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OUIDRAM’s Travels

Vermont Public Television Downton Abbey Experience

On January 5th, 2013, Terry and I participated in a unique fundraising project inspired by the hit Masterpiece Theatre series; Downton Abbey.   The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, Vermont was transformed in a 1920’s home of the English aristocracy.  … Continue reading

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Shelter Point Distillery Visit

Happy New Year to all of our followers out there!  I am just now catching up from a busy December for OUIDRAM and it looks like 2013 shows no signs of slowing down.  Please check back to this blog and … Continue reading

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Still Waters Distillery

In March I had the opportunity to visit an artisan distillery called Still Waters Distillery in Toronto.  Owners Barry Bernstein and Barry Stein have a great little operation going on… making small batch vodka, single malt whisky, rye whisky and … Continue reading

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Spirit of Speyside Festival 2011

  Our first Masterclass at the Festival was hosted by Mike Lord, owner of The Whisky Shop Dufftown.  Mike took us through the effects of refill bourbon casks on the spirit.  We sampled 1st fill, 2nd fill and 3rd fill … Continue reading

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Speyside Whisky Festival 2011

We started our Speyside Whisky Festival experience with a fabulous dinner hosted by David Wishart at the Muckrach Lodge Hotel in Grantown on Spey.  You probably know Dr. Wishart for his comprehensive book called Whisky Classified.  David breaks down the … Continue reading

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St. Andrews on April 28, 2011… Bad Timing!

First… The Famous Grouse Experience Still making our way to the Spirit of Speyside, the next stop was at the Famous Grouse Experience, as a nod to some good whisky friends of ours.  I thought the animated presentation was great for families, and I … Continue reading

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On the Road to Speyside – Gleneagles

Travelling to the Speyside Whisky Festival, we decided to make a couple of stops along the way.  Our first break was at the famous Gleneagles Hotel & Resort.  The building and property is just magnificent and unfortunately, none of my photos do it justice.  … Continue reading

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Glengoyne Masterclass

After our great trip to Orkney, it was time for some R&R back in Edinburgh.  We spent Easter with my aunt and uncle and their family, and did the tourist bit.  The weather continued to cooperate… and I had a … Continue reading

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Orkney and Highland Park

After a two day car ride and a smooth ferry crossing, we finally arrived in Kirkwall on Orkney, the home of Highland Park Distillery.  The weather continued to cooperate, with only a shower or two.  It was a little cool, … Continue reading

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Benromach and on to Orkney

We had a wonderful tour of Benromach Distillery, one of the smallest in Scotland.  The whiskies of Benromach are just now coming into their own, as the distillery has been up and running for more than 10 years under the … Continue reading

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