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An award-winnng weekly columnist for Canada's top newpapers including the National Post, Globe & Mail and Financial Times
This not-for-profit website is dedicated to providing readers with professional non-advertorial reviews

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Thanks to all the workers who are keeping the flow of essential beverages available during the pandemic - You make my day!


and now for something completely diiferent
A NEW RECOMMENDED BEST BUY
THAT HAS NOT BEEN PAID FOR

Discover this limited-edition Irish Whiskey
Michael Vaughan's 94-Point
RECOMMENDED BEST BUY
FERCULLEN PREMIUM BLEND IRISH WHISKEY
LCBO 12199 - $57.00

March 27 availability - only 448 bottles in 82 stores
The totally rebuilt Powerscourt Distillery can be traced back to the 9th century. Known in native Gaelic tongue as “FeraCulann”, it is located in the foothold of the Wicklow mountains, close to Dublin. Located in the village of Enniskerry I discvered that the Town Clock was built by the 6th Viscount Powerscourt and was presented to the Village on St. Patrick’s Day 1843.
Now 177 years later discover what Master Distiller
Noel Sweeney has managed to produce.

This remarkable blend of 88% 8-year-old grain whiskey and 12% 16-year old malt whiskey is light yellow-gold in colour.
The refined nose is slightly spicy, honeyed and gently floral with gently toasty, buttery, vanilla notes. On the palate, it is dry, medium bodied and harmonious with refined, gently toasty, warm, ripe plummy-apple flavours and a very attractive, lingering, bright, vanilla-stick-tinged finish

TASTER'S TIP - LET IT BREATHE
ISO tasted neat at room temperature from a recently opened bottle & one just opened the former opened last week was smoother & showed more complexity
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APRIL 4, 2020
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see our linked SUMMARY of all 125 April 4 Vintages Releases
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linked AGENT Summary for 125 April 4 Vintages Releases

APRIL 18, 2020
see linked SUMMARY of all 112 April 18 Vintages Releases
also
linked AGENT Summary for 112 April 18 Vintages Releases


* * * History in the Making * * *
THE BIRTH OF VINTAGES

In 1974 the LCBO opened its first Vintages outlet.  In those days it was called the Rare Wines & Spirits Shop & was initially located in a tiny small third floor room at 43 Freeland Street. It moved to an upscale free-standing location across from St. Lawrence Market.
READ MORE FROM MY NATIONAL POST FEATURE
ALSO
the original Toronto Life feature from March 1974
when BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE BRUT RD 1961 was $16.45

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WHAT TO DRINK WHILE IN ISOLATION
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MARCH 21 VINTAGE ASSESSMENTS

also
linked March 21 buyers guide to what was tasted

IN ADDITION
See our March 7 VA Newsletter
also
VINTAGES MARCH 7 BUYER'S GUIDE
plus
MARCH 2 VINTAGES DELISTINGS
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* * * A blast from the Past * * *
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1st tasting in London England
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READ MORE FROM MY TORONTO LIFE FEATURE

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Michael with colleague Steven Spurrier who was his guest at
the 1976 Canadian wine tasting that Michael organized in
London England (see link to artiicle below)


Thankfully still healthy Steven Spurrier and Michael Vaughan
in Toronto at the early March Académie Internationale du Vin launch


 

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