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  1. #1
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    Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Howdy all. I grew up in Kentucky but now find myself in the distant, frozen north, where no one seems to know about my favorite spirit, and (unsurprisingly) it's tough to get anything I really want. I have been lurking for a while now, but since I've moved to Canada I would love to find other bourbon drinkers here in Ontario.

    In order to get people more interested in bourbon (and American rye), I have been hosting small bourbon tastings for my co-workers and friends, but none of them have really developed a palate for some of my higher-end bottles. (I also am writing a bourbon blog that reviews all the bourbons that come to the LCBO, but my tasting skills are so rudimentary that I feel a little embarrassed to share it here with the big guns.)

    So, I was wondering if anyone here knew of places in Toronto where other bourbon lovers meet to taste, share, and discuss their favorite bottles. If there isn't, and any of you out there have high-falutin' tastes like me and want to try some good bourbon, maybe we can put together some place to meet? My collection is pretty decent, and I have, among other things, several BTAC bottlings, Pappy 20, and an old (early 90s) bottle of Maker's Mark old gold wax 100 proof (which puts the marketing for 46 to shame) that I would like to share at some point (assuming that I could try some good stuff other people have!).

    Anyway, thanks for reading and this site is great!

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Welcome aboard, I expect you may hear from our Northern Brethren.

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Welcome aboard, I expect you may hear from our Northern Brethren.
    I was thinking the same thing. Cheers and welcome! Joe
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Welcome sanzoluk! I'm sure from looking at the bottles that you currently have, that you will fit right
    -Andy

    "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man." - The Dude

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    I'm also new here, a relative bourbon novice and live in Toronto. So far my mini-bunker includes the following:

    Makers Mark
    Woodford Reserve
    Knob Creek
    Basil Hayden
    Baker's
    Booker's
    Elijah Craig 12
    Lot B
    PVW 15

    Sadly I haven't found an establishment here with anything beyond the most basic selection (MM, WR, KC) but would love to hear if others have. I'd definitely be interested in a get together at some point.

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Welcome to our two new neighbors from the north, enjoy the site. Come join us in chat some time. It's the gazebo at the top of the main forum page. Other than that post often have fun and make some new friends.
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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Hey DAM, welcome aboard.

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Hi folks,

    Welcome to Ontario, a land of plenty—aside from bourbon, of course. That said, there are a few bourbon lovers about; you just have to seek them out, and SB is a good place to start. I myself am in Hamilton, about an hour from you, but there are Torontonian members as well, who will surely introduce themselves.

    The LCBO bourbon selection has been steadily improving with the addition of BT/Sazerac products (BT, Eagle Rare, Baby Saz, 1792 RR, Caribou Crossing) and the Beam Small Batch Collection does rotate through now and again. Unfortunately, you have to stay on top of things, as the orders can be small and distributed to only a handful of stores.

    That said, don't expect to see anything like a BTAC, Van Winkle, or other high end American whiskey bottling any time soon. I cross the border for the good stuff, and with duty (on the order of 70-80% of the sticker price), that can get pretty expensive. But it's worth it, in my opinion!

    I have a nice collection of bourbons and ryes if you're interested in sharing (and arranging a visit to Hamilton or vice versa), and I'm sure others will say the same. You're in good company.
    "Good" may be subjective, but that doesn't mean it's arbitrary.

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Thanks for the welcome fellas, and apologies to sanzoluk for hijacking the thread. I just figured another Toronto Bourbon thread would have been redundant...

    After my comment above I got to thinking about places around town that might have a wider selection. One that came to mind was Allen's (on the Danforth). I was aware of their substantial scotch list, and given that they are emulating an uptown NYC saloon restaurant, it occurred to me they may have other whiskeys as well. And lo and behold, their website lists the following in the American category:

    Balnentine's
    Ancient Age 10 Year Old 107
    Baker's 7 Y.O. (53.5%)
    Benchmark Sour Mash
    Blanton's Single Barrel (46.5%)
    Booker's
    Eagle Rare 10 Year Old 101
    Jim Beam
    Jim Beam Black Label 8 Y.O.
    Jack Daniels Single Barrel
    Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack
    Jacob's Well
    Knob Creek 9 Year Old
    Maker's Mark
    Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 107
    Wild Turkey
    Wild Turkey 101
    Woodford Reserve Distillers Select

    There are a number on there I haven't had yet... It's on my side of town... I may need to pop in and do some recon over the weekend.
    Last edited by DAM; 03-03-2011 at 19:53.

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    Re: Bourbon in Toronto, Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by DAM View Post
    After my comment above I got to thinking about places around town that might have a wider selection. One that came to mind was Allen's (on the Danforth).
    I've heard nothing but good things about Allen's, so you should definitely give it a try.

    As a side note, Eagle Rare is being re-released to the LCBO in two weeks, if that strikes your fancy.
    "Good" may be subjective, but that doesn't mean it's arbitrary.

 

 

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