A couple of weeks ago, bourbon lovers and bourbon aficionados joined together for a #WhiskyCrawlTO through downtown to Toronto. The idea was simple; gather together a few gals who love the drink with people who are experts in the field to sip, savour and laugh over the experimental cocktails. Follow our journey on Twitter here.

We began at Jump, a staple in Oliver & Bonacini’s line of upscale restaurants. With a different, yet unique, cocktail for each person on the tour, we were able to try and taste a range of their very inventive menu.

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Our next stop was at Miller Tavern on Bay where the owner Rob Montgomery led us on guided tasting. Taking us on a journey though some of his favourite bourbons and whiskeys, Rob showed us how to properly savour these flavourful drinks and then reimagine them into something new and exciting. Through his simple tricks of adding water or cherry beer or even an iced espresso to the drink, each whisky was change to bring out the delicious flavours in the whisky.
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On this tour I was considered more of a whisky lover than whisky expert. Although I’ve participated in a tasting or two, there is still so much for me to learn. So to help those of you at home inspired to create their own tasting, here are some fun facts for you to throw out at your next party!
Did you know?
  • The spelling of whisky, or whiskey differs geographically. As a rule of thumb, American and Irish prefer ‘whiskey’ while Scots, Canadians and the rest of the world’s single malt producers prefer ‘whisky’.
  • The word whisky is derived from the Gaelic word “Uisge Beatha” which means “water of life”
  • Whiskey is beer (without the hops)* that’s been distilled two or three times. Crazy right?
  • The “Angel’s share” or “Angel’s tax” refers to the 4% of whiskey that evaporates every year.
  • The five regional whiskeys areas around the world that are always included are: Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Kentucky (Bourbon), Canadian Whiskey, and Tennesse Whiskey. The disputed two regional whiskeys are Japanese and New Zealand

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