Whisky’s Magical Journey with Olivier Roellinger

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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

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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 […]

New Brunswick Spirit Festival

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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 […]

Here’s to Tullamore

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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, […]

Nicolas De Stael, The Light Catcher

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Nicolas De Stael, The Light Catcher

Celebrating his birth centenary, two major exhibitions brought Nicolas de Staël’s masterworks into light this summer in France. One is still on until 9th November, in Le Havre (Normandy). Highly recommended. Refusing to be labelled as an abstract painter nor more than a figurative one, Nicolas de Staël tracked color and light all his life […]

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 […]

Mackmyra discovers Food pairing

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Mackmyra discovers Food pairing

Food pairing is the new territory explored by Mackmyra distillery in Sweden with Marcus Torgeir, the creative chef of Mackmyra restaurant in Gävle. What a feast. And a passionate exchange of views when I came to the Mackmyra day last May.

Gartbreck (nearly) comes to reality

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Gartbreck (nearly) comes to reality

Martine & Jean Donnay, owners of Glann ar Mor distillery in Brittany, have revealed the plans for their second distillery, to be built on Islay, off the west coast of Scotland. Gartbreck will be the ninth distillery on the island.

Miscellaneous thoughts

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Miscellaneous thoughts

The trendy perfume Fancy a spray of Laphroaig on your oyster? On your cocktail? On your chocolate mousse? Or simply in your mouth (so much better than the mint breath freshener!), on your hair or whatever tickles your fancy? I use whisky spray in cooking quite regularly but having this branded atomizer is even better. […]

Laphroaig Comes Back Home As a Painting

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in blog | 3 Comments
Laphroaig Comes Back Home As a Painting

This is the story of a painting which was intended to me and I did not know! That will remain as the best memory of my tasting tours in 2013. This happened during the NB Spirit Festival in Fredericton (New-Brunswick) late November. I was hosting an Art and Whisky tasting for the first time. Four […]