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Georgie's Picks

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Years  Scotland

Tasting Notes: I know I picked The Glenmorangie Nectar D'or last month, but I had to show you this one too! It has flavours that are forbidden to dogs (chocolate, peppermint!) but I've smelled these delicious things in the house and thought what harm can they do if they're nuanced in a whisky? Quinta Ruban is aged 14 years in bourbon casks and Portuguese Port casks. "The finished whisky is a thicket of voluptuous flavour combinations. Walnut and black pepper. Mandarin orange and melted marshmallow. Dark chocolate bar and peppermint. Like stepping into a chocolate-minty-orange unknown, the journey is as delicious as the destination." Yum and woof!

Price: $119.99


Georgie's Picks

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 years  Scotland

Tasting Notes: My Hoomans were invited to a Glenmorangie Tasting with Brian Simpson, Brand Ambassador this week. Not sure what happened to my invitation! I would have had no trouble understanding his Scottish Brogue! Dark, sweet and luxurious, this is a true delight for the senses. Quinta Ruban is hands-down my favorite of the Glenmorangie core line up and solidifying the 4 year finishing has done nothing but deepen the profile and bring more nuance to the whisky.

Price: $119.99


Georgie's Picks

Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey  Ireland

Tasting Notes: I know what you're thinking...... I'm a wee white dog choosing a whisky named Yellow Spot! We hounds enjoy sniffing yellow spots - get a lot of information on who's in the neighborhood! But a Scottish dog choosing an Irish Whiskey is even funnier! However, to honour our Irish cousins and recognize they too make lovely whiskies, I've selected this one as it's quite delicious. From County Cork, 46 ABV, single pot still, aged 12 years in ex Bourbon, Sherry & Malaga casks. On the nose - sweet barley, and floral with vanilla, honey and orange blossom. Lavender and apricots, hints of baked pear and my favourite shortbread! It's silky and layered. Slightly dry and tannic, with hints of brown sugar and caramel.

Price: $125.99


Georgie's Picks

Kilchoman Machir Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky  Scotland

Tasting Notes: In these cold, frozen snow covered months, I've been dreaming of a good beach to dig my claws into and kick up some sand! This whisky from Islay is reminiscent of just that. Pours a vivid pale gold; the aromas immediately hit your nose with notes of smoke and brine, reminiscent of a seaside bonfire. Digging deeper, one finds integrated aromas of crisp apple, lemon peel, dried heather and honey. On the palate, it is smooth and pleasantly warm, with a lovely marriage of sweet and smoky flavours, from the aging in Bourbon casks. If you can't have a bonfire on the beach, bring one home in your glass!

Price: $85.99


Georgie's Picks

The Glenlivet Caribbean Cask  Scotland

Tasting Notes: My Master has never taken me to the warm sunny beaches of the Caribbean to run around and chase waves, so I have to be content with playing in the snowbanks here and warming up with a wee dram after my walkies. This has a ripe tropical fruit flavour, with brown sugar and cinnamon and banana flavours, imparted from the aging in Caribbean rum casks. Very enjoyable on a cold December evening! So, if you're not heading to the south seas for the holidays, this dram may be the next best thing! Slainte!

Price: $65.59


Georgie's Picks

Highland Queen " Majesty" 16 Year Old  Scotland

Tasting Notes: Ahh! the leaves are starting to turn, and fall, the air is crisper, and as a wee white dog with a double coat of fur, I like the nip in the air and the smells on my autumn walks! It reminds me of my ancestral highland home..... It also is a good time to pull the cork on a new whisky to try after an invigoration walk on the river trails. This one, Highand Queen has a rich and mature nose, with notes of dry fruit, chocolate and spices and a hint of shortbread cookies (my favourite!). To taste, it is sweet, full and exceptionally well rounded. The flavour is initially of toffee and barley sugar, with a hint of smoke and pear flavours. This is an easy going dram, and perfect for New Scotch Drinkers. Slainte!

Price: $79.99


Georgie's Picks

Roaming Dog Riesling  Washington, USA

Tasting Notes: I chose this wine (instead of a whisky this month) because it's describes as sweet and energetic. Just like me! It's pays homage to another dog who also likes to chase squirrels, but hey, with a paw print on the label and bright, juicy citrus aromas of pear, jasmine and honey I couldn't resist. It’s a classic example of a Columbia Valley Riesling and incredibly versatile. Try it with chicken or pork or just sipping with a cheese appetizer after an afternoon walk. Who says you can't drink white after Labour Day?

Price: $27.49



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