New & Diverse

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in tasting | No Comments
New & Diverse

An Irish malt, a Scottish single malt and a gin from Normandy. It could not be more diverse…

Venison Fillet Marinated in Whisky, Chestnuts, Wild Mushrooms & Root Vegetables

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Venison Fillet Marinated in Whisky, Chestnuts, Wild Mushrooms & Root Vegetables

Venison is often a favorite option on festive tables. That dish was presented in 2011 at The Aberlour Whisky Dinner during The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and cooked by Eric Obry, the French chef of la Faisanderie in Dufftown (he now runs the Old Pantry in Aberlour).

Thinking out of the Box?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in blog | 2 Comments
Thinking out of the Box?

One more time, NB Spirits Festival in Fredericton (New Brunswick) lived up to whisky aficionados’ expectations. Four days of tastings, meetings and out the box thinking. When knowledge and education meet banter. “Le fun” as they say in Québec.

Pairing in South Africa

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in cooking | No Comments
Pairing in South Africa

I gave a few pairing whisky with food gigs at Wild about Whisky, the famous Dullstroom whisky bar. The star was the rainbow trout which abounds in the Scotland-looking lakes around Dullstroom. Delicately smoked, tasty, a winner with single malt.

Whisky Passion in South Africa

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in blog | 3 Comments
Whisky Passion in South Africa

The passion Eve, Dave and Steve share for whisky is beyond imagination. Wild about Whisky is not a bar where people come to drink. They come to learn and of course to enjoy what they taste.

New Releases 

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in tasting | No Comments

Speyside Craigellachie Distillery, now owned by Dewar’s, has revamped their single malt range. I had the opportunity to taste the four bottlings. Interesting, they all bear the same distinctive mark: a robust, meaty character imparted by traditional worm tub condensers. Another new release, Tusail, is a new addition to Glenmorangie Private Collection.

Light and Delicate

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in cooking | One Comment
Light and Delicate

Spring is not on its way yet. We are longing for fresh fruit. Although I am not very keen on using tinned fruit, I think pears work well. Here is a delicate sweet which enhances a fruity and light single malt profile. Walkers ginger shortbreads give a vibrant kick to ricotta.

Whisky’s Magical Journey with Olivier Roellinger

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in blog | No Comments
Whisky’s Magical Journey with Olivier Roellinger

My journalist colleague Martin Mitchell was among the lucky diners that evening. He could not believe his taste buds!  Rooted in Celtic inspiration, the enchanting dinner performed an incredible alchemy between the dishes, the whiskies and Breton mythology. Let us follow Martin….

Six finalists for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in blog | No Comments

A judging competition took place in January to select the six runners up which will be sampled by the visitors during The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival early may. They will have to choose between two single malts (tasted blind) in three categories. The ten judges had make a selection among 37 samples submitted by […]

On Fredericton whisky dinner menu

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in tasting | No Comments

Here are the whiskies that were on the menu at the launching dinner of NB Spirits Festival. Interesting to have a blend and a bourbon. My friends in Fredericton call that “thinking out of the box”. A few single malt purists confessed to me they had liked both outsiders. So…