the only rule: don’t spill it

Last night I stopped into The Hazelton for Macallan Scotch tasting.  Wasn’t sure if I was gonna to make it through. I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can handle drinking scotch but I’m sure going to try’. I had a good time at the vodka tasting last time.

I arrived with Keri and sat down right across from Cheryl who I know as @Cherrysberries. We had a lovely Quebecois man named Mark showing us the Macallan.

It wasn’t long before I spotted a bunch of familiar faces around the room…

Toronto bloggers Zucket & Hyfen

Twitter peeps Jingle_jangle_topshelf, Reado & Karmacake

Some things I learned:

  • pay attention to how the scotch feels in your mouth
  • distilled beer is whiskey
  • women have better sense of smell
  • takes 12 years to make a 12 year whiskey
  • no right or wrong way to drink scotch
  • don’t put it in the freezer
  • ice ball has less surface area than an cube and melts slowly

The whole time I was tasting these I thought “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Mmm, mmm, mmm. Here it goes down, down into my belly.” haha

Macallan 12 – added water, comes from Spanish oak, little bit of wood smoke, valinna woith hints of ginger, smooth palet, sweet toffee finish, dried fruit…

Macallan 15 – fine oak – lighter in colour

Macallan 18 – fine sherry oak, darker

Macallan 21 – like a fine ballerina on stage exquisite single malt

Whiskey stones are better than icecubes. If you don’t get the expensive ones you can go to Lake Ontario, bend down, pick up some stones, wash with wiskey, put in the freezer, use as ice rocks.

To ensure they don’t ruin their wood supply, they don’t cut more than they plant; they plan ahead 100 years for that fine oak.

That’s pretty cool. I recon making a hundred year plan is a good idea.


  1. October 29, 2009 / 9:19 am

    Great post Casie, glad you didn't get a cleave shot of me 🙂

  2. October 29, 2009 / 12:26 pm

    I did honey but I didn't post it 🙂

  3. October 30, 2009 / 2:00 pm

    Worked out so well we ended up there together eh. I can still see your face when you drank the stuff, haha.

  4. October 30, 2009 / 9:00 pm

    Worked out so well we ended up there together eh. I can still see your face when you drank the stuff, haha.

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