all, and by the time the party wound down, pretty much everyone had at least one black eye.

The Feathers. No, it’s not a nudie bar.

Sunday, September 14th, 2008
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As part of the annual “Twelve Days of Rod”  birthday celebrations, the entire membership of the Society, plus one additional scotch lover (whom we’ll call “Bob”), made their way to The Feathers pub on Kingston Road.  The Feathers has an impressive collection of over 400 single malts, and between the six of us, we sampled an impressive selection of those.

Here’s what we drank:

  • Dallas Dhu 21yo (Rare Malt)
  • Ardbeg 1991
  • Auchentoshen Three Wood
  • Littlemill 21yo
  • Knockando 1987
  • Dufftown 10yo Cask Strength
  • Convalmore 1983
  • Caol Ila 1990 Portwood
  • St. Magdalene 19yo (Rare Malt)
  • Pittyvaich 1976
  • Tomatin 12yo
  • Longmorn 15yo Cask Strength (Signatory)
  • Glenmorangie Sauterne Cask 1981
  • Highland Park 1977 Cask Strength
  • Ledaig 15yo
  • Inchgower 14yo
  • Teaninich 12yo
  • Glen Ord 11yo Cask Strength
  • Glen Scotia 1990
  • Aberfeldy 15yo
  • Laphroaig 1988

In addition, we sampled almost all of The Feathers’ house single malts, including Highland, Lowland, Campbeltown, Mull, Orkney, Islay and Islay Cask Strength.

Tasting notes were taken for some, but mostly we just enjoyed an evening of exceptional Scotches with good company in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  Must do it again.

I Found It In My Notebook…It Must Be True.

Friday, September 12th, 2008
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Well an entire summer has come and gone and Rob and I have been too frickin’ busy to write posts, but there is quite a lot to report. First off, we really must welcome our fifth member, Dave Stoyles. Dave and his wife Nancy of “Northofqueen” are really the right kind of weirdos, much in keeping with the Leslivillians we tend to be and/or hang with. Now with regards to the many crazed nights of yummy single malts that have happened since the Scotch Hole, I will begin with this one: June 18th, 2008. Ginette and I had just gotten our new gas stove. According to my notebook, in attendance were Dave , Rod, and Myself. As you might expect the line up for this night was stellar: Highland Park 15, Oban 14, 3 Laphroaigs! the 10, the 15, and the Quarter cask, Caol Ila Cask Strength, The Rare Malts Blair Athol 27, the old Pulteney 12 from Rod and Ginny’s Buffalo trip, a Glen Garioch 15 and lastly, the Deerstalker 10. That’s 10! In retrospect, we probably should have guessed that 10 single malts multiplied by 3 guys would equal: no post on the website, you poor hung over fool. Anyway an amazing time was had, and we took tasting notes and everything before calling it a night.

Obviously there is no way to catch up on all that has happened this summer, but there were a great many highlights, not the least of which were: Communal Camping and Josie’s Birthday at the Blue Moon. All members are currently being asked to do a formal inventory for the Collection so we can get our number straight and add the appropriate tasting notes to the site. Later tonight, all of the members of the Leslieville Scotch Society are taking Rod out to the Feathers to celebrate his 45th birthday. I will be very surprised if any member is capable of adding a post about this event anytime soon.

Bryan’s Place, Lovely Ellen, and The Scotch Hole.

Monday, April 28th, 2008
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It had been a really long time since the 4 of us had been able to be in the same place for a nosing, and this one was a doozy. The whole affair began with a shopping trip to Bayview Village for some new bottles. Sadly, there wasn’t a Rare Malt in sight. What we purchased was: The Royal Brackla 18, a Poit Dhubh and a Te Bheag by Rod, a Highland Park 18 and an AnCnoc 30 by Bryan, and lastly a Bowmore 18 and a Glen Scotia 29 by Rob and Matt. Upon returning home that evening, Matt read a less than favourable review of the Glen Scotia online, and seeing as it was very expensive, there were some second thoughts. The following day, after conferring with Rob, it was a forgone conclusion that the Glen Scotia was going to be exchanged for something else. But what to get? Some online hunting narrowed the choices to a Caol Ila 25 or a Glen Ord 25. The Caol Ila turned out to be at an LCBO out in God’s country, so on to the Glen Ord. A call was made and the bottle was put aside for us down at Cooper street. However when we arrived (Rod had come for the ride and Rob was indisposed) there sitting by itself in the vintages cabinet was an option we hadn’t known: an Old Malt Cask bottling of a Port Ellen 23! The Glen Scotia’s return had given us enough to get the Port Ellen and a little bonus, the Nikka Yoichi Japanese single malt. Okay, so now our final line up for Saturday’s big “game” was in place. There was one more last-minute addition courtesy of Virginia: a bottle of Peat Monster. So, 9pm at Bryan’s rolled around and the table looked like this: Highland Park, Bowmore and Royal Brackla 18s, Connemara Irish, Nikka Yoichi Japanese, and Pendaryn Welsh “Not Scotch” Single malts, a Balvenie 17 New Oak, Poit Dhubh and Peat Monster vatted Malts, and lastly the transplendent Port Ellen 23 and AnCnoc 30. That’s 11 and should have sent up some red flags… a minimum of 11 ounces of whisky per guy… this could (read “will”) get messy. In addition, of course, there were some vittles: a Sashimi platter, shrimp in red curry and Marlin steaks in green Thai curry, various nuts and munchies. Extensive tasting notes were taken (coming soon), and not suprisingly, we all got wrecked. Somewhere around this point, Bryan, in a wisdom all his own, suggested that we really should finish theremaining half bottle of Connemara…I mean it’s only 59.5 % ABV, how could that be wrong? The rest of us agreed (a little too readily) and shortly thereafter Rod’s whisky glasses box had its clasp ripped off by Matt, Rob announced “I’m a big guy” to the rest (at 6’5 it wasn’t really a suprise), we yelled stuff at Bryan’s neighbors, and then, so I am told, Rob, Matt and Rod went to Rod’s for some extra curricular activities. All of this part of the night exists in a place Rob referred to as the “Scotch Hole” a black empty void measuring about 1 hour by 2 city blocks that left no memory on those caught within its grasp. Apparently, Matt did an imitation of his two-year-old Arthur, complete with screaming and running/bouncing of the walls as he ran headlong at the sober and scared Virginia. Then for reasons unknown we spilled into the street in front of Rod’s house, where Rod did a couple of pratfalls into Berkshire Avenue. Not to be outdumbed, Matt discovers how to fire his booster rockets and launches himself northbound towards Queen… luckily Rob helped with the atmospheric re-entry and made a course correction, sending Matt towards the blackness and blankets of his own home. All in all, enough Ya Ya’s were got out to last a good long time for all involved.

Danny Gatton

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
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It’s Easter weekend 2008. Ginette has gone to New Brunswick to celebrate her grandmother’s 90 th birthday. Matthew is flying solo with the 3 youngins. Rob and Rod come for a visit Saturday eve, and we start the night by listening to a fairly awesome Mariachi band from Montreal. It’s not long before we get thirsty and, well, bottles start come down from the shelf: Connemara Cask Strength, Glen Morangie Lasanta, Rob brought his birthday present, The Glen Tauchers 14, then I think we had Longmorn, Scapa (possibly), and Lagavullin Distillers. We are all now finely tuned machines, so let’s check out YouTube for comedy and tunes and the extraordinarily strange “Melodyne Direct Note Access”. The night is crowned by listening to the ridiculous guitar stylings of Danny Gatton. Little did Matt know, but about two hours after Rob and Rod went stumbling homeward, he was going to get up to see about crying 2 year old Arthur, and put his back out in biblical proportions. 10 days later as I write this, I have been on a journey of pain coloured by something called cyclobenzaprine, codene and even morphine to sleep. But relief has started to show up from time to time, and I’m just about off the pain meds. As soon as I am totally clear, I’m thinking…Ardbeg.

Journey To The North Lands

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
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Gather round and hear tales of this strange and wonderous place: NORTHOFQUEEN.  Some of the residents adorn their dwellings with hundreds of teddy bears. Others conjure music from button covered boxes. Two denizens of this wild and foreign land, Nancy and Dave, invited a contingent of southern dwellers to come and enjoy their hospitality. In attendance were: Rod and Virginia, Rob and Regan, Matthew and Ginette, Nancy and Dave, and Nick. On the bar was, Glenmorangie 15, Dalwhinnie 12,  Balvenie 12 Double Wood, Glen Breton 10 Canadian Single Malt, Connemara Cask Strength Irish Single Malt, and Laphroiagh Quarter Cask.

The food table was outstanding featuring Taramasalata and some exotic cream cheese and hot pepper blend. Many fine herbs and spices were employed, the use of which contributed significantly to the concensus that many objects, including Dave and Nancy’s new door, may have in fact, been Photoshopped.