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The magical world of Whiskey and Scotch by Killa

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There is a land on an island, somewhere on the other side of the Atlantic pond, inhabited by gold-hoarding leprechauns and blond long-haired ferries. It is a land of grass and rock, castles and rain.

Yes, you guessed right, it is the mythical land of Scotland. I haven never been there, so I am not sure it really exists. Have you ever visited it? If you haven't, how can you be sure it exists?

But I have tried the magical elixir coming out of Scotland: scotch. I won't say I am a "connoisseur" because I am too poor to be one. But I am slowly entering the sub-culture of whiskeys and scotch.

It's been a long road for me, someone who comes originally from Easter-Europe. In our magical lands, hard liquors are almost exclusively "clear alcohols", like the legendary vodka or the thousands of variants and flavors of home-made brandy.

Making the switch to "dark alcohols" is a learning curve for me. If you're like me, and your starting to discover the magical leprechaun populated world of whiskeys, then I can suggest a few places in Montreal where you can meet these fantastical creatures (and reduce the amount of 20$ bills in your wallet).

L'Ile Noire (1649 St-Denis)
Review for L'Ile Noire
L'Ile Noire has been around for a long time, pushing the cause of whiskey before it became the phenomenon it is today. The bar's name is taken from Tintin's 7th adventure which is partially based in Scotland. L'Ile Noire just recently moved to a new location on St-Denis, which we haven't had the chance to visit yet. A new review is to expected soon (as soon as we collect enough beer-bottle money to spend a lavish night on l'Ile Noire).

Whisky Café (5800 St-Laurent)
Review for Whisky Cafe
Whiskey Café is a classy joint, where you can enjoy a single malt and a cigar, lounging on a huge leather sofa surrounded by paintings hanging on the walls of the cigar room. This is a place that Winston Churchill himself would have probably enjoyed. Churchill's dates would have probably enjoyed it even more.

Stogies Cigar Lounge (2015 Crescent)
There really isn't much of anything good happening on Crescent street. The exceptions are our favorite Brutopia, the Sunday brunch at Thursday's, and Stogies, the cigar lounge on the corner with de Maisonneuve. Stogies has been around for a long time too, and they offer a large menu of single malts with the option to purchase and smoke expensively fat cigars. It's a nice little place, not as trendy and flashy as Whisky Café and not as Montreal-like as l'Ile Noire, but classy enough to enjoy the vapors of a scotch that's been sitting waiting for 15 years for you to come along and drink it.

Obviously, there are many other bars and clubs in Montreal where you can enjoy some quality whiskey time. This is where we're going to end it, and let you do the discovering from there on.

PS: Photo credit CavinB






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