Review of "Pub Burgundy Lion" Montreal by Murray Cohen, International Order of the Companions of the Quaich and Scotch Malt Whisky Forum Member.
Burgundy Lion is a Montreal hotspot on Notre Dame St. The pub experience is highlighted by a grand collection of almost 600 whiskies, boasting a wide range of single malt Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whiskies. The whiskies of the collection are all available for purchase by patrons, especially single malt aficionados making Burgundy Lion perhaps the largest moving and changing drink by the dram format in Canada. This was a place I had to explore first hand while in Montreal and the fact that it was World Whisky Day when I arrived made my visit even more dramatic.
As indicated on the pub’s website, “Burgundy Lion immerses itself in the community to re-create that sense of comfort but with a modern twist”. This is accomplished by the unique merging of a traditional British pub with a modern lounge bar. Bear in mind that this is also a well-respected eating establishment that serves a wide variety of pub fare harkening back to the iconic pubs of the UK with all the old favourite dishes on the menu as well as contemporary offerings. There is certainly something for everyone in the food realm here. The old-fashioned potato chips are a must. I enjoyed the Angus roast beef with all the trimmings including Yorkshire pudding.
Many drams are easily affordable allowing patrons to experience single malts from different regions without emptying their pockets. One way to accomplish the “accessibility” of single malts to the public is their concept of flight of the month which is theme related and incorporating three single malts at a special price. The themes have included Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, hard to pronounce whiskies, etc. The flight this month included Cardhu 12, Bowmore Darkest 15 and Laphroaig Quarter Cask for $15 (about 8 British pounds equivalent). Can you guess the flight theme here?
The pub was bustling with people when I arrived late afternoon and folks continued to pour in all evening. Burgundy Lion characterizes the multi-cultural flavour of the city and has become a flagship of cross-cultural diversity and excellence. Let me say a few words about the remarkable staff I encountered during my visit. A special shout-out goes to Emma, George and Robbert and the manager for their professionalism and helpfulness all evening at the pub. It is clear that Burgundy Lion is a family of employees and patrons who meld together in an enthusiastic dance that promotes great whisky, great food and a social happening.
After sampling their flight of the month mentioned earlier, I had my dinner and then got down to business selecting some stellar drams to try during the evening compiling my own taste notes. I selected two single malts, Linkwood 22 year Hart Brothers. and Highland Park 23 year old Douglas Laing Old Malt cask and I really couldn’t resist trying one of their single grain whiskies, Clan Denny Dumbarton 46 year old again from independent bottler Douglas Laing. Tasting notes for each is available by following the links below.
In conclusion, let me say that I was most impressed with Burgundy Lion which has really welcomed the whisky world onto its premises including neophytes to the "water of life" as well as hard core single malt aficionados and those in between. This is a place to remember either the first time or the next time you are in Montreal. You will find the Pub Burgundy Lion at:
2496 Notre Dame O.
Canada, H3J 1N5.
telephone on (514) 934-0888