The holidays are one of the best times of the year for entertaining, and great entertaining means having the best treats, drinks, and beverages around. Whether you need a great gift for Christmas, or just want to have something tasty around for your guests, here are seven great ideas for the holidays.
Winter was made for whisky. It’s my favorite time of year to sit down, relax, and enjoy that sweet nectar of the Scottish gods. Since it’s also Robbie Burns Day this Thursday and then Valentine’s Day, it seemed like a perfect time to talk about one of the most wonderful spirits around.
Sampling a fantastic Scotch is an experience that requires nothing more than a few moments to relax and let the flavours play across your palate. All you need is a good whisky, and the time to enjoy it, but having the right location, good company, and great food can make a whisky moment truly a soulful experience that goes a step beyond. Commemorating the launch of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, which is now available in Canada, I was fortunate to enjoy a memorable whisky moment recently with the company of The Macallan’s emeritus ambassador, Marc Laverdiere, and an excellent mix of cheeses, chocolates, and food pairings.
Get into the holiday spirit with The GATE’s suggestions for libations that will make your friends, loved ones, and colleagues smile just a little brighter this season. In our latest gift guide we’ve got recommendations for a range of premium spirits from Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Grand Marnier, Chic Choc, Basil Hayden, Hennessy, Clicquot, Grey Goose, and Bacardi.
Sometimes, it’s hard to know what to get the men in your life. Whether you’re talking about a friend, a co-worker, or a casual acquaintance, it’s not always easy picking out a gift for the holidays.
Enter The GATE’s special Robbie Burns Day giveaway to win a bottle of Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Quarter Cask; the smoky, peaty Islay single malt scotch that is truly unforgettable.
How better to celebrate the one and only Robbie Burns, and all things Scottish, than with a dram of scotch and a little haggis? You really don’t need an excuse to enjoy a little scotch, but Robbie Burns Day is a great opportunity, and when a sample bottle of Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch arrived recently, it seemed like haggis was a necessary accessory for the special occasion.
The Macallan Lounge at Harry Rosen, First Canadian Place (100 King Street West), is a perfect partnership that blends fine single malt scotch with luxury men’s clothing, and for the next week, until November 21, it’s a great shopping experience to prepare for the holidays, especially if you love great whisky.