Lakeside Pairings

What a great weekend!  I had some time off from turning wrenches and got to go down-island to Duncan B.C. to coach and compete with the track club at another of the island series meets.  I had fun throwing Shotput and Discus, but even more fun coaching and seeing my young athletes compete and improve from the beginning of the season.  Aside from being dad, coaching is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.

I also got a chance to visit my dad and his wife in Lake Cowichan, which is about a ½ hour from the track in Duncan.  Ever since I decided to start writing about scotch pairings, my dad has been very excited about it and is always keen to help me with my “research” whenever possible.

When I arrived at their home nestled along the shore of Cowichan Lake, I was tickled to discover they had found a bottle of Glen Breton Rare 14 year old whisky from Glenora Distillery in Nova Scotia.  Because I hate showing up empty handed, I had also picked up a bottle of Bowmore 12 year old.  We sat down to our first dram of Glen Breton and were presented with a platter of bacon wrapped scallops, scotch eggs and other various meats and savoury samples.  This is one of my favourite ways to enjoy whisky and was a lot of fun comparing the light smokiness of the Glen Breton to the heavier smokiness of the Bowmore. In the end, I decided I preferred the Bowmore 12 year and my dad and Susan preferred Glen Breton 14 year.


Along with rewarding jobs like coaching and being dad, I’m also honoured and proud to be my father’s son.  He is very hard working and cares so much for loved ones.  I like to think these are qualities he has instilled in me.  We probably won’t get a chance to spend Father’s Day together, so this past weekend was much needed quality time and it didn’t disappoint.  To all the Father’s and Father type roles out there, I raise a dram!  Slainte!

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