Happy New Year to those of you who follow us on a regular basis, and to those of you just visiting our site for the first time. After a well-deserved break over the holiday period, Terry and I are back in the thick of things organizing our upcoming events. There is an event for every whisky enthusiast and every budget. We hope to see you at one of the events listed below, and as always, you can contact us by email or phone to organize a personal event or ask us a question.
January 21st – 6:30pm Douglas Laing & Co. Brand Ambassador Jan Beckers at the Burgundy Lion Pub, 2496 Notre-Dame O., Montréal, H3J 1N5
This is the most special day of the year as it’s my Birthday! So as a treat, we have flown in Jan Beckers from Scotland to share some of the whiskies from Douglas Laing & Co. Just kidding! The date is a coincidence, but what a B-Day gift! Tonight I get to sit back and enjoy some great whiskies and learn about a company that has been in existence for over 65 years.
January 25th – Robbie Burns Dinner, the Forest & Stream Club, Dorval, QC
Our first big event of the year will be held at the Forest & Stream Club, a private establishment built by the Scots, to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s most famous bard: Robert Burns. Although this event is not open to the public, it is shaping up to be a fabulous dinner paired with the excellent whiskies from Morrison-Bowmore; Auchentoshan, Glen Garioch, and Bowmore.
January 26th, 6:30pm – Burns Supper; Burgundy Lion Pub, 2496 Notre-Dame O., Montréal, H3J 1N5
This is an annual event for us; A fabulous traditional Scottish dinner (including haggis) paired with 4 Scotch single malts. This year’s theme is “hidden gems” at the SAQ, whiskies you may not have noticed but are well worth trying. You will also get to see me in a kilt and perform the Address to a Haggis as written by Robert Burns. Tickets are $70.00 per person and this event sells out, so contact Toby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-934-0888 for reservations.
January 28th, 7:00pm – Tasting the “Famous Four” Distilleries - Shaare Zedek Congregation, 5305 Rosedale Avenue Montreal, QC H4V 2H7, 514-484-1122
The second in a series of four tastings at Shaare Zedek to raise funds for youth activities in the community. We will be tasting six single malts from: Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and Laphroaig. Guests will learn about their rise to fame and taste some of the innovative expressions recently released by these great distilleries. Appetizers will be served. For tickets contact Ron Karpman (514) 928-3376 or email@example.com
February 4th 6:00pm – Blue Met Literary Festival, “Fedoras & Scotch”; Monument-Nationale, 1182, Boulevard St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, H2X 2S5
The Blue Met Foundation has organized a Scotch tasting based on the theme: “Fedoras & Scotch” to raise funds for the Foundation. This entertaining event features literary readings and short skits, and of course, single malt Scotch. Tickets are $150.00 per person; for more information contact Blue Met at 514 932-1112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
February 12th 6:00pm – Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Fundraiser; 5430 Royalmount, Montreal, QC H4P 1H7
The second of four fundraisers, we will taste a series of single malts (to be determined) in a small intimate, bar-like setting. The food, served as appetizers, is outstanding. Tickets are limited and cost $150.00 per person. Contact Yaël Ricquebourg at email@example.com for reservations and more information.
February 15th, All Day – Valentine & Scotch Weekend at Hillview Haven Estate B&B, Baltimore, ON, K0K 1C0
Can you think of a better way to spend Valentine’s weekend other than at a beautiful guesthouse, eating fabulous food and tasting Scotch whisky?! Peter and Irene Gittens are most gracious hosts that will make you feel welcome and comfortable. Did I mention Irene is Scottish?! They are offering a one-night stay for two with dinner, breakfast, and the Whisky Luncheon for $399.00 (plus tax) per couple.
Luncheon from 11:30am to 2:30pm pairing single malts with appetizers; $49.99 (plus tax). This is Peter’s menu:
- Scottish Highland Beef Meatballs on a lightly fried tortilla shell topped with Pomegranate Slaw
- Mushrooms stuffed with Turkey Breast
- Smoked Trout Paté on Rye Croutons
- Whisky Marinated Scallops with Chorizo and Green Olives
- Scottish Shortbread with a Whisky Almond Topping
The overnight package is based on double occupancy and includes dinner, breakfast, and admission to the appetizer luncheon! $399.99 per couple (plus tax). The dinner and breakfast menus:
- Lobster Bisque (paired with a Scotch Whisky)
- Seared Salmon topped with a Calvados Cream Sauce on Wild Rice (paired with a Scotch whisky)
- Spotted Dick drizzled with a Caramel Whisky Reduction (with a Scotch)
- Belgium Waffles with Maple Syrup topped with Whipped Cream (with a Scotch whisky, if you like)
- Blueberry Crêpes drizzled with Maple Syrup (with Scotch)
Rooms and places for the Luncheon are limited so contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-342-5403 for reservations.
February 16th, 6:30pm – Fundraiser for the Montreal Pipes & Drums, Burgundy Lion Pub, 2496 Notre-Dame O., Montréal, H3J 1N5
This is an event organized by the Montreal Celtic Society where THe Burgundy Lion will host the tasting of four whiskies from different Celtic whisky producing nations. Appetizers will be served. $50.00 per person; no tickets at the door. For tickets contact Devin at (514) 217-4781 or Toby at (514) 934-0888. www.montrealcelticsociety.org
February 21st, 6:00pm – WhiskyFête 2014, University Club of Montreal, 2047 Rue Mansfield, Montreal, QC H3A 1Y7
This is Montreal’s most unique Scotch tasting event; Only single malt whiskies will be available to taste, each one rare or over 18 years old, many both. Organized by the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, this event is a fundraiser for the new Chair of Scottish Studies at McGill University. Tickets are $295.00 per person; entertainment and appetizers are provided. Updates provided on Twitter: @whiskyfete Tickets and information can be found at www.whiskyfete.com or by calling Norma at (514) 842-2030.
February 22nd – The Spirit of Kingston Whisky Festival, Kingston, ON
Ouidram will be pouring the excellent whiskies from Highland Park and The Macallan with Canadian Brand Ambassador Marc Laverdière. The general admission for this event is sold out, but some Masterclasses are still available; www.kingstonwhiskyfestival.com