LCBO Food & Drink Spring 2022


Full Irish Digestif Irish Mist, Irish whiskey and a soda bread–flavoured syrup make an unbeatable honey-on-toast-flavoured after-dinner drink.

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Whiskey Coming from the Irish uisce beatha (pronounced ISH-ke BA-ha), meaning “water of life,” Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world. Boasting 28 dis- tilleries in the late 1800s, it suffered a long decline in popularity in the 19th century, leaving only two distill- eries operating by the 1960s. Thankfully those times are behind us, and Irish whiskey has enjoyed a resurgence over the last several years with more than 30 distilleries now active and more in the planning phase. The boom in popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and offerings range from affordable name brands and old favourites to sought-after single malts and premium releases. Jameson Irish Whiskey LCBO 10157, $36.95 Lightly floral, with notes of brown sugar, pepper and clove. The Jameson name is synonymous with Irish whiskey. Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey LCBO 11945, $38.45 Named after Dublin 12, the southwest area of the city from whence UFC champion and founder Conor McGregor hails. Mild and light-bodied with subtle vanilla, charred wood and spiced apple. Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey LCBO 644237, $51.95 A smooth blended whiskey with aromas of crème brûlée, pineapple and rose petal. The palate has lively, citrus-forward fruit, leading to nutmeg and vanilla on the finish. Roe & Co Blended Irish Whiskey LCBO 10558, $51.95 Wildflower honey and cinnamon on the nose, followed by a pear-like sweetness and caramelized sugar in the warming finish Writers’ Tears Red Head Single Malt Irish Whiskey LCBO 494765, 700 mL, $75.40 Deep amber in colour and matured in Oloroso sherry barrels, a single malt full of flavours of toasted nuts, raisin, orange and baked apricot. Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey LCBO 636845, $82.95 The signature offering from Redbreast is at once elegant, robust and complex, with a smooth, luscious mouth feel. Serve neat or with a few drops of water.

For the collector A rare premium Irish whiskey making its Ontario debut on limited release. Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey ( LCBO 22472, 700 mL, $79.95) Distilled using Irish barley and oats, and matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, Drum- shanbo Single Pot Still is a stylish and polished Irish whiskey, perfect for relaxed, contempla- tive sipping on a cool spring evening. Toasted almond, brioche, vanilla and dried fruit on the nose, moving toward Christmas cake, honey and toasted oak on the tongue. A smooth-as- silk, creamy mouth feel caresses the palate from the first taste to the lingering, spicy finish.



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