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#WhiskyFabric News Flash: Book Review and Twitter Tasting with The Godfather of Canadian Whisky!

#1 #DavinTT-1st-weekEarlier this week, I received an email from our #WhiskyFabric friend Johanne McInnis, asking if I would help her promote a Twitter event that she is working on with The Godfather of Canadian Whisky, Davin de Kergommeaux. For those of you that aren’t familiar with him, Davin is the author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, which is the definitive guide to the wonderful, and often misunderstood world of Canadian Whisky (I am currently half way through the book and am enjoying it immensely!).

If you love whisky and want to learn more about all things Canadian Whisky, below is the information that Johanne sent us about this very unique event. Cheers!

Canadian Whisky Book Review and Twitter Tasting

Be a part of the world’s first ever whisky book review/twitter tasting. Social media are changing the way we read and the way we taste whisky. We’ve decided to integrate the two! Each Sunday for the next four weeks we will review several chapters from the book Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert and discuss them on Twitter. And we will do this while we taste a representative whisky from that chapter.

If you wish to comment on the book, interact with author, Davin de Kergommeaux, or discuss a Canadian whisky you are tasting, please join us each Sunday at 3:00 pm Eastern time, on Twitter at #DavinTT.

The twitter reviews and tastings begin this Sunday, May 5th at 3:00pm EST when we will be talking about chapters 10 – 13. Davin will join us to answer questions, and contribute to discussion among the participants, etc.

After chatting for about 30 minutes about 15 participants from around the world will open a mystery bottle that we have sent to them. You didn’t get a bottle? Feel free to join in anyway. The more the merrier. After tasting the sample and talking about it we’ll reveal which distillery it came from and which whisky we tasted. Sound like fun?

This Sunday we’ll begin with chapters 10 – 13. Then, Sunday May 12th we will discuss chapters 14 – 17; Sunday May 19th, chapters 18 – 21; and Sunday May 26th, chapters 22 – 25.

We invite the whisky bloggers among us to blog about the book, the experience, the whiskies and/or Davin. Let the fun begin!

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me, @WhiskyLassie on twitter.

Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert is available at Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, and many other fine bookstores, or on-line at and

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    • I have yet to participate in a Twitter Tasting. It sounds like great fun, and I’ve caught snippets of Twitter Tastings in progress, but unfortunately, the timing is never right. One of these days…


  1. Interesting. Sadly, one of my most memorable Canadian Whiskey experiences shouldn’t have been memorable at all. Chemical science should have dictated that I’d have no cause to recall anything that happened that evening. Fortunately (though astoundingly) I do, and as a result, have something to add to this conversation.

    Actually, I don’t but that has rarely been a consideration in the past…..

    So on the evening of May 11, 1984 at approximately a few minutes before Midnight (this I do remember with frightening specificity) I walked through the front door of our apartment after a full day/night of pre-graduation celebratory rituals. As you might imagine, many of those rituals involved the enjoyment of adult beverages. After all, I (and the rest of the graduating class of ’84 had been of legal drinking age for 3-4 years before the evening began because the drinking age in NY was only 18 in the previous century). That said – by way of footnote – I continued to abstain until the night I returned to campus after Fall Mid-Semester break of my Sophomore year and was still catching up.

    Anyway, during the course of the day I consumed each of the following (not necessarily in order or in proper vessels):

    Harp Lager
    Saint Paulie Girl
    Genny Cream Ale
    Bass Ale
    Finlandia (twist lemon)
    Long Island Iced Tea (with the ladies)
    Finlandia & Grapefruit
    Tanqueray & Tonic……. And we danced (homage to the Hooters)

    Upon entering the apartment just before Midnight I was met by my roommate (author of the Horse Bits Blog and real live rocket scientist) and a good friend who I’d been trying to find most of the day. They handed me a bottle of Canadian Black Velvet Whiskey and seemingly endless toasts ensued. During them we designed a number of potential products for future business applications including Teflon™ debating slacks with graphite zippers, Bolshevik Bobbleheads, and the vented Engineering Cap.

    Then we passed out. Woke a few hours later and managed not to forget my Fila graduation cap & gown then made it to the Carrier Dome for the final ritual of my college career.

    Because I have no idea what the Black Velvet tasted like I may have to pour a proper one to recreate at least that element of the otherwise out of control evening a week from tomorrow to commemorate the 29th Anniversary of that evening.



    • Ahhhhh! I too recall the great pre-graduation celebrationals. Since I finished my undergrad at the Hpme of the Dragons in Mid-March of 1990, I was able to have numerous celebrations between the last day of class and the actual graduation ceremony that occurred some time in mid-June (I’m not so good with the exact dates of these things). Here are the high (and low?) lights:

      Mid March: The 100 days to Go Party at the now defunct Polo Bay in the Warwick Hotel where we drank wayyyyyy too many bottles of Coors Light. I know I know! The horror of it all! In addition to numerous trips to the urinal throughout the evening, I actually managed to get quite intoxicated during the festivities. I vividly recall a mad rush to the bar for last call which resulted in all of us walking out of the bar with many bottles of Coors Light in our possession. The next day at around 2PM, after we recovered from our hangovers, three of us managed to hit AC for the soft opening of the Taj Majal. This is where I learned to enjoy low stakes Roulette. Great fun!

      Late March to Late May: 7 weeks of Planes, Trains, Ferries, Buses, and Automobiles as we ate and drank our way through a big chunk of Western and Southern Europe. Bitters and Ciders in England. Heinekens in Amsterdam. Wine and Sangria in Paris, Nantes, San Sebastien, Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Barcelona, Nice, Finale Ligure, Milan, Agrigento, and Florence.

      Early June: 7 Days of “Days to Go” Parties with my college chums! Guinness, Coors Light, Purple Hooters, Brain Hemorrhages, Gorilla Tits, Dirty Girl Scouts, Vodka, and I’m sure numerous other drinks as we enjoyed our last days together as classmates.

      Graduation Day: A full bottle of Freixenet in the “Quad” prior to the ceremony. This of course led to blow up dolls being batted around during the ceremony as well as a Pennsylvania Convention Center full of inebriated graduates yelling “Yu Wang! Yu Wang! Yu Wang!”! And for the record, Yu Wang received his PhD in Electrical Engineering that day. I’m sure he and our parents were oh so proud!


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