New Brunswick Drive Through Adventure!

Two New Brunswick men have been arrested after allegedly going through a McDonald’s drive-thru on a couch.

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Miramichi police said an officer spotted the couch, being towed behind an ATV, at 3:19 a.m. Thursday in the drive-thru.

“And when (the officer) put his lights on, of course he took off, the four-wheeler did, with the sofa still attached. But he left his two passengers from the sofa at the drive-thru,” Cpl. Lorri McEachern said Friday.

“The two passengers from the sofa, or the couch, or whatever you want to call it, were intoxicated.”

The driver raced through the parking lot, across the highway and onto the frozen Miramichi River, still towing the couch through much of his escape, she said.

“He got away, but they got the four-wheeler later on that day and seized the four-wheeler, so now they just have to locate the driver,” she said.

Two local men, aged 28 and 39, will face yet-to-be-determined charges.

McEachern said it is illegal to tow a couch through a drive-thru, but the two men were wearing helmets.

“So obviously safety was somewhat important,” noted McEachern.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

The Whisky Life List, Your Personal Archive!

We look forward to working with students as they explore the Whisky Life List. All students will have access to this personal archive that was created for those who want to keep track of the Whiskies that they have enjoyed.whisky life list 2

Here are some views of what the list currently looks like. We now have 1683 whiskies listed which is a good start. You can get some idea from the welcome page how it will flow. There is a search function area where the user keys in the name of the whisky and then, if the whisky is on the list, up comes the tasting note area. This is for the user to fill in as they see fit.

We now have the ability to upload images to this tasting note area. This way a user can take some photos of the event where they enjoyed the whisky and have the images filed with the tasting note.

It has been suggested that the ability to post to Facebook from the archive will be a big plus. We are looking into this.

Chairman Bill

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Whisky Tutorial: Introduction to Single Malt Scotches

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Whisky Tutorial!

Dear Fellow Whisky Lovers,

I was asked to help a friend put together a whisky education session for some folks who had never tried single malt scotch before. As I researched the whiskies I decided that we would taste six different whiskies along with water and some crusty bread and plain soda crackers to cleanse the palate. Please do not consider this to be the definitive tutorial structure. It does give some useful information to students and instructors alike.

Each student had six glasses in front of them along with a tasting record. The students were given a brief talk on why whisky is served at room temperature and one or two drops of water may be added after the first taste of an individual whisky to release additional flavours if so desired. The addition of water is an ongoing discussion among whisky lovers. I think that it depends on the whisky and the individual tasting the whisky.

The tasting grid had the six whiskies down the side. The order of tasting was: Auchentoshan 12 years, Glenfiddich 12 years, The Macallan Gold, Arran Amorone Cask, Highland Park 12 years and Talisker 10 years. The top of the grid had colour, nose, flavour, finish and overall. The most room was given to overall.

As the student tried the individual whisky the tasting notes from the distillery that produced that whisky were read out. This was presented as one option of finding information about a particular whisky. There are many other resources that students can use to find out more. Within the group we had a wide range of opinions as to what whisky was preferred. Some liked the whisky with the most dramatic finish. Others liked the whisky that had been in wine casks to age.

It is indeed a matter of personal taste and preference. The idea of having a group tutorial is to learn together. I always encourage students to learn from one another. It is quite possible that one of the tutorial students is well versed in single malt whiskies and has brought a friend along to introduce them to the variety of heavenly elixirs available. With the proper encouragement the tutorial can be further enriched with student input.

I always take the opportunity to remind one and all that single malt whisky starts with three ingredients, malted barley, water, and yeast. It is truly amazing how many different whiskies with such a wide range of flavours began this way.

We are all learning after all!

Chairman Bill

 

Glenmorangie Distillery

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This is a Highland region distillery. Glenmorangie is Scotland’s best selling single malt within Scotland. The tour guide was top notch and went the extra mile to drive me into town to catch my bus.

 

Tasting Notes: Glenmorangie 10 year old Amber colour, light fruity flavour, light finish. Overall a lovely dram that is welcome to join my drinks cabinet.

Benromach Distillery

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Benromach is still in the Speyside region of whisky making. It is the smallest working distillery on Speyside with a staff of two including the manager.

The tour was very well run.

Tasting Notes:
Benromach 10 year old: Pale amber, sweet and a bit smoky, nice flavour bites at the finish.

I would be happy to add this whisky to my drinks cabinet.

Glenfarclas Distillery

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The malt is lightly peated for Glenfarclas whisky. There is a range of single cask bottlings under the Family Casks label. You can enjoy whisky for each year from 1952 to 1994. I did not have the opportunity to try all of these whiskies.

 

 

Tasting Notes:
Glenfarclas 10 year old. Light colour and mild flavour with a hard finish
Glenfarclas 25 year old. Amber colour, smooth and tasty, 2 drops of water improve the finish making it less harsh.
Glenfarlcas 30 year old. Darker amber colour, very smooth and tasty, bites at the finish. 2 rops of water improves the finish making it less harsh

All three whiskies are most welcome to be part of my drinks cabinet.