Fermented and distilled grain mash is an acquired taste. But for whisky lovers, once you try it, you'll be a fan forever.
Whisky aficionados and neophytes can get into the spirits during two upcoming whisky parties in Winnipeg.
On Friday February 22, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame hosts the inaugural Winnipeg Whisky Festival at the Fairmont in downtown Winnipeg. More than 100 varieties of Scotch, including Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee, Canadian and Swedish whiskeys will be up for sampling. For the entire sampling menu click here.
Fairmont executive chef Jeremy Langemann has also created a fantastic tasting menu that includes smoked single malt suckling pig, Jack Daniel’s candied Churchill Arctic char, bison carpaccio with pickled mushroom salad and single malt and truffle oil, among many other succulent dishes and an expansive dessert station. The event raises money for the MSHF. For the full menu click here.
Tickets for Friday's event are still available and cost $225 per person. Call 204-925-5736 for tickets and information.
Meanwhile, the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg presents its annual whisky tasting on Friday March 1 at the Fort Garry Hotel. Manitoba Liquor Control Commission staff will help guests navigate the world of whisky. This very Scottish event also includes a bagpipes and drum performance. For ticket information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a hankering for scotch any time of the year? Bailey's, one of Winnipeg's oldest restaurants and a stalwart in the downtown dining scene, has the largest selection of scotch in the city. Take a seat in the main floor lounge, reminiscent of a grand old English pub, and get a lesson in Scottish distilling, sip by sip.
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