Just lately in our spare time two things seems to have been occupying it , since we got a National Trust Membership we’ve been GeoNationalTrustSconing quite a bit , ok we’ve been visiting a lot of their properties which usually involves having one of their gorgeous scones somewhere along the visit……
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The other thing has been Photographing the Grand old Lady of Steam , The Flying Scotsman , she’s been in our area quite a bit of late but i’ve enjoying capturing her image for a long time now……..
A very old photo of her at The Central Station September 1975
The first time this year was up at Alnmouth on the 14th May 2016 , we were a bit far away to get any decent shots but it was a sight to behold !
Next time was a whole lot better ! She returned to the North East on the 11th June to do “The Tynesider” and we caught her on two stretches , first on the old Blyth and Tyne line in Bedlington and later on the same day on the East Coast Mainline at Plawsworth , County Durham .
The last time was on the 10th July when she did a run from York to Carlisle , “The Waverley” , including a stretch along the Tyne Valley Railway…..
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Unfortunately this year we haven’t managed a trip to Canada (next year hopefully….) and to be honest i’ve missed it , One thing i have really missed , apart from the wonderful country and our good friends , is picking up a few Canadian Whiskies to bring home as there is a slight lack of them available in the UK ! Only Canadian Club is available here on a regular basis , although a well known UK online shop does carry a selection of USA Canadian releases the good ones tend to be at an inflated price . A few months ago – about the time we’d regularly visited Toronto in the previous two years – a new release from Wisers was announced as an LCBO exclusive . This release was interesting in a few ways…….
It was the Final Distillation by Distiller Jim Stanski before he moved up into Management at Hiram Walker * and it was made Bourbon style in the mash , In Canadian whisky the grains are distilled individually then blended later where as with this one the grains were blended before mashing them ( 80% corn grist, 11% rye and 9% barley malt ) * .
Luckily for me our good friend Paul ( @MarkhamWhisky ) kindly offered to purchase and send over a bottle to my good self , you are a top man Paul ! So What’s it like……
Matured in used Bourbon Barrels for 14 years , the colour is of Olde Orange Marmalade , the nose is exquisite , a cross between a well aged Bourbon and Rye . To me there is still a strong presence of Rye . Bags of vanilla , freshly cut sawdust , wood spices and a Butterscotch sweetness , A joy on the nasal passages ! It is definite more bourbonesque on the palate , Again loads of vanilla and wood spices , not over-powering but very pleasant , the finish is long and spicy .
A Beautifully Different Canadian Whisky ! I just wish Wiser’s and several other Canadian Drams were more available this side of the pond , i’m sure they’d go down a storm….. Well i love them anyway !
* Additional info from Davin’s Wonderful CanadianWhisky.org Site