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Issue 112 - The Queen City of Canada

Whisky Magazine Issue 112
June 2013


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The Queen City of Canada

We take a tour round some of Toronto's excellent whisky drinking establishments

Canada's largest city has a rich whisky history. James Worts and William Gooderham developed the Distillery District nearly two centuries ago into what became the world's largest distillery. Tragically, before bottling a single drop, Worts drowned his sorrows by throwing himself into the company well.

Gooderham later partnered with Worts' eldest son to distill millions of litres of whisky. The distillery closed in 1990 but whisky continues to flow in bars and restaurants. The Caledonian and Allen's are regarded for their Scotch lists. Mixologists have fuelled a Bourbon craze at several cocktail bars such as Barchef.

The C'est What Brewpub in the nearby St Lawrence Market neighbourhood brews a smoked ale that puts tears of joy in any Islay whisky lover's eyes. Toronto's most famous landmark further cements the city as a drinking town. The 553-metre tall CN Tower resembles a giant drinking straw next to the Rogers Centre – a stadium that could serve as a colossal tumbler with a retractable roof perfect for nosing whisky. Toronto brims with variety and these eight locations are just a start.

1 Spirit House
487 Adelaide Street West
A shift in the city's cocktail scene echos what Escoffier did to French gastronomy in the late 19th Century. Excess has been trimmed back leaving the spirit to shine. Garnishes that enhance the cocktail have replaced elaborate ones that were unnecessarily complex. SpiritHouse has strongly influenced the local bar...

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