So French

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in cooking | No Comments
So French

When I was in Fredericton (New-Brunswick), I hosted a cooking demonstration, selecting a family recipe. My grandmother who hated wasting food used to treat us with her scrumptious “Pain perdu” (lost or wasted bread). A wonderful way to salvage stale bread.

New Brunswick Spirit Festival

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in blog | No Comments
New Brunswick Spirit Festival

Raise Your Spirits 2014 My annual trip to Canada takes me to Fredericton in New-Brunswick, the only officially bilingual province, part of the Atlantic Provinces (les Provinces Maritimes). Fredericton, the capital, is a quiet and spacious city which bubbles with excitement on the third week-end of November. Whisky lovers come from Ontario, Québec, US to attend […]

A few Tullamore

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in tasting | No Comments
A few Tullamore

John Quinn took the journalists through a tasting on Tullamore opening day.  The tasting was conducted in a very atmospheric Irish Pub, two steps from the old distillery. Easy to imagine the old workers chatting over a pint or two, after their hard working day… Tullamore Dew- 40% The iconic whiskey of the range. A […]

Soup time

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in cooking | No Comments
Soup time

When come the stormy days, there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup. In the South of France, the old folks used to add a small glass of red wine in their soup. It was called “faire chabrot”… Let’s do it with whisky!

Here’s to Tullamore

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in blog | No Comments
Here’s to Tullamore

 Tullamore distillery is born again. William Grant & Sons acquired the brand Tullamore Dew in 2010 and they decided to go further and build a new distillery while keeping the visitor reception center in the old buidings. A historical moment for the future of Irish whiskey. There is a lot happening in Ireland. Like everywhere, […]

Miscellaneous

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in tasting | 2 Comments
Miscellaneous

I can’t resist sharing the tasting-notes of my Port Charlotte Cask, a sample of which I got two weeks ago (filled on 21st July 2001 – drawn on 4th July 2014, hence nearly 13 Year-old). More on Bruichladdich Cantilena 2014 and on Highland Park Dark Origin…

The Four Seasons of Whisky. . . when Winter is on its Way

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in cooking | No Comments
The Four Seasons of Whisky. . . when Winter is on its Way

That last part of the Four seasons of whisky is not very. . . seasonal but let’s close the cycle with Winter so as to have a complete picture. It is not surprising to concentrate on sweet flavours. Winter calls for comfort food. There is an air of simplicity and sobriety in winter. Uniformity of […]

Cantilena Music Festival Tunes In With Islay

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Cantilena Music Festival Tunes In With Islay

With a concert every night, Cantilena Music Festival orchestra played to a full house all week long. Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert, Mendelssohn resounded in the distilleries as well as in Ionad Challum Chille Ile, the gaelic centre. The now traditional Music and Whisky tasting in Islay Hotel featured the Four seasons. The Music and Whisky tasting […]

Ardbeg Auriverdes – 49,9%

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in tasting | No Comments
Ardbeg Auriverdes – 49,9%

Auriverdes is the latest edition of Ardbeg edition to be launched on 31st May on the distillery day at Feis Ile, Islay Festival of Music and Malt. The best opportunity to put your hand on that bottle is to be there that day!

The four seasons of whisky: Summer

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in cooking | No Comments
The four seasons of whisky: Summer

Fancy illustrating the season in your cooking and your choice of whisky? Let me take you through the four seasons with some easy nibbles, savoury and sweet. Time to think of Summer now.