It’s Here, y’all! Time to Celebrate!

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Mark your calendars, y’all! We’re debuting the new extension of our beloved Glenfiddich range on November 18! Brand Ambassador, Mitch Bechard will be on hand to help us unveil the very tasty, Glenfiddich 14 year Bourbon Barrel Reserve!!

Here’s the sitch, the fun happens at The Ballantyne Hotel from 6-8 on Friday the 18th. Your ticket includes food pairings and a glorious journey through the Glenfiddich Whisky Range! Tickets are $95 + tax and gratuity. Space is extremely limited and tickets are gonna go fast. Call 704-248-4100 or email cshatto@ballantynehotel.com

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Glenfiddich Scotch Dinner @ Rural Hill

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So much time has passed since our last Scotch dinner so we thought it would be a perfect time to have one, this time in Rural Hill (where the Highland Games are held).

Our super awesome new Brand Ambassador, Mitch Bechard will be leading the charge as we sample Monkey Shoulder, Glendfiddich 12yr, 15yr and the brand spankin’ new to NC – Glenfiddich 14yr!

Our 3 course meal will be provided by the talented Chef Steve from Galway Hooker!

There are only a few seats left, so get after it!

Buy your tickets HERE!

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National Scotch Day

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I know what you’re thinking, you just celebrated National Tequila Day and you’re a little pickled from imbibing a bit too much, well, Dr. Boozin QC is here and I feel that the only remedy for your ailments is to partake in a dram of ultra amazing scotch with me!

In honor of this most appropriate holiday, I have picked my 3 favorite Scotch Whiskies to share with you, read on below to see why they’re my favorite.

Monkey Shoulder

New to the party, Monkey Shoulder is a triple malt – a blend of 3 Speyside Single Malt Whiskies and it’s really approachable, It’s sweeter with a bit of heat on the finish, lots of vanilla and zero peat. Perfect for those ready to venture into Scotch for the first time.

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The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask

Finished in second fill rum barrels, The Balvenie 14 has a wonderful vanilla and toffee flavor that you would expect from the rum. The finish is smooth and light, for me this is a whisky meant to be enjoyed after dinner and with a dessert.

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Glenfiddich 15 year

The oldest of the Single Malts mentioned here, you’ll find a slightly sweet and rich flavor. Matured in three different types of oak and then married together in a Solera Vat, this whisky delivers notes of pear, dried fruit and a hint of spice. I’m a fan!

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#DramsForDays

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There’s not much more that makes me happy than a good dram of whisky, so you can imagine how elated I was last night when I got to drink six, yes six tasty whiskies with Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador David Allardice and The Balvenie Brand Ambassador Jonathan Wingo.

David and Jonathan are no strangers to Charlotte and we love when they visit, especially when we partake in a whisky tasting but last night was a little extra special and I wanted to share.

We began our evening with a Rusty Nail made with Monkey Shoulder, if you’ve never had this classic cocktail, I suggest you try it, immediately. With David and Jonathan as our tour guides, we navigated our way through three Glenfiddich and three Balvenie whiskies.  In order we sampled,The Balvenie 17yr Doublewood, Glenfiddich 15yr, The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel, Glenfiddich 18yr, Glenfiddich 21yr Gran Reserva and The Balvenie 21yr Portwood.

Each of these single malts are remarkable in their own way and really I enjoyed the way in which we sampled as it highlighted the characteristics of the whiskies like the sweetness of the Glenfiddich 15 or the silkiness of the Balvenie 21.

All in all, I had a fantastic time and I even learned a thing or two.

Thanks to David and Jonathan for joining us in Charlotte and thanks to John Howell and The Ballantyne Country Club for having us!

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2014: A recap in cocktails

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2014 has been such a great year for us, not just for me and boozinQC but also for the Queen City.  We’ve had some pretty great cocktails come out of some of our favorite bars this year and I want to take a moment to highlight my favorites.

The Stow Away

Made by Stefan from Heist Brewery, this Sailor Jerry Tiki cocktail is sweet, fruity and perfect for warmer weather.

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Strawberry Puree

Amaretto

Pineapple Juice

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The Scotchie Pippen

This cocktail has been etched into my memory since the day I had it.  Created by Andy Maurer at Soul for a tasting event with Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, David Allaridice.  It’s not readily available now but I’m sure the fellas at Soul could make a great substitute.

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Pure Intentions Cold Brew

Orange Bitters

Glenfiddich infused whipped cream garnish

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Roasted Jalapeno Margarita

While margaritas aren’t normally my go-to cocktail, my friend Krissie adores them.  When we tried this gem from 1900 Mexican Grill, we were both surprised by how refreshing it was.

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Watermelon Puree

Roasted Jalapenos

Fresh Lime

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The Root Daiquiri

You wont find this in Charlotte, but it’s close.  Sovereign Remedies in Asheville is home to this incredible drink.  With fresh ingredients, it is damn tasty.

Flor De Cana rum

Lime

Ginger

Dandelion

Burdock

Sasparilla

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