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Fine spirits

Are you a collector or connoisseur of fine brandy, cognac, scotch and rum?
The SAQ's The taste of knowing blog takes you behind the scenes and gives you access to renowned producers.

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  1. Cocktail made with bourbon
    Tasting and service

    Bourbon: Neat or in a cocktail!

    Bourbon 101: a snapshot of a spirit that's gaining fans.

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  2. cocktail with mint and brandy
    Tasting and service

    Brandy, Cognac or Armagnac?

    Here are a few examples of the many cocktails that can be made with brandy, a spirit made by distilling wine.

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  3. whisky in the distillery
    Production methods

    Spirits: To each their own Scotch

    Depending on its provenance, how it was made and whether it was blended, Scotch whisky offers many nuances to savour for those willing to take the time to appreciate it.

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  4. whisky
    Tasting and service

    The art of tasting fine spirits

    Brandy, armagnac, whisky… fine spirits are popular these days. But what exactly are we talking about, and how best should we appreciate these products?

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  5. Whisky and Scotch
    Tasting and service

    Whisky and Scotch

    For spirit aficionados, whisky may well be the ultimate symbol of refinement. The cereal-based eau-de-vie is appreciated for its subtle taste and distinguished by its intricate distillation process.

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  6. Absinthe
    Production methods

    Absinthe’s double life

    Born of an ancient medicinal tradition and regularly fetishized in 19th century Europe, absinthe was often demonized and outlawed. Nowadays, this spirit is experiencing an increasing popularity – accompanied by a renaissance in Quebec.

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  7. distillery

    Spirits: grain to glass

    All it took was one and a quarter miles of corn fields in every direction, boreal water sourced from almost 300 feet underground, and a splash of crazy, and Pierre Mantha had everything he needed to start a new career by launching an artisanal distillery—the first in Outaouais—built just a few steps from the Gatineau airport. The secret to his success? A range of top-shelf spirits made with the choicest of raw ingredients.

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  8. whisky glasses
    Tasting and service

    Fine spirits: tasting 101

    Discover fine spirits thanks to our taste tags, small format bottles and SAQ par l’ITHQ workshops.

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  9. Scotch tasting
    Tasting and service

    Scotch tasting 101

    Is the universe of whisky a mystery to you? Want to learn how to enjoy a glass the right way? Whisky expert and ITHQ SAQ workshop host Nicolas Bourque tells you everything you need to know about drinking the amber elixir that is scotch.

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  10. absinthe glass
    Tasting and service

    Enjoying absinthe

    The story of absinthe is one filled with legends, fantastic tales, contradictions and mysteries. More than any other alcoholic drink, absinthe has been at the heart of controversy and has been the subject of quite a lot of speculation—for good reasons, and for some not so very good reasons.

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  11. Glasses of grappa, an Italian spirit
    Wine cultivation

    Grappa, an Italian spirit

    Italy produces several excellent types of wine, but only one spirit: the legendary grappa. Transparent or lightly golden when refined, this elixir, the pride of Italians, comes to the table at the end of the meal to be enjoyed by those who love finesse and elegance.

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  12. Pork tenderloin maple-whisky Image
    Pairings and Taste Tags

    Pork tenderloin maple-whisky

    We love it! A very trendy recipe with a very North American flair, this recipe is simple to make in the oven or on the BBQ.

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