Scotch Whisky Experts in Toronto?
I realize this is slightly off topic for the forum, but given that you're all fans of the finer things in life I'm hoping you may have some insight to share. I'm looking for a Whisky expert in Toronto who is available for private tutored tastings for a group of about 15 at a location of our choice. We've had a few leads but haven't been able to secure an expert to largely to scheduling conflicts. Any help is very much appreciated!
I get in touch with Ed Patrick from the Quaich Society in Toronto or Marc Laverdiere from the Scotch Whisky Ambassador Program.
Let me know how to contact you and I will send you details.
The Academy of Spherical Arts has 120 single malts, they do tastings. Dunno if they's rent out their expert, but... you don't ask, you don't get.
Academy of Spherical Arts
38 Hanna Ave, Toronto, ON M6K, CA
In 1996 Paul Kennedy, the host of "Ideas" on CBC Radio, did a program titled "Ideas about Single Malt Scotch Whiskey", and by the time he finished it his office was filled with empty bottles - "strictly research" he said!
Paul visited distilleries in Scotland to record the program and talked with many experts about "usquebaugh" or "uisage beatha", ("water of life" in Scots Gaelic). Tapes,CDs and transcripts can be ordered at the Ideas website. After he completed the program he wrote a book based on it also titled "Ideas About Single Malt Scotch Whisky".
Paul is very knowledgable in the subject of scotch and he may be able to help you. Here's a link to where you can contact Paul and other Ideas staff.
Thanks for all the suggestions, we've booked Ed Patrick as per Cam D's suggestion. I'll come back here with a review of the night for those interested. Thanks again!
FYI, Via Allegro on the Queensway has by far the largest selection of Scotch in the area (over 800 !!!) you could contact them for tastings. They claim to have one of the largest selections in the world.
Just to close out this thread, our lineup for the night was:
1993 MACALLAN 12-year-old (Coopers Choice)
1992 AUCHROISK 13-year-old (Murray McDavid Limited Edition)
GLENFARCLAS 21-year-old (Official Distillery Bottling)
ABERLOUR A'BUNADH Cask Strength (Official Distillery Bottling)
GLENTURRET Cask Strength (Dewar Rattray Single Cask)
Ed Patrick was fantastic. Excellent knowledge, really engaging speaker, good sense of humor. Would definitely recommend him to others.
We had our event at The Mackenzie House, which is a great venue for it, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're trying to organize an event yourself.... the city contact for booking it was really difficult to work with.