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Taste Of Scotland Arrives in NB

Written by The Lunar Rogue Friday, 10 March 2017 16:23

Taste of Scotland arrives in New Brunswick for first Canadian judging session in major Scotch whisky awards

A specialist whisky bar in New Brunswick will make history later this month when it holds Canada’s first ever judging session of a prestigious Scotch whisky awards contest. The Lunar Rogue in Fredericton will invite customers to cast their votes in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards – the first time that votes have been cast outside Scotland in a brand new series of international judging sessions.

The unique event will be hosted by Frank Scott – co-owner and general manager of the popular pub and his wife Jackie, both long-time friends of the Festival. The couple have travelled to Scotland to visit all but one Festival in the 18 years the event has been running.

Organisers of the Festival, which takes place in the spiritual home of Scotland’s malt whisky industry, were so impressed by their support that they awarded the couple the title of International Ambassadors of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in 2014.

Frank says he is honoured to be asked to stage the first ever judging session for the Festival’s whisky awards on Canadian soil. He adds, "To be the first to be asked to host a nosing and tasting challenge on behalf of the Festival has been, deeply and truly, a wonderful honour.

"Jackie and I are both very humbled. The Spirit of Speyside Festival is the best whisky festival in the world. Period. It is the true heart of the whisky world.

"The people of Speyside make the Festival the best bar none. The people we have met over the years are warm, friendly and passionate and openly share their knowledge and passion of all things whisky. We have also met whisky fans who have become friends from other from all over the globe who share in our thirst for knowledge of the Speyside dram.

"The hospitality extended to us over the years has made Speyside feel like our home away from home. We cannot wait to arrive each year and renew friendships we have come to treasure."

Whisky fans who visit the Lunar Rogue to take part in the judging on Sunday, March 26 will be invited to sample eight different single malt Speyside whiskies and place a vote for their favourite dram in four different age categories. But they will have to cast their vote on taste and aroma alone - they will not know which whisky is in their glass until after all the votes have been counted.

The votes cast at the Lunar Rogue on March 26 will be added to those recorded during international judging sessions in Germany and the Netherlands as well as the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which takes place from April 27 to May 1. The organisers also hope to stage similar events in New York and Stockholm.

The Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. It comprises almost 500 events over five days in the Speyside region in the north east of Scotland - an area that is home to dozens of internationally renowned Scotch whisky brands and over half of all Scotland’s whisky distilleries.

The awards are a very important part of the Festival. It is one of very few awards in the world where the votes are cast by whisky drinkers and not a panel of experts, so to win one of the titles is considered a huge honour.

Organisers wanted to take the awards judging sessions overseas to raise awareness of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival outside Scotland. The number of Canadian visitors has increased in recent years and it is hoped that many more will follow suit after the awards tasting and nosing at the Lunar Rogue.

Frank and Jackie, who is originally from Scotland, have accompanied many Canadian groups across the Atlantic to visit the Festival and as well as enjoying all that the fun-filled five-day event has to offer, they also visit many other of Speyside’s attractions. The region boasts stunning landscapes, wildlife, castles, visitor attractions and is renowned for its golf courses.

The couple always cast their votes in the whisky awards when they visit the Festival, and they know exactly what they are looking for in a dram. Frank is a member and past president of The Whisky Tasting Society of New Brunswick – founded in 1982 and believed to be the oldest in Canada – and has chaired the organising committee of the group’s own Raise your Spirits Festival held each November, since the Festival began 22 years ago.

Frank says, "Scotch whisky interest in Canada is growing and there are many, many whisky tasting societies right across the country. I have helped many get started in the past 15 years.

"We have a great affinity with Speyside whiskies in Canada. Names such as The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and The Macallan - these were the first names of Scotch whiskies that we recognised and were the first available in liquor stores. These whiskies led the way for the hundreds of brands that followed.

"The selection of the best whiskies in four categories will be extremely difficult decision for most whisky aficionados. The judges have done an amazing job just paring the list down to two in each category. No easy task and I suspect the voting will be extremely close. We think that Canadians are up for the challenge and think will embrace the opportunity to be involved."

In the non-age statement category Aberlour a’bunadh is up against Tamdhu Batch Strength 002; while in the category for malt 12-year-old and under, the Aberlour 12-year-old will battle it out with Cragganmore 2004 Distiller’s Edition.

In the 13-20-year-old section it is a head to head between The Glenlivet 18-year-old and Glenfiddich 15-year-old. The two shortlisted whiskies in the 20 years and over category are Mannochmore 25-year-old Special Release and The Macallan 30-year-old Sherry Cask.

James Campbell, chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, says, "When we discussed the idea of taking the judging sessions to international destinations, Canada was an obvious choice for us, not least because we knew it would be in Frank and Jackie’s capable hands.

"The Lunar Rogue has built up an impressive reputation and is held in very high regard by whisky drinkers. I hope they will enjoy the chance to sample some exceptional Speyside malts, enjoy hearing more from Frank about what the Festival has to offer."

The judging session for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky Awards takes place on Sunday, March 26 from 2-5pm at the Lunar Rogue. Tickets are available from the bar from March 16, either in person or calling 506-450-2065.

The international awards sessions have been supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Stuart Turner, head of EventScotland, says, "The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is a fantastic event and we are delighted to be supporting to take the Festival to the world. It is constantly finding innovative ways to engage with whisky enthusiasts. The global judging sessions are a great addition to the Festival and are the perfect stage for people to connect with this unique event while enjoying a wee dram of Scotland’s national drink."

Based in the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place over five fun-filled days from April 27 to May 1, 2017. It comprises almost 500 events, taking place from Kingussie in the south to Forres in the west and Buckie in the east.

More information about the event is available at www.spiritofspeyside.com and tickets are also available to buy on the website. The Festival is active on social media – facebook.com/WhiskyFestival and @spirit_speyside on Twitter and Instagram. Use the hashtag #dram17

   

The New Brunswick Spirits Festival 2016

Written by The Lunar Rogue Saturday, 22 October 2016 15:50

Tickets for the 2016 Edition of the NB Spirits Festival are now available. The Friday night Showcase tickets are flying with over 2/3's sold in just 12 days! I would not delay picking up your tickets to avoid dissapointment. We hate to see our friends miss out.

The Festival begins on Tuesday Nov.22nd with a Rum Dinner hosted by our good friends at Flor de Cana Rums. The four course dinner features an aged Flor de Cana rum with each course. The Brand Ambassador, Jeffrey Meyers, will guide us through each course paired perfectly with an aged Flor de Cana rum.. The dinner includes a Rum highball or cocktail upon arrival, the four course dinner (check out the menu on our website www.raiseyourspirits.ca ) along with the 7 yr, 12yr, 18 yr and 25 yr flor de Cana Rum. You will also receive a complimentary cab ride to a greater Fredericton area for the incredible price of $75.00 Taxes and Gratuity included!!! This Dinner is a must for any rum enthusiast.

Nov.23.16 will feature the 8th NB Spirits Festival Whisky Dinner hosted by Martine Nouet of Islay Scotland and Stuart Brown of Diageo. We are delighted to welcome back Martine to our annual Whisky Dinner. We are extremely pleased to launch the North American release of Martine's newest Cookbook "A Table". We are delighted to welcome Diageo as the Whisky Sponsor for the 2016 dinner. The menu will be released very soon. Watch the Festival website for all the news and updates. The dinner will include 5 courses, drinks apon arrival, awhisky with each course, and a free cab ride home in the Greater Fredericton area all for the greta price of $125.00 including taxes and gratuities!!

Tickets for both dinners are available at the Lunar Rogue Pub only! Stop in or call or order with our downloadable PDF file. We look forward to seeing you at the Delta Hotel Fredericton NB

   

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Written by The Lunar Rogue Wednesday, 03 August 2016 00:00

The Rogue will celebrate Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival  in grand style from Thursday Sept15th until Sept 17th with the return of "The Terry Whalen Band". The Band takes the stage nightly at 21:30 pm until 1:00 am. The band is an ECMA winner and has a great following all over at Atlantic Canada. No Cover Charge all weekend!! Stop in to see Terry and the guys and enjoy some grat blues.

I am pleased to announce Pierre and I  will be hosting a Single Malt Whisky Tasting at the York St Liquor Store on Wednesday Sept 14th at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $40.00 and available at the York St Liquor store only.  We will be tasting a wonderful selection of Single Whiskies with our topic to be the affects on wood finishes on whisky.Pierre and I will select whiskies that have been finished in different types of oak casks and the overall effect it has on the final outcome of the whisky.    

 

 

   

Parcel of Rogues Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Written by The Lunar Rogue Tuesday, 09 February 2016 17:15

In celebration of the Rogue's 25th Anniversary our Friends at Picaroons brewery created a new and exclusive draft  to mark our amazing milestone. After a month long contest name the new brew the lucky choice was "Parcel of Rogues" 

To mark the occasion of our second anniversay launch of the "Parcel of Rogues" we have decided to feature our own brew with a Special Happy Hour Price for a Large pint all day every day until the end of February 2016. "Parcel" as we have come to call it, is a wonderful Amber ale with a full rich mouthfeel. It is not heavy but more creamy and refreshing.  It is also brewed at 4.6% abv a bit lighter than most Craft brews. We tempt you to try a mug of our on going history. It also pairs well with a Speyside whisky like Glenrothes, Glenlivet or Glenfiddich. We love it paired with a Rogue burger awesome!

   

Whisky Tasting At the Rogue

Written by The Lunar Rogue Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:12

As part of the Frostival celebration (https://www.facebook.com/FrederictonFrostival/) the Rogue will be hosting a Whisky Tasting on Saturday Jan23rd at 3:00 pm. The tasting will be hosted by The New Brunswick Spirits Festival organizers Frank Scott and Pierre Mullin The tasting will be strictly limited to 12 seats. The theme will be "The Whisky Regions of Scotland". We have selected 6 wonderful 18 year old whiskies for the nosing & tasting. From the Lowlands, Auchentoshan 18 yr, from the Speyside two whisky giants , the Glenfiddich 18 yr and The Glenlivet 18 yr, from the Highlands, Tomatin 18 yr, from Islay, Laphroaig 18 yr and from Orkney, Highland Park 18 yr
We will be pairing each whisky with a cheese.
The Ticket price is $50.00 and are available at the Lunar Rogue only.We hope to see you there.

   

NB Spirits Festival Update

Written by The Lunar Rogue Monday, 09 November 2015 21:39

NB Spirits Festival Update

I am pleased to report the NB Spirits Festival product list is now available for viewing on line. Please visit the Festival's web page for all the details. www.raiseyourspirits.ca  The Festival has an amazing selection of whiskies, rums and spirits to please everyone.

I have been pouring over the list on what to purchase this year. It has made for some very tough decesions. I definitely plan to pick up a bottle of the special Festival bottlings from Hart Bros and Balblair. The Hart Bros bottling is 15 year old blended malt finished in a Port wood pipe. It has been bottled at 50% abv. A wonderful nose and mouth feel. The Balblair was distilled in 1997. It is from the very last cask of the 97 distillation. It has been  bottled at cask strength. I look forwad to sampling this one on the night of the festival.

More coming soon...   

   

A Rare Whisky Tasting at The Festival

Written by The Lunar Rogue Monday, 21 September 2015 12:33

We are pleased to announce a New Event on Saturday Nov.21st to mark our 20th Anniversary of the New Brunswick Spirits Festival. Join us in once in a life time opportunity to sample some extremely rare Dallas Dhu whiskies.
Canadian Whisky writer and author Davin de Kergommeaux a certified Malt Maniac and trained sommelier who has been analyzing, writing, and talking about whisky, as an independent commentator, for more than a dozen years will host the tasting. Whisky aficionados may have read Davin's commentaries and tasting notes in... Scotch Whisky Review, Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine, various lifestyle magazines, or many places on the web including MaltManiacs.org. In the fall of 2011, he was appointed Canadian Contributing Editor to Whisky Magazine. Davin will host a Vertical Nosing and Tasting of Dallas Dhu whiskies. Dallas Dhu distillery closed it's doors in 1983 and today is a museum. Bottlings of Dallas Dhu are extremely difficult to find anywhere. Tickets will go on sale Oct.13th at the Lunar Rogue only.This event will sell out quickly.

   

Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Written by The Lunar Rogue Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:52

The Rogue is pleased to present ECMA award winner "The Terry Whalen Band" from Mirimichi NB for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival this year. This is the first time they have appeared at the Rogue and we are extremely delighted to welcome them.

The band will be preforming on Thursday Sept.17th,Friday Sept.18th and Saturday Sept.19th from 9:30 pm until closing time. There will be "No Cover" charge all weekend, please stop in and check them out for a set or two.These guys are good!

Please enjoy the Festival responsibly and use the bus service that is being offered by the Festival organizers or take a cab.

We will be featuring a new Wine this weekend from South Africa "Two Oceans". Enjoy either the Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc or a Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot blend. They are priced the same as our house wines. We are also featuring Gosling Rum cocktail caled "Dark n Stormy" and Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky "Old Fashioned" Both are on special all weekend for $5.99   

   

Whisky for the Holidays

Written by The Lunar Rogue Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:13

                          Whisky For the Holidays

Every year I am asked to recommend a whisky as a gift for a Christmas present. Not as easy as it sounds as everyone has different tastes when it comes to Whisky. Not always knowing if someone appreciates a whisky with smoke, peat, sherry, vanilla, etc  can be challenging to make a recommendation they might like in the end. If you have a rought idea of what they like now can be a big help in deciding what to select. The price point you can afford always comes into play for most of us. So that said here are a few of my recommendations and price points. Single Malt under $50.00 in NB It is not easy anymore but I like Aberlour 10, Aberfeldy 12 and Strathisla 12. They are all very good whiskies for the price. 

 

   

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.

 

 

   

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