Monday, 24 December 2012
SHE SAID: On this joyous Christmas Eve, one of our Saint John Whisky Tasting Society member wrote the following poem that I would love to share. Please note this is copyright protected so please be kind and if you post or use it, make sure you give him credit. Thanks!
SANTA'S LAST RUN
BY: DERYL FITZGERALD
IT WAS THE END OF THE EVENING ON SANTA'S LAST RUN
HE WAS FEELING QUITE THIRSTY AND LOOKING FOR FUN.
ONE LAST HOME TO VISIT, HE'D BEEN HERE BEFORE
HE BOUND DOWN THE CHIMNEY AND BOUNCED ONTO THE FLOOR.
TREE & SOCKS DONE THEN LOOKING AROUND FOR TREATS & SOME SCOTCH
HE OPENED THE CABINET TO FIND ALL OF HIS FAVORITES THERE AS A PRIZE.
THERE WAS PORT ELLEN, ARRAN, BALBLAIR AND EVEN CARDHU
SANTA SMILING, OF COURSE, KNEW JUST WHAT TO DO.
HE OPENED THE FIRST ONE AND TOOK A NICE BIG SWIG
IT SWEETLY BURNED AS HE SWALLOWED BUT NEARLY FLIPPED HIS WIG.
HE TOOK A SECOND, A THIRD AND THEN EVEN A FOURTH
AND FEELING QUITE MERRY OPENED A FEW MORE OF COURSE.
DOWN WENT SOME DALMORE, TALISKER AND THE CLYNELISH TOO
THEN CAME MACALLAN, SOME OBAN, ONE DRAM THEN TWO.
JUST A FEW MORE HE TIPPLED BUT THEN SUDDENLY REALIZED
IT WAS DARN NEAR MORNING AND HE MUST FINISH HIS RIDE.
SO GRABBING A BOTTLE OF KILCHOMAN AND TWISTING HIS NOSE
UP TO THE ROOF TOP THROUGH THE CHIMNEY HE ROSE.
HE STUMBLED HAPPILY TO HIS SLEIGH AND KISSED ALL THE DEER
AND ORDERED THEM HOMEWARD WITHOUT ANY FEAR.
AND OVER THE VALLEYS AND DOWN THROUGH THE GLENS
YOU COULD HEAR HIM HOLLER: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY SCOTCH DRINKING FRIENDS!!!!
Merry Christmas from THE LASSIE!
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
He Said...Just a quick update for everyone. Our own little competition celebrating whisky and the "Great Outdoors" has closed and the winner has been picked! The winner is a local Saint John Whisky Tasting Society member named Deryl! His name was picked randomly from close to 100 entries! His celebrated #outdoordram was Bowmore Tempest 10. We want to thank Bowmore and Yomego for providing the great little Bowmore gift-pack. Deryl is actually hosting a holiday party this week complete with oysters and a selection of single malts so this gift couldn't be any more appropriate! Congratulations Deryl! Hope everyone is celebrating...and celebrating responsibly of course!
Thursday, 13 December 2012
SHE SAID: I'm in the middle of a massive project right now so have not had the time to review any whiskies the last few weeks. It's been hectic to say the least. However, I took a bit of time yesterday to meet with a friend I hadn't seen in almost a year and as we shared our lunch we caught up. She said: "So what's new?" I stopped to think how much time had passed since we had last seen each other - 9 months. So, I began from the beginning, I share the procession of becoming Lassie with you too: Soon after being in the play Vagina Monologues, here is me practicing my piece in my living room, if you want to see a different side of the Lassie:
I decided to try out for Romeo & Juliet, to which I also got the part I was auditioning for. During a rehearsal break a cast mate and I talked a bit about whisky, our local tasting Society to which I was a founding member and first president, leading tastings, my passion for the lovely elixir, how Graham and I had started blogging, etc.. I never really thought anymore about it simply because I was just gabbing or so I thought. A few days later I received a phone call from a local woman who organizes a very popular ladies event in our hometown (18 years running now). The cast mate and she were friends. Karen, the organizer, was looking for something different for the event that would be considered avant-guard and different so she asked me to set up a whisky booth. I thought about it for a few days and then accepted.
About a week later she called me and asked me if I was on twitter. "Twitter? Errrr, no I don't even understand what all that is about frankly", I replied as I stared at my computer quite blankly. "Everyone who has a booth is on twitter and we will be using social media to promote the event, just takes a second to set it up, I will help you". I recall swallowing and saying yes through gritted teeth but so it began. A twitter handle?? What the heck do I call myself? How do I want people to identify with me and whisky? Surely there are hundreds of people on this "thing"? Being adventurous is part of who I am and I rarely back down from things I fear or don't understand. So I dove in head first, created @Whiskylassie and became a "twitter head". Easy enough, started by following the other presenters, the organizer and then something wonderfully unexpected happened. "OTHERS" started to follow me from all corners of the world. Hundreds?!! OMG, there are thousands of people using twitter! What a revelation to me? Suddenly before me, on my phone is the entire world of whisky at my finger tips. Needless to say one thing has led to another. I've lead tastings, whisky/food pairings, attended shows, been in touch with Master Blenders and key people in the whisky industry, etc. What I didn't expect but have found is a wonderful whisky fabric that is unlike any other social media site. This group of like minded individuals who enjoy whisky and everything about it is one large extended family. The members regularly embrace new people, provide guidance, educate and there is truly a camaraderie among us all. I regularly attend the New Brunswick Spirits Festival which is one of the best and longest running festival on the east coast of Canada. People like Martine Nouet, Ian MacMillan, Sam Simmons and Davin de Kergommeaux attend and give classes. It is an honor, in my opinion to have them there.
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Back to the other whisky snob at my table. He was at whisky #5 while we were still nosing #2. So turned off , was he, by one of the whiskies he spit it back into the glencairn. I was mortified?! He went on for almost 10 minutes under his breath to me as to how disgustingly horrible this Canadian "swill" was?! I actually quite loved it, and had recently reviewed it. Low and behold a few days later he sent a tweet to Davin stating how much he LOVED that particular whisky and how he had went right out and bought a bottle?! I have to hand it to all the reps and whisky personas out there, I have no idea how they deal with these people show after show? I can only hope those of us who truly appreciate having them there make up for "them". Anyway... that is my rant.
Back to the lovely part of the whisky fabric. The purpose of this blog is twofold: One was to give you a better idea of what type of journey I have been on for 2012. I started practically unknown, I think like most of us do. Then blogging and twitter obviously took me out of that little fish bowl and placed me in the mainstream where I now swim with some of the best bloggers, writers, educators and well respected people in the whisky industry. It is truly a humbling experience.
Id' like to take a moment to publicly thank the following people: First and foremost my father in law George and partner Graham. Without them, none of this journey would have ever taken place, the rest followed suit:
1. @itsagirlthing - pushed me off the diving board into the twitter ocean.
2. Joshua Feldman "Coop" - one of the first whiskyfabric weavers to follow me, promote our blog and make me smile daily.
3. @WhiskyDiscovery - true whisky brother who treats me as an equal, my muse at times and one of my favorite whisky bloggers!
4. @ifotou - one of the first to follow me, talk to me and make me laugh (cracking personality!)
5. @whiskyguyrob - who wrote a blog about me, is a fabulous writer (watch for his book soon).
6. @DavindeK - promoted me and our blog, opened my eyes and heart to Canadian whiskies AND well as some fabulous opportunities, forever greatful Davin.
7. @whiskywardrobe - being one of the first to post our blog link on his.
8. @cocktailchem - being the best chemistry geek (next to me of course) that I love talking to.
8. @arok - love of distilling & joking around, And his wife @robinburke for putting up with it.
9. @WhiskyRepublic - sharing his love of Japanese whisky, his sense of humor and wisdom.
10. @AngelasShare - giving me the privilege of being a whisky woman standing beside her.
11. @themisswhisky - introducing me to all the other lovely ladies on twitter! THXS!!
12. @jfpilon - whisky brother, friend and first trading partner. Many wonderful memories!
13. Lynn Gallagher, Forty Creek rep in New Brunswick (hardest working female rep I have ever met and truly is passionate about Forty Creek like no other rep I know)
14. @feelgoodsj - Anne is a local supporter who is passionate about whisky and all things "Saint John"
15. The SJWTS society but specifically my possé: Elizabeth, Donna, Linda O, Linda L and Clare. You make me feel like a queen!
I could go on and I'm sorry if I didn't mention you. These are the people that helped me start my great 2012 journey into the world wide whisky fabric and I will be forever indebted to them for that. Eight months later, still all part of my whisky fabric. Some I've been lucky to meet @whiskyace1 @Bob_Caron, @WhiskyScores, @Eric_B_Lewis and some I will meet at the Victoria Whisky Festival in January: @cowfish, @OliverKlimek @JWheelock404 AND EVEN MORE in 2014 when I head over to the UK for a month.
As life goes on, I can only begin to imagine where the journey goes next or what lies ahead. To those just coming in to the whisky fabric: @whiskytube and @MaltTroll (just to mention two more, hehe) we are here to help, support and there to catch you when you dive off the springboard as well.
Look around folks, this is our lives and these are our times. Are they not frigging awesome!
To new friends and old; Christian: Merry Christmas. Jewish: Happy Hanukkah. To whatever the rest of you are: Peace in your hearts, joy in your families, hope in your soul and of course WHISKY on your shelves for 2013.
The one and only: Whisky Lassie