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
Our clan liveries/flag where flying high above the castles main turret pictured here.
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Ah, the whisky of choice of James Bond. Need we say more? Well, yes, otherwise this would be a very short post.
When driving through Speyside last year we realized that we’d be near Macallan and definitely had to stop in for a visit. Continue reading
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
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
If you plan to be in Prince Edward County, Ontario, you may want to check out the Macaulay Heritage Park and Macaulay House. Check out the details here.
I first encountered Mortlach 21 as a recommendation from our server at The Witchery in Edinburgh 2 years ago. I loved it! And then the search began to find this fine whisky. Alas, we couldn’t locate a bottle to take home and enjoy. Continue reading
It wouldn’t be an International Clan Gathering without a ceilidh! This was Saturday night in Oban where everyone was having a grand time and many of our clan folk showed off their dancing skills. Enjoy the frolicking here!
We first learned of the story of the Stone of Destiny when we were in Scotland 2 years ago and our cottage on the Isle of Lewis had a few Scottish movies. We watched it and fell in love with the story. There were portions of the movie that seemed like comic relief until I read the book and learned that that was the reality of their experience. Ian Hamilton’s memoir of these fateful events is well crafted and provides insight into Scotland of the 1950s. The story, as well as inspiring feelings of pride, provides historical context, has humour and passion. This is one of the many books that we carry with us as a display item at our clan tent. Continue reading
Since we were in Oban in August for the MacAulay International Gathering it seemed appropriate that I start with Oban 14 for our whisky page. This is my go-to whisky of choice when I want just a lovely dram that makes me happy inside. Continue reading