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imbibehour
02-16-2011, 10:47
A family member sent me this, this was an article that showed up in the Food section of Canada's major paper. The columnist did a tasting of bourbon and wrote some notes:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/beppi-crosariol/bourbon-sheds-its-cowboy-chaps-and-dons-a-tux/article1908190/

I'd be curious to see what you all though of it. Last time this guy did a cocktail video using bourbon but used a bottle of Gentlemen Jack. So I think this was a chance for him to do his homework a little better.

Man those prices in Canada are expensive. Makes me love living here for buying bourbon!

dbk
02-16-2011, 12:38
Man those prices in Canada are expensive. Makes me love living here for buying bourbon!

I've said it many times in other forums: you folks have no idea how great the price of your whiskey is at home! It's not just Canadians paying more (though we do, thanks in no small part to government-run alcohol monopolies); prices are substantially higher in the UK too.

squire
02-16-2011, 13:50
Favorable press is always welcome.

StraightNoChaser
02-16-2011, 14:23
Any links to the "bourbon cocktail" video you mentioned?

Gillman
02-16-2011, 14:37
It's a good article, I don't agree with some of the points, e.g. bourbon's image never was completely downscale; sweetness comes IMO from the new charred barrel, not corn (essentially), etc. But it's good coverage for the brand.

In the end I think the market is led here by the choice, not the other way around. Had more quality bourbon been available here (a control province as each one is in Canada) it would have sold very well, just as the currently expanded but still limited selection is selling well. The government decides what to list here, and certainly the market has a role but only up to a point in my estimation.

Anyway, bourbon's ship has come in, which means hopefully more choice in the future and maybe better prices, so it's all good.

Gary

cowdery
02-16-2011, 14:50
No state-controlled system can ever be truly market-driven and the Canadian distilled spirits market certainly is not. I have no doubt there are policy biases in favor of Canadian-made products and that is reflected in the Authority's selection as well.

squire
02-16-2011, 14:56
Just what I was thinking Chuck.

Gillman
02-17-2011, 00:02
I'm not sure though because there is a very large malt whisky selection here and has been for some time. Bourbon hasn't been on the radar in nearly the same way. It's starting to change possibly.

Gary

IowaJeff
02-17-2011, 13:27
Next time I'm in church I will have to taste the pew.

Inthewater
02-17-2011, 14:38
Wow, that guy was big on the Bulleit Burbon.

I've not heard good things about it, is that a different style from them that he reviewed at the end of the article?

"Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey
SCORE: 93
PRICE: $39.95 (all prices Ontario)
The aroma is big on fruit, then the flavours lean toward grain and flowers, with a suggestion of old church wood. Smooth. Good buy."

It tied for the second highest rating on his list.

:skep:

Inthewater
02-17-2011, 14:43
Next time I'm in church I will have to taste the pew.

He did talk a lot about "old church wood" as if wood being in a church would make it have a different taste.

Rather than just the fact that it was old.

cowdery
02-17-2011, 14:46
I think the writer may have revealed more than he intended.

squire
02-17-2011, 15:03
Don't recall reading about church pews as a tasting note by other Bourbon reviewers, may be awhile before I see it again.

Inthewater
02-18-2011, 06:13
I think the writer may have revealed more than he intended.

:)

Nicely done.