MacAulay Apparel Now Available

MacAulay apparel is now available! There are currently jackets, short-sleeved button-up shirts, polos and t-shirts.

Click Clan MacAulay Apparel to view the available MacAulay apparel options.

To order click Clan MacAulay Apparel Order Form, print, complete, scan and send.

Each item of apparel is adorned with the MacAulay badge. Wear it proudly!

All prices listed in Cdn$. To estimate the cost in other currencies please click here.

New Options Available Under MacAulay Apparel

Now available in time to order for the MacAulay International Gathering in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland! Short-sleeved button-up shirts for men and women, complete with the MacAulay logo. See the post above to see what wearables are available (including jackets, polos and tshirts) and then click on the order form.

For our friends from Scotland, Northern Ireland and England (or anywhere not in North America) that will be attending the Gathering, please contact Joan from the Contact Us page and we’ll save you some money by having it shipped in Canada. We’ll deliver the items to you at the Gathering.

Clan MacAulay International Gathering 2017, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

The Clan MacAulay International Gathering 2017,  Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

‘Bringing Our People Together’

The Clan MacAulay extends an invitation to all MacAulays, McAuleys, McCauleys, Macauleys, Macaulays, and McCawleys… in Scotland, Ireland and around the world to come together at this special event in the promotion and spirit of kinship.

Venue: Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dates: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th August, 2017 Continue reading

Glenfarclas 21 – A Fitting Tribute to the Bard

Special thanks to Doug Doughty for submitting this whisky review, although I’m a little sad I was unable to join him at the Robbie Burns Supper in Montreal this year. Enjoy!

Since I moved to Montreal a few years back, I have been going to the St. Andrew’s Society Annual Burns Supper.  It is held in the University Club, which has an amazing selection of Single Malts.  I always have a hard time selecting the whisky I will be enjoying. The first time I went I enjoyed a 21 year old Mortlach (one of my wife’s favourites) and when I told my wife, who was not with me, she was clearly jealous. I can’t repeat her exact words…

Well, this year I thought I’d try a Glenfarclas.  I had seen Glenfarclas all over Scotland, particularly in Speyside region where the distillery is located. I had always meant to try it, but always chose something else. On this evening, I opted for the 21 year old.  The bartender had to hop on the counter to retrieve the bottle; now that’s a top shelf whisky.

He poured me a dram which I could barely wait to sample. It was the colour somewhere between honey and caramel, always a good look for a single malt.

I sniffed the bouquet.  I detected floral notes, possibly some heather or clover, and maybe a hint of vanilla.  But the most interesting thing about the nose was, it smelled warm.  Not like if bottle was stored in front of a heating register, but rather it smelled the way a warm hug feels. It embraced my olfactory senses heartily.

I took a sip to see what pleasures awaited my taste buds.  There was a smokiness to it, but not like a heavily peated whisky.  It was just the right amount.  You could detect fruitiness and floral notes in the taste as well. There were hints of apple and clover and maybe a very subtle vanilla.

One sensation I particularly enjoyed was how on the finish, my tongue tingled.  After every sip it was there teasing me, begging me for more.

When I looked up Glenfarclas 21, the World of Whisky website said “Overall: Very, very pleasant. Could teach Roger Moore a thing or two about smoothness.”

And that is the adjective which best describes this wonderful water of life.  Smoooooooth.

Robbie Burns’ Supper 2016 (Montreal)

Contributed by Doug Doughty (First Dude of Western Canada) …

For the last few years, I have been attending the Burns Night Supper held annually by the St. Andrew’s Society in Montreal.  It is held in the University Club, which is the kind of place heavily steeped in tradition and history.  This year’s Burns Night was held on Friday January 22. To read more, click here.

Happy Robbie Burns Day from Clan MacAulay Canada!

May we all lift a wee dram in honour of Robbie Burns this day. I enjoyed the Visit Scotland page on Burns and thought I would share. Two years ago while in Scotland we visited the Robbie Burns Museum.

Visit Scotland: “Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s most important literary figures and is best known for his famous, and often humorous, songs and poetry. Burns was an inspiring and passionate pioneer of his generation and is regarded as Scotland’s National Bard.

More commonly known as Rabbie, Burns was born to a poor family in Alloway, Ayr, on 25 January 1759 and began his working life on the family farm. Burns’ father recognised the importance of education and hired a local teacher for Burns, who went on to demonstrate signs of an exceptional writing talent from a very young age.

As Burns grew older, his great passion for Scotland and his dynamic, contemporary vision played an important role in inspiring the founders of socialism and liberalism. His literary fame began when his first work Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, later known as the Kilmarnock Edition, was published in 1786 after which his writing career flourished.

Although Burns only lived to the age of 37, he enjoyed an eventful life and produced an astonishing amount of great literary work during his career.

Burns is famous for his political views, revolutionary behaviour and his love for the lassies, all of which can be seen in his extensive catalogue of work. Burns was also inspired by the beauty of Scotland, particularly the breathtaking scenery of Ayrshire, his birthplace, and the romantic setting of his later home region of Dumfries & Galloway.

Although more than 200 years have passed since his death, Burns remains one of the most celebrated figures in Scottish history and culture, demonstrated by the annual Burns Night celebrations held across the country on 25 January each year.”

Glen Garioch – from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland

Special thanks to Doug Doughty, aka First Dude of Western Canada, for submitting this whisky review.

On one of my recent sojourns into the SAQ (Quebec’s liquor stores) I was idly wandering through their whisky selection, as I often do, when I saw a whisky that caught my eye, Glen Garioch.  It comes from one of the oldest whisky distilleries, dating back to the 1700s, and is located near Aberdeen; making it the most easterly distillery in Scotland.

On the box, it describes the tasting notes as “fresh heather, poached pears and malted barley, crème brulee, and sweet ripe fruits give this Glen Garioch a long and memorable finish.”

I poured a dram and I examined the colour; it was the colour of golden honey. It had a warmth and was very appealing.

The nose was lively and very fresh. It held some nuances that I couldn’t identify but they filled my nose with delight and a hint of peat. I could detect a heather honey smell and a slight whiff of caramel.

On first taste, the palate was sweet, but not overly so, and oh how it lingered. On second sip, there was more sweetness and again the hint of peat, a lingering sweet smokiness. When I started drinking whisky, I wasn’t overly fond of the smoky, peaty flavours that are present in many whiskies, but I have grown to appreciate them more as my palate develops. And the Glen Garioch has a subtle yet appreciable smoke to it. Like the sweetness, it isn’t overpowering, it’s just the right balance.

The finish, which does last as advertised, leaves your tongue all tingly. It’s the perfect complement for a good cigar; the sweet and smoke combining and lingering with the subtleties of the cigar. A perfect match.