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Ardbeg 10 year Scotch – The Peatiest & Smokiest Scotch, my favourite for a Whisky Sour!

Ottawa, ON December 2017 'Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the... Continue Reading →

Delicious and easy to make Holiday Cocktails

Ottawa, ON December 2017 With the holiday entertaining season in full swing, it's great to have some easy to make, super delicious, and awe-inspiring cocktail recipes on hand to treat your guests this holiday season. With a few simple ingredients... Continue Reading →

There’s a new Jack in town! Jack Daniel’s new Rye Whiskey with 70% Rye

When you haven't changed a recipe in over a hundred years any change must be for a pretty darn good reason!  So when Jack Daniel's announced the release of their new Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey, made with 70% Rye grain, essentially reversing the old recipe that consisted of 80% corn, it got a lot of Whiskey enthusiasts very interested in giving it a shot, or two.  Upon my first sip I appreciated their decision to up the Rye content, thereby moving away from a sweeter style corn based Whiskey and into a style of Rye Whiskey that would be great when served with premium cocktails and also a decent choice to enjoy neat, especially for those that like the pure expression of a mildly spicy Rye.   I found it to be a terrific Rye for mixing in cocktails.  Whether it be a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, or Whiskey Sour, this Rye takes those cocktails to the next level, beautifully! At 45% abv , its powerful but in a distinguished way making it ideal in those timeless cocktails.  Tasted November 2017. Highly recommended for premium cocktails. Matt Steeves - 

Sipsmith London Dry Gin review

Ottawa, ON November 2017 Matt's review of  Sipsmith London Dry Gin Batch 00984, 41.6% ABV, bottled on July 1, 2017. In 2009 Sipsmith set-up London's first traditional copper distillery since 1820, launching the rebirth of ultra premium craft Gin production... Continue Reading →

Spooky Halloween Cocktails as seen on @CTVOttMornLive

October 31, 2017 Theme: Spooky Halloween Cocktails Today on CTV Morning Live, CTVs Trisha Owens and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some spooky Halloween cocktails and horrifyingly delicious wines to enjoy with your Halloween festivities. Check out the CTV video here!... Continue Reading →

@DeathsDoor Gin – A perfect ‘Spirit’ for your #Halloween party – Avail @LCBO

Ottawa, ON October 2017   Matt's review: Death's Door Gin. This Wisconsin-based craft distillery is producing some of the finest Gin available.  They've achieved Certified Organic status from growing their hard Red Winter Wheat on Washington Island, which is also... Continue Reading →

Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day #CANADA150 Celebrations as seen on @CTVOTTMORNLIVE

CTV Ottawa Morning Live June 30, 2017 Theme: Sangria and Summer Cocktails for Canada Day Celebrations Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves served up some easy to make and super refreshing ice cold sangria... Continue Reading →

Kannuk Vodka – A terrific Canadian Vodka @KannukVodka

Ottawa, ON May 2017     Matt's review:  Kannuk Vodka comes in  an exceptionally modern, substantial and well designed bottle which will stand out on any top shelf but for me it's what inside this work of art that commands some... Continue Reading →

May 2-4 long weekend top 10 wine picks as seen on @CTVOttMornLive May 19, 2017

CTV Ottawa Morning Live May 19th, 2017 Theme: Matt’s May 2-4 Long Weekend Wine Picks Today on CTV Morning Live, CTV's Lianne Laing and Sommelier Matt Steeves showcased some terrific BBQ friendly wines to enjoy this long weekend, and throughout... Continue Reading →

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