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Cape Breton evokes deep memories and strong emotions for me as well as a deep appreciation for the beauty of my adopted island. My hopes are that you too might find the photos evocative - maybe a view you've not enjoyed before, or an 'Oh I've been there', or if from away that you may be encouraged to visit this fair isle so that you might come to love and breathe Cape Breton as I do. One word about place names that I use - some are completely local usage while others are from maps of Cape Breton that I've purchased over the years. I frequently post travel and other photos that are of interest to me - and hopefully you.

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Grangestone Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 Year Old

This evening I tried a relatively inexpensive single malt, aged in wood for 12 years and found it quite presentable, though lacking that bit of smokey peat that I care deeply about and which lends the evening tipple a bite and excitement when sipped neat and slowly.  So after about 4 to 5 sips which went down smoothly and with the desired flavour  of an aged spirit with 40% Alc by volume but lacking in zest for my palate, I decided to liven things up and added a nice bit of Laphroaig 10 year old, 43% Alc by volume - about a fourth of what I had remaining  - and was quite pleased with this self blend of malt that pushed this Silver Metal, 89 points (http://www.tastings.com/Spirits-Review/Grangestone-12-Year-Old-Single-Malt-Scotch-Whisky-Scotland-09-01-2016.aspx) into the upper tier of my likes in Scotch.   I will be back later with my more complete tasting notes, both as it comes from the bottle, and as it was with the lovely peat of my favorite Laphroaig.  Ta!! NorvellHimself

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