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Feb 11, 2008 11:40 AM

Scotch Whisky Experts in Toronto?

Hi Chowhounds,

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!

Kind regards,

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  1. 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.

    1. Feather's Pub on Kingston Road has a (huge) number of scotches many of which the owners have imported. I know they do offer scotch tastings.

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      1. re: Otonabee

        Couldn't agree more ! I've been to a few tastings at the Feathers, always a great time. Supposedly it has the largest collection of Single Malts in North America...Very friendly. And if you want atmosphere, you can't go wrong.

      2. 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

        1. Allen's Bar on the Danforth has what I understand is Toronto's best selection of single malts. Perhaps they could help...

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          1. re: estragon

            Allen's isn't even in the ballpark. Feather's probably has twice the number of scotchs.

          2. 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.