Abhainn Dearg – the Lewis whisky

Abhainn Dearg

Their beautiful logo

The Red River, that offers its waters to make this Lewis whisky, is the English translation of Abhainn Dearg, pronounced  Aveen Jarræk. We love that they’ve used the Gaelic and it’s located in my favourite place in Scotland, overlooking the Uig Sands on the Isle of Lewis. This is a newer distillery and the first (legal anyway) one on Lewis in nearly 200 years. Continue reading

Talisker Storm

Talisker, a perfect whisky for a cool autumn evening or a cold winter night, or, as it turns out, a chill May evening in Victoria. We were first introduced to Talisker at the 2014 Victoria Highland Games by our friend from Clan Campbell. It was a bit brisk for May and we needed a bit of warmth as we waited for the Torchlight Ceremony to begin. And thus a love affair with Talisker began. Continue reading

Tony MacAulay’s Paperboy: Brilliant!

I’m very fortunate. I grew up in a home with parents that encouraged us nightly to not only watch the news, local, national and international, but to discuss these issues over the dinner table. Mom and Dad believed it was important for us to try to understand issues, whether it was discussing Canadian politics, the Vietnam War or the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But, that being said, as a Canadian growing up in the 60’s and 70’s on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, there’s absolutely no way I could ever have a full understanding of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. And I never will, never could, because I was raised in peace and security where the scariest thing that happened in my life was the FLQ crisis in Quebec. We didn’t have soldiers patrolling the streets, bombs a threat or gunfire a regular occurrence.

Tony MacAulay’s poignant memoir Paperboy gives insight into the Belfast reality through great storytelling and humour. Continue reading

The Dalmore

If you enjoy visiting whisky distilleries Dalmore is a must. You have to book in advance for your tour. I had booked our tour while still in Canada taking into account that we would traveling from Ullapool to Dalmore after taking the ferry back to the mainland from the Isle of Lewis. We arrived at the ferry landing in Stornoway and wondered why no other vehicles were in line. Turns out we’d arrived an hour early and our ferry didn’t leave until 7 am, not 6 am. Oops! Continue reading