Launch Event Recap: Kilts, Cocktails, and Scottish Style Close Vilalon came up with three cocktails for the occasion, which we may just be making at home (and office) due to their rousing success. (Recipes below.) We also had thistle embossed shortbread cookies and petit fours glazed with the colors of The Manual tartan thanks to Balthazar’s Scottish pastry chef.We toasted the launch and caught up with old friends and new before heading out into the cool evening to gear up for the other exciting events the weekend held including a Scot Street Style party at Barbour as well as the bagpipe-pounding parade on Saturday afternoon. Thanks again to Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland for all of their help along the way to make the trip and event so special.The Manual Overdrive2 oz. Famous Grouse¾ oz. fresh lemon juice¾ oz. ginger syrup¼ oz. Highland Park 12Keep it Loki2 oz. Highland Park Dark Origins¼ oz honey syrup1 bar spoon Cherry Heering2 dashes chocolate bittersRob Roy5/6 oz Sweet Vermouth,1 1/2 oz Cutty Sark WhiskyDash Angostura BittersPhotos by Amy Ellis 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:14Loaded: 12.92%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen If you haven’t noticed the flurry of coverage, we recently launched our ‘Essential Scotland Guide’ on The Manual. This all came about from one helluva amazing trip we took there in November, 2016. While we were exploring from the Hebrides to the Highlands, most everyone we met asked us if we were going to take part in New York Tartan Week. After hearing how many Scots were coming over for it, we knew this was the best time to launch our guide.On Thursday, April 6, we hosted 50 friends at the The Macallan headquarters in the Flatiron District of Manhattan to toast the launch. Friends included Gordon J. Millar from Scot Street Style; former ice hockey pro, current Mr. Scotland and Kilted Yogi, Tristan Cameron Harper; Finlay Wilson from Kilted Yoga; Scottish model Simone Murphy; Brand Ambassador for The Macallan, Nickolas Vilalon; Raul Gonzalez VP Director of Malts, Marketing at Edrington; Kirk and Chris Bray of Billy Kirk; and Alex Wilcox of Lord Willy’s. Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One
The Toronto stock market was slightly higher on Thursday, held back by gold stocks that fell alongside bullion prices following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest move and data showing strong U.S. economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 28.73 points to 13,671.95 while the Canadian dollar dipped 0.01 of a cent to 89.45 cents U.S.New York indexes registered solid advances amid data showing U.S. growth coming in at an annualized rate of 3.2 per cent, slightly lower than the 4.1 per cent rate in the July-September period. But for all of 2014, analysts are more optimistic with many forecasting GDP growth of three per cent or better.“With the tailwinds that seem to be at the back of the U.S. from energy to manufacturing to housing . . . people have grown more comfortable with the potential for actual acceleration of growth in the U.S. to that three per cent level,” said Mark Bayko, vice-president and portfolio manager at RBC Dominion Securities.The Dow Jones industrials rose 80.92 points to 15,819.71, the Nasdaq climbed 57.11 points to 4,108.54 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 14.11 points to 1,788.31.The Fed said Wednesday that it was cutting its bond purchases by another US$10 billion to $65 billion a month. It was the central bank’s second such move to cut back on the stimulus program to keep long-term rates low.Investors have also been focused on fourth-quarter earnings and outlooks over the past couple of weeks on hopes that a strong corporate showing will help stocks. Last year, the Fed stimulus helped the S&P 500 charge ahead about 30 per cent.On Thursday, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) shares lost $1.40 to C$34.18 as fourth-quarter profit dropped 45 per cent from a year ago to US$230 million or 26 cents a share, five cents less than expected. Revenue of US$1.54 billion missed expectations of $1.4 billion.Imperial Oil’s profit amounted to $1.24 per share, well above analyst estimates of 89 cents per share under standard accounting. Its shares headed 75 cents lower to $45.04.In New York, Facebook jumped 16 per cent as the social media company reported results Wednesday that exceeded expectations.The industrials sector led advancers on the Toronto market, up one per cent ahead of earnings from Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) after the close. It is expected to earn 77 cent per share in adjusted profits in the fourth quarter, up from 71 cents per share in the prior year and its shares were ahead 69 cents to C$58.77.The energy sector was ahead 0.15 per cent while the March crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 86 cents to US$98.22 a barrel.The gold sector fell 2.6 per cent while the February gold bullion contract lost $19.60 to US$1,242.60 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) fell 98 cents to C$26.66.Metal prices were lower with the March copper contract down two cents to US$3.22 a pound and the base metals sector was down 1.3 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 52 cents to C$27.22.