About Companions of the Quaich
The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting and sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky. Since its inception, the Society has grown from a single chapter to a present total of 22 all across Canada.
Members meet regularly at dinners and tastings in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during which three to five different malts are presented by knowledgeable members and special guest presenters from around the world. The goals are to educate members about whisky, raise a greater awareness of the history and methods of malt whisky distilling, and make available whiskies not traditionally available locally.
A ‘Quaich’ is the traditional Scots drinking vessel for whisky.The name comes from the Gaelic ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’.
We wish to expand the traditional context of whisky – of old men cradling a dram in the privacy of their cigar and smoke filled den – to embrace women and young adults, food, entertainment and socializing. While single malt scotch is a drink steeped in tradition – bagpipes and tartan most often come to mind – it’s also a modern, sophisticated drink that is enjoyed worldwide. People are looking for a drink that’s more complex and classy and they are increasingly being drawn towards single malt whiskies, one of the finest style and luxury statements in the world. Companions of the Quaich events explore the world of whiskies.
Whisky can be enjoyed before dinner as an aperitif; paired with a meal, as an evening cocktail; on the rocks on a lazy Sunday afternoon; cask strength by the fire after a hard days work in the winter. Scotch is anything but a solitary pleasure. It is a social drink to be shared with friends that demands engagement. We are less interested in brands, labels and age statements. It’s about how the whisky tastes. We seek textures that will challenge and excite us; aromas that will thrill and surprise. The possibilities are endless.
About Barry Dunner
Barry describes himself as a single malt whisky ‘amateur’, from the French ‘lover of’ – with the advantage of approaching whisky with an open mind and in a financially disinterested manner. Barry enjoys exploring all facets of whisky, especially its relationship with food and ambience. ‘Scotch is a social drink to be savoured and shared with friends – it’s just the beginning of the experience,’ says Barry.
Barry has hosted many whisky tastings, strategically pairing whiskies so as to compare and contrast their unique and common characteristics. Barry also enjoys pairing whisky with food – consider a Coal Ila drizzled over a raw oyster, seared scallops with a Lavavulin 16, Aberlour 16 paired with lamb or virtually any Glendronach paired with a chocolate cherry ganache.
About Thomas Chen
First fall in love with whisky in 2008 during a pre-wedding trip in Taiwan, after tasting a flight of Bruichladdich ranging from 12 to 42 yo.. Thomas now works for a liquor beverage company whose primary focus is exporting and educating about Canadian Whisky. Fascinated by whisky, and not just Scotch, some of Thomas’s favourite whisky are Amrut, Yoichi, Yamazaki, Karuizawa, Kavalan, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Glendronach, Highland Park, Macallan, Bowmore, Port Ellen, Brora, Rosebank, Glenfarclas, Forty Creek, ok.. the list may go on and on. Thomas is thrilled to team up with Barry on this whisky discover journey and sharing with the members and whisky lovers.