Interlude to whisky

by Lauren Mote

An interlude to whisky…

Before the lights dim, and you sit with your favourite single malt whisky on December 15 to watch “Women and Whisky”, a new segment part of Living Vancouver on CBC, let me  tantalize you with a behind the scenes look at 4 women, 4 whiskies, one tv host and Andrew Starritt, the man behind the cask – cask strength that is.

On a cold Tuesday afternoon, 4 lucky women, myself included, gathered at the back of the Irish Heather pub in Gastown, and our jaws dropped as the Shebeen Whisky House flung its single door open to reveal its caramilk secret; they stock the largest number of single malts, bourbons, ryes, scotch and Irish whisk(e)y in British Columbia…

Between two whisky enthusiasts, one certified food scientist, and me – the educational guru, we conclude during a round table discussion before the segment went to camera, that women have become more aware of the inner delight acquired through the enjoyment of whisky, but each of us had a different story of how we started, but a very different path of how we embrace the spirit now – you’ll have to watch the program to find out!

In the malty and musty scent of the Whisky House, we smelled and sipped 4 very different types of whisky, all accompanied by Andrew’s “how-to” guide for a successful tasting. A tumbler of Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 year warmed up the vocal chords just in time for our tasting and discussion, but Auchentoshan 10 year, Strathisla 40 year (a rare treat!), and Ardbeg 10 year were the “on camera” stars.

Stay tuned to Poivre Media for the episode release of “Living Vancouver” on CBC – December 15 at 3:00pm. For more information on Andrew Starritt and his “Whisky 101” classes and tasting seminars, please visit his website:



About Lauren Mote

Lauren has been an intricate part of the food industry for many years. Whether it’s behind the bar, in the kitchen, tasting and learning about wine, or sitting with her laptop writing food stories and reviews at the local coffee house, it was clear at an early age that Lauren’s professional and personal life would be completely consumed by the joy and passion of edibles.
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