Expensive Taste KW was privileged enough to host a private tasting with Stalk and Barrel Whisky, by the Still Waters Distillery in April 2017. While Barry and Barry could not attend due to some last minute issues our host took us through the wonderful spread of Stalk and Barrel Whiskeys.
The Black Label Canadian single malt whisky was one of the highlights of the tasting session.
Made from 100% Canadian two-row malted barley they mash, ferment, and distill by hand in small batches in a copper pot still. The whisky is then aged in ex-bourbon casks on site for a minimum of three years.
Knowing that this whisky was only a few years old made me a bit apprehensive before the tasting. Normally single malt whisky’s are allowed to percolate for a decade or more to enhance and bring out the flavors of the spirit. New spirits typically don’t have the breadth of flavor that older spirits do so I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors during our tasting.
Pale straw in color, the whisky looks a little bit oily in the glass, with the legs slowly running down the sides of the glass when nosed. Initial flavors from the nosing would make this whisky seem a little bit immature, but those thoughts evaporated upon the first sip. This whisky has great earthy flavors, picking up barley and grassy undertones. It reminded me of being in a freshly cut hayfield in mid-summer. As the spirit spills around the tongue you can also pick up hints of sweetness, with a touch of butterscotch. As it heats up your mouth and tongue it gives you the fire of a young single malt. The fire lasts for a bit before fading away with a dry finish.
Overall for a young spirit it has surprising depth of flavor. It has intrigued me enough to warrant adding a bottle to my personal collection to continue to decipher the flavors and nuances of a made in Ontario single malt. The Still Waters Distillery is trending in the right direction and most likely their whiskeys will only get better with age.
Good Afternoon fellow ET members,
On behalf of the Eboard I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years!
I look forward to seeing everyone at the 9 Year anniversary party to be held Saturday January 28th at Franks new place.
For those of you with outstanding bills from last months bottle auction please forward your money to the Eboard prior to January 1st or sanctions will be brought forward.
I will leave you with a quote I have always liked so in the words of Johnny War Amps “Play Safe!”
Just wanted to pass along a note of support for our fellow member Raf Wyszynski who is participating in Movember this year.
If you would like to support the cause and make a donation please follow the attached link.
Support men’s health!
The Expensive Taste Burger Cook-off is fast approaching. I hope you all are ready to have your asses handed to you on a silver platter hahaha!!
Anyways please find attached the cookoff rules, timeslots, and judging criteria for the contest.
Should you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact anyone on the Eboard to let us know.
See you all soon!
Expensive Taste Burger Cookoff Rules
Congratulations goes out to Nicki Proulx, the winner of Expensive Taste’s 2016 Glass Turkey Draw. The winning ticket was sold by Expensive Taste member, Tom Suliman.
With proceeds from the draw a donation of $250 will be made in the name of Jacek Wyszynski to the Canadian Cancer Society, Kitchener Branch.
Thank you to all who supported the club and this worthwhile cause and to all those who did not win better luck next time!
The Glass Turkey draw is occurring this Friday June 24th, so if you haven’t purchased your tickets for the draw you still have a few days to do so.
Please remember that Expensive Taste KW is supporting the KW Cancer Society by donating half of the proceeds from ticket sales to this very worthwhile cause.
The winner will be drawn at our regular club meeting this Friday and will be contacted immediately following the draw to be informed of the win. Grand Prize is a texas mickey of whisky of the winners choosing.
Let’s make this the best year ever for Glass Turkey and get the final push on for ticket sales.
I would like to personally thank all of those who have purchased their tickets already! We appreciate your support.
Expensive Taste KW President
Expensive Taste KW is once again holding our semi-annual Glass Turkey Draw. Tickets are being sold for $2 each or 3 for $5 with the chance to win a Texas Mickey of Whisky (choice of the winner)
The draw will happen on June 24th so there is plenty of time to get your tickets. Tickets are available from all members of Expensive Taste KW or can be pobtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifty percent of the proceeds from this years draw will be donated to the KW Cancer Society in honour of Jacek Wyszynski, father of Expensive Taste KW member Raf, who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.
Get your tickets today to support a great cause and have your chance at winning the Texas Mickey!
I just wanted to send a quick note from your President wishing everyone a Merry Christmas (yes I said Merry Christmas to all you politically correct people out there that say Happy Holidays) and a very Happy New Year as well. I personally can’t wait for the 8 year anniversary party scheduled for January 30th at Nicks place where we will most definetly taste our most expensive bottle ever which will also end up being our 100th taster!!
Congratulations to all members for making it this far, cheers to many more to come.
I look forward to the coming year with guided tastings scheduled and our regular special events of the golf tournament, camping, cook-off, and the annual Halloween bash still in the fold.
Without dedicated members this club would not be what it is today so a huge Thank You to my Eboard for all of their hard work this year and to everyone else who may have played a role in the success of the club this past year.
And on a side note the following people still owe money from the bottle auction which must be submitted to the Treasurer on or before January 1st, 2016. Rico -$45, Tamara -$50, Josh C -$90, Chad -$2, and Ryan B -$112.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
GlenDronach 18 Year Old Tawny Port Finish
The colour is almost caramel in appearance due to the finish in the port cask
The nose is fruity and fudgy with hints of pear, cherry, and caramel fudge coupled with spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The fruit shines through with notes of cherry, pear, and roasted apple and combines with caramel, making the taste quite sweet and syrupy with a wisp of smoke to be had. The flavor lingers on the tongue before releasing into a slow dry finish.
I would rate this as a 7.5/10, quite a good scotch, but maybe not worthy of adding to a personal collection.
Medium amber in colour; aromas show lemon, apricot, caramel and vanilla; the palate is full with complex flavours that resonate from the nose; the finish is smooth and balanced.