Cognac: A luxurious taste of history


Mark DeWolf|Cocktail Confidential   The Cognac region, with its gentle rolling hills and sleepy country towns, lays a short drive north of Bordeaux and just a quick river barge ride away from the Atlantic Ocean. Here in quiet cellars, blissfully unaware of the world around them, rests some of the world’s most luxurious spirits. Their…

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Alberta Premium Rye Whiskies


The start of a great Canadian rye cocktail Mark DeWolf The rye revolution has begun. Whisky enthusiasts, who had long passed by the “rye whisky” section, are now seeking out versions made with a large amount, and even 100 per cent, rye. By law, Canadian whisky familiarly known as rye whisky, is typically made from…

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Crowning Achievements


Mark DeWolf Crown Royal, one of Canada’s stalwart Canadian Whisky brands came to the world’s attention last year when its Northern Harvest Rye was awarded the 2016 World Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray. “Rye, that most eloquent of grains, not just turning up to charm and enthral but to also take us through…

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Canadian Club’s Dan Tullio: The Godfather of Whisky


Mark DeWolf | Cocktail Confidential Beam Suntory’s Master Ambassador of Canadian Whisky has earned his title and his moniker. To many, Dan Tullio is better known as ‘The Godfather of Whisky.’ The nickname is well-earned. Tullio has been working the whisky trade for 36 years and over that time, has earned numerous distinctions for his efforts. A…

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Caldera’s Jarret Stuart: one of Nova Scotia’s newest, brightest distillers


Johanne McInnis Hurricane 5 Canadian Whisky was one of my best new discoveries at the Festival of Whisky this year. I also had the pleasure of interviewing the owner and mastermind, Jarret Stuart, when I visited Caldera Distilling this summer. Originally from Calgary, Stuart began his career as a project manager for a large engineering…

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Steinhart Wins . . . Again


Mark DeWolf Steinhart Distillery may be based in a small rural community in Antigonish County, but its spirits are rated amongst the best in the world. Less than six months after taking home medals at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Steinhart Distillery rose to the top of the podium at the New York…

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Behind the Still: Lynne and Pierre of Ironworks Distillery


Mark DeWolf Lynne Mackay and Pierre Guevremont’s Lunenburg-based Distillery ushered in a modern era of craft distilling in Nova Scotia since it opened in 2010 in a converted old blacksmith’s shop. Their committed approach to creating spirits based on the highest quality standards has won them admiration and accolades, from near and far. Occasions: Can…

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