Category Archives: Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

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Last night I led a tasting and made a presentation on Rye Whiskey for Whisky Montreal. If you’d like a copy, it is available here.

Or here:

Whisky Montreal’s Soirée Canadienne

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Back in May, I gave a presentation on Canadian Whiskies. We tasted Canadian Club 20 Year Old, Wiser’s 18 Year Old, Crown Royal Cask 16 and, Danfield’s 21 Year Old. I filmed most of it. If you’d like to download it, feel free.

Whisky Montreal’s Soirée Canadienne

Episode 611 (65:02)
h.264 386MB, Ogg Video 283MB, MPEG2-TS 6.1GB, BitTorrent.

Five Whiskeys from the Buffalo Trace Distillery (my presentation on bourbons for Whisky Montreal)

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Last month I gave a presentation as part of a whiskey tasting that the club Whisky Montreal hosted at the Masonic Memorial Temple. We tasted Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s Special Reserve, Hancock’s Reserve and Rock Hill Farms.

Be forewarned, it is long, and the sound isn’t so great because of the massive echo in the lobby of the temple, which is where we were located. If you would like a copy of my notes or the handout, click on the appropriate link.

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I recently had these (short) conversations on Twitter:

and

Which led to this conversation, by email:

Gmail Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com>

Cheap wines
8 messages

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com> Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM
To: Pierre Couture
Howdy!

I don’t know where you got your figures from, but according to the SAQ
website there are currently 954 wines under $15 available.
http://www.saq.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchType=&orderBy=&categoryIdentifier=06&showOnly=product&langId=&beginIndex=0&tri=&metaData=YWRpX2YxOjA8TVRAU1A%2BcHJpY2VfQ0FEOih7KiAxNC45OX0gMTQuOTkp&pageSize=20&pageView=&catalogId=50000&searchTerm=*&sensTri=&facet=price_CAD%253A%2528%257B*%2B14.99%257D%2B14.99%2529&storeId=20002

I also count 112 wines that are less than $10.

All of which would lead me to question your 2009 figures as well.

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand
Hear what I’ve been talking about recently
http://zeke.com


Couture, Pierre  Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM
To: Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com>
Certains vins ne sont pas disponibles en succursales, seulement sur le Web.

Pierre Couture
Journaliste, section Affaires
Le Soleil
Bureau : (XXX) XXX-XXXX, poste XXXX
Mobile : (XXX) XXX-XXXX

Le 13-03-29 09:44, « Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand » <zeke@zeke.com> a écrit :

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Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com> Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM
To: “Couture, Pierre”
Howdy!

Again, according to their online database, they are out of stock on 68
and there are currently 886 available in outlets, and of the 280 that
are available on line, 100% are available in outlets.

Your facts are wrong.

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand
Hear what I’ve been talking about recently
http://zeke.com

 

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Couture, Pierre Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM
To: Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com>
Sorry buddy, the numbers came directly from SAQ. You’re lost !

Pierre Couture
Journaliste, section Affaires
Le Soleil
Bureau : (XXX) XXX-XXXX, poste XXXX
Mobile : (XXX) XXX-XXXX
Le 13-03-29 12:03, « Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand » <zeke@zeke.com> a écrit :

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Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com> Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM
To: “Couture, Pierre”
Howdy!

In your article you write: “Les données compilées par M. Gagnon…”
Does he work for the SAQ? and if he does, why do you write “le
chroniqueur en vin et éditeur du magazine Webvinquebec.com, Marc André
Gagnon.” Instead of something like SAQ VP of Database Marc André
Gagnon?

Click on the link to the SAQ’s website that I sent you. The numbers do
not correspond.

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand
Hear what I’ve been talking about recently
http://zeke.com

 

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Couture, Pierre  Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM
To: Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com>
Il faut calculer seulement les bouteilles de vins de 750 ml. Pas les
formats de 250 ml, de 500 ml, d’un litre et le 1,5 litre.

Pierre Couture
Journaliste, section Affaires
Le Soleil
Bureau : (XXX) XXX-XXXX, poste XXXX
Mobile : (XXX) XXX-XXXX
Le 13-03-29 12:03, « Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand » <zeke@zeke.com> a écrit :

>Howdy!
>
>Again, according to their online database, they are out of stock on 68
>and there are currently 886 available in outlets, and of the 280 that
>are available on line, 100% are available in outlets.
>
>Your facts are wrong.
>
>Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand
>Hear what I’ve been talking about recently
>http://zeke.com
>
>
>On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM, Couture, Pierre
>wrote:
>> Certains vins ne sont pas disponibles en succursales, seulement sur le
>>Web.
>>
>> Pierre Couture
>> Journaliste, section Affaires
>> Le Soleil
>> Bureau : (XXX) XXX-XXXX, poste XXXX
>> Mobile : (XXX) XXX-XXXX
>>
>> Le 13-03-29 09:44, « Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand » <zeke@zeke.com> a écrit :
>>
>>>Howdy!
>>>
>>>I don’t know where you got your figures from, but according to the SAQ
>>>website there are currently 954 wines under $15 available.
>>>http://www.saq.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchType=&o
>>>rd
>>>erBy=&categoryIdentifier=06&showOnly=product&langId=&beginIndex=0&tri=&m
>>>et
>>>aData=YWRpX2YxOjA8TVRAU1A%2BcHJpY2VfQ0FEOih7KiAxNC45OX0gMTQuOTkp&pageSiz
>>>e=
>>>20&pageView=&catalogId=50000&searchTerm=*&sensTri=&facet=price_CAD%253A%
>>>25

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Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com> Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM
To: “Couture, Pierre”
Howdy!

Dude, it’s the 3rd different excuse you’ve tried. Your credibility is shot.

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand
Hear what I’ve been talking about recently
http://zeke.com

 

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Couture, Pierre Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM
To: Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand <zeke@zeke.com>
Fuck you !

Pierre Couture
Journaliste, section Affaires
Le Soleil
Bureau : (XXX) XXX-XXXX, poste XXXX
Mobile : (XXX) XXX-XXXX
Le 13-04-03 08:25, « Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand » <zeke@zeke.com> a écrit :

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I’m not quite certain what to make of it, although now, there are 945 wines available at the SAQ that are under $15. Of those 774 are in 750ml containers.

April 2013 Montreal Restaurant List

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I uploaded a new Montreal Restaurant List. Some of the places I visited that made it over to the Done and Worth Going Back side of the page are: Chez Ma Tante, Plâts De Pates Hong Mère, Casa Minhota, Gibeau Orange Julep, Prohibition, Les Temps Nouveaux and La Tornade.

Montreal Restaurant Image Search
Montreal Restaurant Image Search

As per normal, a simple comparison to the previous list will let you know which restaurants didn’t make the cut.

Remember to print it up double-sided and keep it in your wallet so that you have it with you at all times when it might prove useful – that or download it to your phone. As per usual if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas, please feel free to email me at zeke@zeke.com. And if anyone is interested, the previous versions have been downloaded more than 4,700 times

The February 2013 Montreal Restaurant List

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There’s a new and updated Montreal restaurant list available. New to the Done and Worth Going Back side are Burgundy Lion, La Drinkerie Ste.Cunégonde, l’Espace Public, Evoo, Nacho Libre, Piesanna, Le Seingalt and La Succursale. Although most were added to the Good Places to Drink section. It seems that I have figured out how to handle the cold…

I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which restaurants are no longer on the list.

Remember to print it up double-sided and keep it in your wallet so that you have it with you at all times when it might prove useful – that or download it to your phone. As per usual if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas, please feel free to email me at zeke@zeke.com. And if anyone is interested, the previous versions have been downloaded more than 3,900 times.

Montreal Restaurant List (January 2013 version)

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I’ve updated the Montreal Restaurant List. L’Arrivage, Cocagne, Hotel Herman, Le Renard, La Soupiere made it from the To Try side to the Done and Worth Going Back side. I also added a bunch of Sandwich places (I guess I’m trying to do lunch more often) along with Inferno, Manger Avec Eric, Café Mardi Gras, Rodizio Brasil and Santa Barbara, among others.

I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which restaurants are no longer on the list.

Remember to print it up double-sided and keep it in your wallet so that you have it with you at all times when it might prove useful – that or download it to your phone. As per usual if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas, please feel free to email me at zeke@zeke.com. And if anyone is interested, the previous versions have been downloaded almost 3,800 times.