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Valhalla Vodka

It’s been a while since something interesting on the boozy front has come my way. This vodka has flavour (without being actually flavoured) coming from a residual barley mash that hasn’t been fully filtered out. This really is sipping vodka, no need to mix this stuff though a decent mixologist could do something subtle with…

Olde Winston Smoked Porter

A positive review from BeerMeBC. As an aficionado of Islay single malts and of course cigars, I couldn’t resist checking this out — I’m not overly convinced but it’s a decent enough effort. Despite the regressive licensing laws and ridiculously high tax rate on booze, BC is a hotbed of very experimental breweries and distilleries,…

Trailer Park Boys

No finer way to mark Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend than to binge-watch Trailer Park Boys. A quick and informative read about TPB can be found here. A special toast to John Dunsworth whose death just about a year ago was a profound loss to the show. (C’mon Canada, within the year we must get rid…

My favourite dive bar

Which I guess means that it’s my all-time favourite bar. Here’s an excellent write-up in OffBeat on Snake And Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge. I think what our strength is, is that we don’t have a demographic alcoholbarsnew orleansSnake And Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge

Vanilla and Leather

This 2014 vintage has the most gorgeously addictive nose — and the wine itself was smooth and quite light despite the unusually high alcohol content. Scored highly by most others and is very well priced. Seek it out. alcoholBeranqualiaWineZinfandel

Dark Horse

This really is well-named in the twofold sense that (a) I hadn’t come across it before and (b) I was expecting something quite rough. What a pleasant surprise it was: it has a gorgeous “demerarary” smell that fortunately does not translate into a cloying sweetness. Moreover, it is exceedingly well-priced and I suspect were I…