WHISKY CLUB

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The C100B whisky club gath­ers two or three times a year, as of­ten as its mem­bers can man­age the com­mit­ment. The finest tast­ing of 2017 un­folded one cold, wet and icy win­ter night at the pub Céilí Cot­tage in Toronto’s Les­lieville district, owned by whisky club found­ing mem­ber and oys­ter­man sans pareil, Patrick McMur­ray. Aside from the fine de Claires, Colville Bays and Gal­way flats on the ta­ble, what made the evening so mem­o­rable was the whiskey se­lec­tion: a ver­ti­cal tast­ing of The Ma­callan and High­land Park, coached along with their brand am­bas­sador. The evening re­sulted in our giv­ing the nod to three big win­ners: us, the un­wa­ver­ing qual­ity of the en­tire lineup from The Ma­callan, and High­land Park 18.

That whisky is creamy and rich, lay­ered with notes of ripe ex­otic fruit, well-hon­eyed with a mild spice in the fin­ish, along with a touch of cit­rus. It is a mag­nif­i­cent whisky—and a steal at $199.95 at the LCBO.

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