Have You Tasted Spicebox Canadian Whiskey?

Spicebox whiskey and Fentiman sodas

This week I was invited to a tasting of Spicebox Canadian whiskey. The whiskey is first made in Alberta then brought to Quebec for further blending and finishing before being bottled. Truly made in Canada.

Why the name “Spicebox”?

In Prohibition days in the United States, Canadian alcohol, such as whiskey was smuggled down south.  The whiskey was hidden inside boxes containing spices; and viola, Spicebox whiskey the name was born.

This evening I first tried the Spicebox whiskey on ice so that I could appreciate the flavours before moving on to the mixed drinks that they were offering.

Spicebox Tasting Notes

Light amber in colour with quite an aromatic nose.  Vanilla on first sniff, followed with sweet spices. Flavours of vanilla, caramel, sweet spices and toffee. Smooth. A bit of sweetness. Nice on the rocks to sip.  This is different than other more traditional whiskeys you may have tried, such as Scotch. This is completely different in style.  If you have friends that do not like the stronger, bitter, hotter flavours of scotch, then you may want to try Spicebox with them.

Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages

What to mix with this Prohibition influenced whiskey than some old style soda pop.  Fentimans brought three different sodas for the mixed drinks:

  • Victorian lemonade
  • Ginger beer
  • Dandelion & burdock

These are Botanically Brewed Beverages from the UK made starting in 1905, and now in Canada. Here is the link to the Fentimans website.

Two Spicebox Whiskey Mixed Drinks

Prohibition mule Spicebox drink

Prohibition Mule – Ingredients: Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey, fresh lime, Fentimans Ginger beer, mint sprig. Ginger beer is quite spicy. Plays off nicely with smooth vanilla and sweet spices of the whiskey. The sourness of the lime freshens up the flavours and adds another layer of complexity to the drink. Fun to drink.

Spicebox Cup – Ingredients: Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey, strawberries, Fentiman’s Victorian lemonade & Ginger beer. This drink has a very pretty colour due to the crushed strawberries in the glass.  The lemonade is not overpowering in the drink.  And again the vanilla and sweet spices make this a very flavourful drink.

To find out more about Spicebox, here is Spicebox’s Facebook page.


Aboriginal Potlach Food & Wine Pairing at the CCFCC Chef’s Conference

I mentioned in a previous blog post about the CCFCC coming to Vancouver and all the wonderful events there are, and that it is not just restricted to chefs to attend. You can buy tickets to these events and watch and/or sample the chefs’ creations. One of the events I will be attending is the Aboriginal Potlach on Monday evening, June 13. I thought I’d entice you to buy a ticket by posting the food and wine pairings for this event.

Food and Wine Pairing for the Aboriginal Potlach

  • R and B Brewing Beer Station
  • Traditionally smoked salmon parsnip dumpling, pumpkin sauce PAIRED WITH
    Eau Vivre Gewurztraminer and Tangled Vines 3 Blancs
  • Spot prawn, poached in bentwood box sweet onion, garlic cream PAIRED WITH
    Haywire Pinot Gris and Misconduct Misfit
  • Spiced seafood cakes, corn puree dandelion salad PAIRED WITH
    Rustic Roots Apple Pear and Bartier Scholfield Rose
  • Smoked trout apple salad young cress, wild mushroom vinaigrette PAIRED WITH
    Cassini Pinot Noir and Rollingdale Pinot Noir
  • Rabbit sausage king oyster ragout, blueberry pine nut chutney PAIRED WITH
    Black Cloud Pinot Noir and Hester Creek Character Red
  • Braised bison brisket roasted squash salad, roasted onions, natural sauce PAIRED WITH
    St. Hubertus Oak Bay Foch and Fairview 2 Hoots
  • Roast venison loin sweet potato sauce, savory bannock bread pudding PAIRED WITH
  • The View Pinotage and Noble Ridge Meritage
  • Cinnamon bannock fritters Brown sugar cranberry sauce PAIRED WITH
    Raven Ridge Iced Cider and Tugwell Mead
  • Bannock bread pudding, sundried berry egg sauce PAIRED WITH
    Vista D’Oro and The View Optima

This is a pretty impressive lineup of food from our First Nations people here plus it is being paired with BC wines and there is also mead, which I have never tried. This type of meal is a one of a kind deal in my opinion.  There is also a brand new BC wine in the lineup: Bartier Scholfield Rose. I blogged about this new winery in a previous post, so I’ll add the link back so you can read about Bartier Scholfield.

If you would like to attend this event, please click on this link to buy tickets for the Aboriginal Potlach.  Enjoy!