Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson's Straight Rye Whisky is one of the treats I reach for on rare occasions. It's not the most expensive bottle of whisky in my cabinet–far from it–but this premium line of rye whisky is relatively new and the LCBO's supply is dwindling. The story of this Canadian rye crosses the border into the United States…. 

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The History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man’s Pappy

he History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man's Pappy

The illusive nature of Pappy Van Winkle is part of its charm. Pappy Van Winkle is released in such limited quantities that a bottle listed at $300 will sell for three or four times that price. More importantly, it's almost impossible to find unless you know someone, or happen to be at the right place at the… 

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Three Ships Whisky

Three Sips Whisky

The problem with most affordable (cheap?) blended scotch comes from the utterly boring base flavour. While single malt scotch is made strictly from malted barley, blended scotch is mixed with distilled corn and possibly wheat. The result is a cheaper drink, with a dull vanilla flavour that's common among many brands in the $30 range…. 

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Mark’s Spotlight Holiday Gift Guide


Whisky makes for a fantastic gift during the holidays. It's easy to shop for, there are options at any given price range, and, chances are your friend will share a drink with you whenever you come over.

Forty Creek: Where Passion & Winemaking Meet to Craft Great Whisky


Forty Creek Distillery has deep roots in winemaking, with a passion for whisky. Recently I had the pleasure of doing a private tour of the distillery that included a tasting of the full product line.