Tasting on Monday, January the 18th!

The next tasting is on Monday, January 18th at 7:00. The Press Gang has once again put together an excellent tasting menu to accompany our premium Canadian Whisky tasting next Monday……….. 

Bread and butter

Shellfish Bisque-lobster knuckle-caviar foam

Braised Pork Belly cassoulet-fried quail eggs-Tarbais beans

Stuffed Chicken “coq au vin”

Cape d’or salmon on beluga lentil salad-speck reduction

White chocolate and vanilla panna cotta-choc macaroon bon-bon

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2016 Membership Information

The membership dues for 2016 will remain unchanged at $200. We expect to have another half dozen quality events this year. Members will soon receive an “invitation” to renew. Please respond yes or no if you intend to renew your membership.

To ensure your membership renewal, payment must be received by December 31st. Please bring payment to the November tasting or mail a cheque for $200 payable to Scotia Whisky Society to:

Colin MacLean
92 Snowy Owl Drive
Bedford NS  B4A 3L4

Please assist us by responding to the invitation to renew by November 30 in order that we will know how many new members we can accept.

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Tasting on November 16th at Lot 6!

Join us for our next tasting at a new venue; Lot 6, a sister restaurant to The Press Gang. Thanks to the efforts of Wally Fraser, we will be sampling 3 to 5 whiskeys this evening. Please RSVP by Monday November 9th.

Lot 6 is located at 1685 Argyle, around the corner from The Press Gang.

If you have not received your PunchBowl invitation by email sent on October 30, please contact Ed Rosenberg at emr@ns.sympatico.ca and advise of your intentions.

RSVPs have been requested by November 9th, after which guests can be accepted if space is still available. Please advise Ed if you have a guest you’d like to bring. Guest fees are $50 per person.

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A September Tasting

Our September Tasting was held at The Press Gang on the 29th.

Prior to the tasting there was an election of officers in preparation for the 2016 year. The new officers are:

President – Ed Rosenberg
Vice President – Harvery Silverstein
Past President – Jan Malone
Secretary – Alan Barnett
Treasurer – Colin MacLean
Quartermaster – Jack Novack

Thanks to all who worked so hard in 2015 and to those who have stepped forward to serve in 2016.

The night’s tasting was sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Kelly & Rob presented and described a half dozen of their cask whiskies:

Cask No. 59.21 – Subtle Fruits and Minerals
Cask No. 7.103 – After Church
Cask No. G7.9 – A Sultry Smoking Seductress
Cask No. 27.107 – To the Manor Born
Cask No. 129.6 – Peated Candy
Cask No. 66.65 – Holy Smoke!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s participation was very much appreciated. It is a members only Society which specializes in cask whisky. Membership information can be found at their web site www.smws.ca.

As usual, the Press Gang put on an excellent tasting menu. It included:

  • Clam Veloute-Leek and potato brunoise with lobster oil and cristini wafer
  • Tuna Capaccio-sashimi crusted tuna loin iron seared, green papaya salad
  • Pork Belly-Pineapple Braised with vanilla and Star Anise honey, bean and bacon cassoulet
  • Steamed Atlantic Salmon-Smoked Heirloom tomato Relish
  • Applewood smoked duck Breast-Beet confit flavoured with cointreau

Many thanks to Doug Reid, Wally Fraser and the kitchen and wait staff at The Press Gang.

The next scheduled tasting is Monday, the 16th of November.

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May 25th Tasting Information

The tasting on May 25th will start @ 7:00 at the Press Gang Restaurant.

The food:

  • Pear & Parsnip Veloute with Brie and spring onion oil
  • Seared Scallop with whisky/lemon sabayon, beet confit
  • Herb & pumpkin seen drusted lamb chop with eggplant caviar & port reduction-pomme alumette
  • Braised Pork Belly-celeriac puree, honey & soya glaze, wilted kailan
  • Labneh cheesecake-almond brittle

The whiskies:

  • Jamisons Select Reserve
  • Redbrest
  • Tullamore Dew
  • Kilbeggan
  • Connanara Peated

 

 

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Next Tasting May 25th.

Our next tasting is May 25th, (one week later then usual because of the long weekend).

The food:

  • Pear & Parsnip Veloute with Brie and spring onion oil
  • Seared Scallop with whisky/lemon sabayon, beet confit
  • Herb & pumpkin seen drusted lamb chop with eggplant caviar & port reduction-pomme alumette
  • Braised Pork Belly-celeriac puree, honey & soya glaze, wilted kailan
  • Labneh cheesecake-almond brittle

The whiskies:

  • Jamisons Select Reserve
  • Redbrest
  • Tullamore Dew
  • Kilbeggan
  • Connanara Peated

 

 

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November 24th Tasting Agenda (Note New Date!)

At 7:00 pm on Monday, November 24 and immediately prior to our tasting will be our annual business meeting. The agenda will include:

  1. Approval of our dues for 2015.  The Executive Committee has recommended that dues be increased from $190 to $200 for 2015 in order to maintain the quality of our tastings as Scotch prices have increased.

2014 Dues payment deadline would be 31 December. (Bring your cheque to the November tasting and you won’t have to remember!)

We have a waiting list of potential members, and any dues not paid by Dec. 31st may open that reserved membership in the Society to a new member.

  1. Election of officers for 2015. The officers include President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Quartermaster. We do have a slate of officers to present for election. However, I would encourage you to run or nominate anyone for any of these positions. Please email Harvey Silverstein directly at hsilverstein@gmail.com  with your nomination prior to our Nov. 24 tasting and annual meeting.

 

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