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Irish Whiskeys Paired With A Four-Course Menu

Blacktail Florist is excited to host whiskey lovers for an evening of hidden Irish treasures. On November 18th at 7pm, four premium whiskeys will be sampled for the first time in Canada; each of the four chosen liquors were imported directly from Ireland for this special event and will be accompanied by a one-time-only four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef Geoff Rogers. Dishes are designed to complement and counterbalance the historic and comforting whiskey flavours of Ireland.

The evening’s featured whiskeys are Pot Still Irish Whiskeys, a style made from both malted and unmalted barley which is triple-distilled in traditional copper pot stills. The method is commonly known as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey, and these varieties boast complex flavours and a true taste of Irish magic.

Guests will be warmly greeted in true Irish fashion—with a drink! After enjoying a complimentary Jameson Select Reserve cocktail, guests begin their journey through the evening’s main event. For those new to the charms of whiskey or wishing to expand their knowledge, the evening will be guided by a whiskey expert: Midleton Distillery-trained and Jameson Brand Ambassador to BC, Simone Kelly.

The Single Pot Still Dinner is $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) which includes a four-course meal paired with samples of four whiskeys. Only 26 tickets will be sold to correspond with the 26oz in each bottle, so interested parties should move quickly to secure their spot. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.eventbrite.ca

$125 per guest

Green Spot

Yellow Spot

Power’s John’s Lane Release
Voted best whiskey in Ireland by Jim Murray

Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength


Tucked among Gastown’s trademark brick buildings, Blacktail Florist shines a spotlight on BC’s overlooked and most humble ingredients. Fresh, local products are the inspiration behind daily dishes, while a range of thoughtfully selected wines by the glass and bottle showcase the best Cascadian varietals from coast to crest. Outdoor meets indoor in the welcoming, woodland-inspired interior and guests are encouraged to unwind over an adventurous and satisfying meal in a delicate and warm setting. Blacktail Florist is located at 200–322 Water Street and is open Monday to Sunday for lunch from 11:30AM to 2:30AM and for dinner from 5:00PM–12:00PM. Guests can make reservations online at opentable.com. For more information, visit www.blacktailflorist.ca

Whisky & Chocolate 101 – The Spirit of Chocolate

whisky chocolateChocolate or Whisky are a match made in heaven.  Learn how chocolate is different depending on the bean, where it’s from, & who makes it into chocolate. Whisky expert Marcus Von Albrecht will guide you through the wide range of whiskies from beginner to super-peaty as you sample amazing chocolate! GLV

Perfect pairings with Marcus Von Albrecht & XOXOLAT 

Date:             Mar.14th
Time:            6:00-8:00pm
Where:         1271 Homer Street Vancouver
Cost:             $35/person

Call 604-733-2462 to reserve

Bowmore 1995, 17 yr old, 46%

Nose:Amazingly… Maple syrup, with smoke and caramel.

Palate:  This one has more smoke than the 12 or 15. It also seems fairly complex, there’s fresh cut grass, and

Finish:Medium length, warming and semi-smooth.

Cardamom Crème Brulée

An – Creme Brulee might go with anything. This upgrade on the classic adds white chocolate & not-so-subtle spice of cardamom to bring out the inherent characteristic of this Bowmore.

Benrinnes 1997 / 15 Yrs Old / 40% Vol Highland

Neighbour to Glenfarclus, Dalwaine- malt of choice over Glendullen

Nose: Sweet and sherried. Fruity with a hint of smoke. Very appealing from the start. Maggi? Stock cubes. Plenty of the lovely ‘organics’ that I love in some sherried malts. Furniture wax. Old fruits. Grows very rich and complex. Exquisite! Powerful too. Amazing! Wood (wet, dead oak burning in the autumn). With a drop of water the nose improves even further.

Taste: Sherried with notable leathery notes. Bittersweet. Sherry dryness with smooth episodes. Very nice. Oaky and smoky. Orange. Long, dry finish with sherry moving back and forth. For a long time my first ever whisky from Benrinnes remained my favourite.

WestCoast Breakfast (Bacon) Chocolate
To match the most intense of whiskeys, this Triple Smoked, Maple Caramelized Bacon is infused with a wee shot of espresso into a dark milk chocolate. Sit back & enjoy the wonderful balance of sweet and salty.

Mortlach 20yr old – ‘Sherry Cask’– 46% vol.    Speyside  360 bottles worldwide

Nose: Rich sherry notes. Polished oak. Stewed fruits

Mouth: Full bodied. Malty and sweet. Raisins and roasted nuts. As well Spice and tobacco create a nice richness and a very great pleasure

Finish: Smooth and very long. Nice sherry notes contribute to the prolonging of the pleasure. Character and balance; An excellent bottle

Xoxolat -Venezuela Origin

This Venezuela bean is a rich and smooth chocolate with natural flavour notes of red fruit (such as plum or cherry) with slight smoky and woody notes & a hint of raisin note.

Caol Ila 29yr old – Islay

Nose: Powerful with tar, and leathery smokiness combined with peat.

Taste: Dry, smokiness is replaced with a heated leathery earthiness and a saltiness of the sea that fills your entire mouth.

Finish: Long & smooth with smokiness and medicinal notes resonating throughout

“A true Islay whisky for those who wish to uncover all the unique characteristics of this smoky, peaty earthy powerhouse.

Papua New Guinea 70% -Single origin

Bold roast, earth & wood notes yield to nuts, red fruit & a hint of smoke. This full-bodied chocolate conjures up the warmth of a library hearth, with whisky in one hand, chocolate in the other & great company to share it all.


Taste Whisky for a Grand Cause

scotchtastingposterwebFundraiser in Support of The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer®benefitingBC Cancer Foundation

“Tip a Wee Dram”  – a fundraiser supporting the Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver, BC

Team Hope rides again in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting BC Cancer Foundation. Last year Team Hope rode with nearly 3000 others in the pouring rain and helped raise $11.2 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. Help us meet our fundraising goal of $58,000 for 2013.

WHAT: “Tip a Wee Dram” – a whisky tasting fundraiser for cancer research

–      13 tasting bars to sample over 60 different whiskies

–      Food stations that pair well with your fine sips

–      Auctions with lots of great items to bid on

ONLY 300 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD. This event is sponsored by Edgemont Fine Wines and Spirits & Ales with donations from many generous purveyors of fine whiskies and food. Funds go to the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer.

WHEN:  March 8, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm. VIP & Masterclass start at 6pm.

WHERE: Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – just a quick bus ride from Marine Drive Canada Line Station.

COST: Starting at $60 per ticket. Purchase tickets at www.tipaweedram.com or at Edgemont Fine Wines, Spirits & Ales – 3020 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver. Click here for a map.

CONTACT & INFO: Brendan Cassidy – 778-928-4875 info@tipaweedram.com; Shauna Jones – 604-785-2716 shauna@shaunajones.com; Crystal Coverdale – 604-984-9463 edgemontlrs@gmail.com

Website: www.tipaweedram.com

Twitter: @TipAWeeDram

Facebook: www.facebook.com/teamhoperides

House Wine Presents A Toast to Robbie Burns

Robbie BurnsOne of our most popular tasting of the year is back by popular demand! At house wine it’s not just about the grape; sometimes we cheat on wine… In honour of Robbie Burns Day, we are excited to toast the great poet and share our passion for our favourite brown spirit. Explore the wonderful world of Scotch with healthy drams of various blends as well as Single Malts from Islay, the Highlands, the Lowlands and more. Don’t worry, we’ll forego the haggis and serve cheese instead!

Wednesday January 23rd, 2013
Time: 6pm-8pm
The Listel Hotel
1300 Robson St., Vancouver, BC
$45 (HST included)*


House Wine 


Kale and Nori Rabbie Burns Night

Robbie BurnsChef Jonathan intends on serving you the BEST haggis you’ve ever had, amongst his 3 courses and hors d’oeuvres inspired by West Coast, world flavours, and Scottish culture. Each course will be paired by an inspired cocktail by award-winning mixologist Lauren Mote, featuring several tiers of the Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky family.

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Thu, Jan 24, 2013
Venue: The Harvest Table at Legacy Liquor Store

house wine – A Toast to Robbie Burns

Back by popular demand! At house wine it’s not just about the grape; sometimes we cheat on wine… In honour of Robbie Burns Day, we are excited to toast the great poet and share our passion for our favourite brown spirit. Explore the wonderful world of Scotch with healthy drams of various blends as well as Single Malts from Islay, the Highlands, the Lowlands and more. Don’t worry, we’ll forego the haggis and serve cheese instead!

Following are just some of the highlights:

  • Bruichladdich, ‘Laddie Classic’, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky $95
  • Glenrothes, ‘Select Reserve’ Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky $80
  • Glendronach, 12 yr old, Sherry Cask, Highland Single Malt Scotch $65
  • Glenkinchie, 12 yr old, Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky $90
  • Glenmorangie, 10 yr old, The Original, Highland Single Malt Scotch $70
  • Highland Park, 12 yr old, Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch $67
  • The Famous Grouse, Blended Scotch Whisky $30

Date: Wednesday January 25th, 2012
Time: 6pm-8pm
Venue: Sculpture Gallery West
The Listel Hotel
1300 Robson St., Vancouver, BC
Cost:$45 (includes HST)

Click here to buy tickets.

An Intimate Evening with Master Distiller Mike Nicolson

Mr. Mike Nicolson joins Doolin’s Sibín (pronounced “shebeen”) VIP Room for a special whisky event. On Wednesday, January 25* (cost of $25)  you are welcome you to join us for an intimate, social club-style session with Mike, where you will be sure to learn something new and experience whisky in a way you never have before.

Mike is a Master Distiller who learned his trade over three decades at some of Scotland’s finest Scotch producers. He is now semi-retired and relocated to Vancouver Island, where he took his expertise Shelter Point Distillery, overseeing the acquisition and installation of the custom made copper pot stills from Forsyths in Scotland, and advising on the various other components and ingredients.

Both of Mike’s grandfathers were distillers on Islay and his father was a Lowland Grain Distiller. Whisky distilling is very much in his blood, and over the years, he worked as a Master Distiller at Lagavulin, Royal Lochnagar, Blair Athol, Glenkinchie and Caol Ila. He also worked at Glen Ord, Teanninich, Glen Albyn, Glen Mhor, Aultmore, Dallas Dhu, Dalwhinnie, Benromach, Cardhu, Rosebank, Linkwood, Linlithgow and Glenesk. In 2003 he was recognized by Whisky Magazine with an award for special services to the industry.

Space is limited. To reserve your seat now, please call 604.605.4328, or come into Doolin’s and ask our staff.

*Part of Doolin’s Robbie Burns Day celebration. After the whisky event, join us for the rest of the festivities in the pub!

Doolin’s Irish Pub | 654 Nelson St | doolins.ca | twitter @doolins 

The Glenrothes Whisky Tasting

DATE: Wednesday November 16, 2011

TIME: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
VENUE: Irish Heather & Shebeen Whisk(e)y House – 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver
PRICE: $40 each plus tax and 15% service.

Your evening will begin with a cocktail reception in the Irish Heather’s private Whisk(e)y House, the Shebeen, home to the largest whiskey collection in British Columbia with over 200 labels. Following the reception guests will be seated at the Long Table, the Irish Heather’s 40’ communal long table and home to Sean Heather’sLong Table Series. Here guests will be led through a tasting of the world of Glenrothes by Ross Hendry, Brand Development Manager for North America. After the tasting, the Irish Heather kitchen team will serve a hearty dinner followed by dessert made fresh from their bakery.

The Glenrothes is an award winning Speyside Single Malt Whisky from the town of Rothes in Speyside. Est. 1879, until the 1990s it was known almost exclusively to Master Blenders, and revered as a Class-A quality enhancer for blends. Since its launch as a Vintage Single Malt in 1994, The Glenrothes has become the world’s fastest growing single malt and regarded as the “The Rolls Royce of Single Malts” by Whisky Magazine. Join us at this intimate tasting led by Ross Hendry, Brand Development Manager, North America and discover the secrets behind this world class whisky. A rare opportunity, not to be missed!

FEATURED: Glenrothes Select Reserve, Glenrothes Vintage 1998, Glenrothes Vintage 1995, Glenrothes Vintage 1988

KEY SPEAKER: Ross Hendry, Brand Development Manager, North America

7:00 PM – Reception at Irish Heather & Shebeen Whisk(e)y House
7:30 PM – Glenrothes Tastings with Ross Hendry
8:00 PM – Supper & Dessert are served on Long Table

To reserve email: sean@irishheather.com

Tip a Wee Dram for Cancer Research Edgemont Fine Wines, Spirits and Ales Fundraiser

It’s only a few days until “Tip a Wee Dram for Cancer Research”, Team Hope’s and Edgemont Fine Wines, Spirits and Ales’ 2nd annual fundraiser in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. Get your tickets now!!!

This year you can choose from more than 18 single malts to taste! There will also be tasty bites of food to bring out the flavours of the single malts. The evening includes both a live and silent auction with lots of great items to bid on. As well, we’ll be raffling or auctioning off the heels of the whiskies!

Check out our website www.teamhoperides.com to see the whiskies generously donated by our Whisky sponsors. As well, you can view some of the live auction items.

Members of Team Hope ride over 265 kilometers in two days from Vancouver to Seattle in June to support the BC Cancer Foundation. Each rider is required to raise $2500 in order to ride. This event is one of the ways we raise funds for our ride. Come and enjoy a fun night and support a good cause all at the same time.

The event will be held March 10, 2011 at the Croatian Cultural Center, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver – just blocks south of Commercial Skytrain Station. We start at 6:45 pm and will finish by 9:45 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $50.00 per person and must be purchased before the event. You can purchase your ticket by going to www.teamhoperides.com or in-store at Edgemont Fine Wines, Spirits & Ales – 3020 Edgemont Blvd. North Vancouver.

Also, I’d sure appreciate it if your would pass this email onto all those you know who like scotch. It is guaranteed to be a fun night and a great opportunity to support a good cause. Be sure to take transit or bring a designated driver.

 If you aren’t a fan of scotch and/or can’t make the event but still wish to donate, you can do by clicking here.  

Check out the list of 22 whiskies to be poured for a ticket price of only $50!
Finlaggan Cask Strength
An Cnoc 12 YO
Old Pulteney 12 YO
Edradour Highland Single Malt 10 yr
Edradour Caledonia 12yr
Edradour 1997 Chateaunuef du Pape Finish Cask Strength  12 yr
Edradour Ballechin #4 Oloroso Cask Matured 5yr
Tullibardine 1993
Amrut Indian Single Malt
Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt
Stronachie 12 yr
Macallan Fine Oak 10yr
Macallan Sherry 12yr
Black Grouse
Highland Park 12yr
Highland Park 18yr
Auchentoshan Classic
Glen Garioch 12 yr
Bowmore 15 yr Darkest
Whyte & Mackay
Kuchhi Nai Deluxe
Bruichladdich Organic (Brand new to BC!)