Friday, November 2, 2012


Rows of whisky glasses ready for guests

Several kilted gentlemen feted the evening

The group of visiting distillery masters (from left): Elizabeth Havers of William Grant and Sons, Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail, Kirstie McCallum of Burn Stewart Distillers, Peter Currie of Duncan Taylor, Ranald Watson of Springbank Distillery, Douglas McIvor of Berry Bros & Rudd, Mike Nicolson, Alex Bruce of  Adelphi, Craig Johnstone of Bruichladdich, Peter Wills of Kilchoman and Bob Kyle of Glencadam & Tomintoul.


The distinctive cask of dreams from Glenfiddich available only in Canada,  made from casks that were signed with dreams from people in several cities across Canada (including Calgary), and as such is a unique and rare product on the market.

A beautiful set up for the Balvenie

A chef from Buzzards Restaurant prepares a dish for guests 

Liquid gold (as many would call it).  Beautiful bottles from Aberfeldy/Dewar's on display.

David Michiels Scotch Manager at Willow Park Wines and Spirits - Slainte!

Any scotch drinker's dream - an unending lineup of scotch from several distilleries.

Smoked salmon from North Sea Fish Market - so a propos for the evening.

The colourful display at Glenfarclas

Kirstie McCallum of Burn Stewart Distillers- the only distiller on the isle of Mull.  Tobermory single malt, has a smooth taste profile while Ledaig single malt is peated.

Tartan graced many table displays adding a touch of colour to the bottles of scotch


A quartet of cheese from Springbank Cheese company including epoisse purportedly Napoleon Bonaparte's favourite

Marlene Howard of Thirsty Cellar with Alex Bruce of Adelphi

The Macallan - bottles of 12, 15 and 18 year old respectively

Nicole Gourmet's offering for the evening, a lamb pie.

Peter Currie of Duncan Taylor in tartan (right) is all smiles with an exhibitor

Tasting notes for each of the many bottles offered up for tasting

Willow Park Golf and Country Club's risotto with wild mushrooms and beef.

Tomatin, a relatively unknown highland whisky. 

Though blistery temperatures were a distant memory, it was still perfect weather to sip scotch at Willow Park Wines and Spirit's Whisky Fest.  Guests enjoyed nibbles (many Scottish themed, including shortbread cookies and smoked salmon), a silent auction (to benefit the Vintage Fund) and of course, a multitude of whisky from several distilleries across Scotland.

Not only was it a chance to speak directly with brand ambassadors and master blenders, gain more knowledge about the wonderful world of scotch but the event also allowed guests to mingle with other scotch aficionados (and as it was Halloween evening the crowd included an Egyptian Pharoh and Michael Jackson among others). Till next year!

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