• Ardbeg Islay whisky flight at Shebeen in Vancouver
    Beverages,  Food

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Ardbeg Long Table Dinner at Shebeen

    I love a dinner party. But the ones I’ve hosted or attended (outside of Christmas time) have consisted of maybe eight people, maximum. So I was intrigued when I attended The Irish Heather and Shebeen Whisk(e)y House‘s ‘long table dinner’ for Ardbeg Distillery a couple weeks ago.* It was me, the Brit, and about 30-ish other people. Long table dinner = a MUST! *Gifted experience. Shebeen is the Ardbeg Embassy for Canada, which makes them privy to some special releases, so I was excited that we would get to try the easiest to pronounce, but most difficult to obtain: Kelpie. One of my colleagues is Scottish and he has been…

  • Irish whiskey tasting flight at Shebeen

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Tasting Irish at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House

    Ireland is a place that has long been on my ‘to visit’ list. But every time I cross the Atlantic, it just doesn’t work out with the timing of everything else. Something that I hope to remedy soon. Until that happy day comes, I recently decided I should do some research and expand my whisky palate by learning about whiskey with an ‘e’. And where else would I go do that other than the award-winning Shebeen Whisk(e)y House in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district? Tucked away behind its sister pub, The Irish Heather, Shebeen is a cozy pub room that is perfect for drinks or dinner with friends. I’ve planned a…

  • #GetThrifty,  Beverages,  Travel,  UK

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Where to Get Free Whisky in Scotland

    Travelling in Scotland is one of my favourite things to do. It’s one of my happy places. But the exchange rate isn’t really ever in my favour, so I’m always on the hunt for ways to #GetThrifty – without sacrificing fun – when I’m away. During the research phase of my recent trip with the girls, I was very excited when the marketing coordinator from one of the distilleries emailed me back with an amazing tip for our Highlands road trip path. It’s called the ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’ and it was almost like getting a golden ticket because it equals… free whisky! And who doesn’t want that? We…

  • Tomatin Distillery barrel room
    Beverages,  Travel

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Exploring the softer side of whisky with Tomatin Distillery 

    Okay, ladies. This question’s mostly for you. Regardless of whether you enjoy a dram or not, when you think about whisky, what comes to mind? Don Draper from Mad Men? Stuffy old men with cigars? Maybe the thought that it tastes like rocket fuel? The second and latter of those were my thoughts on whisky for the longest time. And then I travelled to Scotland for the first time. Turns out I had been trying the wrong kinds of Scotch. And then one day, I found one that didn’t taste (for me) like rocket fuel. But that’s a story for another day. My point is that while the vast selection of…

  • Scotch Whisky Experience
    #GetThrifty,  Beverages,  Travel

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Scotch Whisky Experience

    Whisky. The Scots call this lovely amber liquid  “The Water of Life”. With this, you know that they take their Scotch very seriously. (For example, it’s whisky, not whiskey with an ‘e’. This is a thing.) And there are endless kinds. So if you’re new to whisky, it can be a bit daunting to figure out where to start. My whisky palate has been cultivating for a few years now (I’m an Islay whisky girl), but if you’re like me, a million questions might run through the circuit board of your brain: How do they make it? What kind should I try? Which distillery do I go to? (So many…

  • Stuff + Things

    8 Things I’ll Miss About Vancouver

    We move to Victoria next week, and I have spent the last couple of months thinking about how excited I am about living in a new city, but also about all the things I love and will miss about Vancouver. (And because of this, there’s a really great giveaway listed at the bottom of this post!)

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