Like I mentioned in this simultaneously posted blog, whisky (and whiskey) aficionados are on the increase in Calgary. With whiskies having similar characteristic features to wine, such as nose, palate, and finish, it is increasingly common to find gentle folks of supreme quality and taste becoming more of a connoisseur of these complex beverages. (I’m talking mostly about myself, you understand.)
Since 1974, the Bob Edwards Award has been presented to a recipient recognized for excellence in journalism. This year’s recipient will be the provocative and entertaining Mary Walsh. The Bob Edwards Award Gala and the Bob’s Eye Opener Scotch Tasting will run concurrently on Thursday, November 8 in celebration of the occasion.
For those who don’t know, Bob Edwards was, most notably, a news man and humorist from Calgary’s early history. The Calgary Eye Opener was his weekly newspaper, published frequently (though with some intermittent breaks when his notorious imbibing carried him astray) in the first two decades of the 20th century. You can read more about Bob in this column by Jeremy Klaszus from FFWD in 2008, and this lengthy biography from Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.
But on with the booze, shall we? Being a native Scot himself, it seems very appropriate for this namesake event to be a Scotch tasting. You will be treated to tastings of several expressions of Glenfarclas scotch whisky, crafted by the same family for almost 150 years. In addition to the more customary 12, 15, 17, 21 and 25 year guaranteed age Glenfarclas whisky, you’ll also have a chance to taste their whisky aged for 40 years. Malt Advocate magazine rates this whisky 95/100 and WhiskyNotes says of it, “one of the best opportunities to try such an old whisky.”
With tickets at $100 each, this is an excellent opportunity to savour whisky you might not otherwise. Mary Walsh herself will make a brief appearance on her way to the Gala. Taking place in the CP Pavilion at the Palliser Hotel, this will be a very special event, honouring Mary Walsh, Bob Edwards, some of the finest whisky you may try this year, and raising funds for The Calgary Library Foundation. You can buy tickets to the Gala or to Bob’s Eye Opener Scotch Tasting online right now.
The generosity of the Calgary Library Foundation has delivered unto me the distinct opportunity to give away one pair of tickets to Bob’s Eye Opener Scotch Tasting to a random MrYYC reader!
Here’s how you can be entered into the draw:
Contest closed! Congratulations to Rosemary, who won by random draw from a blog comment entry. Thank you to everyone who entered. Tickets are still available for next week’s tasting.
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