Frank's Whisky Blog

Raise Your Spirits Festival 2014 Rum Dinner

Written by The Lunar Rogue Friday, 24 October 2014 18:14

The 2014 NB Spirits Festival kicked off with a new Event for our 19th year. We are please to announce that on Tuesday Nov.17th the First Rum Dinner will be held at the Delta Fredericton hosted by El Dorado Rum Ambassador Stefanie Holt from London UK. This 4 course dinner will include a selected El Dorado Rum with each course. You can find the entire menu on the Festival website www.raiseyourspirits.ca . The price of $75.00 includes all the taxes, grats, and rums. This will be a not to miss event if you are a lover of rums or new to the drink.

 

 

   

The Rogue Whisky Bible Updated

Written by The Lunar Rogue Tuesday, 05 August 2014 18:12

I am pleased to annouce that we have a new updated Whisky Menu at the Rogue. Now with over 500 whiskies to choose from it might take a while to decide your next whisky. Whiskies from newer whisky producing countries have been added to the Bible including South Africa, England and India. Stop in and have a dram and give the updated bible a study! We have been busy adding new dispaly shelving in the pub. The Rogue will be finally displaying a lot of whisky we had no room to present. We will be adding extensively to our American, Canadian and Irish catagories in our new cabinets. ANBL just listed a new South African/ Scottish Blend Three Ships 5 yr Old. I highly recommend you try this whisky. A multi awarding winning Blended whisky made up of South African Single malt and Scottish Grain whiskies it's a real stunner!

   

Whisky Prices

Written by The Lunar Rogue Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:25

Over the past year you might have noticed a dramatic increase in the price of whisky at your local liquor outlet. The prices will be with us for awhile. Demand of quality whiskies have grown and quantities are in shorter supply.If your like most of us the ablility to pony up another $20.00 or more for the same dram your were buying regularly a year ago is not always an option. I know I personally have been purchasing more blended whiskes were the price creep has not been so significant. There are some great blends out there Teacher's, Famous Grouse, Grant's Family Reserve, Cutty Sark Storm, Ballantine's all come to my mind. It is getting harder to fnd a malt in NB under $50.00 a bottle but you can if you look for them. Great malts still under $50.00 ie Aberfeldy 12, Aberlour 10,Benromach, Fraser's Lowland Reserve,Glenburgie 10,Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12, and Tamdhu. Glenburgie and Tamdhu are both on sale at ANBL at the moment at the clearance table. It's rare to see Single malt on a discount table. I picked up a couple of each. Might be a cold winter.   

   

Inuksuit of the Rogue

Written by The Lunar Rogue Friday, 07 February 2014 15:24

Inuksuit of the Rogue Many friends of the Lunar Rogue Pub have lived in the city and moved away, or have come here to work and have moved on. But in a very Canadian way, many have left their Inuksuk in the Lunar Rogue over the last 25 years to show that they were here. We’ll point some of these out below so you can notice them the next time you’re in The Rogue. In the “days of sail”, sailors would be at sea for years and had no home except the ship. They would leave a mug at a pub in some port to feel at home somewhere. The tradition lives on at the Rogue. Some of the mugs hanging behind the bar at the Rogue are used by their owner every week, and some mugs come down only once in a while. Others have been waiting for their mate’s return for years. One of the mugs behind the Bar belongs to the late George Melvin. A friendly, gregarious, giant of a man who was literally one of the first people to walk through the door of the Lunar Rogue Pub on the first day it opened in 1989. He was a fixture on every St Pat’s Day celebration. After he sat down in the new pub, Frank and Brian asked “So what do you think of our new pub George.” His eyes darting around the new pub he was smiling from ear to ear he said quietly “Have my mail forwarded to this address”. George passed away a number of years ago, but the mug remains, and a couple of us who were his old friends still bring his mug down every St. Patrick’s Day to have a pint from it. George would be smiling. Over the front window there’s a series of pictures of a Soccer Club that begins as a provincial championship side called The Galleons in the 70’s and 80’s. Look across the pictures and you’ll see many of the same faces. One of them is the late John Rutter, a former Royal Marine and a great friend of the Rogue. John was the one who suggested shortly after we opened that we needed dividers down the long bench on the wall across from the bar to create ‘snugs’. John’s idea was a key element to the atmosphere of The Rogue and is his inuksuk that Frank and Brian remember. That led to the opportunity for Ned Bowes’ creations of stained glass in them, the most prominent and beautiful inuksuk in the Rogue. Over the back bar there is an old beer barrel. On it is printed “James Ready St. John NB”. Philip W. Oland himself identified it for us as a barrel from the Moosehead brewery of about the 1930’s. It was placed there as a gift to the Rogue by the Fredericton St. Patrick’s Society in 1991 by its President Frank Forrestal for permanent safe-keeping by the Rogue for the Society. The Society refers to it as the “Wee Neillie Barrel”. The Society had a fun tradition of inviting internationally renowned Leaders to speak at their annual Dinner. The PO letter from the invitee declining the invitation would be read at the dinner to the cheers and applause of the attendees, because it meant they didn’t have to sit through a speech before they got to the Bushmills. They were proudly told to PO by some of the best. Over the front door as you leave the Rogue you notice a poster with the legendary Front Row of the New Zealand All Blacks, Richard Loe, Sean Fitzpatrick, and Steve McDowell reminding you of an important message. Donna Gordon brought that back from a friendly pub in Queenstown on the South Island in 1990. Donna says that when she saw it, she just knew it belonged in the Rogue. Frank and Brian had it properly mounted on a board and knew just where it should be hung. Once in a while you’ll notice a big paw quietly reach up and gently touch the poster as the big person attached to it walks out the door. Rugby is a game of deep but subtle respect.
   

The Rogue 25th Anniversary Brew

Written by The Lunar Rogue Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:09

The Rogue team would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter a name in the Lunar Rogue 25th Anniversary Brew contest. This special brew is being hand crafted by the Picaroon's Brewery exclusively "on tap" to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Lunar Rogue Pub.
The judges from the Rogue and Picaroon's teams poured over every (pun intended) submission. To be completely honest it was no easytask to select an overall outright winner that we all liked. So we thank you for giving us lots to think about.
In the end we wanted something different and unique. A name we could call our own, distinctive and different. The new brew will be called "Parcel of Rogues" The name was submitted by Duncan MacSporran and we congratulate him for his winning entry. Well Done Duncan! So when you stop in for a pint please call for a "Parcel"
The Brew is now being prepared and will be kegged next week. The official launch will be held at the Rogue on Wednesday Jan.29 at 7:00 pm. Please come by and taste this evolutionary new brew from the brew masters of Picaroon's. The style of the beer is still a secret known only to Picaroon's brewers. We are excited to see the end result as much as you are.
The Lunar Rogue was the first pub in Canada to sell the Picaroon's keg beers "on tap" and we are pleased to continue the tradition of supporting our own local brew.
We thank our good friends at Picaroon's for making this special effort on our behalf.
To make the evening extra special we are going to offer a great deal on our famous Nachos. We will be selling them for the price they were on our menu in 1989, 25 years ago when we opened our doors for the first time. $3.99 for a regular order! One night only.
Stay tuned for more info in the coming days on a few more surprises!

   

Anniversary Begins

Written by The Lunar Rogue Tuesday, 07 January 2014 19:17

       Lunar Rogue’s 25th Anniversary begins with “Honouring the Rogue Pint”.

The Lunar Rogue Pub has created a number of 1st’s in New Brunswick since it began in 1989. For instance, The Rogue was the 1st   in New Brunswick to serve its draught beer in the 16oz mug. Prior to that every tavern served draught in the same styled 9oz pilsner glass. The Rogue was the 1st in New Brunswick to have more than one type of draught beer on tap. That’s right; in 1989 taverns would only have 1 brand of beer on tap. The Lunar Rogue was also the 1st in New Brunswick to have imported beer on tap: 4 of them from the UK, John Courage, Youngers Tartan, Newcastle Brown and Double Diamond.

Walking into The Lunar Rogue Pub in 1989 was a whole different experience than any other Tavern or Bar of the day in New Brunswick. The list of 1st’s goes on and on throughout our history as the Lunar Rogue Pub continues to set the standard for a pub in New Brunswick: “A Maritime Pub….an old tradition done right.”

To honour the birth of “the Rogue Pint” you’ll begin to see our Lunar Rogue mug appearing with our 25th Anniversary Logo on it beginning in mid-January with some other variations on the mugs over the winter. We have another very good reason for introducing a commemorative mug. That’s because our good friends at Picaroons are going to do something special to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Lunar Rogue Pub.

Picaroons is going to create a series of exclusive seasonal draught beers for The Lunar Rogue in addition to your favourite Picaroons already available. The first Picaroons draught honouring the Pub’s 25th Anniversary will be launched at the Rogue the week of Jan 27. But, it needs a name and that’s where you come in.Send us your suggestions for a name for the beer by Jan. 17, and have a chance to win a $300.00 Picaroons Draught & Dinner Party for you and 5 of your friends. The winner will be selected and announced the week of Jan. 20th

   

The Rogue's 25th Anniversary

Written by The Lunar Rogue Friday, 03 January 2014 15:30

The Lunar Rogue Pub’s 25th Anniversary Celebration 1989-2014

This is an extra special Happy New Year to everyone. It was February 1989 when Brian and Frank sat back in their chairs a brew in their right hand and a problem on the table between them. Their latest venture, a pub in downtown Fredericton, was due to open in May and they needed a name that would reflect the distinctive Maritime flavour they meant to create.

Their inclination was to reference some noteworthy historic figure from the Maritimes but they were uninspired until Frank remembered Henry Moon – The Lunar Rogue. A trip to the library to brush up on the details of his life revealed that Barbara Grantmyre's book on Moon titled "The Lunar Rogue" had not been taken out for over 20 years. It was time to revive his memory and what better place to commemorate one of the greatest rogues in the province's history than in a traditional Maritime pub.

2014 commemorates the 25th anniversary of the opening of The Lunar Rogue Pub. Over that time, the Rogue has earned its place within the fabric of this old town. The traditional role of a pub has been best described as the village living room. That’s more than just a business, it’s a responsibility. We have tried to reflect the personality of our community by delivering ‘quality without pretence’.

Along the way The Lunar Rogue Pub has been internationally recognized as one of the Best Whisky Bars of the World, and by industry writers as not-to-be-missed by travellers and visitors to our home - Fredericton. We know you; and we know you expect that of us; and we know you are proud to bring your friends “from away” to your Pub. We’ve got some celebrating to do, and it’s going to take all year to do it right. So Happy New Year and stay tuned for a series of commemorative events throughout all of 2014 – and we’ll get the ball rolling early in January.

   

Lots of Whisky News

Written by The Lunar Rogue Friday, 13 September 2013 13:04

Sept 13

You might want to check out the single malts page on the ANBL website you will notice a couple of new products coming in to NB, Highland park has launched the Highland Park 10 yr expression at $62.99. The 10 yr will only be available in Canada, it will be a collectors item to the rest of the Whisky world. I have not tried it yet but I look forward to my very first sample. You may notice that it is more expensive then the 12 yr priced at $60.29. I predict that by the end of the year Highland Park 12 yr will cost $69.99 to $79.99 at ANBL outlets. If your Highland Park fan my recommendation is to stock up now. It will never get cheaper. I mentioned to  you a few years ago that the Balvenie 10 yr Founder's Reserve was going to disappear off the shelves of your local outlets. It was selling for approx. $35.00 a bottle at that time. If you can find a bottle today anywhere in the world you will be paying a minimum of $150.00. Makes it difficult to open your last bottle doesn't it? 

The other new one is the Macallan Amber from the new 1824 range. I have been fortunate enough to have tried this one and I can report it was a wonderful whisky. I can not remeber ever having a poor quality Macallan.The new 1824 Range will be replacing the aged Macallans now available in NB. Expect to see the Gold, Sienna and Ruby follow in the coming months. The Amber is priced at $99.99 and it will replace the Macallan Sherried version 12 yr now at $84.79. Buy one now.

If your a fan of the Famous Grouse 12 yr you might consider buying an extra bottle or two. My sources have told me this will be a discontinued product. It's really not all that surprising. The whisky is a 12 yr old blended malt selling for less than $39.00 in New Brunswick. I can not think of any 12 yr old malts selling for under $40.00 anywhere. This Grouse punches way above it's weight in terms of a quality dram for value. I challenge you to go find a whisky that is this good for this price. I plan on picking up a few extra bottles over the next few weeks. ANBL does not have anymore in their warehouse just in stores around the province. 

Whisky prices will not be coming down anytime soon. I am sure if you have been into the local liquor stores you would have noticed the dramatic price increases over the past 16 months. It is not going to stop. Demand for Single malts and scotch whisky in general has skyrocketed in Asia, South America, Russia.Taiwan is now a major importer of single malts. Many of the major companies have offices and presentation in all these markets. New developing markets have driven supplies lower tha ever before especially malts. During my last trip to Scotland, It was obvoius that many of distilleries are operating 7 days a week, ramping up production to new record levels. New distilleries and old ones that have been previously mothballed are opening or reopening all over Scotland. Diageo has been adding new stills to several of it's key distilleries such as Dailuaine, Mortlach, Dufftown,Glen Elgin, Linkwood, A new distillery is planned for the Black Isle near the Teaninich Distillery with plans to produce in access of 10 to 12 million litres per annum. Diageo opened up a state of the art distillery called Roseisle near Burghead, north of the A96 outside of the town of  Elgin, Morayshire a few years ago that can produce over 10 million litres per annum.It is reported it can produce any style of new make required by the Master Blenders. 

Chivas Bros are building a new 10-12 million litre distillery on the site of the old Imperial Distillery in Carron, Speyside to be called Carron Distillery. They have also re opened Glen Keith in June of this year after being shut down in the mid 90's. The Rogue has a botle of the old bottling Glen Keith prior to it closing down. Quite hard to fine now a days.

 Glenlivet has built a new still house, new mash tun (a monster size I will put some photos on the Rogue Facebook page) and a slew of new washbacks to increase production (one of the prettiest still houses I have ever seen).

A slew of new smaller craft or farm distilleries are popping up all over Scotland. Kilchoman on Islay, Daftmill in Fife, ( the new smallest distillery in Scotland) both grow their own barley on their farms, Annandale, a long closed distillery in the borders, is now ready for the builders, Abhainn Dearg at Uig on the Isle of Lewis is now producing and selling product.  

   

Whisky Tasting at the York St Train Station

Written by The Lunar Rogue Monday, 04 March 2013 17:39

We will be hosting a new Whisky Tasting at the York St Train Station ANBL Educational Center on Wednesday April 3rd at 6:30pm. Tickets will be able soon at the York Street Liquor Store only. The Theme for this tasting will be " Unique Speyside and Highland Whiskies". Pierre and I will be selecting  whiskies that might not be on your radar. The price point on the planned whiskies is higher than normal tastings we have been showcasing. I will detail the selections in the upcoming days. 

 

   

Festival News

Written by Administrator Monday, 31 October 2011 00:00

Oct.24/13

The NB Spirit Festival Tickets are now on sale at the Rogue. All Master Classes tickets are available only at the Rogue. Check the Website for all the details www.raiseyourspirits.ca

 

 

 

Sept.12

Just a quick note to let you know ANBL has released the new Highland Park 10 yr and The Macallan Amber in select ANBL outlets. I have not tried the new HP but I am looking forward to sampling the new release.  

Sept 6

You might want to check out the single malts page on the ANBL website you will notice a couple of new products coming in to NB, Highland park has launched the Highland Park 10 yr expression at $62.99. The 10 yr will only be available in Canada, it will be a collectors item to the rest of the Whisky world. I have not tried it yet but I look forward to my very first sample. You may notice that it is more expensive then the 12 yr priced at $60.29. I predict that by the end of the year Highland Park 12 yr will cost $69.99 to $79.99 at ANBL outlets. If your Highland Park fan my recommendation is to stock up now. It will never get cheaper. I mentioned to  you a few years ago that the Balvenie 10 yr Founder's Reserve was going to disappear off the shelves of your local outlets. It was selling for approx. $35.00 a bottle at that time. If you can find a bottle today anywhere in the world you will be paying a minimum of $150.00. Makes it difficult to open your last bottle doesn't it? 

The other new one is the Macallan Amber from the new 1824 range. I have been fortunate enough to have tried this one and I can report it was a wonderful whisky. I can not remeber ever having a poor quality Macallan.The new 1824 Range will be replacing the aged Macallans now available in NB. Expect to see the Gold, Sienna and Ruby follow in the coming months. The Amber is priced at $99.99 and it will replace the Macallan Sherried version 12 yr now at $84.79. Buy one now.

 

Aug.29

If your a fan of the Famous Grouse 12 yr you might consider buying an extra bottle or two. My sources have told me this will be a discontinued product. It's really not all that surprising. The whisky is a 12 yr old blended malt selling for less than $39.00 in New Brunswick. I can not think of any 12 yr old malts selling for under $40.00 anywhere. This Grouse punches way above it's weight in terms of a quality dram for value. I challenge you to go find a whisky that is this good for this price. I plan on picking up a few extra bottles over the next few weeks. ANBL does not have anymore in their warehouse just in stores around the province. 

Whisky prices will not be coming down anytime soon. I am sure if you have been into the local liquor stores you would have noticed the dramatic price increases over the past 16 months. It is not going to stop. Demand for Single malts and scotch whisky in general has skyrocketed in Asia, South America, Russia.Taiwan is now a major importer of single malts. Many of the major companies have offices and presentation in all these markets. New developing markets have driven supplies lower tha ever before especially malts. During my last trip to Scotland, It was obvoius that many of distilleries are operating 7 days a week, ramping up production to new record levels. New distilleries and old ones that have been previously mothballed are opening or reopening all over Scotland. Diageo has been adding new stills to several of it's key distilleries such as Dailuaine, Mortlach, Dufftown,Glen Elgin, Linkwood, A new distillery is planned for the Black Isle near the Teaninich Distillery with plans to produce in access of 10 to 12 million litres per annum. Diageo opened up a state of the art distillery called Roseisle near Burghead, north of the A96 outside of the town of  Elgin, Morayshire a few years ago that can produce over 10 million litres per annum.It is reported it can produce any style of new make required by the Master Blenders. 

Chivas Bros are building a new 10-12 million litre distillery on the site of the old Imperial Distillery in Carron, Speyside to be called Carron Distillery. They have also re opened Glen Keith in June of this year after being shut down in the mid 90's. The Rogue has a botle of the old bottling Glen Keith prior to it closing down. Quite hard to fine now a days.

 Glenlivet has built a new still house, new mash tun (a monster size I will put some photos on the Rogue Facebook page) and a slew of new washbacks to increase production (one of the prettiest still houses I have ever seen).

A slew of new smaller craft or farm distilleries are popping up all over Scotland. Kilchoman on Islay, Daftmill in Fife, ( the new smallest distillery in Scotland) both grow their own barley on their farms, Annandale, a long closed distillery in the borders, is now ready for the builders, Abhainn Dearg at Uig on the Isle of Lewis is now producing and selling product.  

Watch for growth in Irish whisky in North America over the coming years. With a lower price point and good quality products it will become a favouite of price conscious or entry level whisky drinkers. Wm Grant is now building a brand new Irish Distillery in the village of Tullamore. Watch for the brand Tullamore Dew to take off in the future.  

 

 

Aug.20th

On Sept.11th, Pierre Mullin and I will be hosting a Whisky tasting at the York Street Train Station Education Center at 6:30 pm. The theme of this tasting will be "Cask Strength Single Malt Whiskies". The whiskies we have selected for this nosing and tasting are, Aberlour a'bunadh, Glenfiddich Distiller's Edition 15 yr, Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yr, Glenfarclas 105, Benromach Cask Strength and The Macallan Cask Strength. We plan to pair each whisky with a food item. Tickets are available at the York Street ANBL outlet only. We hope to see you there!  

Aug.15

This past spring Jackie and I had the pleasure to make our annual trek to Scotland for the Spirit of Speyside Festival held all over the Speyside area.The five day festival at the heart of Whisky country is in a class all it's own. To me, this festival is not about the marketing telling you their whiskies are the best (That's for us to decide anyway) it's about meeting the folks who make the stuff every day, sharing in their passion at the heart of the whisky world. We enrolled in the "Spirit of Speyside Whisky School" held each year at Knockando Distillery in hpes to gain an indepth knowlwdge of the world's great spirit. We were not dissappointed. The School is run by Ed Dodson, former distilery manager at Glen Moray, Elgin, Moray.  With a group of retired distinguished former Distillery Managers and Whisky experts who have over 250 years of expertise in distillation, maturation and production between them. Dr. Tim Dolan from Highland Distillers, Charles Smith, Diageo & Cardhu, Innes Shaw, former manager of Knockando, Mortlach distilleries and Peter Warren of Cardhu and Diageo Speyside Distilleries  manager.The school runs over 3 days with morning classes hosted by industry experts covering all aspects of production from barley to the bottle. The afternoon was full of hands on site visits to Forsyth's Coppersmiths, the Speyside Cooperage and the new Glen Grant bottling hall and varoius Speyside Distilleries. No question was deemed too silly or go unanswered, everyone was welcoming and informative freely sharing with a great deal of laughter and fun. I would highly recommend to anyone who has the the yearning to learn about whisky to book a trip over and go. The only problem is the school is limited to 16 students per year. I believe thay are taking names for 2015 now. Google Spirit of Speyside Whisky School to find out more.    

 

Aug.12

Sorry for my long absence from the Blog page. Since I last updated this page I have a great deal of info to pass on so I will not bore you with the reasons why. The Rogue now has a over 440 whiskies behind the bar. Yes, as you might imagine, we are running out of space and the bartenders are contantly reminding me were do we put any more? Build more shelves I guess cause we are not stopping now. I hope we are over 550 by the end of this year.

So whats new?

The newest whisky arriving at the Rogue is a very limited single malt cask strength special Edition bottling, of a malt you may never have heard of, Glenury Royal 36 yr old. Distilled in 1968 at a cask strength of 51.2% abv., the distillery was demolished in 1985. There is a very limited supply of this whisky available anywhere. The Rogue managed to special order one bottle of this unique dram and I plaesed to report if you have deep pockets you will be able to sample it at the pub.

The Tasting notes on the box "Deep amber it is wonderfully mellow and lightly aromatic with lovely flavour.The nose is vivacious for it's age,complex,full and deep. There scents of sweet vanila, black cherry and cooked apricots with herbal overtones.Behind this a leathery masculine note emerges, with herbal overtones. A sandalwood box contains Turkish delight, dried fruits and black plum"

We plan to add the Highland Single Malt Glengoyne 1972 and the Islay gem, Laphroaig 25 yr soon.

I am pleased to announce we now have 2 new Canadian Single malts from the new Still Waters Distillery in Concord, Ontario. Stalk and Barrel Cask number 2 and Cask number 3 bottling are now available. The Whisky is produced using Canadian grown two row barley ( 6 row is used more with brewing beer) and aged in ex bourbon whisky casks, it's bottled at no less than 46% abv and each bottle is individually numbered.

The whisky I have been impressed with recently is Glenfiddich Distillers Edition 15 yr 64.99 at ANBL. Try it

   

Feb.18th

The long days of winter are apon us and what better way to pass a winter evening is to get out of the cold and head to the York St Train Station ANBL outlet on Wednesday evening for a Whisky Tasting. I will be hosting a Tasting along with Ross Perry starting at 6:30pm in the Educational center at the Station. The Theme for this tasting is "Whiskies of the World" We will be featuring 6 unique whiskies including Jameson Select Reserve form Ireland, Buffalo Trace from Frankfort, Kentucky USA, Forty Creek Copper Pot Canadian Whisky, Penderyn, from Wales,the only Welsh whisky available, The deluxe blended Johnnie Walker Black and Single malt, The Glenlivet 18 yr. This is a great opportunity to get a close look at the differences between the various types of whiskies from around the globe. Each whisk(e)y has a story to tell, so come along and taste the differences for yourself. Tickets are available at the York Street Liquor Store only. Only a few tickets are left so hurry in and pick one up.Hope to see you there!

Feb.11

New "Whisky of the Week" this week For the first time and especially for the Valentine's week we are offering The great Highland Whisky "GlenDronach 12 yr" as our featured weekly dram.Colour a deep amber red gold. Nose, Sweet, creamy vanilla,with hints of ginger.Spiced mulled wine. Palate, Rich, silky, creamy, very smooth,warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, raisins and soft fruits. Finish, long, full and slightly nutty. Enjoy.  

 

Feb.1

The Glenfarclas Single Malts that were ear marked for the NB Spirits Festival have finally arrived at ANBL outlets. A great Speyside whisky still owned by hte Grant Family and one of the few still under Family control in Scotland. The Whisky has been noted for it's sherry finish and rich full flavours. I highly recommend sampling the Glenfarclas.

 

Jan.28

I delighted to announce the Rogue Whisky Menu has been updated and now available for you to pour over! (Sorry, I could not resist the pun) Over 420 whiskies are now available on the back bar or in our various whisky cabinets located throughout the pub. I believe this is the most extensive selections of whisky in Eastern Canada.  The Rogue has ordered new Glencairn nosing glasses with our logo on them, they should be available soon for purchase or sampling your favourite dram. We have also updated our Drinks and Cocktail Menu and Wine Menu.

This week's "Whisky of the Week" at the Rogue  is the ever popular Aberlour 10 yr. I have always admired this whisky.It  has always had a place on my home bar, a of a top quallity dram at a very reasonable price at the Rogue and ANBL outlets. It easy to drink maybe too easy at times I highly recommend it..  

Jan.11/13

The new whisky cabinet is nearly completed and we can't wait to load it up with our new purchases at the NB Spirits Festival. I was in Scotland for Christmas visiting my Father in law and while we had snow Scotland had rain and rain and more rain. I cannot imagine anytime in the future that whisky production will be in any danger of running out of water to make whisky.While I was there for only 10 days I did manage to visit 3 distilleries in my short time away. I had a quick look around in Deanston, Tullibardine and Glenturret Home of the Famous Grouse Experience near Crieff. We have usually stopped in to see their great shop and restaurant on every visit to Scotland over the past 10 years.

 

Dec.28

The Lunar Rogue Whisky menu  is in growth mode with a new whisky cabinet now under construction. We hope to have the new cabinet up during the first week of January.The next day we plan to fill it up to the brim. With what? Bruichladdich Octomore Comus ,Bunnahabhain 12,18, Dailuaine 1997, Highland Park Thor, Ledaig 10, Tobermory 10, 15,Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams, & Distillers Edition 15 yr. The Glenlivet Josie and the Glenlivet Helios ( we maybe the only bar in Canada with those two) Laphroaig Cairdeas, Power's Gold, The Dark Horse, Forty Creek Port Wood Finish, Bowmore Laimrig 15 yr, Glen Garioch 1994, Isle of Jura Superstition, Penderyn Welsh whisky The Dalmore Cigar Malt. Cardhu 12 is back after more than 5 years absense and the list goes on and on. Our plan is to have well over 400 whiskies by the end of 2013 and we are well on our way to achieving that goal. I have not even memtioned the new bourbons. Stay tuned. 

Dec.16th

Tried the Glenfidich "Cask of Dreams" Canadian Edition on the Weekend as I must said I was impressed with this Cask Strength dram. I found a few tropical fruits, citrus and a lovely mouthfeel. Not many left in NB I would not wait to pick up a bottle if you get the opportunity. I am spending Christmas in Scotland this year visiting relatives so I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas. I hope to stop in to a distillery or two while I am over and see old friends and make a few new ones. I will update my adventures if I am able. Merry Christmas  

Dec.7th

I am now currently sampling the Dark Horse a new Canadian Whisky from Alberta Distillers. I have heard a great deal of hype with this new whisky so I was excited and curious to try it. I have not been dissappointed with the long wait. The name  gives you an impression of the colour. It is very dark compared to most Canadian whiskies on the market today OK I know Crown Royal Black is out there I said most .A very impressive nose, sweet vanilla, rich fruits and hints of a floral bouquet. The flavours hit you on the very tip of the tongue. The palate, hot and spicy,ginger developing, nice viscosity and feel on the palate. The finish I found a lot of spices and a bit on the warm side hot maybe/ A very nice whisky well balanced definitely worth a try. 

Dec.3

I was one, for a long time too.When I think about now I cringe. The dreaded malt snob. I drank only single malts turning my nose up on a blend.Time, maturity, thought and sampling a vast selection of single malts slowly changes one's perspective on the theory that the malt whisky is the end all be all. Don't see it that way. I challenge you to do a blind sampling of blends and malts. You might be surprised to find out that your having a very difficult time picking out the malts. Most likely you will find that you are selecting the blended whisky as the ones you prefer. A shock to the snob especially in front of our friends. The horror of it all. 

Most malts are produced to be used in blending, not for drinking as singles. I am not speaking about the ones that have been developed  major single malt brands.ie Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Macallan

Some of the best whiskies I have ever had the pleasure to sample, savor and enjoy have been blends. I recently had the opportunity to sample the Cutty Sark Tam O' Shanter 25 year. Outstanding in every way. A masterpiece of deluxe blending. Others that come to mind Chivas Regal Royal Salute 21, Teacher's Highland Cream, Johnnie Walker Black, Blue and Gold. The Famous Grouse is always been top shelf as Wm Grant's Family Reserve. I had a Wm Grant 30 year a few months ago and it was incredible.

The only way you can find out that I am not making this up is try a blind tasting with a few friends ( someone has to sit out to pour He'll or she'll be one in the kitchen having an extra nip ) 3 blends and 3 malts You'll be amazed.I promise.

Lots of great drams at ANBL right now but they will ot last forever.I was pleased to see the great selection of whiskies for the festival this year a lot of them  with price points below $125.00. In this tough economy it's nice to see a good variety to choice from below even $90.00. Over the next few days I will give you a few choices for Christmas gifts.Whiskies I sampled and enjoyed recently.

First one to try Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams, note lots of oaky vanilla notes and tropical fruits, I loved it. Unfortunately, only 50 cases came in to ANBL and they are half gone already. Price? $92.00 and change. It's a very collectable bottle to boot nice packaging if your into that sort of thing. I guarantee it will double it's value in 3 years.  

Nov.30

Happy St Andrew's Day to all our Friends from your Friends at the Rogue. I recommend a wee dram in celebration of the day. If your in a very generous mood try a dram of the new Highland Park "Thor" or the new Glenfiddich "Cask of Dreams" in limited supply here in New Brunswick.

Nov.21st

The wait is over the Festival starts today with the Whisky Dinner Now sold Out. Thursday Masterclasses start at 4:30pm at the Delta Federicton

See you at the Show Frank

Nov.15

Festival Friday Night Showcase tickets are all sold out  at the Lunar Rogue and Read's New Stand on King St. Fredericton. The remaining tickets left are available at the Select ANBL stores. You can go on line to the ANBL website and get the exact account at each stor in the province. Go to Products and type in "NB Festival" The bulk of the remaining tickets are at the York Street Store and the Prospect St Store in Fredericton.I believe there will be very few left on Monday.

The Whisky Dinner sponsored by Balvenie and Glenfiddich on the Wednesday Nov.21st has just a couple of tickets left. They are available at the Lunar Rogue.The dead line for tickets is tomorrow Friday Nov.16th The Dinner will be hosted by Martine Nouet one of the world's leading expert's pairing food and whisky.

The Whisky and Chocolate and Fiddle hosted by Martine has a few tickets left. Sample 5 whiskies paired with chocolates made by hand from Choco of Cocagne NB.Krista Touesnard will provide a  tune to accompany the chocolate and dram and evoke a wee bit of emotion perhaps.Tickets are $30.00 and this class is sponsored by Washburn and Associates.

Nov.12

General main Showcase tickets are sold out for the Friday night at the Lunar Rogue. ANBL Select stores still have some. You can also check at Read's New Stand on King St.  Fredericton. They will most likely have a few left. I think the Showcase tickets will be gone by the weekend. I would not leave it too long or end up buying them on Kijiji for  double price.

The Rogue still has tickets to a few of the Thursday Night Master classes. Tickets are starting to sell to our new event on Thursday evening called "The Whisky Games." Starting after the last Master class on Thurday at 10:00 pm this is a great event to learn, sample some great whiskies, meet new friends and enjoy some whiskies. All the table events have multiple questions and answers so everyone can play and learn and not feel embarrassed about your current whisk(e)y knowlwedge level. It's about having a good time and maybe win a prize. Everyone over 19 years can play.

 

Nov.9th

Great tasting last night at the Train Station Education Center. Thanks to Trevor, Carol and Jake for all their assistance organizing another fun Nosing and Tasting experience.All the whiskies were well received and there was no clear favourite by consensus. The Glenfiddich 18 yr and the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban sold well after the class. Many folks told me they enjoyed the Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 41.

  I am pleased to report that the Lunar Rogue only has 17 Festival tickets left on hand. The Whisky Lunch has Sold out as well as The Port Class, The Balvenie Class and The Burn Stewart Class. Tickets are selling fast on the Ultimate Master Class, Highland Park and Macallan classes.

Martine Nouet's Whisky Chocolate and Fiddle has sold 75% of the available tickets.This will be an experience you will not want to miss. Martine's Friday Night Class "Trip around Islay" has 7 tickets remaining.

Tickets are still available at Select ANBL outlets Read's News Stand on King St. and The Delta Fredericton ( Cash Only)  

Have a save long weekend "Lest we Forget"

 

Nov.5

I am pleased to announce that Pierre Mullin and I will be hosting our final Whisky Nosing and Tasting Presentation of the year at the York St Train Station Educational Center on Thursday night Nov.8th at 6:30pm. The theme of this tasting will be "Whisky Finishes" We will also be pasting out the product and price list for the 2012 NB Spirits Festival. We plan to discuss "How to Work a Festival", the must try products, and your overall plan to get the best experience  out of a Festival. Thw Whiskies we will be pouring on Thursday Night include 2 that will be at the show. This Tasting will be an opportunity to get a sneak peek and purchase them early! Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban are both on the program along with Aberlour a'bunadh, Auchentoshan Three Wood, Cynelish Distillers Edition, and Glenfiddich 18 yr. Tickets are available at the York St Liquor Store. We hope to see you there! 

Oct.26

The NB Spirits Festival Main Showcase tickets are selling at a record breaking rate. I believe the tickets could be all sold before the middle of November.Please do not be disappointed buy early.Piere and I will be hosting the final Nosing and Whisky Tasting at the York Street Train Station on Nov.8th at 6:30pm. We plan on pouring a couple of the whiskies that will be released for the Festival on Nov.23rd. Glenmorangie Nectar d' Or will be one. We plan on releasing the complete product list for all the attendees of the class and the ones you should make note of. We plan to discuss How to get the Most out of your Festival Experience. others to be sampled include Aberlour a'bunadh, Auchentoshan Three Wood, Clynelish Distillers Edition Glenmorangie Quinta Riban, Glenfiddich 18 yr.Tickets are available at the York St Liquor Store only. Hope to see you there.

 

Oct.19th

One of the more interesting Master classes will be "Whisky, Chocolate and Fiddle" hosted by Martine Nouet along with  Choco Cocagne NB chocolatiere, Ginette Aheir and Fredericton's finest Maritime style fiddler Krista Touesnard. The 3 ladies will host an entertaining evening to enhance the senses of taste, feel and sound. Not to be missed. Tickets are avaulable at the Rogue for $30.00 and are in limited numbers. 

 

Oct.15th

Tickets for the 17th Annual NB Spirts Festival are now available at Select ANBL outlets, Read's Newstand, The Delta Fredericton and The Lunar Rogue Pub.The Rogue will be once again the only vendor selling tickets for all the Master Classes, the UMC class, the Whisky Dinner, the Whisky Lunch and The Whisky Games. I suspect that the Festival will once again sell out. IOt has sold out the last 4 years and it gets earlier each year. Please purchase your tickets early and avoid disappointment. I do hate people buying tickets from scalpers the night of the show.

The Festival starts on Wednesday Nov.21st with an amazing "Whisky Dinner" hosted by famous writer and editor, Martine Nouet, of Islay, Scotland. This will mark the 3rd year Martine has been able to join us for the full 3 days of the Festival. Known to many as "The Queen of the Still", Martine will guide us through a six course dinner accompanied with a matching whisky.We are currently working throught the final details of the menu. I plan to announce each course over the next couple of weeks. 

Oct.9th

I am sad to report that our great friend and long time great perfomer here at the Rogue has passed away. John Ferguson opened our first pub The Old Chestnut Inn in 1977 and opened our second "The Lunar Rogue" in 1989. This was something that John was very proud of and so were we. Our friendship has never waned. John was a great ambassador for Maritime music..Everyone in the East coast music world new him and loved him.... He had a wonderful sense of humour..he loved to share stories and news... he could laugh until he cried and often did.. and he made us cry too....John could be away for a year and come back to the Rogue and he knew everyone's name.. I wish I could do that....He played for many years at St Patrick's Day celebrations at both pubs..These were special times and great memories for us all. We will miss him and toast him every St Pat's along with other special friends we remember on that day.Rest in Peace John....

 

Oct.3nd

The NB Spirit Festival tickets go on slae next week. My feeling,  this will be the best Festival ever. 18 companies over 250 products, 14 Masterclasses, several new events all cramed into 3 days. Mark Nov.21st 22nd and the Main showcase on Friday Nov.23rd on your daytimers.

Festival Showcase tickets will be available at Select ANBL stores, Read's on King St Fredericton, The Delta Fredericton and the Lunar Rogue Pub.All other tickets will be available at the Lunar Rogue Only.

Sept.17

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival now over and the Rogue whisky selection took a big hit over the 5 days. Lots of new whisk(e)y drinkers in sampling our vast collection. I am pleased to report that we still have most of the whiskies still available. I have had a lot of regulars asking about Cardhu and when we might see it back in NB. The good news ? I am pleased to report it will be on the list of whiskies that are coming to the Festival this year. The bad news the price will be up from the mid $40's when it dissappeared off our local ANBL outlet shelves to mid $70.s for the new stock. Buy whisky now the prices are only going in one direction. Up! 

 

Sept.5

Not sure if you have been in to the local ANBL outlet lately but I am sorry to report that Highland Park 18 yr has gone up in price to $119.99 from $89.99. Quite a jump. The reason is simple supply is low and demand  high. I reported several months ago on this Blog this was going to happen. I hope everyone managed to lay down a bottle or two before the price increase. I did. Even at the price of $119.99 our ANBL's price is still great value. Driving up to Ontario the  price is $139.25, Quebec $149.50 and driving to Nova Scotia will not save you any dollars either The price is uncomfortable $144.99.  

 Sept.4

After taking the summer off from blogging I am please to say I'm back at it. Sorry for the long delay it's been a very busy summer season at the Rogue. I am pleased to announce that Pierre Mullin and I will be  hosting a Whisky Tasting at the York Street Train Station Liquor store on Tuesday Oct.9th. The start time is 6:30 pm  Only a few tickets are still available at the York Street Liquor Store.The theme of this tasting will feature the west coast of Scotland whiskies along with a food pairing.

We are planning to do a final tasting of the year at The York St. Station just before the NB Spirits Festival . The main focus will be "How to get the most out of the Spirit Festival" and give you a sneak peek at the products that will be available at the "On Site" ANBL store on the Friday night of the show.

The Dates for the NB Spirit Festival for this year are Nov.21st 22nd and the Main Showcase on the 23rd. The Delta Fredericton will be once again hosting the Festival for the 3 days. The festival committee and The Delta Fredericton have a block of rooms set aside for anyone coming to Fredericton at a special rate of $134.99 a night. Book early to get this special as rooms are limited to a first come basis. You also must say your coming to the festival at the time of booking to get this great rate!Book early and save. 

 Some of the Highlights of this year's Festival starting on Wednesday Nov.21st  "Whisky with Dinner" hosted by the world famous whisky connoisseur and writer, Martine Nouet and The Balvenie Global brand Ambassador, Mr Sam Simmons.The dinner will feature whiskies from Wm. Grant and Sons portfolio. Tickets will be available at the Lunar Rogue on Oct.9th. More details coming soon.

On Thursday Nov.22nd the Festival will focus on education and appreciation.  Master Classes from some of the world's leading experts on quality highend spirits.I am pleased to announce whisky writer and  conniosseur, Davin de Kergommeaux, will be hosting a Canadian Whisky workshop on the Thursday evening. Davin has just released his new book "Canadian Whisky, a Portable Expert" published by McCelland and Stewart. 

Thursday night the Festival will launch a new event "The Whisky Quiz". We hope you have a chance to meet other whisky enthusiasts in fun, educational and relaxed setting. The questions will all be multiple choice. Teams will be selected randomly so everyone has a chance to win some great prizes  and sample a few nice drams too. 

Friday Nov.23rd the Festival starts at 11:45am with a new event The Whisky Lunch hosted by Martine Nouet. A three course lunch with an accompanying dram selected for your please by Martine.

The Main Sowcase starts at 6:45 pm until 10:00pm. This year ANBL staff have secured a wonderful selection of Single malts,Blended deluxe whiskies, along with great Canadian, Irish, Welsh whiskies. A marvellous selection of highend Rums, Cognacs and liqueurs. I am pleased to announce the Festival will  showcase a very nice selection of Ports! Over 200 unique products will be showcased and all on sale at the On site ANBL store. Stay tuned I will annouce a few products that are coming very soon .  

   

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